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One of the worst Rumbles
on 20 December 2013
As a start to the build up for Wrestlemania 22 this event was woefully inadequate. Granted there were some good matches but there were no great matches and some of the the bouts were terrible.
Cruiserweight title: Kid Kash vs Funaki vs Nunzio vs Paul London vs Jamie Noble vs Gregory Helms 6/10
This was an enjoyable but rushed six way match. There are some very impressive moves, but they could really have done with a few more minutes.
Mickie James vs Ashley (Special referee Trish Stratus) 0/10
This match was really boring and everything they did looked terrible. The culprit was Ashley who was clueless, and this wasn't due to inexperience either; she never improved. It is frustrating that a capable wrestler like Stratus is just standing there officiating while Ashley is screwing everything up.
John 'Bradshaw' Layfield 0/10
A hopeless sub two minute squash match, there was no need for this to be booked on the card.
2006 Royal Rumble match 6/10
This was fairly entertaining, for most of its duration anyway. The match drags in places and Rey Mysterio and Triple H spend long periods lying down. It was also troubling that WWE built up Mysterio's rumble win around Eddie Guerrero rather than Rey Mysterio.
WWE title: Edge vs John Cena 4/10
An entirely forgettable match which is made worse by the choice of winner. I still can't believe WWE chose to terminate Edge's title reign after just three weeks and put the title back on John Cena. Edge as champion was new and exciting, while Cena as champion was predictable and boring. It got worse for Edge in a post match backstage segment when he was lumbered in a mini feud with the useless Jim Duggan.
World title: Kurt Angle vs Mark Henry 1/10
This was a rubbish way to end the show and, to add insult to injury, it has a screwy finish. Why WWE chose to award Henry a main event run is beyond me; even Kurt Angle, one of the best wrestlers ever, was incapable of having a decent match with him. Presumably Undertaker and Angle's confrontation was tacked on at the end to compensate for the lousiness of the match (it didn't work).
This was a very poor event which featured nothing that could be classified as 'must see' and quit a lot of rubbish. I would avoid this if I were you.