The ‘Road To Wrestlemania’ has officially kicked off for 2017, and it’s looking a lot like 2009. This was branded as the biggest Royal Rumble match in history, and with participants like The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, and Goldberg in the match, it very well could have been, but in the end it was a big joke played by the WWE at the fans expense.
Now, to be fair, I’m not talking about the entire match card, I only got to watch the Owens vs Reigns title match, which I really enjoyed, and the main event, but for this show, the main event match is the one that sets up what’s going to happen at Wrestlemania, usually with little to no twists along the way. So it looks like it’s going to be Orton vs Cena in the main event of Wrestlemania for the WWE World Heavyweight title, a match we’ve all seen play out a billion and a half times before. Some exaggeration there, but not by much, and it’s certainly, from this fan’s perspective, how many times we’ve seen this match go down.
I was really dissapointed with how this Rumble match played out. There was no mark out moment like last year’s AJ Styles surprise debut, or 2013’s Chris Jericho surprise return, in fact, there were little to no surprises at all. Some may say that seeing Jack Gallagher from the Cruiserweight Division qualifies as a surprise, but it doesn’t, not if you pay attention to small details like I did, and his name was among those listed in the advertising crawl for the Rumble match.
Sure, we get Tye Dillinger in the match, but he’s long overdue for the main roster, and now would be the best time to bring him in, seeing as his Perfect 10 gimmick has finally caught on with fans it seems. But it wasn’t anything to tweet about, not really.
I was more excited for the Luke Harper face turn, I just wonder if he’ll come out on Tuesday clean shaven, and a new man, or if he’ll still be the same, I mean, whatever happened to Erick Rowan…we could get those two going up against Randy and Bray, at least at the next Smackdown ppv, that was one of the highlights of the match for me.
A friend of mine I used to watch and talk wrestling with back in my Navy days called me up during the match, super excited for this one to play out, I was watching on a bit of a delay, so we agreed to talk after the match was over. But, by the time it was all said and done and at number 30 we had Roman Reigns instead of a rumored and awaited Samoa Joe, and saw Reigns eliminate The Undertaker from the match, in his home state no less that we knew that we were in for more of the same, I mean, even if Orton didn’t eliminate him it’d be the same stuff we’ve seen already. There was so much potential for new, or even something unexpected like when Triple H won last year, or when The Rock won the thing a few years back, I’d have been cool with a Goldberg or Taker victory, but in the end, we’re left with things we’ve seen before. Unless that was just a big middle finger to the fans, a long game type troll that we’re going to get something fresh and innovative at Wrestlemania then my excitement level is pretty low right now.
Now, some are saying that, maybe it’s just that all of us fans bought into rumors , and the show that we booked in our heads couldn’t compare to what actually happened, but I don’t buy that for a second, there was opportunity for something great, something truly memorable to happen, and they failed to deliver the goods with this show. Here’s hoping that the Raw and Smackdown this week help set the stage for Wrestlemania, and the next two ppvs, Fastlane and Elimination Chamber set up a better Wrestlemania then we have now.
But, then again, there are reports that it will be Goldberg vs Owens at Fastlane for the Universal Title, leading into a Goldberg vs Lesnar III at Mania for the belt, but I don’t want to see that match, we’ve already seen Goldberg squash Lesnar twice now, it doesn’t have any excitement value anymore. I’m all for a Goldberg match, he does have some fight left in him, but they’ve killed the Goldberg/Lesnar feud with this Rumble match as well. It’s over now, Goldberg won.
But, let’s hope, and I will, because I still, despite how much I bitch about it online, still love professional wrestling, I still love WWE, as much of an abusive one it is at times, it’d take a lot more than a boring match to turn me away.