We saw the debut of a red hot Tye Dillinger from NXT. We didn't not see the debut of a Samoa Joe getting called up to the main roster. and No real big surprises. They could have spared a Calisto for some more spots for up and coming talent. Still the favorites didn't win, the underdogs didn't win, and some surprises did happen in the Rumble.
For example, I didn't expect John Cena to win his 16th title and dethrone AJ Styles, this leaves his slot up in the air during WrestleMania and he is guaranteed another title match afterwards. This caught me by surprise because I thought the WWE would put faith into AJ who has held that show of Smackdown up and ratings were good because of him. I'm not sure if it was a trading wins or loss thing, but they didn't put faith with him to be their go home guy, just as they didn't put trust in CM Punk to be the go home guy at the Rumble before then.
I am sure they are planning something, but I don't know what they are planning.
And Kevins Owens won after Braun helped him.
Brock was eliminated by Goldberg.
Goldberg was eliminated by Undertaker
Roman eliminated the Undertaker
This has the makings for an interesting setting for matches leaving more matches to have more questions being made afterwards.
Still The Elimination Chamber is coming and the winner that I didn't expect to win actually won which was Randy Orton.
Now who do we see another Randy Orton and John Cena match we have seen that several thousand times before and if it is a new era someone from the new era should be champion going into WrestleMania. And I would like to see a Bray vs. Luke Harper vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Title during WrestleMania. But this leaves the Question who does John Cena face.
I thought we would have clear answers, but the Rumble only throws you off more.
One match is certain
Seth vs. HHH.
As each week unfolds we will know. Does Undertaker get revenge on Roman Reigns taking him out of championship position, We can't see a Roman vs. Kevin Owens match again. They pushed Roman down our throats that he is better off being a heel as I said a long time ago amongst friends. I don't like him in the role he is in. I feel he could have an edge and would be a better heel champion than Kevin Owens. He is not The Rock and he can't be compared to him. He is a glorified big guy with an attitude and he needs to be in a role where people can shut him up. I am sick of this guy getting the push because of his family. I respect his family bloodline, but I don't respect that he is playing a role that he is not fit for.
Roman got the championship belt and Paul Orndorff a proven great in the ring based on his toughness never got the belt and also Rowdy Roddy Piper never got the belt. They were greats and deserved it. And Roman got it when he didn't pay his dues as these wrestlers have.
So if anyone wonders and says Roman never paid his dues, well he went to school and he got there, but a great wrestler will know how to be both a heel and face. This is what made Hulk Hogan good. I know this is a rant on Roman and I didn't want to go into it, but Roman being a face and this big deal based on his poor negative attitude upsets me. He lacks the charisma. I could picture Enzo more in the role that Roman is in or even a Sami Zayn.
Didn't mean to get on a rant about Roman, but something about him in the role he plays irritates me. He grew up in the business and I am sure he takes his blood seriously, but he has to be a bad guy. His Dad was a bad guy he should work of his attitude he grew up with elaborate and don't fake.
With The Rumble done, I wasn't impressed. It had a surprise ended, but it goes to show that they have a glass ceiling effect still into play. The have some one who is established have the championship belt in John Cena and then another established star who has been in it such as Randy Orton. I don't know if they are going backwards or back in time and are looking at the stars who have been there to be there again. But eventually Vince will have to let the new era take over. And you can't suppress it.
Believe it or not besides the Cruiserweights, Only a few Superstars made their debut on the Main Roster besides women. Raw has been lacking in their talent pull and very easily a Samoa Joe who is long overdue can be called up as their other stars including Shinsake Nakamura. But we will see.
I will add this. It is unfair for these Superstars to come and just wrestle when they haven't been their for awhile just to be in a WrestleMania. Undertaker I could see because he is an attraction kind of like how Andre the Giant was. HHH always has his match and the other stars. And I know their will be the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
The ending might have not been what is expected and the people who won, you say wtf, but if it's any indicator the WWE will turn blunders and make it into gold going into WrestleMania. We even saw The Miz vs. John Cena remember that. So anything is possible.
Clips is YouTube video footage from WWE of The Royal Rumble 2017