It’s January, wrestling fans, and you know what that means: The Royal Rumble!! There are not a lot of people declared for the Rumble quite yet, but there are a few certainties. I’m going to focus on one: R-Truth. R-Truth and Carmella won the MMC Season 2 which guaranteed them the number 30 spot in their respective Royal Rumble. So we know he’s there! And we also know he won’t win. But hear me out.
I’ve looked at the list of all-time Royal Rumble winners and there truly aren’t any “surprises.” The weirdest one is probably “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan in the very first Royal Rumble and he didn’t even get a WrestleMania title shot – he just won an inaguaral Royal Rumble that meant nothing. The second weirdest – or longest shot – outside of Vince McMahon is maybe Sheamus? I don’t even know. The list is littered by people like Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, and John Cena. Makes sense, sure – but what if…?
Kayfabe is essentially gone in professional wrestling and I read way too many spoilers to ever be surprised but why wouldn’t the WWE do this? Okay, year 1 it will fail, for sure. But long term – this could be golden. There’s a money thing and no one wants to see R-Truth fight Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. I get that. Or DO THEY? Think about it. R-Truth shocks the world by winning the Royal Rumble – EVERYONE will be talking about it. Then there’s a two month build to him facing Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania – Brock isn’t around and Truth is pretty entertaining. It could work. But why can’t wrestling be “spontaneous” anymore? It’s gotten out of hand.
Listen to this 3 year plan: R-Truth wins the 2019 Royal Rumble (and I’m using R-Truth just as an example. Sub in anyone “out of the ordinary.” Think about one half of a tag team – like Dash Wilder, or Xavier Woods, or Jey Uso). If it’s a tag team, you have a built in storyline anyway – tag team partner helps him win the title, maybe gets jealous along the way and you have elevated two people to main event status. If it’s R-Truth you have unpredictability. R-Truth can’t beat Brock Lesnar. He just can’t. BUT MAYBE HE DOESN’T HAVE TO. What if Brock gets so cocky that something happens? Or the ref gets knocked down and then someone interferes because they hate Brock and it sets up his new program? What if Dana White comes straight to the WWE and kicks Brock’s ass himself?! R-Truth probably isn’t a long term answer at WWE Champion – but it’s interesting, isn’t it? So then the next year, people are on the lookout because truly ANYONE can win. And you do it, again. You let Bray Wyatt or Luke Harper win the Rumble. A decent guy, just waiting for a push. You let an NXT call up win – just to prove ANYONE can do it. That used to be the tag line, right? But it’s really not. It’s “how do I set up a program that will draw the most money?” And that program usually SUCKS! Give Fandango a shot at the title and see what happens with it. This is the most stacked roster EVER. There’s plenty of matches to fill out the WrestleMania card. Let’s get some unpredictability back into wrestling so I care again.
What do you think? Think wrestling is too predictable? Don’t care about wrestling? (why did you read this, then?!) Who is going to win the Rumble? S/O to Erica and Addison who are probably foaming at the mouth to see R-Truth win the Rumble. Let’s GOOOOO!