A great surprise treat ending boosts long, lacking PPV.
13 Ups And 16 Downs From WWE Royal Rumble 2019Is it over yet?
PPVs like the Royal Rumble are marathons, requiring a ton of stamina – and caffeine – to make it through the entire event. When you count the kickoff show, it’s seven hoursof matches, with the two Rumbles alone eating up two of them.
The Rumble is a tough match to mess up, though WWE has excelled in recent years at managing to botch it or at best deliver lackluster matches. Sunday was no exception, as both the men’s and women’s Rumbles were OK and had some solid moments, but also produced some stretches that were absolute clunkers.
The right people won the Rumbles, which was great news. And most of the other matches were decent, but it was lacking in other areas. The tag team matches were awful, and the men’s world title bouts could have been scrapped and the PPV wouldn’t have suffered one bit. That’s never a good sign to say that out loud.
Overall, the Rumble PPV wasn’t bad, but it’s not something this writer will sit through again anytime soon… or ever.
However, we did get some really memorable moments, so let’s break it all down. Let’s find out what eliminated the competition and what got tossed itself. Let’s get to it…
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13 Ups And 16 Downs From WWE Royal Rumble 2019
15. Lana Drama
15. Lana DramaFile this under “Things We Don’t Need in Wrestling.”
After finally overcoming confusing booking, Rusev won the United States Championship last month, continuing to ride a wave of support from fans. Sunday, that came grinding to a halt against former champ Shinsuke Nakamura.
Nakamura started undoing the turnbuckle pad, drawing Lana onto the apron the call him out. Shinsuke got in her face and told her to mind her own business. Rusev charged, Nak moved and Lana went splat on the floor. With Rusev distracted, Nakamura loaded up and hit a Kinshasa from behind to drop the Bulgarian Brute to recapture his US title.
It was just unnecessary, having Lana factor into the loss like this, even with how her ankle injury played out later. It dampened the US title match as a result.