6 Ups And 8 Downs From WWE Greatest Royal Rumble

Great might not be the right word to describe this event.

Braun Strowman Daniel Bryan

The Greatest Royal Rumble is in the books, and the results are in: 50 men in a Royal Rumble is just too damn much.

The signature match of the latest WWE special event dragged on and on, with NXT newcomers and tag team wrestlers filling out the ranks, while there was a minimal amount of surprises. We saw no title changes (sorry, spoiler), although we did see Raw Tag Team Champions crowned.

We saw Roman Reigns continue his descension into Lex Luger-dom. Maybe he should adopt the Torture Rack as his finisher. Hopefully, this feud won’t continue.

We saw The Undertaker make an entrance and hobble through a match, forcing people to wonder when WWE will let him retire gracefully. We also saw Triple H and John Cena put together a decent opener that didn’t dazzle, but worked fine.

Sorry, if you were looking for a newsworthy, exciting event, you were disappointed. If you stayed home from work because you thought you’d see a big surprise or history in the making, you wasted a vacation (or sick) day.

The Greatest Royal Rumble was fine as a super house show, but it certainly wasn’t the spectacle WWE built it up to be for weeks. But hey, the company made money from Saudi Arabia, so bully on them.

Let’s find out what worked and what faltered. Let’s get to it…


Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.