It is very rare that you will ever hear me say that a PPV was great from start to finish. Well the 2008 Royal Rumble was indeed just that…great! The first match of the night was MVP vs. Ric Flair and I thought MVP really proved himself in that match. He did a wonderful job against the Nature Boy.
Next was JBL vs. Y2J which resembled more of a brawl then anything. I enjoy a good brawl and I like how both men were left battered or bloody after the match with no clear winner. It’s a good continuation of the feud.
I knew that Rey vs. Edge would be a good match and it was. Mysterio is a great competitor but should no longer be competing for the World Heavyweight Title. It was great the first time around but it’s just not believable anymore. Bring back the Cruiserweight Title and let him be the showcase of the division. Other then that, good chemistry and good ending to the match
I loved the backstage segment with Ric Flair and the others. I loved how they build up the tension with all the guys who are really close. I also enjoyed the Maria/Ashley segment. The “Lets go Giants” chant was priceless.
Randy Orton vs. Jeff Hardy was a match that I looked forward to because it would prove if Hardy could be in a high profiled match for the WWE title match. I believe he proved he could be WWE Champion someday and proved he can do great things. I loved how Orton kept taking punishment and kept coming back. Randy Orton is definitely the future of the company if he can keep his head on straight.
Finally it was the Royal Rumble. They started where they left off from 2007, with the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. There were a lot of little things in the Rumble I enjoyed. I enjoyed the Rowdy Piper and Jimmy Snuka feud rekindle itself for a few minutes. However I also noticed that Snuka went right after the Undertaker when came in. Reminded me of Royal Rumble 1991 and Wrestlemania 7 where Snuka became Takers first victim. I also enjoyed seeing Mick Foley and Triple H go at it for old time sake, especially since they beat the hell out of each other eight years earlier in the same arena at the same event. But most of all, was the surprise return of the Doctor of Thuganomics, John Cena. I just about had a heart attack because I couldn’t believe it. Cena swerved me, and everyone else….All I got to say is, it’s about time that WWE gave us a surprise. I have never been a huge fan of Cena until I watched his DVD so it was great to see him comeback. It also in a way threw everyone off who thought Taker, HHH, Batista or HBK was going to win. The Road to Wrestlemania is going to be hot and I am looking forward to it.
If WWE can pull a great PPV with the first of the year, I can only imagine what the next 11 months will be like. Miami, Florida get ready.