Tonight was the annual Royal Rumble event that kicks off the year for WWE. It also marks the beginning of the Road to Wrestlemania. The Royal Rumble is always full shocking moments, surprising returns, and a clear picture of what Wrestlemania is going to look like. Before I begin with my thoughts here are the results.
-PreShow Match: Mark Henry/Jack Swagger defeated Darren Young/Damien Sandow, The Ascension, and The Dudley Boys to advance to the Royal Rumble match.
-Last Man Standing Intercontental Championship Match: Dean Ambrose defeats Kevin Owens
-WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day defeated The Uso’s
-United States Championship Match: Kalisto defeated Alberto Del Rio
-Divas Championship Match: Charlotte defeated Becky Lynch
-Royal Rumble Match for the WWE Championship: Triple H is the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion
I can honestly say the only thing that bothered me about tonight’s event is if they were going to have Kalisto win the United States Title why have him win it, lose it two days later and then win it at the Rumble again. It should have been ultimately saved for the Rumble. There are some fans who are unhappy about Triple H winning the title but it made sense. With a depleted roster and no creative direction for Roman Reigns as champion it’s the only thing that made sense. If you look at history it’s not the first time a person in power held the championship. I can list so many examples but I don’t want to focus on the past. I want to focus on the future.
Tonight show some glimpse into the future. As of right now I see Roman Reigns vs. Triple H, and Brock Lesnar vs. Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania. I also see Kevin Owens taking on Sami Zayn or the man who made his debut tonight which would be “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles. I love how the Rumble builds feuds and gives us some surprises. I really think the guys coming in from the indy scene and the guys in NXT are going to have a huge impact on Wrestlemania weekend.
As I said before I don’t have much to complain about because tonight was pretty self explanatory and the presentation of it came off well. This officially begins The Road to Wrestlemania so that means each week check back in for my weekly recaps on the Road to Wrestlemania.