I know Wrestlemania gets the most love over the course of the year, but if you ask me, the Royal Rumble is the premier WWE event. What’s not to love, the matches are always fire, and then on top of that, you have the 30 man Royal Rumble match that puts the entire event over the top.
There are a ton of blogs out there that talk about why they believe the Royal Rumble event is great, so I’m not going to reiterate what those already say. Some talk about their favorite winners, some talk about their favorite surprise entrants, and some talk about their favorite matches that’s aren’t the Royal Rumble. I’m here to tell you that they are all correct.
Sure, I have my favorite surprise entrants over the years… AJ Styles and Edge top the list recently. I have my favorite non Royal Rumble Matches….Undertaker vs Yokozuna. And I have my favorite winners, Stone Cold and Randy Orton.
But what I love about the Royal Rumble is the feeling that literally anything can happen. The event is literally a reset for the writers who can alter the entire WWE universe regardless of what they had done the previous 6 months. They can scrap anything with the simple decision on who is going to win the Rumble, because that individual controls the destiny of the WWE up to Wrestlemania.
But there is a downside, some years the writers and the WWE are scared to take a chance. Just look back to a couple years ago when they had Triple H win from the 30th spot. How lazy can the writers be to think that’s going to win over fans. We want to see something new, that’s why why Seth Rollins and Shinsuke Nakamura winning recently was so refreshing. Fans are tired of seeing the same people in the title picture year over year, we want to see the next generation get their shot on wrestling’s grandest stage.
I love Royal Rumble because if done correctly, if can generate excitement that will continue all the way through Wrestlemania. With the right winner, we can get a pulse on what the year will look like and what potential story lines could unfold. So fingers crossed, the WWE writers get it right.