Lots of negative feedback from fans and people within the business this morning after last night’s 2014 WWE Royal Rumble pay per view.
Mick Foley took to Twitter with the following:
Wait...@WWEDanielBryan isn't even IN the #RoyalRumble? That just kind of sucks.
Does @WWE actually hate their own audience? I've never been so disgusted with a PPV.
Daniel Bryan himself took to Twitter after the fans were outright pissed off he was not in the Rumble match:
Sorry guys, the machine wanted me nowhere near the Royal Rumble match. But I thank everyone for their support. YOU are the #YESMovement
They try to keep US down and away from the top spots, but they can’t ignore the reactions forever. Keep voicing your opinions. #YESMovement
Obviously the fans in Pittsburgh completely hated the ending of the Rumble match itself and booed everyone in the Rumble match after the 30th entrant (which was Rey Mysterio) with the exception of CM Punk and Roman Reigns. Batista was heavily booed when he won the Rumble, which seemed to get him a but, fired up.
During the World Title match between Randy Orton and John Cena, chants for Daniel Bryan and Kurt Angle could be heard. The chants seemed to get to Orton agitated (or he was just playing his character to a tee).
Here are my quick thoughts on the show:
-I thought Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt was awesome and was the best match of the night, hands down. Great work by both men.
-Lesnar vs. Show was ok. Lesnar attacking Show with the chair before the match made sense and Lesnar giving Show an F5 was impressive (even though he did the same thing a decade ago)
-Cena vs. Orton wasn’t terrible but wasn’t anything special either. The Wyatt’s costing Cena the match made no sense (to be fair, we need to give it time to play out).
-The Rumble itself was good, not the best Rumble ever and certainly not the worst. While Bryan was never advertised for the Rumble match, it was foolish of WWE not to have the most over guy in the company in the match. Take that out of the equation, Batista winning was far too predictable and while I feel bad for how bad he was booed, WWE didn’t do themselves any favors by having CM Punk eliminated when they did. I think the fans would have been perfectly fine with Punk winning or ok with Roman Reigns or any other member of The Shield or a guy like Dolph Ziggler winning but they chose the route of Batista.
As we head toward Wrestle Mania 30, WWE has some work to do in regards to getting fans excited after last night’s show.