Monday, January 30, 2017

WWE Royal Rumble 2017 - Results

Kickoff Show Results

Naomi, Nikki Bella and Becky Lynch defeat Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, and Natalya
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson defeat Cesaro and Sheamus to win the Raw Tag Team Championships
Nia Jax defeated Sasha Banks

The kickoff show was mostly about the women. It was somewhat surprising that Bliss didn't defend the title instead she was in a 6 woman tag match. Mickie James has a pretty good character and great in the ring, but they just need to utilize her like she is a star. In somewhat of a much needed surprise, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson became the new champions. This was the right move, but there feud leading up to Wrestlemania will determine if they have staying power. The third match had Nia Jax defeat Sasha Banks, which just keeps the feud going a little bit longer.

Royal Rumble

Charlotte defeats Bayley to retain Raw Women's Championship - Charlotte winning was the right move because no need to end her pay-per-view winning streak. The only bad thing about the win was that Bayley lost clean. It should been more of a dirty win, even as simple as feet on the ropes.

Kevin Owens defeated Roman Reigns to retain the Universal Championship - The match was the second best on the card, and it ended exactly how it should have. I was surprised that Reigns didn't win the title because of the push WWE keeps giving him. The result and small involvement of Jericho was great to see. The only thing i thought might happen is a turn for Jericho to set up Wrestlemania match, but that should come soon enough. The match itself had 3 huge spots in it. First was the splash from Owens to Reigns onto the table. Second was the Owens pushed into a bunch of chairs. Third seen Strowman slam Reigns on the table but it didn't break. It appeared to be setting Strowman and Reigns up for a fight eventually, but a spot in the Rumble showed Undertaker and Reigns as a possibility.

Neville defeats Rich Swann to become new Cruiserweight Champion - Neville is easily the best worker and talker in the division. The change of champions was the right move, but will it pay off for ratings in the long run. It'll be interesting to see who the future contender will be.

John Cena defeats AJ Styles to become new WWE World Champion - The match was one of the best matches that has ever happened. One of the main reasons for that was all the moves that were in it. It had such a wide variety of moves that I'd never seen them pull off before. AJ Styles is by far the best in the business in ring and on the mic right now. The only reason for this to be a smart move to lose the title is if they have something big setup for Wrestlemania.

Royal Rumble Match won by Randy Orton - The match itself could have been much better. Chris Jericho stayed in the match a long time but nothing really came of it. He was eliminated near the end of the match. The main downfall was the lack of surprise in the match. The only surprise was the winner of the match which was Randy Orton. Strowman, Corbin, Jericho, and Goldberg all had strong showings throughout.

Wrestlemania 33 - After Royal Rumble Predictions

Brock Lesnar Vs. Goldberg
Bayley Vs. Charlotte Vs. Sasha Banks Vs. Nia Jax
John Cena or AJ Styles Vs. Undertaker
Randy Orton Vs. Bray Wyatt
Seth Rollins Vs. Triple H
Kevin Owens Vs. Chris Jericho
Braun Strowman Vs. Roman Reigns
Andre Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Possible other matches include: United States Championship, Smackdown Women's Championship, Both Tag Titles, Cruiseweight, Finn Balor

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