Much like it has done in the past, the Royal Rumble pay-per-view brought the WWE Universe a night of surprises.
This years spectacular was headlined by The Rock ending CM Punks staggering 434-day title reign and taking home the WWE championship for the first time in a decade. The victory on Sunday, Jan. 27 was foreshadowed by his passionate and inspiring pre-match comments. It was a nice moment to see Miamis son celebrate with his mother, Ata.
The match wasnt without controversy with The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns) striking in the darkness and nearly costing The Rock the title. The Spanish announce table got some revenge during the battle. Guess it was tired of being used and abused in matches. Im sure there were some fans who were thinking The Undertaker was reading to make his grand entrance when the lights turned off.
Just when we think were getting a Russo WCW finish, Vince McMahon appears and follows through on the promise of stripping Punk of the title if The Shield interfered. Rock didnt want a match with so much build to end like that and asked for it to be restarted, leading to his historic win.
I think the main event did a good job in establishing The Shield as the group made an impact and proved to be a dangerous faction in WWE. I also dont mind The Rock as WWE champion, as it will give great exposure to the company when he attends his movie press junkets. Its good for business.
A rematch is also good for business, as the two worked well together, and Im sure fans wouldnt mind seeing another encounter with a clear-cut winner.
One thing I do have a problem with is John Cena winning the Royal Rumble. I like the hard-working face of WWE, but having him win the battle royal is predictable. It leaves the taste of stale Fruity Pebbles in the mouths of the WWE Universe. Its an ending weve seen before.
This would have been the perfect time to spotlight how unpredictable the Royal Rumble is by allowing someone like Ryback or even Dolph Ziggler to win. The Show Off has been on the cusp of greatness for a while, and the Rumble would have been the perfect vehicle to send him over-the-top. Look what the Royal Rumble did for Shawn Michaels.
As it stands, there is a good chance of seeing Cena and Rock again, but the WWE Elimination Chamber PPV could change that.
It wouldnt be a problem to me had WWE not advertised The Rock and John Cena at WrestleMania 28 Once in a Lifetime. At this point, I would rather see a triple threat of some sort. Maybe Punk, Cena and Rock? Im not a fan of three-way WWE title matches at WrestleMania, but then the company wouldnt be accused of false advertising.
• The Rumble itself had a lot of fun moments. Among them was Chris Jerichos exciting return to WWE by entering at number two. Y2J sure knows how to make an entrance when fans least expect it. He had a great showing. Hoping Jericho is here for more than one night. His new Robot Combat League TV show does air on SyFy, which airs WWE SmackDown.
The Do not try this at home commercial should have aired after Kofi Kingston played floor is lava with JBLs announce chair. I wonder how many members of the WWE Universe are going to try hopping around in their own office chairs at work.