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WWE Royal Rumble 2017 Recap

Unlike last year, the WWE made sure the Royal Rumble wasn’t on the same day at the NFL conference championship games.  The 2017 card had potential to be one of the better Rumbles in recent memory.  For the most part it didn’t disappoint.  It was a hot crowd for most of the evening.  Speaking of the crowd, it was hard to miss the individual sticking up the big head of a guy in glasses.  If anyone can tell who the photo of the guy was please let me know.  My friends and I were trying to figure it out.

Becky Lynch/Nikki Bella/Naomi defeated Alexa Bliss/Mickie James/Natalya. 

I missed this match as I was en route to my friend’s house.  The host called me and notified me that the faces won.  I was glad I missed the match because I was going to pick the heels in the Royal Rumble pick the winner pool since Mickie James just arrived to the WWE.  I was also glad I missed it because from what I was told I missed nothing.

Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows defeated Cesaro & Sheamus to win the WWE Tag Team Title:

I arrived at my friend’s house with his two little guard dogs meandering around the front of their house.  I did my best to elude them but to no avail.  The male dog tracked me down.  I petted him and we both entered the house together.  I entered the house to the final minutes of the match where Gallows and Anderson FINALLY win the tag team titles.  Long overdue for them.  G&A winning the title livens up the tag team situation.  The New Day’s run as champs was impressive but the tag team division was getting stale.  This win should refresh it while Cesaro and Sheamus should return to singles competition.

Nia Jax defeated Sasha Banks:

Don’t know why I picked Banks to win.  I assumed with Banks getting her knee attacked relentlessly by Jax meant retribution in the Rumble.  Nope!  The more I think about it, Jax winning the match gave her more legitimacy.  I hope they tease a Jax/Charlotte confrontation or maybe a fatal four way between now and WrestleMania.

Before the actual pay per view starts we have on the cholesterol filled menu pizzas, meatballs, sausages, chips, dips, and two-bite Brownies.  Our systems will be rumbling as the pay per view goes on into the evening.

Charlotte defeated Bayley to retain the Women’s Championship:

So-so match where not only Charlotte won but pretty much carried most of the match.  Bayley looked off but she should get additional opportunities at the title.  Charlotte looked and performed like a champion.  Felt kind of like Charlotte was the teacher wrestling a student.  I also felt the spirit of the NWA version of Ric Flair within Charlotte watching her moves along with a bleeding mouth.  Charlotte’s been rocking it!

Kevin Owens defeated Roman Reigns to retain the WWE Raw Title:

This was a solid match.  As usual, Reigns get booed at the Rumble.  Say what you want, there’s a reason why he’s a main event wrestler and it’s not because he’s related to The Rock.  Great back and forth between Owens and Reigns.  More old school moments as Jericho tossed down the brass knuckles.  Originally thought Y2J would toss down his U.S. Title belt as a weapon but Braun Strowman interfering was a genius surprise move.  Owens retains; Strowman continues his domination, and Reigns returns later for the Rumble match.

John Cena defeated A.J. Styles to win the WWE Smackdown Title:

It was an overall good match but nothing like their match last year at Summerslam.  I picked Styles to win but I knew I was going to be wrong when the heels won the first two matches.  Congrats to Cena on winning title number 16.  Like it or not, what he accomplished is amazing.  Despite losing the title, Styles will continue to thrive as a top heel.  What’s next for Styles remains to be seen but he will be champion again in the future.  Will Cena still have the title by WrestleMania?

Neville defeated Rich Swann to win the WWE Cruiserweight title:

To me a no brainer Neville would win the match.  Crowd wasn’t into it but an overall entertaining match.  I’m a fan of Neville and it’s nice to see him with a championship belt.  I didn’t think he’d fare well as a heel but I’m liking it.  I always had him as a full time face.

Randy Orton wins the Royal Rumble match:

Aside from the women’s tag team kickoff match and the Cena/Styles match, Smackdown had to represent somewhere; and it was here.  That explains why Vegas had Orton as odds on favorite to win.  Orton was nowhere on my radar as a possible victor.  I had Goldberg, Undertaker, Chris Jericho, and Baron Corbin as my final four with Corbin winning it all.  Yeah, that may have been a crazy pick for the winner but I wanted to go against the grain.  I assumed Corbin’s big push would start at the Rumble especially when he tossed out Braun Strowman.

Special congrats to Chris Jericho getting paid for doing so little; hovering above the ring in a shark tank and laying low for most of the Rumble match.  Thanks to Y2J whom I had in the Royal Rumble match pool. And I ended up the winner!

The Wyatt family breakup was bound to happen.  Made Luke Harper look good giving Wyatt the Sister Abigail.  I love how the bookers continue to piss off the WWE Universe having Reigns toss out The Undertaker.  You know a majority of the people had Taker winning the Rumble.  Let the boos rein down on Reigns!

Despite getting thrown out by Corbin, Braun Strowman made a strong presentation throwing out six or seven wrestlers.  Can’t remember the last time the Rumble was that stacked with talent and the fact that it was anyone’s Rumble to win.  I thought Goldberg and Lesnar would’ve lasted longer but they were in phase two of the ring clearing after Strowman did so earlier.

Alright!  Rumble’s over and the road to WrestleMania has officially begun!  We pretty much have ideas of what the expected matches will be.  So sit back, enjoy the ride, and see where we’re at by Sunday April 2nd in Orlando Florida.

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