OK, if you’re
a lover of stories, and happen to be a fan of wrestling,
the Royal Rumble is for you. There are 30 wrestlers, each
of which can be used to tell a story, if needs be. The 2010
Royal Rumble was full of great stories, but three really
was CM Punk. Punk was in there early, and that allowed them
to come up with a really strong tale for him to tell. Punk
cleared the ring, and Serena (the hottest woman with a shaved
head I’ve ever seen!) tossed him a mic and allowed
him to make his Straight Edge Society speech. After a bit,
JTG of Cryme Tyme came out and Punk tossed him and did more
xStraightEdgeX stuff. Hat was cool. The next guy was the
Great Khali. Punk tried to save him, had him raise his right
hand, but Khali turned it into a chop. The next competitor
came out: Beth Phoenix.
That was a surprise. I love Beth Phoenix, and I’m
glad she’s in the WWE, but she really didn’t
need to be in the Rumble, but she did make it possible to
eliminate Khali with an interesting bit. She climbed up
onto the apron and Khali came over to her and she grabbed
him and kissed him. As she was kissing him, she leaned back
and over the top went Khali.
It was a fun
piece of work, then Phoenix got into the ring, clotheslined
Punk and actually had him up for the Go 2 Sleep, but Punk
got out and then gave her the Go 2 Sleep and tossed her
out. That was awesome. It was a lot of fun and the crowd
was into Punk, who has serious heat behind the scenes --
so much so people seem to have forgotten Melena is on the
Zach Ryder came in, Punk had the mic, he hit Zach with
it and tossed him. It was very cool. Sadly, it all ended
with HHH coming in. They brawled a bit, Drew McIntyre came
in, and then Punk went for the Go 2 Sleep on HHH, who grabbed
the knee and tossed him out.
There are two ways to look at that. HHH killed another
guy’s heat by tossing him. On the other hand, HHH
is, like it or not, a big name and him tossing Punk doesn’t
exactly elevate him, but it does make him look important.
Punk has a great gimmick (he won Best Gimmick in the Observer
awards) and he is a fan favorite, but he has heat in the
back. What are you gonna do?
The Rumble went
on and folks came and went. The biggest shocker was that
Shawn Michaels actually Superkicked HHH and eliminated him.
To me, that made me think that he was going to win the whole
thing, as H would only let the eventual winner toss him
out. There was actually an impressive moment when R-Truth
(Ron Killings) eliminated both Mark Henry (who along with
The Great Khali, Chris Jericho, and John Cena is appearing
in the MacGruber movie!) and The Big Show. It was the biggest
showing for R-Truth, who looks like he’ll be pushed
again, which is good because I’ve always thought he
The Michaels story was most interesting. Michaels was eliminated
by Batista. Michaels did his thing where he’s on the
apron, and turned around and there was Batista, who hit
him. Michaels, who has better timing than almost any other
wrestler in history, turned to make it look like he was
supposed to grab the top rope, but slipped and ended up
on the floor.
This was an amazing moment.
This looked so
much like it could have been a miscue. In fact, it would
be harder to pull this off as a work than it would have
been to have it be a shoot. Shawn flipped out, first just
on the mats outside, and then he got up and started Superkicking
refs and flipping out. It was awesome, but there was that
moment when I wasn’t sure.
Still, it made
for great storytelling, Michaels losing his chance to get
at the Undertaker and so much. I think they’re working
on another angle to make it all work out that it’s
Michaels vs. Undertaker, and I’m betting Michaels
gets the win.
The last was the return of Edge. He was a surprise, which
was nice, and he had the full beard. You can’t argue
with that. He won the Rumble, eliminating John Cena. That
means he gets the shot at Mania, but we’re still not
sure at whom, and there’s another thought that has
crossed many people’s minds. Edge and Jericho have
been programmed together, and that’s been the talk
for ages. They could find a way to get the shot at Mania
off of Edge, perhaps having Jericho cost him a match, and
then there’d be a good Jericho-Edge storyline.
The Rumble was the best, but it told three excellent stories.
The 1992 Rumble was great, as was the 1998 Rumble, which
I was at! This was a great performance from Shawn Michaels,
a strong performance from Punk and Edge giving a great showing
himself. I was happy.
The Observer Awards were released this week and congrats
go out to Wrestler of the Year Chris Jericho. He also won
Best on Interviews. Interestingly, the Michaels vs. Undertaker
match from Mania won Match of the Year, and CM Punk vs.
Jeff Hardy won Feud of the Year. Brock Lesnar won Best MMA
Fighter and also Best Box Office Draw. Good year.
Sadly, we lost Jack Brisco on Monday. He was a two-time
NWA World Champion and a legend. He had some heart surgery
recently. He had classic matches with Jerry Lawler, Dory
Funk Jr. and Terry Funk and ever so many others. I seem
to remember Flair vs. Brisco being a big deal when I was