The Royal Rumble was exciting as an exceptional main event starting with Chris Jericho’s showing. The Rumble 2016 results hosted the best matches in years with AJ Styles’ exhilarating debut and Triple H walking out as the new WWE Champion to go down in history, according to Bleacher Report.
WWE claims this Rumble was “historic” and wrestling fans totally agree. As is always the case with the Royal match, the primary purpose is to set up the WrestleMania main event, but it also foreshadows much of the WrestleMania undercard, and this year was no different. Several clues gave a revealing look at what fans could expect on April 3.
You can pretty much bank on this one — Roman Reigns will get a rematch for the WWE Title against Triple H at WrestleMania. Some wrestling fans have speculated they could do it at Fastlane and go with something else at WrestleMania, but really, Hunter and Reigns looks like it has been the plan for a while.
The Royal Rumble angle started back at TLC, with Reigns destroying The Game. The Rumble was then booked with the WrestleMania main event in mind — Hunter would win the title via The Authority screwing Reigns. The logical narrative progression from that is the babyface getting his revenge and winning the gold back in the Royal Rumble main event.
On paper, it sounds good, and the match has the potential to be excellent. Both men are very good performers and will certainly bring it on the grand stage. But as the Rumble crowd demonstrated, a smark factor may end up sucking out much of the meaning. Nevertheless, Hunter wants to main event the biggest WrestleMania of all-time, and that’s that.
Considering that the last two Royal Rumble events left fans wondering why they even watch professional wrestling, WWE didn’t have to do a whole lot to improve upon those catastrophes.
With that being said about Royal Rumble, WWE did more than enough to improve upon the last two years. Firstly, fans didn’t leave the Amway Center in Orlando wanting to revolt like the fans in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia did, which is always good. But WWE also laid the groundwork for what’s to come as we go full steam ahead into WrestleMania season.
This year’s Royal Rumble was well paced, had one major surprise and actually had some storyline development, something that was noticeably missing from last year’s match. We got to see some potential stories sprout up such as Brock Lesnar versus The Wyatt Family or Kevin Owens versus AJ Styles or even Owens versus Sami Zayn. Good job, WWE.