Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
FINALLY... I'm finished with the whole PPV.
Royal Rumble 2013:
Alberto del Rio vs Big Show - ★★★¼
- Don't know which I prefer between this and their Smackdown match. They should have picked a different stipulation but hey, it worked both times so what the hell. The winner was obvious and it was another good match between the two. Both men did their job throughout the ring and on the ramp and there were some cool spots like Big Show going through the barricade, Del Rio being chokeslammed from the lighttube through a table but I wasn't very fond of the finish. We've already seen it before and it made Del Rio look bad as a newly turned face who has the fighting champion character to him. And Del Rio as a face is so much better even if you already know that! His offense is also cooler as he becomes sort of like a bigger Rey Mysterio.
Team Hell No vs Rhode Scholars - ★★
- Nothing more than your basic tag match and considering that all four appeared in the Rumble, this could very well be considered the piss-break of this event. Think Rhode Scholars should have won, though. After all the jobbing they've done on TV, it only made sense and also to further build-up the feud between Kane and Bryan.
Royal Rumble Match - ★★★½
- Another great Rumble and although it doesn't beat the best from the past, I enjoyed it a lot. Already starts off great with Chris Jericho being a surprise return (his tattoos don't stand out nearly as much as I expected them) and from there they just go on. Most of the match until Cena's entrance is nothing special barring Goldust/Cody's fighting but after Cena enters, business picks up and match gets a lot better. The final six section of it is great but the eliminations were kind of anticlimactic. Orton just tossed over by a clothesline (and Ryback booed!), Sheamus misses a Brogue Kick and goes over the top then the worst of it comes with Ryback who Cena ducks and is tossed over. They should've used something more dramatic on the apron or at least an actual move, perhaps the FU, to finish it off but instead they went with this middle-of-the-match style elimination. Oh and Rey Mysterio is really in ugly shape now, no wonder they have him wear a singlet.
The Rock vs CM Punk - ★★★¾
- Now it's main event time and what I've been waiting for. Crowd is surprisingly split with some "cool" smarks cheering Punk but that only adds to the atmosphere. Unsurprisingly, Rock wrestling feels a lot more 'normal' than when he wrestled Cena as he's probably shaken some more of the ring rust and we actually see more wrestling than overuse of restholds. It also helps that they go slightly above 20 minutes rather than 30 minutes. But I still prefer the Cena match because that one had a more big time atmosphere and a clean finish. Would have had this on 4 stars but just when the match is reaching to its full potential, they pull off that nonsense with The Shield and as such, the last couple of minutes gets split from the 20 minutes where they went fully at it. Punk does a good job selling the knee, Rock does a good job exposing it and they manage to hit most of their signature spots bar the GTS. Oh and I didn't mind the table botch that much. It does take away only a little but at least they improvised with the Rock Bottom on the floor. Agree with the notion that Rock looked too weak with the Triple Powerbomb that he didn't kick out of even 1 minute after being laid out. I also agree that a Rock Bottom would have made the finish better but if the problem is Punk looking weak, then I'm all for it. 1, 2, 3 and just like that, 434 days of misery are finally over! I can't believe it, and Rock with the title is a beautiful sight. Great match with a great ending if we take out the stupid restart & Shield parts. I must admit that I am glad I didn't watch this live, though. Had I witnessed Punk's temporary victory, I would've lost it completely but downloading it the next day saved me the terror.
Overall Rating: ★★★ out of ★★★★★ (A very enjoyable event with three great matches but also because of that, it feels a bit small because there are only 4 matches. Still they HIT where it matters the most and therefore, I enjoyed this PPV! Hell, Punk's reign of terror ending would have made this a great PPV even if it was The Great American Bash 2004.)