After the Royal Rumble, many fans were incensed. They felt screwed out of either their ticket, their pay-per-view order or their hard-earned free-streaming time because this happened:
Well, the people who had a right to be mad one night later were these men:
The gist of it: Daniel Bryan interrupted The Authority to air his grievances over not being in the Royal Rumble match. He’s done multiple matches plenty of times before, the fans wanted it, etc. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon respond with a hollow excuse of protecting him. Bryan demands he gets what he wants. Triple H sends The Shield down. Sheamus tries to make the save on Bryan, then John Cena evens the odds. The result is a six-man TAG MATCH, PLAYAS! at the end of the night for three spots in the Elimination Chamber main event.
The match was great; I was engaged and didn’t take many half-witted snarky notes. Then The Wyatt Family continued its new angle with Cena by beating him down, drawing a disqualification. Since Cena’s team was attacked, Cena’s team is in the main event. On one hand, this means the #YESMovement people can rejoice a bit, since their man will battle for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in four weeks.
On the other hand, the heels were the ones who got screwed.
Granted, it was another heel group that yielded the result, but it’s not something you see often. The Shield responded by hurling inanimate objects outside the ring, and even the announcers said they had a right to gripe (or break stuff). It’s a bit of outside-the-box booking, and it’s brilliant in this case. People enjoy watching The Shield, and Bray Wyatt is a character that would be right at home in any era since The New Generation (for newbies: back when they had cartoonish-type dudes in the early to mid ’90s). There are so many different directions they could go with this:
• The Shield and Wyatts square off. It could be a six-man tag. It could be a War Games-style match in the chamber. They could just generally make each other’s lives miserable for a few weeks.
• There are two spots left in the chamber. Maybe Bray or a Shield member go in; you have a six-man match where whoever gets the pin gets the spot. Maybe Bray *and* a Shield member go in. Then which Shield member gets in? Do the other two screw the one who’s in the match, a la The Legacy on Randy Orton in 2010, creating a blow-off at WrestleMania?
• Or you save it for a while, keep them interacting intermittently, and it all blows up later.
Either way they go, it doesn’t seem like they could really screw it up.
Other random thoughts from the night
• I want two Elimination Chamber matches. Make the Intercontinental and/or U.S. title worth something again. Or, hell, unify them in the chamber. There’s no reason to have a pay-per-view called Elimination Chamber if there’s only one such match on the card. Also, we need to change the name back to No Way Out. It sounded so much cooler.
• I fundamentally disagree with the concepts The Real Americans portray as xenophobic, racist, stereotypical, fear-mongering, tea-party dimwits. But as a heel tag team? Brilliant. Zeb Colter plays the crazy uncle who spouts offensive rants perfectly. The signs provide enough “Oh my!” value that they’re a nice touch. Antonio Cesaro is a great worker who brings a level of legitimacy to any match — you believe it’s an athletic competition instead of showmanship, Giant Swing notwithstanding. Jack Swagger‘s meh. But the whole thing works, because it just makes me angry.
• You could ask any 8-year-old in the arena, and he/she will know Rey Mysterio‘s complete moveset. Since they like him, they’ll probably even know when he’s using them. I understand he’s a 25-year veteran with far-too-many knee surgeries who’s just trying hard to entertain the crowd. But mix it up every once in a while!
• My wife to Orton, before he even made it on stage for his first appearance: “Take off your shirt!” That, my friends, is why he’s the champ. Ladies Love RKO.
• The Middle Age Outlaws‘ run is up. Already. I’d believe Road Dogg as a manager, but he never could work to begin with, and he has to take a breather after about two moves. Just boring to watch. I’ve probably said it before, but at least 50-year-old Billy Gunn can still work a little bit and at least tried to get in cardio shape. If you have to spend an entire match trying to put over your tag team champions … that’s not good.
• Every once in a while, you’ll see chair shots. What Brock Lesnar has unloaded on three victims over the past two nights are CHAIR SHOTS. Apparently he still thinks it’s 2003, when Ruthless Aggression meant actually beating the hell out of people. I miss the old days.
• Jake “The Snake” Roberts in the WWE Hall of Fame. About damn time. Also, still mad he wasn’t in the Rumble.
• Christian returning on SmackDown this week. About damn time. Also, still kinda mad he wasn’t in the Rumble.
• Cena should really learn how to take Reigns’ spear. After all, it’s only a matter of time before Roman’s coming for his spot. Roman’s fun to watch, and he’ll be around long enough for people to get sick of him, too.