ZWrestleTalk's Dom Bouchard gives his grades on the Royal Rumble
Dean Ambrose VS Kevin Owens
What an amazing way to kick off the show! Two "tough as nails" warriors, no need for gimmickery or fighting everywhere in the arena. Just an awesome wrestling match. Old school, I love KO and it was a loss he could afford and that will allow him to move on to another feud, probably against AJ Styles. Good back and forth action between the two most consistent performers in the WWE. Ambrose and Owens showed chemistry and helped make the IC title look like a big deal. Owen's suplex off the top rope is the best in the business.
The New Day VS The Uso's
Very solid action! New Day is the hottest act in the WWE right now. I think the Usos would be better served as a heel team right now. Maybe turning on their cousin Roman Reigns would do the trick. It was a solid match between the two best teams in the company. Now the challenge is to rebuild the tag team division. NEW DAY ROCKS!!!!
Grade B -
Kalisto VS Alberto Del Rio
A good match with a few misses here. ADR was really stiff yet, Kalisto was up to the challenge. Kalisto looks like Rey it's honestly incredible.Kalisto can become a real star if they keep booking him this strong. WWE needs new blood and he is over with the crowd. Loved the finish of the match, Kalisto winning the title was the right move.
Becky Lynch VS Charlotte
Very solid match! Becky is really underrated, Charlotte is still finding her groove as a heel. Ric Flair kissing Becky was unnecessary and disgusting. Good decision to keep Charlotte as the champ. Sasha Banks return was awesome. She is the best wrestler in the division and is extraordinarily over. Maybe a triple threat at Fastlane or WrestleMania?
Royal Rumble Match
Roman Reigns entering first and it was not a great welcome by the crowd. Very hostile… Having Rusev coming out at number two was a good move. Solid back and forth and then AJ Style! .What a reaction! His exchange with Reigns was great. The match was very cool and they kept the action very fluid. The Wyatts especially Braun looked like a real dominant force. Chris Jericho lasting almost 50 minutes was also a surprise. Sami Zayn eliminating KO was a nice touch to remind everyone this feud is far from being over. KO eliminating AJ Styles was a great way to prepare their feud. Brock was absolutely incredible in the short time he was in the match. His elimination by the Wyatts was a way to prepare WrestleMania for an epic showdown between him and Bray. What I didn't like was that Roman Reigns had to sell the League of Nations beating for so long. It was a brilliant move to have Triple H coming in at number 30 and eliminating Roman. It sets up WrestleMania and maybe after seeing Dean Ambrose being the last man to be eliminated we will see a triple threat match at WrestleMania between Dean, Roman and Triple H. I loved the unpredictability of the match and the fact that they are preparing WrestleMania. My three stars of the match!
1st Star: Dean Ambrose
2nd Star: The Wyatt Family
3rd Star: Chris Jericho
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The Boss is Back. Vince McMahon Returned to RAW
Vince McMahon is not only the Chairman of WWE. Vince McMahon is a popular character people love to see on their TV's. After Roman Reigns attacked Triple H, Stephanie McMahon had to enlist help of her father to stop Roman Reigns. Realistically they could have already fired Roman Reigns and stripped the title off them, but in a villainous McMahon way they are making Roman Reigns "suffer the consequences." Vince McMahon is making Roman Reigns defend the title in the Royal Rumble. That is a huge deal! WWE the last couple of years has struggled with getting the correct reaction at the Royal Rumble. This year they are seeking a "heel" reaction. The logical thing would have Roman Reigns get eliminated early. Why you may ask? It adds more suspicion and build up to who could be the new champion. Having Roman Reigns in the match for a long period of time is predictable. Having him in the last five guys and then getting eliminated first would be crazy.
NJPW Royal Rumble Rumors
The last couple of weeks have been crazy for WWE fans that also enjoy NJPW. Countless Wrestling News outlets were reporting WWE had contacted AJ Styles to appear in the Royal Rumble. WWE thought that Orlando (the city hosting the Royal Rumble) would have a huge pop for AJ Styles because he previously worked for TNA who did countless TV tapings in Orlando. The situation would evolve and get more interesting. The same Wrestling News outlets would report that WWE offered Doc Gallows (formerly known as Luke Gallows, and before that Festus), "Machine Gun" Karl Anderson, and "The King of Strong Style" Shinsuke Nakamura WWE contracts. After the reports, WWE-NXT talent Finn Balor took to social media to tease a "Bullet Club" reunion. The Bullet Club was a infamous faction developed by Balor back when he had a run with New Japan Pro Wrestling. After Finn Balor left the company, AJ Styles would join the Bullet Club and be the self proclaimed leader. Even though Nakamura was not apart of the Bullet Club, many NXT talents have good relationship with him. Styles was working a indy event over the weekend and teased his presence to be at the Royal Rumble. Fans have been anticipating the debuts of NJPW stars at the Royal Rumble. The only one of the four men that can't debut at the Royal Rumble is Shinsuke Nakamura who needs a work visa, so he won't be heading to NXT until April.
The Social Outcasts
I am not even joking. I think the creation of the Social Outcasts is great. It gives underutilized talent like Adam Rose and Curtis Axel a chance to show their skills. Having them challenge the Wyatt Family might not seem like a big deal but it was fun to watch. This also shows what WWE has been trying to develop while dealing with a shortened roster. Plus WWE is lacking comedy. Other then the New Day who else can come out and be comical?
SmackDown Could Become More Promising
With the addition of Mauro Ranallo on commentary. Having a new network showcase your talent. That is already two plusses to the recent change with SmackDown. Mauro Ranallo is actually calling the action and reminds me of a legit announcer similar to Jim Ross. Ranallo has reenergized Jerry Lawler into becoming a better heel commentator just like the olden days. Byron Saxton is the odd man out honestly should be sent back to NXT or Main Event. Hopefully WWE keeps utilizing Smackdown because just tuning in for the commentary is a start.
Kalisto, The Latin American Star WWE Wanted and Needed
Despite already losing the U.S Title on SmackDown to a struggling Alberto Del Rio. Kalisto is showing some promise and his crowd reactions are getting louder and louder. After the departure of Rey Mysterio, WWE was searching long and hard for a latino baby face. We all thought Alberto Del Rio was going to be that guy but sadly he was jacked around and doesn't show a lot of excitement. Kalisto will be a superstar to watch during the Road to WrestleMania.
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