So, the Royal Rumble is getting some excellent reviews. I can’t say I share the feeling.
While the women’s RR match was quite good, we got to see some interactions and such that would have never happened, I didn’t get the same feeling with the men’s match. Wrestlers like Keith Lee, Ricochet, and Matt Riddle felt wasted. Not to mention a bunch of others who barely got 20 seconds in with virtually no signature moves. I didn’t enjoy the men’s royal rumble match one bit.
Asuka vs. Becky, I felt could have been a little more spectacular, but it had a great ending. Best ending of the night.
Some people have judged the entire women’s match bad because Charlotte Flair won, yet say nothing about another big slow vanilla wrestler winning the men’s match. Charlotte Flair actually has a lot of talent and has put on some stellar matches in the past. Although, I wasn’t too thrilled about the end of the women’s match, but it was because it had that “OK, lets eliminate everyone quickly, TIME people!” and felt it should have had 5-6 more minutes for some better quality and more dramatic finishes.
Edge returning was a huge highlight of the show, Edge and Christian were my favourite tag team of all time all the way up to #DIY. They’re still number 2 on my list. Although, Edge’s singles career is a little less known to me since it fell mostly in a long period where I wasn’t watching WWE due to life being too busy (kids and work balance and all) and also the Benoit situation absolutely disgusting me - I felt really weird about pro-wrestling for a long time after that. But anyway, I’m rambling.
Bottom line, I think most people will like the show, some are saying it’s the best in a decade. Myself, I don’t think it was a terrible show, but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as 2018 or 2019. Most of the excuses I hear is “they did something different, finally someone unexpected won, and I liked that” which fundamentally translates to “I don’t like Royal Rumble matches as I don’t care about seeing 30 wrestlers show off their move sets and interact with other wrestlers in ways that would not happen at most other points in the year. Also, I choose to ignore Shinsuke Nakamura.”
In the end, not only was I not to thrilled about the matches, I am also not excited for Wrestlemania. Becky vs. Charlotte doesn’t interest me... maybe there’ll be a swerve and it will be Charlotte vs. Rhea Ripley which would get me VERY interested. Vanilla Roman (Drew) vs Brock has me no more interested than a Roman vs Brock match would; maybe less so. I don’t care about seeing either of these guys in a match and I don’t care about seeing either of these guys win.
I describe myself as a little dose of toxic masculinity.