What words can I use to sum up last nights Royal Rumble? A lot of them I shouldn’t put in print but some of the more ‘PG’ ones would be farcical, embarrassing, predictable, and typical. I’m not saying the whole pay per view was bad, as I think Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt had a great match that was worth watching, but the garbage that followed was just soul destroying. Brock Lesnar and Big Show was what it was expected to be, a quick way to get Lesnar looking like a powerhouse, but did we need all those chair shots to Big Show after the match too? I was bored by it and even Big Show looked completely fed up. Then we had John Cena and Randy Orton in what can only be described as a slow paced snooze fest. I was expecting this match to be poor and it was. I could not get into it and the crowd were not interested in anything they did. The only thing that saved that match was Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family costing John Cnea the match and then attacking him after. Those two poor things I can live with, but then you had the main event in the Royal Rumble match itself that really left me feeling angry, disgruntled, and wondering what on earth the story is with WWE and Daniel Bryan.
Putting Bryan on in the first match of the night only added to the expectation of fans that he was going to enter the Royal Rumble match. After all it makes sense to get him on first and let him have time to prepare for the match, but for whatever reason WWE decided not to even put him in the match. The crowd was utterly pissed and just did not care once Rey Mysterio came out as number 30 other than to voice the displeasure felt by so many. Why on earth would WWE not include Daniel Bryan in the Royal Rumble match? He’s been the most over superstar on the roster for a number of months now and that peaked when he turned on Bray Wyatt two weeks ago on Raw. To not have him in the match was almost like WWE sticking two fingers up at their fans. It was at number 30 that I experienced something I have not felt as a WWE fan, the urge to turn off the Pay Per View and simply go to bed. I cannot believe WWE continue to hold back Daniel Bryan when the fans are practically crying out for him to be the guy they want to see. Even my three year old son sees the potential in Bryan and joins in with the Yes! chants. If a three year old can see how over Daniel Bryan is then how the hell can no one at WWE see the same thing?
Was there room for Daniel Bryan in this match? Absolutely, it’s not like WWE could turn around and use that as an excuse. They announced 20 confirmed superstars on dot.com this week, the only one which didn’t appear was Xavier Woods which left 11 unconfirmed spots up for grabs. We saw Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus return as expected, and one spot went to NXT star Alexander Rusev. Those I can live with. However the questionable spots for me were JBL as the guy can’t wrestle so why waste a spot, Kevin Nash as you can’t tell me he really needed to come out for one night, and El Torito because lets face it, that was nothing more than a joke spot, which I am all for most years but not this year. Your not seriously telling me they cut Xavier Woods for one of these spots but they couldn’t cut him for Daniel Bryan? I saw an interesting comment from Bryan before the Rumble saying that WWE didn’t want him anywhere near the Rumble match, and at first I thought it was to throw people off the scent of him being involved, but after last night I’m starting to wonder if that was actually the case.
To me, the blame lays with Vince McMahon. Vince has finally lost the plot. He’s telling his audience once again what they want, not listening to what they want. Does he seriously think that his audience want guys like CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan to bust their asses off to give fans the best quality matches every week only to be cast to the side for someone in Batista who has only been back in WWE for 1 week following a three year hiatus? I like Batista don’t get me wrong, but he had no business winning the Royal Rumble last night and just goes to prove how out of touch Vince is with his audience. The fact is the company now seem to have done a complete 360 degree flip on part time talent and now seem to prioritise them over their full time talent. I don’t blame Triple H for any of this, I don’t think he would have had much input in terms of the final say, and I feel that he understands more what the fans want than Vince has in recent years. Vince practically stuck up two fingers at his audience last night by not giving a Royal Rumble spot to Daniel Bryan and I think last night is going to hit Vince’s pocket with the WWE Network. While not all fans are going to boycott this I can guarantee that last night’s decision lost WWE some serious income in the long run.
I admit I probably wouldn’t have been half as annoyed as I am now if Bryan had been in the match. I’m not saying Bryan had to win if he was in it, no one should expect that and Batista winning it then would have been more of a bearable situation to accept, but to not even have Daniel Bryan in the Rumble makes me questions WWE’s motives on this one. I seriously hope to god WWE has something up their sleeve on this one because if they continue to hold back Bryan like this then I can actually see a crowd rioting one night. The reaction of Mick Foley on Twitter hit the nail on the head, and Daniel Bryan’s Twitter post make me hope that this is part of an angle, but given the track record of WWE with Bryan and other stars like Dolph Ziggler and CM Punk I somehow highly doubt this for a minute. When Bryan finally gets his moment and wins the championship then it’s going to go down as one of the greatest moments of all time in WWE, but that is of course relying on WWE to eventually do the right thing, something I don’t see happening any time soon.
One thing is for sure, last night I experienced anger toward WWE. An anger that isn’t going away any time soon until they give Daniel Bryan the respect he deserves. There are fans who won’t really care that much, mostly the ones who don’t really like Daniel Bryan, but if the crowd reaction last night was anything to go by I think WWE has some serious making up to do for this complete and utter blunder. Will I still watch Raw and see what happens with the fall out of last night? Of course I won’t boycott the product as it wont achieve anything. Instead like every fan who wants to see Bryan get the respect and spot he deserves I’m going to give my support to him and hope that finally WWE will listen to what the people actually want.