Tis the season for royal beatings and rumblings in the WWE, since we’re a few months out from WrestleMania and the Road to WrestleMania starts at the annual January pay-per-view, the Royal Rumble! One of my personal favorite matches and one of my favorite events during the year, I’m looking forward to watching the Royal Rumble live at one of my friends’ place and enjoying company of a bunch of friends.
If you haven’t heard yet, Jim Cornette host his own podcast over at Major League Wrestling’s website and on this past week’s episode, James E. Cornette talked about how the Royal Rumble can be booked to build new stars and the WWE needs to build new stars since only time will tell how much longer their current main eventers can stick around before their bodies give up on them.
After listening to episode nine of the Jim Cornette Experience, I had several hours left of my shift and nothing else to think about while stacking boxes for a few trailers for Iowa; I tried to remember who were the last few guys WWE booked in the Royal Rumble to be put over. I thought about Ric Flair in 1992, entering the match number three and winning the thing, winning the vacant Undisputed WWF Championship and showing off his NWA/WCW gimmick as the “60-minute man” and showing the New York crowd why he’s a main eventer. I thought about 1993 were Yokozuna last eliminated Randy “Macho Man” Savage to go onto WrestleMania IX to win the WWF title for the first time. I also thought about when Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin won consecutive years (1995/1996 and 1997/1998 respectfully), so the WWE knows how to build up new stars. Heck, even in 2004 Chris Benoit won the thing as number one, just like Shawn Michaels did in 1995, giving him the final push into main event status in the eyes of the WWE crowd.
Am I suggesting that the WWE gives a Rumble win to someone? Not necessarily. Look at when Del Rio won in 2011. I think if they didn’t do a great job on elevating him into the main event scene, since it’s been three years after his Rumble win in that 40-man Rumble, I see him as a mid-carder at best. His World title runs have seem lack luster and given that he lost at WrestleMania that year, I think he should of won the World title the month later once Edge retired and had Del Rio go undefeated for rest of 2011.
Okay, okay, here’s what I’m suggesting if the WWE will let someone new win. Tie the rocket to their back and put them over. Make them seem like a monster like Batista or Brock Lesnar. Let them be undefeated to WrestleMania and seem like a legit contender and threat to the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, whoever the champion will be. I don’t think that’s too much to ask, since they have enough television time to put the Rumble winner and the champ over. And if the fans seem to take on the Rumble winner as a new main eventer, why not put the title on him for the summer and see how the ratings turn out?
If rumors are true to what I’m hearing, Batista will be the man winning the 2014 Royal Rumble. I hope that’s the case because I loved Batista’s heel run before he left a few years back and yes, he’ll be a face when he comes back, but he’ll seem something new since he hasn’t been around for a couple of years. Let him be “the Animal” and run through the roster up to WrestleMania and let him show us and the company why he’s worth the money signed. But how would I book building someone up?
Let’s go back to what I heard on the Jim Cornette Experience this past episode that I mentioned earlier on the blog. I agree with Cornette on giving someone the most eliminations in this Rumble. I know the WWE seems pretty high on Roman Reigns in the Shield. I say give him the “Kane treatment” from the Rumble back in 2001 and give him the most eliminations for this Rumble and let him throw out one or two top guys, maybe CM Punk, maybe Daniel Bryan, someone who’s a top star in the eyes of the fans and in the eyes of the company.
Other than giving Roman Reigns the “Kane treatment” and having the most eliminations and dominate eliminations, I feel like the WWE needs to build up more than just one guy. How else would I suggest doing that? Thanks for asking! I say letting someone go “coast-to-coast” in the Rumble and be in the final four, if not the last guy eliminated in the match. So being like Steve Austin in 1999 when he went coast-to-coast with Mr. McMahon or the British Bulldog in 1995 with Shawn Michaels.
I really enjoyed how both Dolph Ziggler and Chris Jericho entered the Royal Rumble number one and two (respectfully) this past year, and both men were the longest competitors in the match with 50 minutes for Ziggler and 48 minutes for Jericho. Out of the Royal Rumble 2013 pay-per-view, I felt more people talked about Jericho’s surprise return and how long he lasted compared to Cena winning the Rumble and the Rock defeating CM Punk to win the WWE title. So my point? Have a new guy enter the Rumble as number one or number two and go all the way to the end and be the last man eliminated and given a similar treatment to the “Kane treatment” and let him stand out a few times during the match, highlighting him, showing the fans that the company is trying to build up someone new.
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