There is your WrestleMania 35 main event.
Becky Lynch Vs. Ronda Rousey.
I could talk about Rousey's match with Bayley – which was fun, but Bayley could have taken more from Lynch's joke and the four-rider character, in my opinion – but why? That's not the story here. The story is that even though Rousey did all the "right things," the crowd exploited them in this show. She preaches that her dreams come true, she holds open title shots, and it still does not matter.
She is not the man.
Some people will say that Rousey messed up her promo before the match. Speaking. I agree with them … and yet it is perfect for this story . Rousey is great when things are going well. However, as soon as she is exposed to adversity to her image, the uncertainty rises to the surface and she loses her coolness.
Rousey threatened to kill Lynch with his bare hands, all right! AND BECKY NO IS THE THREAT SOLDING IN RONNIE'S FACE!
Lynch is just … what words can I use? It is at a completely different level in terms of fan investment. She is on a completely different level in character work. And her promo on Rousey's face was on a completely different level again.
"… When I was last in your show, I put you there. And you did not come looking for me to prove you're the worst woman on the planet. So I came looking for you to prove that you are not. "
Everything went so well for Seth Rollins.
After winning the Royal Rumble, Rollins came to celebrate his victory with the fans. Papa Triple H came out to share a tear with his protege, and roughly congratulated him on his return to form. Rollins even won a victory over his long-time rival Dean Ambrose to cut things off.
But then … you know. He decided to fight Brock Lesnar.
Paul Heyman joined his client to finish the show, and advised Rollins in principle to select Daniel Bryan for his match at WrestleMania. For who would ever decide to be voluntarily beaten by the beast?
Rollins apparently. He got Lesnar in the face and beat him with a few blows to Lesnar's injured stomach … but it was all in vain. Lesnar quickly countered into an F-5. And then another. And another. And another. And another. And another …
Uh. Rollins Want to reconsider this decision?
In terms of context, that's actually a bit weird. The crowd sang "Kill the beast!" To open the show and um … yeah. They did not sing in the end.
I would also be very entertained if Rollins decided to follow Heyman's advice after this blow. Of course not, but still.
Elias is again a villain
WWE, you can not be in a hurry.
After opening the Royal Rumble against Jeff Jarrett, Elias decided to turn his heel tonight. He told the fans to give him a standing ovation and cheer him on … they did. He insulted her, but it did not hang.
So Jarrett appeared next to Road Dogg, where he tried to show the young musician / wrestler, and things did not go so well for the former superstars. Elias smashed them both with a guitar and was popped just before the stage, before the crowd sang "Waaaaalk Walk with Elias …"
. What do we make of it, Cageside? This was a pretty lame turn in my opinion, and it obviously did not work.
Nia Jax and Tamina def. Alexa Bliss and Mickie James – This was a qualifier for the Womens Tag Team Titles and it was not my favorite. It's all about Jax and I'm just not a fan of her last job. She also beat Ambrose with a forearm and how … what's the point? What is the reward for Jax, the boys beat? Will one of them fight back? Should I cheer this?
Baron Corbin def. Kurt Angle – The story here was that Angle was still trying to mentally recover from his November loss to Drew McIntyre. Corbin had cost Angle his job, and yet he could not do the job. He even lost to a non-finisher platoon!
… The comment was also extreme – and even detrimental – loud and argumentative during this. Chill, y'all.
Finn Balors consolation prize – Balor lost to Royal Rumble against Brock Lesnar after causing a lot of trouble for the beast. That's nice, Finn. Now go back to the middle map.
This is literally the worst scenario for Balor, in my opinion. It's such a cheap consolation prize when it comes to "believing" Lesnar, whatever that means. Bobby Lashley beat Balor even more after Lio Rush claimed he was taller, faster and better than Lesnar. Yes, that's a laugh.
The Revival def. Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins – The lovable loser became one of the lovable losers . I look forward to the story they can tell until their first victory.
The Riott Squad def. Natalya and Dana Brooke – This was another day-title qualifier, and Natalya's team never had a shot. Brooke talked to her partner before the match and after Natalya's night in Rumble … Yes,
Braun Strowman def. Drew McIntyre via DQ – Pretty crazy to see where Strowman is today, huh? Corbin and McIntyre used it once, and now they strangle it in a few steps. Life arrives quickly.
I thought the show was really just about Raw's two main gangs. These stories were great. Everything else? Not good. However, the face of Rousey / Lynch was A +++ and sufficient to reach the show with an above-average grade.