Over The Ropes

By: @henn_griffey

          Last night, I returned home from a weekend trip just in time to catch WWE’s 30th annual Royal Rumble. Yes, I still watch wrestling. Anyway, this year’s match was jam packed with some of the biggest names in the WWE. Goldberg, The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, and 27 other professional wrestlers would battle it out for the chance to compete in Wrestlemania’s main event.

I was too hyped about this years Royal Rumble. Unlike years past, the Rumble lived up to and surpassed my expectations. From ultimate feats of strength, crazy acrobatics, and signature move after signature move, the 2017 Royal Rumble was HENNCREDIBLY DOPE. The WWE revisited and developed storylines, highlighted a number of their stars, and pulled off a huge troll in the first pay-per-view event of the year.

There is more to wrestling than the spandex, boots, and sweaty guys brawling on TV week after week. There are heroes and villains, rivalries and alliances, storylines being woven together. Some of WWE’s most entertaining feuds and stories from the past year were showcased at this Royal Rumble. This was one of many highlights of this year’s event. One of the first was James Ellsworth’s early rivalry with Braun Strowman and his recent run in with Dean Ambrose. Ellsworth enters the Rumble in the number eleven spot only to see Braun Strowman staring him down. Braun use to eat Ellsworth for breakfast, lunch, and dinner last year. Obviously, Ellsworth is terrified. Soon enters Dean Ambrose, who never got revenge on Ellsworth for costing him the Intercontinental Championship. So Ambrose tricks Ellsworth into entering the ring where he is immediately launched over the ropes back onto the arena floor. Not only did it piece two different storylines together, but it was hilarious. Thumbs up WWE.

Storylines just like this were progressed last night. The most interesting is the crumbling of the Wyatt family, especially with Randy Orton winning the Royal Rumble. The Goldberg and Brock Lesnar rivalry also took a step forward. WWE built Lesnar up just to tear him back down. He enters the match and immediately turned the Alamodome into Supplex City. Until Goldberg entered and delivers a spear fresh out of NFL Blitz, then tossing Lesnar over the ropes before he then goes on a ring-clearing spree himself. Growing up Goldberg was my guy, so I’m loving every bit of action in the ring. Can’t wait to see these two go at it again at Wrestlemania.

The Royal Rumble serves as the perfect place for a wrestler to make a name for themselves. This year’s Rumble didn’t disappoint. From Dolph Ziggler going on a super-kicking spree, to The Undertaker choke slamming about three of the current rosters’ top stars. Of course Roman Reigns got his usual push by eliminating The Undertaker, as well as being one of the last two guys standing.

But no one shined better than Braun Strowman. Strowman has been on a rampage lately destroying everything in sight. That trend continued on Sunday. I didn’t predict him winning the Rumble, but I did expect him to break the record for most eliminations. And although that didn’t happen, he ultimately came out a winner. Strowman dominated from the moment he entered the ring. Eliminating Mojo Rawley, Big Cass and Kalisto. He also went head to head with some of the biggest and strongest athletes on the roster. Seeing him and the Big Show pick each other up with ease was jaw dropping. And although he didn’t break the record, Strowman did have the most eliminations that night.

Another highlight was the troll job WWE pulled off. The conversation about the WWE continuing to rely on its veterans or finally handing the reigns over to the New Era is always bought up around Rumble time. At one point you had Goldberg and The Undertaker wiping out everything in their sight. It was starting to look like another veteran was about to walk out of the Rumble as the winner. Then enters Roman Reigns, who continues to get booed by the WWE Universe. Roman battles it out with The Undertaker before tossing him over the ropes. The possibility of Roman winning began looking greater as he eliminated Bray Wyatt, and had Randy Orton lined up for a spear. Orton turned that spear into a deadly RKO and the rest is history.

The best part about the Royal Rumble would have to be the numerous possibilities that can be constructed as we head into Wrestlemania season. Aside from the Rumble itself, we saw John Cena win his 16th WWE Title and Braun Strowman cost Roman Reigns his chance at the WWE Universal Title. Are we looking at the beginning of a new rivalry for Reigns? After taking this “L” will Brock Lesnar bounce back? And just how dope was Goldberg’s spear on the Undertaker? Find out on tomorrows episode of Dragon Ball Z!!!!!

Seriously though, like, share, and comment below and your thoughts about the Royal Rumble. Until next time….


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