WWE’s Royal Rumble hits most of the notes right

Roll your eyes if you see this coming.

Roll your eyes if you see this coming.
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You’d be forgiven if you thought WWE accidentally fell into its best long story line, including during last night’s Royal Rumble. It is too focused on providing “moments” where the crowd plunges into a riotous protest.el and (these days) Social media started spinning and buzzing like a slot machine. Whatever leads up to those, the company doesn’t seem to care much or put all that work in. Luckily for them, they have just enough performers who are good at putting things together on their own that most viewers won’t notice.

Let’s start here:

Sami Zayn is the story goes into Rumble, and he’s going to be the next story, which was clearly the goal of the whole production. Yes, the movie after the game with Sami and Roman Reigns and Bloodline and Kevin Owens is endless. It is certainly not the best way to get to where we are now, and there is even the question of whether this program should be where it is now. And yet, all WWE and Triple H care about is the echo of Seth Rollins hitting Roman with a chair in the back has been stirred up. by Sami doing so, and the reaction of the live crowd was certainly uproar. It was a moment they simply couldn’t miss.

All the questions that follow are not important to them, even if they are important to some of us. Right now, the biggest match, as we said before, WWE can run is Sami vs. Roman. That hasn’t changed, but it’s still less clear on how WWE got there or whether they’re interested in doing so. We’d like to believe they want to hold the biggest game they can for years on the biggest stage possible, but there’s a large number of fans who have grown quite tired of hearing the question: “Let’s see what they’ll do.” where to go with this.”

Cody Rhodes won the Rumble, now what?

That’s because Cody Rhodes won the Rumble, which slots him to face Reigns at Wrestlemania. Which is just two big names running into each other for the sake of it. No story, little history, barely any tension. All WWE had was Cody’s return and then unsurprising win of the Rumble, but that’s all they wanted. His return wasn’t even a surprise, thanks to the weeks-long video package campaign that at least in my head was at Cody’s insistence. It doesn’t matter that there was barely anything going into it.

Am I bitter that I apparently motherfucked Sami Zayn, perhaps the greatest crime I’ve ever committed? Quite. And my feelings on Cody not a secret or delicate anymore. But there are many avenues to address this that could have worked better for everyone.

What if Roman sent Sami into the Rumble to prevent the selected opponents from winning? It pits the company’s biggest star, Sami, into a game full of intrigue. If Cody gets through that, he’ll resonate with more than just CODY RHODES, and now he’s connected to the story. That’s just one way they could have gone about this. Sami can also get it by accident. But WWE was too deadlocked by its Cody time so here’s what we got. It all feels a bit painted with numbers.

Laziness is rewarded

One of the pitfalls of running two Rumble matches on the same card is that making them feel unique to each other or taking different paths is a challenge. The usual gimmicks appear in both, be it the big star crossing the ring or the alliances forming or the small confrontations we see in the larger game, such as two of the horses squared together.

However, it would be nice to feel like they tried. The men’s Rumble match kicked off the performance, seeing Gunther take 1st place and lasted until the end of the game before being the last to be eliminated. That eclipsed Rhea Ripley’s halo of doing the same on the female side, despite winning it. But again, all WWE cared about was getting the moment and picture Rhea hanging from the top rope, and strong enough to knock Liv Morgan off her apron with a tornado. It doesn’t really matter whether the rest of the women’s buzz, or even the entire show, is kind of “meh” at the time.

What about the women’s Rumble?

The big surprise was either Nia Jaxx, a wrestler that most fans would conclude is impossible to actually wrestle and mostly known for injuring his co-worker, or Booker T’s comedic appearance finished within 30 seconds. There may not be any wrestlers around that can provide the kind of surprise entrance we’ve seen in the past, but it also feels like they weren’t very interested in creating them.

Bianca’s match with Alexa Bliss was never like anything other than Bianca’s procession, and Bliss’s return to being Bray Wyatt’s other half barely moved forward. Wyatt’s match, the Pitch Black match, was really nothing more than a decent wrestling match on the set of Tron.

Most, if not all, the program looks like the path of least resistance. They wanted Cody to fight Roman in the main event of Wrestlemania, so they chose the shortest route to get there. They wanted the moment Sami turned on Roman, so they found the easiest way possible there. They wanted Rhea to be a star at Mania, so they took the most obvious route to get her there. And it doesn’t really matter if it leaves more questions in the future. Because all they have to do in the upcoming performances and Wrestlemania is provide a moment or two more. There’s a slight chance that fans might pop the Cody-Reigns matchup because they want Sami in and maybe they’ll find a way around that. But this is not 2015, as Cody is still a favorite face instead of a character forced by the unconvincing crowd. which, Funny enough, was Roman instead of Bryan Danielson (then Daniel Bryan). Even I feel like Cody is just another code word for “things that force us to do”.

There are plenty of more interesting ways to get to where they are now, but it was obvious last night that WWE was only interested in the end point. That’s all they have to do, because everyone has been trained to react to “moments”. If there’s one thing WWE knows how to do, it’s serve them on reg.

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