The annual road to Wrestlemania begins this Sunday. The event that starts it all is one of the most anticipated PPV of the year, the Royal Rumble.
This even is unique, unlike any other. Thirty superstars enter every 90 seconds, the only way to eliminate them is by throwing them over the top rope.
Excitement ensues, the ring fills up and the free-for-all begins.
I mentioned the event being special, for the sheer fact of the spectacle that happens in the ring, every man for himself. Thirty men (except in 2011 when they expanded it past thirty) fighting for one prize. A shot at the WWE World Championship at Wrestlemania. The intrigue lies in who will be the breakout star to be the last man standing at the end. It's never an easy choice to pin down the exact person who is going to win it, that is until this year.
Even though the past few Royal Rumble's didn't have a winner emerge as a total shock to the audience, there never seems to be a clear-cut choice. What the 2014 Rumble is about to deliver (barring a shocking twist) is...Batista? Yes, the same Batista who popped onto your living room television screens this past Monday. The same Batista, who was gone from wrestling for over three years. Forget Ziggler, Miz, Big E, or Daniel Bryan, sorry guys, move to the corner. Dave is back, the star of Scorpion King...err part 3. Dave was busy being "Big Ronnie" in the huge hit Wrong Side of Town.
One appearance on RAW in the past three years, sure justifies being the "rumored" winner of the upcoming Rumble this Sunday. Batista gets to walk right back into the WWE, thanks to his buddy buzzed head Hunter, and go straight to the main event of Mania. All the guys that bust their behinds, shed blood, and deal with career threatening injuries throughout the year, just go to the back of the line. Worry no more, I'm sure buzzed head "CEO" will be the first one to call on you when Wrestlemania season is over and it's time to find someone to go to Huntsville Alabama for a live event.
Sadly, that has been WWE's mission statement over the past few years. Bring in the old, toss aside the younger full-timers. Then watch the old leave as soon as the Wrestlemania paycheck clears.
So while you sit down and throw down the $60 for the Royal Rumble, don't expect to be surprised or entertained by seeing something fresh. Thirty will come, twenty-nine will be tossed over the ropes. A few feuds might develop, Cena and Orton will brawl for the 70th time, and before you blink your eye's big Dave Batista will be dodging confetti as your 2014 Royal Rumble winner. Enjoy it while you can, the Guardian will be off to his Galaxy in no time! Cheers to a worthless Royal Rumble...
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