Royal Rumble 2017
Every January I get together with some guys from back home and some college guys to be immature again and watch some wrestling. See every January the WWE holds its annual paper view event called the Royal rumble. Now, the Royal Rumble is considered one of the big four pay-per-views set forth by the WWE. It was introduced back in the 80’s and has been a staple ever since. While Wrestlemania garners the most headlines, we appreciate the Rumble the most. I assume that it has to do with the 60 minutes of non-stop action.
Back in the early 90’s most of the big superstars took part in this event and this even alone. Then during the mid to late 90’s superstars doubled up with performing in some sort of championship match and then coming back for the Rumble. This never sat well with me though. I always felt that if you couldn’t get 40 guys to participate in the entire pay-per-view Vincent Kennedy McMahon was doing something wrong.
The past few years have been had a decent draw but nothing too major. Mixing the past with the present with the focus on the future is obviously the hard part. Personally, the show cannot be watered down enough with has beens, as I know them the most. This year, Goldberg has signed on to the WWE to make one final run. That is a great get from the past, even though most of his history comes from the minor leagues of wrestling, the WCW. I like to compare the WCW to the Chicago White Sox. You knew they were there, but you just never worried too much about them, even if they were winning championships. They had their true fans and that was about it. Not many people would come out of the wood work for them, which I guess is respectable. When the Blackhawks started winning Stanley Cups people acted like they had watched all of their games for years and that was just bogus. Those people don’t remember the days of running out line mates consisting of Sergei Krivokrasov, Joe Murphy, and Bernie Nicholls. They probably don’t even realize that all of the Hawk home games weren’t even televised until 2008. Heck, these same wood dwellers came out again this fall to support the Cubs. These folks have no idea how hard it was to watch guys like Jim Bullinger, Rick Wilkins, and Brant Brown. These Johnny Come Latelys have no idea who I’m talking about and the Cubs played on WGN throughout the country. I also still hate Brant Brown!
Sorry for the rant…now, back to regularly televised programming…
This year’s crop of participants is nothing short of a WWE Academy Award comparison. In recent memory, I cannot remember the field this deep in legends. Not only is Goldberg at the top of this class but Brock Lesnar is participating as well. If Goldberg is making a legit run, I cannot imagine him not headlining something at Wrestlemania 33. The Phenom, The Undertaker, has taken time off from confusing himself on where his hometown is (either Death Valley or Parts Unknown) to participate in the event. I cannot remember the last time Taker took part in anything other than a match at Wrestlemania, so this should be good. Some other great entertainers have thrown their hats into the ring, including The Viper, Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, and everyone’s favorite Real World star, The Miz. I’m kind of proud of The Miz. See, I liken these MTV “stars” to people on the Bachelor and its spinoffs. These people are good at one thing, being single. Once they settle down with a family or career, they kill off their one skill set, partying and doing things most people their age have mastered already.
And yes, I named my third born after a professional wrestler. Most call him Brayden, but he is always going to be Bray to me. Why not? I can only hope he can be a leader, maybe not the same type, but a leader nonetheless like the WWE second generation star.
But my favorite part of the Royal Rumble is the element of surprise. A surprise entrant is what I hope for. I always hope for a crashing of glass indicating the entrance of one Stone Cold Steve Austin. Deep down I know this can never occur as Austin only comes out to do a couple of stunners and drink some Steve Wisers. He doesn’t take a dive for anyone. The only way he comes out from the back dressing room is to not lose or take a hit due to his past neck injuries. He is a no go.
Now, I will take any random dude that once was a “star” or a guy that even had a prime back in the day. It’s always great to see a has been that has done a few cycles to get himself into some sort of shape. At least they’re trying. A random Golddust, not to be confused with Goldberg, sighting is always enjoyed. If only Marlena would accompany him, too.
It’s also always great to hear the sound of a deep, recognizable voice of the six time world champion. A bad OG from 110th Street. Yes, a Booker T visit would be awesome.
What about the presence of a man that is 6’11”? There’s always room for a 300 pounder, especially if it is Big Daddy Cool Diesel.
However, I’m hoping for a different surprise this year. I’m hoping for a return from a guy named Finn Balor. Balor was on the rise but was cut down due to a torn labrum right after winning the WWE Universal Championship at Summer Slam this past year. Balor is kind of a weird dude but he puts on a pretty good show. He seemed to have a decent fan following as well, despite being Irish.
As far as results go this Sunday, I’m not sure how much insight I can give since I haven’t watched regularly since last Wrestlemania. I say AJ Styles beats John Cena as I don’t think Cena even cares to win anymore. Kevin Owens beats Roman Reigns because, well, I don’t know. Reigns at least gets mixed boos and cheers now, as opposed to the thuderous boos that usually drown out his monologue. The tag match doesn’t count as there hasn’t been a good tag team since Demolition hung up the hardcore S&M gear.
If the rumors are true, then I assume Vince tried to pencil in who he felt would main event Wrestlemania for 2017 at last year’s event. Therefore, I see posturing for some sort of main event that would include Owens, Reigns, Jericho, and perhaps Rollins. Rollins missed out last year due to an injury and he had been carrying the company until he went down. But the WWE is unpredictable. They do things that make little sense. And if they want to pick something random, just insert a little Nature Boy and all will be fine.
Enjoy the action folks.