Sunday, 29 January 2012 21:30
Best Match: Punk/Ziggler
Worst Match: Diva's Tag
A surprise ending only helps this show a little bit.
I'm tired of the fact that WWE's definition of entertainment really means attempts at 'comedy.' It's okay to have some lighter moments in the beginning of the Rumble, like Foley and Santino, but it needs to get serious around number 20. Too much campiness throughout the whole show. It kills the drama and anticipation.
While styles and production values have advanced, this Rumble reminded me of the mid-90's Rumble's before the Attitude Era: there is just not a lot of depth in the roster. Like in the past, WWE relied on gimmicks and having wrestlers do double duty to fill the 30 slots. It's not a talent issue. There are talented people under contract. The problem is start-and-stop pushes, punishment booking, and the glass ceiling. The Rumble looked like jobbers on parade tonight with very few stars. It's a management issue, it's been that way for years, and it will probably never change.
Best Match: Royal Rumble, I guess
Worst Match: Divas Tag Match
Watched the Royal Rumble with 20 excited people at my friends house, his son was playing an old playstation game, Xenogears on his PS3. He was the smartest person in the house. This show sucked the life out of the room.
The opening match was bad, the Divas match was an NXT match, the Kane vs Cena match was bad, there was a squash match (That we all know leads to nothing) on a show I paid for, the WWE title match was a complete disaster, not that the wrestling was bad, but there was so much going on it was like the older TNA matches that would hurt my head and in the end it goes nowhere.
The Rumble itself was below average (despite the good drama at the end), it lacked any real starpower for the most part but that was to be expected, the crowd seemed dead at many points of the match, which isn’t really a surprise as the crowd didn’t seem too receptive to the show as a whole. I watched a lot of this going “Oh yeah, that guy” as guys came out. Usually there is enough going on in these matches to keep my attention however this rumble had a lot of spots where I would look at the clock, get some food, take a leak, play on my iPhone, check the score of the Pro Bowl, etc.
And amongst all that they do these long videos which make the show seem like the B show before the big PPV, this seemed like a show that did not matter and well……I suppose it didn’t.
A BIG Thumbs down for this show.
Keep up the great work
Thumbs Down Best Match: Punk vs Ziggler Worst Match: Divas. This show fell flat for me. The crowd came off totally dead for the whole show, and the commentary was atrocious. The Opener seemed like it was over before it even got started. The Divas match sucked, but what do you expect. Cena vs Kane sadly extended one of the worst feuds off the last decade, and the match was awful. Not sure why they had to put Brodus Clay in a filler match instead of the Rumble. Punk vs Ziggler was their usual great match, but hurt by all the sports entertainment nonsense at the end. The Rumble itself just felt boring, and sloppily booked. There were very few exciting moments, and the whole thig was just paint by numbers. Glad to see Sheamus is finally getting th big babyface push he deserves, but otherwise bad show.
Royal Rumble Feedback
Best match: CM Punk vs Dolph Ziggler
Worst match: Beth Phoenix, Natalya and the Bellas vs Eve, Kelly, Tamina and Alicia
Honestly, until the end segment this show was teetering between thumbs in the middle and thumbs down for me. The Rumble had too much comedy for a match with such high stakes. Ricardo was great and could have been in longer, the Foley-Santino stand-off was fun and the Duggan cameo was fun. I was even cool with Lawler and Booker but Michael Cole entering was a turn-off for me. All that being said, the end segment between Jericho and Sheamus might be the best end stretch of the Rumble since Undertaker and Shawn Michaels a few years ago. It initially seemed obvious that Jericho would win, then it felt like they were even enough that whoever got eliminated should get the title match for their show, and then when Sheamus won it was just right. Sheamus vs Daniel Bryan, if that is what they go with, would be a great match and a great turn-around from their match being knocked off Mania last year.
Punk vs Ziggler was a pretty good match, although all of the false finishes on Ziggler while the ref was down were ridiculous since he lost anyway. I liked the opening cage match and although it could have been longer the finish was solid. Also, Bryan and Big Show match up really well against each other. The Brodus Clay match was fun and I think he has a good future in the company as he is talented and the Rikishi-style gimmick seems to be going over well.
Best Match: CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler
Worst Match: John Cena vs. Kane
None of the matches were particularly special, and something about the Rumble was just disappointing. I didn't have a real problem with Sheamus winning. The Rumble is highlighted by its "high spots" and I felt like they were lacking compared to other years. With the CONSTANT pointing to the Wrestlemania sign and CONSTANT advertisements for it you'd think this event would make you more excited for it, but it didn't. Also, is there really a need to play a commercial for the following night's Raw on a PPV I just bought? I did actually like the layout of the CM Punk as much as other might not have. I would have liked to have seen the match going another 10 minutes as they were having a really good one. I wish Ziggler was seen as a bigger star as he's one of the best as taking bumps and selling in wrestling and could do a great 40 minute Wrestlemania match with Punk. I'll be interested with which title Sheamus goes for. One would think the Smackdown title, and I'd hope so too. I'd much rather see Jericho-Punk feud than Sheamus-Punk.
The only shining light in this PPV (aside from Bryan's excellent twitter commentary) was that Daniel Bryan is still World Champion. The cage match sucked, Cena's match sucked (if we are getting Kane vs Ryder at WM, that will suck too), Dolph Ziggler was an uber-jobber to Punk and the wrong guy won the Rumble.
And in that crappy match, Ziggler looked even worse, Cody (though he seemingly eliminated a thousand people) was just seen as the guy who lasted 2 minutes less than Miz (who was never even really considered a threat to win), Barrett was jobbed out, there was no Punk or Daniel Bryan (what's the point in saying all superstars are eligible if you aren't putting in the champions - there are surprises every year, and I'm pretty sure Road Dogg isn't an active WWE Superstar) and the great returns of Del Rio, Christian or even a record breaking number of eliminations for Kane didn't happen. You could be blind and have no arms and legs and still not drop the ball as badly as WWE did here. At least Kofi did a cool handstand and Santino and Mick Foley are funny - I'm glad $54.95 tells us those facts that we couldn't have found out on free television.
You have a ready made, Best in the World storyline for Jericho/Punk, so I agree with not going with him, but Sheamus? Orton will be in the title match at WM, and there has to be a heel in the match. Orton/Bryan makes sense because Orton can finally shut him up, but your ROYAL RUMBLE WINNER is either going to be a third wheel in a good storyline or the reason why a potential classic feud and match doesn't play out. Sheamus/Orton was no good in 2010, and Sheamus/Bryan will suck because they have been on television together for months already without any sort of altercation. Awful, just awful.
Well done WWE, usually when you stink the place up, you localise it to a week either side of a show. This time you've screwed up one of your top feuds for WrestleMania trying to swerve us all. Don't be surprised if the fans swerve you and start tuning out of Smackdown in their droves.
Kharma is fantastic by the way. Can her and Trish have a match at Mania please?
Your ever-demoralised viewer,