WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley gave a scathing review of last night's WWE Royal Rumble 2014 pay per view and called out "the powers that be" for not getting behind superstar Daniel Bryan. The Hardcore Legend has been a big backer of Bryan who has been fighting to get a footing in the WWE main event scene since August. Foley posted the review on his official Facebook page, here is a portion of it.
I've never felt so disgusted at the conclusion of a WWE PPV. Like many of you out there, I just don't get it. This Daniel Bryan thing is a phenomenon. You get it. I get it. The fans in Pittsburgh (yes, I was thinking of writing "RIGHT TH…but I'm just not in a cheap pop mood) got it. But tonight, for the first time, I had to admit to myself that the powers that be are just not going to get it. And that makes me sad. I'm just honestly sad, just flat out f***** sad. Yes, I dropped an F-bomb there to emphasize how F'ing sad I am for the guys who bust their butts night in and night out – Ziggler, Punk, Bryan, etc – with no hope of getting their shot at this year's Mania.- Mick Foley
Foley is not the only one. The live audience in Pittsburgh at the Consol Energy Center were vocally behind Daniel Bryan well after he lost to Bray Wyatt in the opening match of the live pay per view. Loud unavoidable chants for Daniel Bryan and 'We want Daniel' could heard from the sold-out crowd through out the night and nearly derailed the WWE title match between John Cena and Randy Orton. The live crowd continued to chant for Bryan in hopes of him appearing as an unannounced entrant in the 30 man Royal Rumble. 30 wrestlers came and went, but Bryan did not appear in the match.
Pro Wrestling Examiner's Perspective: Foley's opinion is certainly one that echoes the loud displeasure being voiced by many WWE fans after the Royal Rumble, but the crowd in Pittsburgh got a little too upset about this situation. The crowd really just vented their frustration in a way that was unproductive and regressive for their cause. If you tuned into see John Cena battle Randy Orton, you really just got both men battling a rebellious crowd with their performance. DB backers should take solace in the fact their is lot of time left before this year's Wrestlemania.