Is it time for a Rumble-Slayer?

It’s going to be the talk of the wrestling world for the next seven days, but in case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, the Royal Rumble is this Sunday. As always speculation is rife as to who will walk away with a guaranteed world title shot at Wrestlemania, but I’m here to present the case for someone who hasn’t really been mentioned as a real contender: Seth Rollins.

I know Seth is already booked for another match on the show – he’s set to defend the Raw Tag Team Championships alongside Jason Jordan against The Bar. But regardless of whether Rollins wins, or even enters, the Rumble match or not, I think we’re going to see new tag champions (as I wrote last week). It’s not entirely relevant to my argument, but it would have to be the first step for him to get to the “main event” of Wrestlemania. I also don’t see his story with Jordan continuing for long past this week, if at all, which would be another necessary step.

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The perfect place for the Perfect 10 is NXT

Last night at the Royal Rumble, the wrestling world erupted when the clock counted down to zero and the number ten entrant was revealed as none other than Tye Dillinger. Crowds have been chanting “Ten” constantly for months, and one of the talking points in the aftermath was whether Dillinger would show up on Raw or SmackDown now that he’s debuted.

I’d say the perfect place for the perfect ten to be is… exactly where he is now, NXT.

That’s nothing against Dillinger as a worker. He is one of the most capable performers in NXT, and it has been well reported that Dusty Rhodes said he was ready for the main roster years ago. Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe have also both publicly praised Dillinger’s ability in the last year or two. No, my worry is over how he would be booked on the main roster.

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2017 Royal Rumble Spotlight: Royal Rumble Match

The Road to Wrestlemania begins… tonight. It’s the Royal Rumble, where 30 men battle to throw each other over an obstacle. There is a rumoured Wrestlemania card out there online right now, but excitingly nobody seems to be sure where the titles will be. So the question on everyone’s lips tonight is, who will stand victorious having won the Royal Rumble match? That’s what I’m focusing on here by picking the Rumble match itself for my PPV Spotlight. And if you ask me…

I have absolutely no earthly idea.

This is the most open Royal Rumble… possibly ever. You actually need two hands to count the potential winners in 2017, instead of there just being two options. Let’s go through the apparent contenders. Continue reading 2017 Royal Rumble Spotlight: Royal Rumble Match

Royal Rumble Statistics

So in the last two years, for some reason I’ve tasked myself with watching every single Royal Rumble match in the build up to the next one. And in the process, I’ve kept track of some statistics that have interested me. WWE always come up with their annual Royal Rumble statistical packages at this time of year, and here I’ve tried to include some stats that aren’t included in them. Without further ado!

The last three Royal Rumble winners have walked out of Wrestlemania without a world championship, though last year Triple H did win the WWE Championship in the Rumble match itself. The Rumble winner has only been guaranteed a title match at Wrestlemania since 1993 (in 1992 Ric Flair won the WWE Title in the match, in 1991 Hulk Hogan went on to challenge for the title after winning the Rumble match but it wasn’t a stipulation of the match, and in 1990 the WWE Champion Hulk Hogan actually entered the Rumble and won), and the winners’ record is fairly even.

 

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Royal Rumble 2015 Predictions

A: Ladies and gentlemen… Welcome! To the Road to Wrestlemania! We officially get underway tonight, so get ready for two months of constant sign pointing. As always, the Rumble match will be the main attraction tonight, but there is also an extremely interesting WWE Championship match featuring Brock Lesnar, John Cena and Mr Money In The Bank, Seth Rollins. So let’s get to it! Here are our predictions for the first PPV of 2015!

M: This should be the 2nd biggest event of the year but it just doesn’t feel like it any more. Since the WWE Network came out over here I have been constantly watching as much as I can. Specifically Royal Rumbles to try and get in the mood. Alas the more I watch the days of old, the more I realise how pathetic today’s product actually is. Competition from WCW drove the WWF/WWE to do great things 20 years ago. They were forced to go against their grain and their core values to fight for their lives. Little did they know at that point that it would end up saving them and propel the company onto monumental success and eventually a complete monopoly of the wrestling world.

Within that however lies the problem. With no competition, there is no need to change or develop. The middle finger has been raised by Vinnie Mac for a long time now and it is aimed firmly at the audience that once saved his dream from dying. I’m not saying necessarily that it needs to go back to what it used to be, but it needs change and it has to progress. I’m getting closer and closer to just not tuning in anymore. I don’t usually watch Raw or some PPVs until the next day but I can foresee a time soon when I just don’t tune it at all, and it pains me to say that that doesn’t really bother me as much anymore.

I hate doing rants. I wish I had something good to write!!!

Might as well get started then. As always, I’ll spend as much time on the predictions as WWE have.
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Royal Rumble 2015: Bryan or Reigns?

The Royal Rumble is fast approaching now, and it looks like there are only two contenders for the ultimate prize: Roman Reigns, and Daniel Bryan. But which one should win, and go on to headline Wrestlemania? Or maybe more to the point, who actually will? Continue reading Royal Rumble 2015: Bryan or Reigns?