10 Things WWE Regrets About The Royal Rumble

"This isn't the Rumble I had in mind!"


The Royal Rumble, flawed history and all, is something that unites a fandom at constant odds with one another. No, that WALTER Vs. Joe Coffey match wasn't a merely flawed match. It was uneven well before the botches, you're not looking past the easy kick-out spots, and booking three NXT UK TakeOver cards per year isn't an achievement.

F*ck off.

But the Rumble unites us; a mathematical formula for fun, drama, anticipation and surprises, daft comedy and the most serious storyline stakes imaginable, the hour-plus epic is invariably a spectacle. Even when it's misjudged, even when it actively strives to make us disavow our very fandom, it yields moments of magic - be they a cool, unique Kofi Kingston near-elimination, or a welcome face returning from a cherished yesteryear. On which other night of the year would we ever in loud voice count down with anticipation, knowing there is a high risk of King Corbin emerging from behind the curtain?

We all have regrets about the institution. For example: why do we look forward to it, why must we hurt ourselves when the previous decade yielded no less than six uninspiring winners?

So does the company that promotes it...


Former Power Slam Magazine scribe and author of Development Hell: The NXT Story - available NOW on shop.whatculture.com!