In case you didn’t know WWE held it’s annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view last night. This is one of my favorite pay-per-views that WWE does every year, but last night included one of the worst royal rumble matches in history. Twitter was blowing up with angry fans who were unhappy with who won, and really just the whole match in general. It was terribly booked. And quite honestly? It seemed to be a slap in the face of every WWE fan who wanted to see a competitive and fun match.
This, in my opinion, was one of the biggest problems with the Royal Rumble match. The Royal Rumble match is known for being full of surprises and not knowing what was going to happen next, but when the notion of surprise is taken out it’s just not a fun show to watch. They made it so blatantly obvious that Reigns was going to win.
I’m pretty sure everyone had a feeling, based on the spoilers, that Roman Reigns was going to win the Rumble match.
Many people are angry that he won, mostly because they think he wasn’t ready to main event Wrestlemania. While I agree, that’s not the main reason that I’m upset that he won. I personally think that Roman Reigns is a great superstar and doesn’t deserve all the backlash and boos that he got last night. He didn’t do anything wrong, the WWE creative staff is the one that screwed up. They did quite possibly one of the worst possible things they could have ever done. That’s making main-event talent look like absolute trash in about ten minutes.
I honestly will never understand how they could do that to those 4 talented superstars. Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose, and Bray Wyatt deserve so much better than how they were last night. Those four plus Reigns should have been the Final Five. I honestly believe had that been the case the backlash WWE received would probably not be there. Their first mistake was having Daniel Bryan be eliminated way too early. People were already unhappy with Reigns being hyped to win the match, so when the crowd-favorite got eliminated the WWE Universe turned and booed nearly every superstar that came out after, including extra loud boos for Roman Reigns.
Their second mistake was not giving the fans something to cheer for once Daniel Bryan was eliminated. It literally seemed like overtime they gave the fans someone to root for they got eliminated a couple minutes later.
This leads me to my next point.
Their third mistake was the complete and utter momentum burial of Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose, and Bray Wyatt. These were superstars that have main event pay-per-views in the last few months. Superstars they’ve been building up for months, just to literally be thrown out of the ring like garbage. WWE wonders why the crowd doesn’t get behind new talent, when they continuously get treated like complete and utter crap. I can’t tell you how frustrating it was for me, as a fan, to see wrestlers get eliminated the way they were last night.
Dolph Ziggler single-handedly has won two Survivor Series elimination matches, being the sole survivor, but one “knock-out” punch and he’s easily eliminated? Dean Ambrose is known for being a rough and tough badass who loves to fight, but again one punch and he’s easily picked up and thrown out of the ring. Bray Wyatt was in the Rumble match awhile and has never been someone to easily go down, until last night when he got thrown out like Ambrose and Ziggler.
Why were these three men so easily eliminated, by two “giants” who didn’t even seem to care that they were in the match at all?
I’m not the only one that was frustrated by the match and airing their grievances, the WWE Twitter-verse let the WWE know that they were pissed too and that they were going to do something about it. What they did was cancel their subscriptions to the WWE Network, because they were fed up. They were tired of not being listened to, by people who claim to care about what the fans want.
#CancelWWENetwork trended on twitter for hours after the event, but that wasn’t all that people did. It was reported that fans blocked the Superstars and Divas after the match in the parking lot, not allowing them to leave the arena. If people want to cancel the network or complain on twitter that’s fine, but it’s not okay to block the superstars in parking lots. People have to remember that it’s a TV show and it’s okay to be frustrated. At the end of the day, however, the superstars and divas are just people doing their jobs.
I’ve seen a lot of people saying they are done with WWE, but I will not be one of those people. Quite honestly while I’m unhappy with the outcome of the Rumble match, I’m still hoping for the best. WWE has shown in the past that they always have a master plan, and I’m truly hoping that this one bad moment can lead to something spectacular for Wrestlemania!
Those were my thoughts, and now I’d like to hear yours!! What did you think of the Royal Rumble match? Did you agree or disagree with me? Let me know in the comments below!!
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