First off, thanks to everyone who has responded to the Royal Rumble, always means a lot to get such excellent feedback ofr Pay Per View events. If I'm not a regular reader of your thread, don't hesitate to PM me and let me know when you post your next PPV - in fact, DO
PM me when you post your next PPV, and I'll have no excuses to miss it.
Now, there are a few questions that I'll now need to answer, but rather than do that individually, I'll go through each match, and explain whatever decisions I made which were questioned. Obviously I'm not intending to make you change your views, but merely stating my case as to why I did such things.
First off - the only thing that was negatively recieved about the opener was the fact Lesnar had to cheat to win. Without giving anything away, I'll just say that there is a while to go before Wrestle Mania. Read into that what you will.
I think it was Spartanlax that pointed out a few glitches from the Rock - HBK promo, and looking back on it, I can see what the point was in that Rock wouldnt have said 'queue'. After thinking about it, it's a valid point - I cant actually picture Rock saying it myself, just a shame I didnt think about it before posting.
There wont be an I.R.S - Jake Roberts feud coming off the back of the Battle Royal
Hoping that comment was a joke
. No feuds will come off the back of this match, but expect at least two of the competitors will be inducted to the HOF at Wrestle Mania.
Nothing to reply on the tag match...
As for Austin vs Goldberg, I totally understand the comments on overuse of finishing moves. Normally - in fact - always, I've been the first to complain on an overuse of finishing moves. In my defence for this match though, given the stipulations, the build up, and the occasion, I felt this was the way the match had to go. With their illustrious careers in the balance, both men would've been desperate to win the match - hence quickly going for finishers, and also desperate to kick out of everything and anything - hence the repeated kick outs. If this had've just been Austin vs Goldberg with nothing at stake, then I would've approached the match entirely differently.
As for John Cena beating Undertaker cleanly, I wont apologise. I know that there are a number of pro-Taker fans out there, and even more anti-Cena fans, so the decision would've never been popular. Right now wasnt the right time to begin Takers program for Wrestle Mania, and I dont intend on Cena going heel, or a rematch between the two, so I didnt feel he should cheat to win. And just to point out, Cena had to hit the FU twice to win the match - originally, I was actually thinking of Cena going over with the STFU, and Taker passing out. At least this way, Taker didnt lose any momentum, having kicked out of the finisher once already.
Finally, the Rumble match. Honestly, I wasnt expecting any negative response to Benoit breaking the record for eliminations, but I guess I was wrong. I didnt intend on Benoit to look like superman by any means. My thinking, going into writing this match was that Benoit needed to do more than just win it. Entering at #1 would've been too much like 2004 in real life, so I left myself with two choices. 1) Benoit owns the Rumble, eliminating 7/8 guys OR 2) Benoit owns the Rumble, breaking the record for eliminations.
The decision was made, and the rest is history. The reason I went for this was pretty simple. I've pretty much booked Benoit as a mid carder the entire thread. From when I began this thread, Chris Benoit has main evented a total of 3 Pay Per Views from a possible 16 (not counting any Royal Rumble Matches) - one of those main events was a 6 man Elimination Chamber too.
So, after all this time as a mid carder basically, I didnt think it would be just enough for Benoit to suddenly win the Royal Rumble, and instead needed him to mark his victory in style. In building Benoit for the Wrestle Mania main event, I want to establish him as an ageing veteran with not too many throws of the dice left in him, which is another reason for the explosive start as he arrived in the match, and his burst at the end to win, proving that he wants it more than anyone else in the match.
Hopefully that clears up anyone wondering why I did certain things at the event. I'm not expecting anyone to change their opinions on anything that went down, but hopefully you'll respect why I did what I did. Yes, there were probably other ways to do certain things, but in the end, this was the way I decided to go with it.
Should any other questions arise, I'll try to answer them, as best as possible. If I missed anything that anyone had questioned, let me know.
Now, as for the next installment of this Road to Wrestle Mania - dont expect it too soon. The FIFA World Cup starts on Friday, and I'm always occupied at work, as well as drinking, so right now, I'll not have time to work on shows.
Just as a reminder, as I forgot to point out a few weeks back when one or two people mentioned feuds building to No Way Out - I did announce a while back that No Way Out had been dropped, and another PPV was added to last December instead. I've never liked a PPV in between RR and WM, as it always fails to deliver. Of course, I do have Saturday Nights Main Event sandwiched in, but the matches from that show WONT be in full.
My reviews though, WILL be returned in due course, just be patient. It could be two days, or two weeks before I get to it. If I owe you a review for anything, dont hesitate to PM me, I need reminding!!