Sunday, January 26th, 2014 – Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – For the 25th time in WWE history and in front of 15,715 fans, we saw the Royal Rumble event Sunday night from Pennsylvania! For some people, there weren’t many of surprises of the event. Sheamus made his return during the Rumble match, Randy Orton retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Bray Wyatt defeated Daniel Bryan, the New Age Outlaws became a six-time Tag Team Champions, and Dave Batista won the Royal Rumble! There are blogs out there with a run-down on the whole event; this blog won’t be one of those. I want to give my opinion, an Minnesotan review, on the January tradition.
[adinserter block=”1″]Pre-Show Match: New Age Outlaws defeated the Rhodes Brothers for the WWE Tag Team titles.
A short match on the pre-show feed, my group of friends and I weren’t surprised to see that Billy Gunn and the Road Dogg won the tag titles after fourteen years but at least for me, I am not pissed that they won the titles. Let me explain.
Yes, the WWE is putting over a tag team whose prime was in the late 90’s, but seriously, I cannot see those two hold the tag team titles for more than a few months, if that. Goldust got put over the last few months and the tag division got a good rub since the Shield won the titles towards the beginning of 2013 and with the Outlaws as champs, this helps the division in my eyes.
Not the best match of the night and our only title change, let’s see how the WWE goes from here with the tag division and with the Outlaws as champs. Could this lead to Goldust versus Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania XXX? Only time will tell. Let’s wait and see how things play out.
Bray Wyatt defeats Daniel Bryan in the best match of the night.
Like I said in bold, I feel like Wyatt and Bryan was given more than enough time to make this match the best match of the night and a great way to put Bray Wyatt over. As we saw with the rest of the pay-per-view, Daniel Bryan is still over and the fans live and the fans worldwide want to see Daniel Bryan climb the mountain once again.
If this match had less time, which was a little more than twenty minutes, I don’t think Wyatt wouldn’t have been as over as he had if he won against Bryan in a ten minute match. This was the first match I saw Bray Wyatt as this current character and against the best wrestler the WWE has to offer right now, what a great start for Bray Wyatt with his road to WrestleMania. I will give my thoughts on his possible Mania opponent later.
Brock Lesnar put the Big Show down in a match that really wasn’t a match.
The opening chair beat down felt longer than the match itself; I really don’t have much of an opinion of Brock Lesnar defeating the Big Show. Was it worth using one of Brock’s matches for the year? It depends on what happens with Lesnar at the Elimination Chamber and at WrestleMania. If Creative puts the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on Lesnar at the Chamber PPV in his hometown of Minneapolis, beating the Big Show down like how he did wasn’t a bad thing. But Brock against Orton at Chamber? No thanks.
I do feel like the Big Show should get props for taking the chair shot beating before and after the match like a champ. I don’t know if Lesnar fought anyone else and did the chair shot beating to anyone else would of seemed more legit than the Big Show.
Plus, I don’t know who else could give Lesnar a possible concussion with the first punch like the Big Show. Did Brock get another concussion? I surely hope not, but with how he looked during the match and right away after the match, I wouldn’t be surprised.
Randy Orton retains the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena with the help of the Wyatt family.
This match once again wasn’t on the priority for me to see, but I heard on the Wrestling Observer podcast from Saturday night that there was a chance that during this match, Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt family may screw Cena out of his title match to set up their WrestleMania match.
Okay, but was this match bad? Wasn’t as good as the Wyatt/Bryan match, but wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. Both Orton and Cena used their finishers as false finishes, which isn’t a surprise, but something I did enjoy was both guys used one another’s finishers on each other, and I popped for that! Orton’s AA was a normal Death Valley Driver but Cena’s RKO shocked me. I was surprised the most out of Cena’s RKO because it seemed out of nowhere and the announcers and the crowd really didn’t to respond much to it, if they did respond.
What I enjoyed the most was the Wyatt family interfering and screwing Cena out of the title match and giving the victory to Orton. That way, Orton can finally go to someone else to defend his Undisputed title against and for Cena can face someone else at WrestleMania.
Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez from the Wrestling Observer did talk about on their Saturday night podcast that Cena versus Wyatt at WrestleMania was one of their main matches and there was a chance to plant the seeds tonight. Wyatt going over Bryan in a great match clean only helps both guys and help give Wyatt a push towards Cena and their match at Mania. I hope WWE Creative doesn’t mess up the build for John Cena versus Bray Wyatt and I hope Creative doesn’t drop Orton’s storyline through WrestleMania.
Dave Batista wins the Royal Rumble and Roman Reigns receives the “Kane Treatment.”
To my enjoyment and possibly only my enjoyment, I was happy to see Dave Batista enter the Royal Rumble as number 28 and took the victory of the Royal Rumble for the second time. Many people on Twitter seemed to poop on the idea of Batista returning and taking the Rumble victory from someone like Roman Reigns and a lot of people after the match seemed to be either silent or boo because they would rather see Reigns win and headline WrestleMania instead of the Animal.
I won’t go through who entered when and when everyone was eliminated but I am happy CM Punk entered the Rumble as number one and went almost the whole distance and got eliminated by Kane during the final four (after Kane got eliminated earlier in the match), which leads to them battling one another before WrestleMania, if not at the Grand Daddy of Them All.
But in my most recent blog, I am happy Roman Reigns was given the “Kane Treatment” and eliminated the most people in the Rumble match with 12 (which broke Kane’s record of 11). Everyone at the end of the night wanted Reigns to win the Rumble rather than Batista; at least Reigns got pushed as much as he did during the Rumble. He was the last guy to be eliminated and made Batista look bad because Batista seemed to be winded when it was those two at the end of the Rumble. Because of receiving the “Kane Treatment” and being the last one eliminated, I hope this only adds to Roman Reigns’ push out of the Shield and gives him a push into the main event scene.
[adinserter block=”2″]Overall, I wasn’t too impressed with the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. I was shocked to see Kevin Nash and John “Bradshaw” Layfield enter the Royal Rumble and am happy to see the awesome match Bryan and Wyatt put on at the start of the show, but rest of the card seemed average at best. If I had to give the whole show on a five-star rating, I give this show ** only because of the great opening match and the build-up to Cena versus Wyatt. When this show comes out on DVD, only seek the first match because this wasn’t the best Rumble in history and was an average PPV at best. This was a Minnesotan review of the WWE Royal Rumble 2014, thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed the blog!
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