Best Match: The Rumble
Worst Match: The Divas thing
I'm not sure what people are so upset about with this one. The Rumble
match was interesting, fun and unpredictable. Just as The Rumble
should be. People complaining about the lack of "Big Stars" would be
the same ones bitching if HHH or Undertaker were in it because they
would "Squash" the young talent. As for the under-card, Kane and Cena
was as good as could be expected. Punk and Ziggler had a great match,
even with the stupid John Laurinaitis business. Bryan, Show and Henry
wasn't terrible, but could have done without Henry. The less said
about the Divas the better. Finally, and most importantly, if you
aren't entertained by Brodus Clay then you aren't paying attention.
Don't cry for Drew McIntyre, however. He was irrelevant a long time
Good stuff all round.
- Will Rutherford
Royal Rumble 2012
Best Match: CM Punk v Dolph Ziggler
Worst Match: Brodus Clay v Drew MyIntrye
The 2012 Rumble will go down as one with limited star power and tons of comedy. Inversely, it will also go down as a year that WWE attempted to turn the negative into a positive and NOT have Randy Orton or Chris Jericho - two stars who had been on top for most of the past decade - win the match.
HHH clearly wants to position Sheamus as the next-generation version of himself. And his character is starting to show some dimensionality, as opposed to Orton, who has the range of a tuning fork. But just as clearly, WWE sees that fans would not buy Daniel Bryan beating Randy Orton, whereas with Sheamus, it could happen.
When the match got down to the final 5-6 slots, we were throwing around names, including Undertaker and Kevin Nash. I casually flipped back on my "PPV pad" and blurted out "Jack Swagger," and five seconds later, there he was.
The rest of the card was a disappointment. "Size is king" is clearly not working anymore. Between Mark Henry, Big Show, Kane, and Brodus Clay, I overloaded on limited behemoths.
I'm not the biggest Mason Ryan fan, but WWE loves big guys and needs new talent on top. The Kane push could have gotten Mason Ryan over as a top guy, but instead they give it to a 43-year-old who has been around forever.
Thumbs Down.… no… middle finger up!!
Best Match : Punk & Dolph
Worst: Cena & Kane
Sweet baby Jesus was that show a clusterfook!
Henry vs. Bryan vs. Show vs. my soul
Didn’t expect much and didn’t get much either. I was pleased with Bryan holding onto the belt, although any other outcome would have been backwards.
Nobody cares about Show and Henry is still injured….PLEASE let that man rest up and heal….PLEASE Vince PLEASE! Nice finish to the match and was pretty clever to boot!
Evil Random Divas VS Even more Nice random Divas
Match was inoffensive…..that is all.
BroDusty Clay VS. Future, Future Endeavor McIntyre
Really! Was this a PPV quality match? Did we not just see several of these matches on Raw weeks ago? What can we say about this match….Nothing, that’s what!
Erica Kane Vs. Johan Cenna vs. my will to live
Ok….end this friggin feud NOW! Nobody cares. Please remove Ryder from the line of fire. I get what your trying to do but Cena is harming Ryder. In fact Zack is kinda whack (I got mad rhymes) What a douche bag this kid looked like with his I heart D-Lo brown chest protector. Eve needs to be shot in the temple for her ACTIIIING!!! Wrestling was ok….Kane delivered a good looking suplex….ok….i said it.
Chicago Made Punk VS Dolph Hennig
Best wrestling on the card! Dolph is the modern day Mr. Perfect. His bumping is legend! “Laryngitis” was the focal point of the match …and that Is not good. It should always be your title contenders. That said,…big whoopee on him throwing out Vicky. What’s that? That was a stip anyway? Ok, fine! The REAL problem with this match is Ziggler jobbed a record 4 times in a matter of minutes. Yuck. Hey WWE…that is so not how u build stars. And yes, there is a HUGE talent deficit right now which brings me to the last match…….
The Royal Rumble VS My Intelligence
Somebody punch me in the face so I can see some stars around here! This Rumble lacked star power and a sensible finish…but boy did it have comedy…intentional and unintentional! Intentional: Roberto Rodriguez, this kid needs a raise pronto! Brilliant gimmick he worked with the car. Socko vs. Cobra: This was fine, should have been done a tad earlier but it was fine. Lawler Doing his schtick from Rumble’s past was fine. Unintentional: Miz getting the Iron man treatment. That would have been fine last year…when they were pushing him. This year he is lost in the fray. Booker and Cole ripping off jerry’s gimmick! I know what they wanted to do, it just fell flat and seemed contrived (shocker) Seriously, I’m ok with Booker going in. He is a legend. Cole needs to never ever step into a ring again. LAME. Now, for those harping on Jim Duggans entry. Look, this was an anniversary Rumble. Duggan won the first one, it made sense for him to be there…stop crying!!! Kharma returning was all types of awesome. She is one bad Beyotch! Her pressing hunico (or whoever) over the top was awesome. I hope she is ready to stomp Phoenix in the face! Road Dogg….what a nostalgia piece that was. He looked good doing his old moves. Cody Rhodes is MVP going almost 40 min and taking out 5.5 people. Someone give this man a world title NOW !! Now onto Jericho and Sheamus. If WWE wanted to swerve the fans…well congrats. Now, how do you un swerve and fix the damage? Jericho is marred with poor follow ups to great debuts. He should not have been entered if he was not going to win! It totally made Jericho look like a tool. He needs to be protected early on if he’s going to be a useful tool for Mania (LOL, I said tool twice) Now we get the King of the Mid-card Sheamus as a title contender. He kinda deserves it but on this platform…it seemed like an afterthought. Oh and stop doing the contrived “point to Mania sign”
Thumbs WAY Down!
Best Match: World Title three-way, I guess by default
Worst Match: CENA-KANE
Just figured I'd add to what appears to be the chorus of Rumble hate. I almost didn't even bother going to my friend's house for this show until he informed me I wouldn't have to pay, which would have been the first Rumble I didn't see live since 1996. Of course, even for free this show was a rip-off.
There's almost too many problems to list, and others have gone through them all already. Remember how WWE used to promote the Rumble as "our all-star game, except it actually counts"? Well, the NHL had their all-star game today, a game that indeed doesn't count and I sometimes don't even bother to watch, and that utterly meaningless exhibiton game with a final score of 12-9 was roughly 500x more entertaining than WWE's 2nd most important PPV of the year. It's incredibly sad that watching a bunch of disinterested hockey players totally screw around and barely even try for 2 1/2 hours was so much more entertaining than the beginning of the road to WrestleMania. But that's today's WWE for you: sad and boring indeed.
Daniel Bryan is a fun heel and the three-way feud with Henry & Show has actually been kind of unique and interesting. Punk & Ziggler were doing pretty well for themselves until the overbooked crap totally killed it. And some of the comedy was actually funny. But pretty much everything else on this show sucked. Easily the worst Rumble I've ever seen, and I've seen them all ('cept the USA one). So yeah, thumbs down indeed.
Hey Dave and Bryan-
I am normally a wordy fellow. Believe me when I say that I could literally write 10,000 words on why this show is the worst Rumble event since at least 1999, and maybe as far back as the early 1990s... and maybe ever. I could do that... But that requires effort. And since WWE decided to not put forth any effort tonight and made the call that the Rumble match is NOT one of the most important matches of the year, and is instead a giant ”comedy” spot, I do not think it is fair for me to put forth any effort to review the show. It was certainly not worth my time or my money. For the sake of consistancy with other writeups, I will include these categories...
Best match- Punk vs. Ziggler
Worst Match- Cobra vs. Socko
Saddest sight- Mark Henry giving a damn when the people in charge clearly do not
Best swerve- Making me think this would be a good show and then delivering this steaming pile of feces to my cable box.
I have ordered every Rumble since 2001. I literally never even QUESTION the decision. It is my favorite gimmick match of the year because it MATTERS. The result is IMPORTANT. The stakes are HIGH. Well, clearly not as high as I must have been for giving 2012 WWE the benefit of the doubt. Next year, I will have to be much more cautious with my hard-earned cash and make them earn my buy. Oy. I had better stop. My head hurts.
Thanks for all the work you guys do! It is inspiring to see that some people still care about the quality of their output and always deliver as advertised. We all really appreciate it. Keep it up!
Disappointed in Indy,