I have always loved The Royal Rumble PPV and alongside WrestleMania it is the only PPV that i always order every year because i simply love the actual rumble match, everything else on the card doesn't usually matter but if there are a few good matches on top it is always a nice bonus. Last night though was different because for the first time in my life of watching wrestling i felt completely deflated by the rumble match which i thought was horrible and made me sriously question if i will even continue bothering with WWE.
Now it is no secret that the scripted promo's and restrictions within WWE on what wrestler's can say or do in the ring make it hard for me to watch especially now that Shawn Michaels has gone which takes away guaranteed match quality but the rumble is usually my favorite match of the year and this year was a complete clusterfuck devoid of any real star power and all over the place. The whole PPV was pretty much all over the place and there were so many opportunities for WWE to either create or further feuds as well as bringing people back in from injury or for their debuts but that didn't happen either.
The first match between Edge and Dolph Ziggler took around fifteen minutes before it became watchable and then the next match with Randy Orton and The Miz was even worse but made strange because of CM Punk and The Nexus attacking Randy Orton for no reason as they are actually feuding with John Cena. I never really had any high hopes for Natayla and Lay-Cool because i have no hopes for any Diva's match regardless of whether the title is on the line or not but when they announced it was going to be a Fatal Four Way it screamed Awesome Kong debuting and destroying everyone but no we got Eve Torres who went on to win after no build or no involvement with any of the other's prior to the match.
Then the actual Royal Rumble match which for the first time in my memory felt completely flat after the initial start with the brawl between The Core and The Nexus, there was opportunities here to bring people back or to further feuds and WWE completley blew it. I know that Evan Bourne is still a few weeks away but he has no real star power so i wasn't too bothered about him but Triple H and Christian are both ready and should have been added even if it was towards the end to help the match, it could have furthered Triple H/Sheamus and a strong showing for Christian would help build him up towards The Elimination Chamber PPV in a few weeks.
Usually there is one standout star in the actual rumble match every year like Ric Flair in 1992 or Shawn Michaels in 1995 or Stone Cold Steve Austin in 1997 or Kane in 2001 but this year it was so poor and no man was really in there for too long at all, i think John Cena was in there the longest but a lot of the time he spent in there was with fucking Hornswoggle. Having The Miz then eliminate John Cena for no apparrent reason at all made no sense and having Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler both thrown in to fill out the 40 people involved just showed what a bad move it was to bump it up from 30 to 40 people as WWE doesn't have the star power or even wrestler's to do it especially when they don't bring people in who are ready after injury.
For me now it has come to the point where i am putting everything into WWE building WrestleMania 27 up as HUGE and making me want to continue watching but if they don't pull this off then i realistically may turn off from WWE for good because i really don't know if i can take much more of this. I know that back in the early to mid 90's WWE were also devoid of star power but for me even the 1994, 1995 and 1996 Royal Rumble matches were better in my opinion so now for me it is honestly now WrestleMania or bust.