7 Ups And 10 Downs From WWE Royal Rumble 2017

A show-stealing title bout, but a Rumble leaving much to be desired.

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Show of hands: Who thinks WWE knows right now what all the major matches at WrestleMania are going to be?

After watching the Royal Rumble Sunday night, you might easily be convinced to keep your hand down. WWE had a somewhat open field of top contenders to win the 30th annual Royal Rumble match and delivered what had to be termed an unexpected winner in Randy Orton, a guy who has been in a tag team for the past few months.

Couple that with the decisions to have John Cena win the WWE World Championship, keep the WWE Universal Championship on Kevin Owens (for now), and have Roman Reigns pull double duty – presumably to fans could boo more – and you’ve got some open spots on your booking sheet. Or in the case of Cena/Orton XL, you’ve got a match that is the very opposite of fresh and exciting for Mania.

Despite that, the Royal Rumble PPV delivered a bunch of really good matches, with the Cena/AJ Styles title match giving fans heart palpitations. Charlotte Flair/Bayley also delivered the goods, and Neville’s coronation was a nice moment. The Rumble itself had some good moments, but overall it once again was a disappointment.

With that said, what tossed a bunch of unsuspecting jabronis and what got Santino Marella’d? 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.