Top positive review
on 12 June 2014
The Royal Rumble of 2014 has become just as well known for the live crowd reactions as it has for the in ring action. The fans in attendance certainly made WWE aware of their feelings towards the current product - refusing to react the way the company wanted them to. Due to the overwhelming reactions towards Daniel Bryan (positive) and Batista (negative) and the fact CM Punk walked out shortly after this show, WWE changed its plans for Wrestlemania 30.
Partly because of that it's an interesting show to watch and the in ring action is actually really good in places. Without spoiling any results these are my thoughts on the action..............
Bray Wyatt v Daniel Bryan - This is a cracking match, everything you need from a PPV opener. The crowd are electric, there's a lengthy storyline behind it and these two put together a scorcher. The best of Brays career to that point.
Big Show v Brock Lesnar - This is a strange short match, more notable for what happens before and after the bell. Disappointing considering how rarely Brock wrestles on his part time contract, these two had better matches back in 2002 and 2003.
Randy Orton v John Cena (Heavyweight Title) - Michael Cole calls this one of the most anticipated rematches of all time. Really Michael? These guys have fought so many times over the years in so many types of matches did many really want to see them go at it again? Anyway, it's not a bad match but not particularly inspiring, at least the finish leads into a new storyline.
It's during this match that the crowd start to take over. Orton gets booed, Cena gets booed and the crowd start chanting for Daniel Bryan before the first bell has rung. These chants return later as well as chants of Randy Savage, Y2J, The Undertaker and BORING amongst others.
Royal Rumble Match - I enjoyed the Rumble match this year, it kept the action moving at a decent pace (new man every 90 seconds) and there were spirited efforts from CM Punk and The Shield including a star making turn from Roman Reigns. There's the usual surprise entrants, Kofi Kingston gets his customary Rumble moment, Cesaro breaks out The Swing and there's a bit of JBL comedy.
The crowd continue chanting for Daniel Bryan at different times despite the fact he wasn't advertised to be in the match. The returning Batista gets loudly booed throughout which I think was a shock to him and WWE but probably not to many outside the bubble. When the thirtieth man comes out and the crowd realise that Bryan really isn't going to be involved they totally turn on the match, virtually everyone gets booed from this point. Strangely entertaining in its own way.
A few mid card stars pick their numbers. A short interview with Batista. An even shorter interview with Orton.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust v. The New Age Outlaws (Tag Team Titles) - This match from the pre show Royal Rumble Kickoff is a fun little TV style match. The Outlaws bring their catchphrases, Cody and Dustin bring the athleticism. Good stuff.