OSR: WWE Royal Rumble 2015 Review
Back at the beginning of 2015, The Authority was back in the WWE following their “surprise” reinstatement and clearly had an arrow shaped target on John Cena. Will John Cena be able to overcome his obstacles in the form of Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins to become the 16-time Champion and tie the record of Ric Flair. As The Road to WrestleMania 31 begins in Philadelphia, what path will the Royal Rumble 2015 Review show where it is going?
The opening promo looks at various superstars talking about their destiny, dreams and legacy from winning the Royal Rumble match. It then looks at. the Triple Threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. A select number of superstars are given prominence before the Rumble match as The Road to WrestleMania XXXI begins. We then go inside the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the event. We go straight to the ring for the first match of the evening.
1. The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg) vs. The Ascension (Konnor and Wiktor)
The Outlaws make their way out first, cutting a typical promo whilst mocking their own age in the process. The match is quickly dominated by The Ascension, with Road Dogg taking the punishment. The Ascension eventually pick up the win over Gunn in a tedious match.
Winners: The Ascension
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
2. WWE Tag Team Championship: The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) (c) vs. The Miz and Damien Mizdow
Both teams make their way to the ring, and it gets underway soon enough. The action in the match is very average, with Mizdow not tagged into the match once. He nonetheless does a great job of mimicking The Miz, but ultimately The Usos are able to pick up the win and retain.
Winners: The Usos, to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
3. Paige and Natalya vs. The Bella Twins (Nikki and Brie)
Both teams make their way to the ring, with it getting underway in a very back and forth but methodical style. The Bella’s soon get the control over Natalya. In what was ultimately a very dull and uninteresting match, The Bella’s are victorious.
Winners: The Bella Twins
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
4. WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins (w/ J&J Security)
The hostory package shown looks at the continued rise of Lesnar as champion, whilst showcasing each of the competitors to give each a level of prominence heading into the match. Each of the participants then make their way to the ring ready for the match to begin.
The match gets underway, with Lesnar quickly beginning his entourage of German Suplexes to both men. Cena continues the domination for a while, until Cena is able to fight back with an AA for the near finish. This also allows Rollins a comeback with the kerb stomp, also for a near finish.
Rollins is able to take Lesnar out of the match, when he sends him crashing through the announce table bringing it down to the two of them. Soon enough, J&J Security get involved taking down Cena. Cena is able to fight back, and gets a near finish following an AA.
At this point, Lesnar steamrolls himself back into the match and obliterates Rollins to retain the championship in what was a very interesting, unique but massively enjoyable match. Great dynamic, the presence of Seth added so much.
Winner: Brock Lesnar, to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
5. The 2015 30-Man Royal Rumble Match
The video package looks at the Royal Rumble statistics which have being accumulated throughout the years. We return to the arena for the match with the first entrant being The Miz with the second entrant being R-Truth. After yet another Truth promo, the match gets underway.
As the match continues, the third entrant is revealed as the returning Bubba Ray Dudley. After he forms a brief double team with Truth, Bubba eliminates both The Miz and R-Truth. This sets him in time for the number four and five entrants, Luke Harper and Bray Wyatt.
Harper and Wyatt work with one another to ensure the elimination of Bubba, before the next entrant Curtis Axel makes his way out only to be taken out by Erick Rowan. All three men go at it, but it is Bray who is the last man standing.
Entering at Number 10, Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring and quickly goes at it with Bray. As the match continues, Diamond Dallas Page enters at Number 14. Whilst he goes at it with others, he soon looks completely blown up before he is quickly eliminated by Rusev.
Just ten minutes after he entered, Daniel Bryan is shockingly eliminated by Bray Wyatt. Kofi Kingston makes his usual escape from elimination, when he is caught by Adam Rose’s posse outside of the ring (well, “rosebuds”) who place him back in the ring.
With Dean Ambrose making his entrance at Number 25, the ring is now beginning to fill up with various superstars. Making his entrance at Number 29, The Big Show makes his way to the ring. Various superstars attempt to eliminate him, but are quickly overpowered.
Teaming with Kane, they both make short work of some of the participants making some eliminations. This is all before the Number 30 Entrant, Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring and quickly eliminates Wade Barrett. Ziggler doesn’t last long, as he is eliminated by Show and Kane.
This prompts a chorus of boos as the final four is revealed to be The Big Show, Kane, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. The boos, probably because of the predictable nature of what was happening.
Ambrose is the next eliminated by Show and Kane. As Kane and Show start to fight, Reigns uses this to eliminate them both. Show and Kane attack him after the bell, prompting the appearance of The Rock to take them both out.
At this point, Rusev reappears who was never eliminated but is quickly taken down by Roman with a spear before being tossed out of the ring in an unconvincing amount of time. This was a particularly bland and overly predictable match which is must better watched pressing fast forward.
Winner: Roman Reigns, last eliminating Rusev
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
The under card on this show, was in all honesty the complete pits. It was absolutely terrible. The opening match with The Ascension and The New Age Outlaws was utterly awful. What having that match on the actual show achieved is completely baffling. The Outlaws, whilst they were passable in the ring, The Ascension ultimately were not. Surprisingly, they struggled to keep up with the pace of the match. The next match, is completely beyond me. This was an awful match sadly. All the female competitors are competent in the ring and this achieved very little. This would have fared much better as a singles match for the WWE Diva’s Championship between Nikki and Natalya. There is the chance then it would have being half respectable.
The next match for the WWE Tag Team Championship was a pretty average match in terms of technical skill. But, what made that match more enjoyable was the characterization which displayed by Mizdow. He really shone in the role he carried out, and the combination of him and The Miz worked really well with one another. Shame they never had their climatic moment in their feud. However, the triple threat match was a complete contrast to what had being seen on the card. Had it being just Cena versus Lesnar, then the match would have potentially being a washout. But the presence of Rollins allowed for another direction to be taken in the match. It allowed us to see a more technical approach to the match rather than the usual Lesnar onslaught.
The Rumble match itself, was certainly an interesting one. It was clearly booked in a way to have “Rumble Moments” such as Bray versus The Boogeyman and the elimination of Daniel Bryan whilst having the surprises in the form of Bubba Ray and DDP. Nonetheless, it was ultimately a more predictable match than what you would usually predict. The WWE have had an increasing habit of making Roman Reigns the presence or man in the Rumble. This means it ultimately centralizes itself back down to him. But for the 9.99 Subscription Fee to the WWE Network, it is the match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship where you want to watch. Plus maybe a little bit from the stunt double…
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