Re: WWE: Thê Mørê Yøû €ãt, Thê Mørê Yøû §þît!
Good opening video which recapped the history of the royal rumble well
I thought the IC match would have opened the show, but this match works just as well. A solid opening match, which did it’s job, but for a probable feud ender it was lacking that something. Could have been a bit longer, and there didn’t appear to be a sparkle to the match. There didn’t appear to be that many near falls in the match, and even the ending was a bit of a disappointment, with Cena kicking out of the ddt before the lionsault was attempted – it would have worked better without the first cover. I fail to see how the STF can be countered into the walls of Jericho as well, but I know what you were trying to do there. A solid match, but had potential to be a lot better
Masters/Booker promo worked well, giving a bit of last minute hype to the IC match
Surprised to see Masters go first after the fact he had some mic time before this match and on the previous raws, but I can see why that was done, as I am sure Hassan will win the match with the push you have given him. Chavo goes next, giving Booker a second elimination, which means it comes down to two. Don’t see these two going too long, and I was close enough to being right. Good win for Hassan, with him forcing Booker to tap to the camel clutch, which is a different ending to him cheating, and I guess he holds the belt well past mania now. Did I just read that Hassan got some pops??? Yes, he should in an ideal world be a face because what he is saying is the truth, but this is America, a country that doesn’t know what the truth is so he would get booed, even if he had had the match of his life because of the gimmick
Shelton/HBK should be a great match, so lets see what you can produce. A pretty good match here, which is comfortably the best match of the night so far. The match started off nicely with the pattern of chain wrestling that this kind of match should do, and the middle of the match didn’t get boring which is always the danger. Shawn kicked out of the t-bone when I thought the match could have ended, which was a nice spot in the match although I could see that it would happen. Good counter sequence at the end, and HBK gets the win after the first scm of the match. HBK gets the belt as I thought he should and would do, but I can see a rematch somewhere down the line, and maybe even at mania if a s/down star wins the rumble. Another few minutes on this match with a longer ending sequence would have helped it a bit, but still a good match
The triple threat was a strange match to be honest, and I felt that it never really settled down into a good rhythm. Cant really point out what the problem with the match was, but there was something about it that didn’t work. I think the middle of the match was a bit too long, as I could tell that nothing really was happening and the match was a bit generic, which can be a problem with a triple threat. Finally we get to a possible ending with the clothesline from hell, but batista breaks the count. JBL kicking out of the batista bomb was a shock, and I think he should have put his foot on the ropes, like batista did after the unprettier. The ending to the match though was a serious problem – a DQ is normally not a good idea in a ppv title match, but can work, but the way the DQ happened was just horrible, plain horrible. I don’t really know what you were trying to achieve here, and it just bombed spectacularly.
Big Show and London kick this rumble off, and I guess this means the big show will dominate the early going. Surprised to see both London and Maven survive without being eliminated though, as that really doesn’t do a lot for the big show. Mercury also manages to avoid elimination, and eventually Big Show gets an elimination, taking out Maven but after carlito at 5 enters the match. Show takes out London as well, but I think some of these guys have lasted too long against Show. Nitro enters the match next, and with Mercury still in the match I sense MNM teaming up, which they do to take out Kash. Helms is next in the match, but he need not have bothered, after carlito takes him out of the ring almost instantly. Hardy is next in, and hopefully he will have a good run. Surprised to see the lack of domination in this match from the big show, but I guess he is going to get a long, long run. Lashley is next in, and the stand still with the big show happens. The two of them trade off in a power dual, and Lashley dominates the Big Show (is not a move that can possibly be done to him I would guess). Big show is getting buried a bit at the moment. Chavo enters, and MNM eliminate themselves which was a nice touch, but a pity to see Hardy out of the match so soon after being taken down by Lashley. Benoit is next in, and he shows a bit of domination, and makes Show tap out (further burying), but no elimination. In comes Cena, but benoit dominates him totally in the first few minutes. Rhyno returns, and he is on fire to begin with, taking down most of the ring but he doesn’t get the elimination he would have needed. Booker is the next man in, after his loss earlier tonight, and as he does so, Chavo is out, ending his anonymous run. Rey is the next man in, as the main eventers start to make their move, and it is over for carlito as rhino gets his elimination. Burchill comes in, and Lashley goes and dominates the big show again, and then eliminates him, putting lashley over greatly. Burchill takes out Cena, seriously pushing him up the card, but does nothing for Cena who since his heel turn has no momentum at all. Burchill goes soon though, wasting his elimination of Cena, but I guess you just don’t like Cena at all. RVD comes back to the WWE, and again he could have done with an elimination. Masters is the next man in, as Noble is taken out as he didn’t do anything at all in the match. Kane flies in next, as lashley gets rid of another man in rhino, and lashley will be near the main event soon. Jericho is next in, and he has to be a big favourite, and he could have done with a quick elimination, but not to worry there really. Lesnar comes in next, and he is followed by Orton as the brawl erupts. Orton cheats with the chair to take out Lesnar, as Angle comes in next, as all the main eventers are filling the ring. Benoit, Booker, Kane and Rey all go in quick succession, and other than Benoit none of them did a lot really. Next up is Hassan, who will be in the final 4 without a doubt. He wont win, but will go far. HHH is next in, as RVD’s return is over, and he is back as a mid carder after showing not a lot in this match. Lashley’s strength is shown again by eliminating Masters, but Hassan takes him out, ending the mammoth run of Lashley who is on the verge of a huge push now. Edge is now in the match, and he could go a long way. One thing I would say is that too many main eventers are coming out in a row, as it makes the draw look a bit too fixed. Kennedy is next, meaning Taker returns last. Kennedy introduces himself, then is eliminated by Edge, making him look like a fool. Taker comes in, and the next man out is Orton, and then HHH by Angle. Maybe the first signs of an HHH/Angle mania match? Edge is taken out by Hassan, but then the three s/down stars take out Hassan, and he will complain about that. After a long period of wrestling, Taker flips out Angle, and it is down to two men, and one of them, Jericho has yet to score an elimination (I think), which is pretty shocking booking really, as it makes him look like a fluke contender. The ending sequence between these two was pretty good, and was a great ending, but the two men over the top rope has been done too often beforehand. Jericho gets the win, and I guess he goes to mania and gets the belt now, maybe via a match with taker at NWO.