All matches delivered, we got an all time classic match between Cena and AJ, I'm not gonna cry because someone didn't make a surprise appearance. The internet forums didn't dupe me into thinking people not signed or planned into anything were gonna be there. We had all the big names advertised beforehand.
AMAN. (Samoa Joe being held off until after WrestleMania 33) Dan is soo bias annoying.
But I was right on Orton winning the Rumble, and now I can see Cena-Styles Hell In A Cell with Shane as Special referee at WrestleMania 33(Shane can get his big spot in).
Lemme guess some AJ booking after this show. Most likely bitchy for having to take this match with Cena when he just showed up and got it, he gets put into the elimination chamber instead of a one on one rematch and doesn't win so he takes his frustrations out on Shane McMahon and he challenges him at Mania for his right to be traded to Raw.
I am really surprised about the negative reactions (as I listen to last night's LAW episode.) Dan has become insanely hard to listen to, and honestly, John is the only one with a level headed approach to analysis of the show. Meltzer as well. Dan is so out of it, it's crazy.
People are complaining about lack of surprises... I'd put Dillinger as a huge one for many. And why would anybody want Joe to debut as just being a random dude in the Rumble.
Orton has been positioned as one of the top people on Smackdown, and it makes sense for him to win. Plus, with all the major angles and focus on RAW players heading into Mania, between Lesnar / Goldberg, HHH / Rollins, Owens / Jericho, likely Reigns / Stroman, etc, I think Smackdown benefits from Orton going over.
Anyway, as for Reigns - I think that he was positioned to make sure Orton got over huge at the end. PLUS - I was sure 30 was going to be somebody like Kane... so I'm actually happy with how it turned out.
Post by john casey on Jan 30, 2017 18:46:13 GMT -5
I get why they had Goldberg destroy Lesnar again. The reason they gave as to why Lesnar lost so quickly at Survivor Series was that Brock took Goldberg lightly and paid the price for it. Therefore at the Royal Rumble, I think Lesnar took Goldberg seriously however he didn't count on Goldberg doing it to him again (As by the look of shock on Lesnar's face)
My booking of the Rumble in hindsight, knowing what they wanted to accomplish:
Entrant #1: Goldberg
Give Goldberg his proper long entrance. There wasn't anything wrong with Enzo and Kaz, per say, but let's start the Rumble off hot.
Next come one or two jobbers, who Goldberg dispatches.
Entrant #4: Brock Lesnar
Lesnar and Goldberg square off but neither man can eliminate the other. Then the ring fills up with more jobbers and Goldberg and Lesnar take turns eliminating guys in a one-upmanship contest. This also allows both men some much needed rest.
Entrant #9: Chris Jericho
At this point Jericho enters the Rumble but he stays clear of Goldberg and Lesnar. The ring starts to fill up again as both big men eventually eliminate each other, then fight along the floor and have to be restrained by security.
Entrant #16: Samoa Joe/Shinsuke Nakamura
Ty Dillinger was ok but we really needed someone a little more impactful to debut at some point. This would also make the lull a little less of a lull.
Entrant #20: Braun Strowman
The big man starts clearing the ring.
Entrant #25: Randy Orton
The Rumble rolls on.
Entrant #30: The Undertaker
Taker won't get booed, which is already a plus. The final 4 are Taker, Orton, Jericho, and Strowman. Roman Reigns comes out to get his revenge on Strowman, but accidentally clotheslines Taker over the top rope and eliminates him! Then Strowman beats up Reigns but at some point Orton and Jericho toss them both over the rope. Reigns wasn't in the match anyway but Strowman is eliminated.
It's down to Chris Jericho and Randy Orton now. Jericho has been in the match for about an hour at this point, but Orton makes short work of him and wins the match (or viva-versa if you want a better storyline for your title picture).