The Royal Rumble pay-per-view has now passed us by and the highly anticipated event has certainly divided opinion and the fans now have something to talk about after the negative ending to the show.
The Philadelphia fans in attendance didn’t hide their feelings when Daniel Bryan was the 11th superstar to be eliminated from the Royal Rumble match as Bray Wyatt racked up an impressive six eliminations in what was a strong Royal Rumble event for him.
The reaction to Roman Reigns winning the Royal Rumble was also a huge surprise which resulted in online trends with fans threatening to cancel the WWE Network, even an appearance from Reigns' cousin The Rock couldn’t win round the fans.
The great one reportedly unhappy
The arena did erupt into cheers when The Rock’s music hit the PA system and the rumours proved to be true when The Rock posted a picture of himself in Philadelphia, although he wasn’t actually a part of the Royal Rumble match. He fought off Kane and The Big Show before Reigns finally eliminated Rusev and the cousins celebrated the win, but The Rock didn’t look too happy.
Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez of F4WOnline.com have reported that The Rock was upset at the 2015 Royal Rumble and it was visibly clear both inside and outside of the ring. The Rock agreed to appear during the event beforehand, in an attempt to assist in putting Roman Reigns over further after the doubts refused to reach a halt.
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But an appearance from The Rock didn’t work the wonders the WWE were hoping for, the fans refused to let Reigns leave the arena on a high and didn’t back down when The Rock raised Roman’s arm in victory.
Unhappy with the booking and other concerns
It was clear that The Rock wasn’t as happy as many would have expected, but it’s being reported that he was unhappy with the way and timing in which Daniel Bryan was eliminated from the Royal Rumble and how the fans responded after it.
Daniel Bryan was the tenth entrant in the Royal Rumble in between the returning Zack Ryder at 10 and Fandango at 11. Bryan was the 11th superstar to be eliminated from the match, with the likes of Titus O’Neil, Adam Rose and Kofi Kingston still in the match after Bryan. It was no secret that the majority of the WWE Universe believed Bryan would be one of the final superstars remaining in the Rumble, perhaps even winning it, but nobody expected the early elimination and it’s not only The Rock who was upset. The WWE Universe and Mick Foley also had higher hopes for Daniel Bryan.
Bryan’s elimination then took a toll on Roman Reigns and The Rock, the fans in attendance didn’t give them a break and it was clear at the end that The Great One was irritated when the WWE fans refused to stop booing even when his cousin became the number one contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Repeat of 2014
The WWE have found themselves in a similar situation to the 2014 Royal Rumble. Dave Batista was brought back for the event and to headline WrestleMania XXX – which he did – but the fans turned on him so much that the WWE were forced to turn him heel.
This raises the question as to what it is the WWE Universe actually want. The WWE can’t please everyone because they’ll either get booed or receive threats to cancel the Network subscription and if they do something different, the same thing happens. When Batista eliminated Roman Reigns last year, fans argued that Batista shouldn’t have won and Roman Reigns should have won instead.
Daniel Bryan didn’t need to win the Royal Rumble last year but still managed to worm his way into the main event and even capture the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, something he more than deserved. This year the WWE also thought they didn’t need to have Bryan win the match in order to have a blockbuster match at WrestleMania.
It will be interesting to see what unfolds in the coming weeks and months and whether Roman Reigns can win over the doubters heading into WrestleMania.