For all the hype that surrounds WrestleMania more than a few wrestling fans’ hearts beat towards January. The Royal Rumble may essentially be a glammed up Battle Royale, but oh it makes us sing So what the hell have WWE been doing to it?
Even if you ignore the whole Roman Reigns’ thing, the last three Rumbles have been a disaster. In fact, ignore the winners full stop and let’s just focus on the matches. Can anyone remember a single spot from the last three years? AJ’s debut aside, the greatest gimmick match of all time has turned into wrestlers standing in the corner lamely tugging at each other.
Which is a damn shame, because booked well, the Rumble is brilliant. Every wrestler has a reason for being there. It might be to come in hot, come in funny or come in to go straight back out but they serve a purpose. No one is coming down that ramp just to hang about.
Yet, WWE has started well this year. For the first time in a long time, there is no obvious winner. There is no Roman Reigns or Triple H who is destined to get the nod. Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, Undertaker, Braun Strowman or maybe even a debuting Samoa Joe all feel like worthy candidates.
But none of that matters if that match isn’t good. You could have a surprise Kenny Omega end up in a final four with Samoa Joe, Nakamura and AJ Styles and if the match hasn’t been good, it won’t matter who wins. I want a good Rumble! Not a Rumble that is memorable because of The Rock’s confused face. Give us back our Rumble WWE, please.