Should the WWE move the Royal Rumble to February and Elimination Chamber to January? As a man from Texas once said….
GIMMIE A HELL YEAH
Thanks Steve. But seriously, take off your nostalgia glasses for a second and it's obvious that the Royal Rumble would be better suited for February. In fact i feel there is only one circumstance that should keep the Rumble where it is now and that's if a different PPV takes place in February, but more on that later.
The Royal Rumble has always been the start of the road to Wrestlemania with the winner getting the opportunity to face the WWE/WHC champion, however, i've always felt that Elimination Chamber has slowed this road. Nine times out of ten Elimination Chamber has the winner of the Royal Rumble take part in random filler matches. For example let's look at 2004. The RR winner was Chris Benoit, what happened with him at NWO 2004? Absolutely nothing. This is one of the reasons why there shouldn't be a PPV in between RR and WM, it slows down the storyline.
The same can be said for 2011, the RR winner Alberto Del Rio went on to face Kofi Kingston in a submission match. Sure, you can make the argument that they were feuding but how did this have anything to do with the story of ADR winning the RR? He should have been focused on the champion not Kofi bloody Kingston.
There is one exception to this and for that let's look at the 2006 Royal Rumble. Your winner? Rey Mysterio. At No Way Out he went on to face Randy Orton, the stipulation? Winner gets the opportunity to face the WHC at Wrestlemania 22. This is the one stipulation that makes it acceptable to have a PPV between the Rumble and Wrestlemania, however how many times has this actually happened? Between the years 2000-2014 it has only happened THREE times. Not a good track record. Let's also not forget that both Rey and Randy competed in the WHC match at WM 22 making the match at NWO pretty useless.
One could also argue that Elimination Chamber this year was used to correct the mistake of not having Daniel Bryan participate/win the Royal Rumble, although it's not certain that this was always going to be the planned route for the story and DB's story could have ended here if it wasn't for the fans being behind Daniel Bryan.
Now don't get me wrong, it helped having a PPV between the RR and WM when the WWE had two champions, it allowed them to determine a challenger for the one championship at WM at the RR and then EC/NWO would allow them to decide a challenger for the second belt but now that we're down to only one major championship there's no need to have to build up a second challenger.
Personally i believe having Wrestlemania take place straight after the Royal Rumble also helps a characters momentum. It allows the boys in the back to create a story that the winner has just conquered twenty nine other men and now has his eyes firmly set on becoming the champion. Having a PPV in between the RR and WM often slows these storylines down a bit and shifts the winners focus to somewhere completely random where as if there was no PPV between them they can continue to build on the winners story.
Earlier in my debate i stated that i felt that there should be a PPV in between the Royal Rumble and WM but it shouldn't be EC. I feel that if the WWE are determined on having a PPV between them it should be Survivor Series. My reason? Have the RR winner lead a team of five people and have the current champion lead a team of four other men and have your traditional Survivor Series match revolve around this. Not only would it add to the story between the champion and the challenger but it'd also bring some needed prestige back to Survivor Series.
So in summary, should the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber swap places? Absolutely. They don't use EC properly, they don't use it to continue the Rumble winners storyline and instead they usually take part in a filer storyline or don't compete at all. Either replace the February PPV with Survivor Series or even a War Games style event with the champ and challenger choosing teams again. If not, move the Royal Rumble to February.
Should WWE move Royal Rumble to February and Elimination Chamber to January?
You must be crazy!
Why would you even suggest such a thing? Don’t answer that, it’s rhetorical.
No, they shouldn’t.
There is history to consider.
Royal Rumble first appeared as a WWE PPV on January 15, 1989. It has continued to be steeped in tradition and, to this day is one of the WWE’s flagship PPV events of the year. I personally look forward to this PPV more than any other on the WWE PPV calendar. The Royal Rumble takes place every year and has always been at the end of January.
The Elimination Chamber match, not the PPV event, was first introduced at Survivor Series in 2002. Eric Bischoff first introduced it during a time where WWE had an extensive roster due the purchase of WCW. WWE had also initiated the ‘Brand Split’, which created separate rosters for each brand and used two recognised World Championships for each brand. This match would appear at other events utilising stars from each brand usually contested for the relevant championship.
The Royal Rumble should remain as the January Pay Per View and the Elimination Pay Per View should be replaced. Having a regular PPV between The Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania would allow for storyline progression and opportunity to create excitement and tension for Wrestlemania. The build and anticipation is what creates the magic of a Wrestlemania main event. Removing the cluster fuck that is the Elimination Chamber PPV is what is best for business.
Having the Champion decided during a match where a random selection of six superstars deemed worthy of ‘a shot’ are thrown together to crown the new champion whilst the newly crowned challenger sits around and waits is a ridiculous notion.
The World Champion should be decided before the Challenger for the world title in the main event at Wrestlemania is decided. It make sense that the Champion should find out who is challenger will be and be able to prepare to face that challenger, from a storyline perspective.
It feels more like a stumbling block every year when we are on the road to Wrestlemania. Often it seems like WWE have to throw together some random superstars to join the more prominent main eventers in the match to make up the numbers.
Don’t swap them over, just get rid of the awful gimmick PPV all together. It would allow the Royal Rumble Pay Per View to flourish.
But the Elimination Chamber is sooooooo exciting…
No, it really isn’t. Some of the action can be exciting but the meaning is lost. The Elimination Chamber Pay Per View completely diminishes the value of the Royal Rumble Pay Per View. It also gives the superstars a second chance at main eventing Wrestlemania, not as the challenger, but as the Companies World Champion.
This is especially prevalent today as the WWE currently only has one World Heavyweight Championship.
I hate the idea of branded PPV’s. The spectacle of the Elimination Chamber is lost when the match type only appears at the specific PPV in the Specific month of the year. It should seldom be used and used when the match actually makes sense, at a time when you need to decide a new Champion or need to decide a new number one contender.
So why not just switch them then? Because then you’re just allowing the same gimmick PPV formula the WWE relies on to create special moments, when the reality is it’s the feuds and rivalries that create those moments. The match type needs to appropriately reflect the rivalry not cause confusion on the road to the biggest Pay Per View of the year.
The Dirt sheets tend to have a habit of correctly predicting big storylines and what the main event of Wrestlemania will be months in advance. This gives away the winner of the ‘seemingly unpredictable’ Elimination Chamber match and makes it a complete waste of time. It feels incredibly forced and I personally feel apathetic to the chamber match as you generally know who the Champion is likely to be come Wrestlemania.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Royal Rumble should continue to be broadcast in January and the Elimination Chamber should either not remain as a stand alone Pay Per View or be shifted to sometime after Wrestlemania. Returning it to the event it debuted at, Survivor Series would be the most beneficial outcome to the scenario of sorting out the mess that is the current WWE PPV schedule in January and February.
Greetings. Today we are going to be debating about another topic. And here it is.
“Should WWE move Royal Rumble to February and Elimination Chamber to January?”
I’ll start off with a simple yes or no. And my answer is no
. Both have their own pros and cons, and we will get to that.
In my opinion, I think it’s going to be hard to build up the post Royal Rumble storylines just 6 weeks, compared to the 10 weeks WWE has to build the storyline. The two PPV’s before Wrestlemania are very important to determine how WM will end up in the end. You can’t have a good Wrestlemania if you don’t have enough time and get struggle to work with storylines.
So let’s say if the Royal Rumble took place in February. The WWE will only have 6 weeks to make a great storyline with whoever the winner is facing. We all know that Wrestlemania is the grandest stage of them all, and if it wants to hold on to that name, it should be a great show. And storylines help a lot when it comes to making great shows. It would be much better having to work on a feud for weeks rather than just thinking "Hey, let's make Undertaker vs John Cena!" out of the blue.
So, if the Royal Rumble stayed being in January, it would be all great, right? Not really. Here's another thing. You know how much it takes to make a great Elimination Chamber PPV, or, even a match. If you get the top stars to be in an Elimination Chamber match, they could risk injury. Imagine, just imagine this. The fans are all pumped up for Daniel Bryan to defend his WWE championship in this year's WM, until, the next day after the Elimination Chamber PPV, they announce that Bryan suffered a major injury and couldn't perform for the next three months or so. WWE will panic and just mess up everything because they don't have a good replacement for the biggest star.
Let's take a look at some injuries that have happened over the years.
Triple H suffered a legitimate injury during the 2002 Survivor Series match with swelling on the inside of his throat which put pressure on his esophagus and trachea.
Sheamus reportedly suffered a concussion during the Raw Elimination Chamber match in 2010.
The Triple H injury isn't as bad as Sheamus' since it wasn't the last PPV before Wrestlemania, but it still shows what these cage matches can do to the human body and how it could affect the storylines. Sheamus missed a valuable Raw the next night. The reason why it's valuable is because he had a week less to work on his road to WM.
So after all this, I feel kinda lost. Royal Rumble needs more time to build and January is going to be the best option. On the other hand, having Elimination Chamber matches in February could risk big injuries. My solution to all this? Replace the Elimination Chamber PPV with another Pay-per view. But since this is a debate about only the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber events, I better stick to that.
At the end, I still think the WWE better stick on the safe side and keep the Royal Rumble event to take place in January. Yes, superstars could risk injuries, and yes, it could change everything, but the amount of superstars who get injured in chamber matches are still low. Only two (That I could have found) in the past twelve years.
The Royal Rumble is more important than the Elimination chamber will ever be. The Royal Rumble is an event to start the great road to Wrestlemania and to actually shape it up, unlike the Elimination Chamber which only keeps things heated up and going.
So yes. Here is my answer to all this.
Having the WWE keep the Royal Rumble in January is the better option, because..
. More time to build storylines.
. To shape things up for WM.
. The winner of the Royal Rumble match is the top star that the WWE could use to change that year's Wrestlemania and make it different than last year's.
Cons: If the RR gets to be in January, then that could only mean the Elimination Chamber takes place in February, meaning..:
. Risking injuries.
. The superstars might get super tired after trying to make a great chamber match.
And I think that's all. I hope you have learned a thing or two from my debate.
Should WWE move Royal Rumble to February and Elimination Chamber to January? Definitely not. Since it's inception in 1988, the Royal Rumble has historically been the first pay-per-view event of the year. All 27 Royal Rumble events have been held in January. Of the “Big Four” WWE PPVs, WrestleMania is the only one of the four that has ever been held in a month other than the month the event debuted in. SummerSlam has been held in August since its debut, and Survivor Series has been held in November since its debut. A move from January to February would damage the historical legacy of the event.
Since 1993, the winner of the Royal Rumble match receives a guaranteed championship match against the holder of the (or one of the holders, in the case of multiple “big belts”) promotion's top champion at WrestleMania. Having a PPV event between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania gives the company a buffer, some wiggle room, to change the booking of the match. This buffer would not be there if the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber PPVs were to swap places in the PPV schedule.
The breathing room to make changes regarding the Rumble winner is more than just breathing room. It is also time which can be used to develop the feud between the Rumble winner and the individual he will face at WrestleMania. Not having this room would constrict the choices in Rumble winner to those already feuding with the title holder, otherwise the resulting match at WrestleMania would not have adequate time to develop an interest.
One could argue that by the nature of booking the Rumble winner to have a guaranteed match against a specific individual that a feud between them starting before Elimination Chamber all but guarantees that the title holder will retain at Elimination Chamber. While this is true and may seem to counter the argument in the above paragraph, the above paragraph is an option that is given to the writers and bookers. The Rumble winner can wait to begin a feud with the title holder until after the Elimination Chamber PPV.
If the Rumble were to occur between the Elimination Chamber and WrestleMania, there are less options to take. When it comes to booking and writing, it is better to give yourself avenues and time to change things should it be needed. The Rumble winner would absolutely be telegraphed as someone already feuding with the champion after the Elimination Chamber PPV, or it would be a wrestler who is not feuding with the current champion with only a minimal time to build an interesting feud until WrestleMania.
Moving Elimination Chamber to January would also alter the flow of “gimmick” based PPVs that are in the WWE PPV schedule. In this instance I refer to a “gimmick” based PPV as an event that has a specific match type built around a foreign element (TLC, MITB) or a structure (Hell in a Cell) and not just a match with unique rules (Royal Rumble) or a guaranteed match type that does not have a foreign element or structure (Survivor Series). If Elimination Chamber is moved to January, it would be the PPV immediately following the last PPV of the calender year – TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs.
This would be bad for business, as fans will get frustrated by multiple “gimmick” PPVs of this type in a row. Having events between such PPVs, such as Survivor Series buffering between Hell in a Cell and TLC and, gives the fans time between such events to get hyped for the next dangerous “gimmick” match. This also gives the wrestlers and their bodies a buffer as well, so that they would not have to work two such dangerous and/or brutal match types in a row. This is a benefit for both the health of the wrestler and the company, as it extends the career of the wrestlers involved.
When one looks at the legacy of the Royal Rumble, the health and career longevity of wrestlers, booking/writing advantage and fan tolerance for dangerous gimmick matches, the conclusion has to be that the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber PPV events are fine exactly where they currently are and should not be swapped in the PPV schedule.