So, obviously, I am Kyle Fitta. I wrote a column with Matt Peddycord on the Alliance around August on here. And now I am writing here whenever I feel like writing. Truthfully, I haven’t been following since August, and the reason why is due to mixture of things. But it basically boils down to my interest being devoted to football . However, I always watch the Rumble. So why not write about it, right? The Rumble is easily the second biggest PPV in WWE. The longevity, nostalgia, and importance of the Rumble match itself are essentially unparalleled to anything in wrestling’s history.
Well, that is until lately. Even though the Rumble is always an entertaining match (usually it flirts with MOTY each year), the long-term merit of the Rumble has been incredibly tarnished. The Rumble’s importance is based on it gives you the golden ticket to wrestle in the MAIN EVENT of Wrestlemania if you win it. Before I explain why I capitalized Main Event, I will first explain why there being two main event titles has hurt the Rumble. The reason to why it hurts is actually quite self-explanatory: it diminishes the importance of winning the Rumble due to there being another option to get a title match at Wrestle Mania (besides winning it).
Additionally, the WWE doesn’t help its credibility by having the winner face the champion in the mid card at Wrestlemania. Well, that’s me putting it gingerly, considering that both the winners of the Rumble curtain-jerked at Wrestle Mania. I believe the WWE is too occupied on giving the viewer shock-value in regards of the Rumble nowadays rather than having someone win it that actually is better suited from a longevity point of view.
Therefore, the WWE needs to start having more logical winners and then having them compete in the actual Main Event at Wrestlemania in order to fix the problem with the Rumble’s credibility. Despite that, the Rumble is still a very wild and entertaining match and I cannot wait for it.
Speaking of being excited, the Rock vs. CM Punk has epic written all over it. The Rock, however, needs to give a better performance than he did against Cena at Wrestlemania. His cardio and ability to structure the match need to improve in this match. I am confident they will. After all, CM Punk is a lot better than Cena in every facet of wrestling.
Without a doubt, the WWE could have done a better job in building up the match. I rather have seen vignettes of the Rock training hard for the match and doing sit down interviews to stress the importance of this match and his opportunity to also get a crack at the title and to take down the longest reigning champion of our era.That would have been made it feel much more special than hearing the Rock howl out prosaic insults that made your typical elementary scholar insults seem witty.
Without the Attitude Era’s lack of restrictions, the Rock on the microphone has been exposed as an overrated talker. Even back then there was never a lot of substance behind his promos and it’s not as if they made you invest into what he was saying or he ever convinced the you that you needed to see a match solely based on his microphone work. In both his prime and the era, he was a good talker, sure, but nowhere near the pedestal people put him on. The PG restrictions have verified that he lacks versatility and is one-dimensional.
In regards to the build, I believe that we have come accustomed to WWE mediocrity building up big matches, but at least they haven’t butchered the match’s intrigue like they did with Rock-Cena. In addition, CM Punk vs. Rock kind of builds itself anyway.
The favorite to come out with the title is the Rock. It seems like Cena will win the Rumble and then they’ll Main Event at Wrestle Mania. This is not a bad idea. It’s a horrible idea. CM Punk is trying to cement himself as the heel of the company and as one of the biggest stars in the company. The Rock is leaving after Wrestlemania again. Punk is staying. The Rock is a thing of the past. Punk is the future. It’s sour-grapes to even explain why Punk should win at this point. It’s just not smart to put past stars over future ones. It’s known as passing the torch, which is something the WWE apparently doesn’t believe in anymore. To think, they actually wonder why they only have two legitimate stars on the active roster. Hmmm….
My guess is either the Undertaker or Brock Lesnar will re-debut at the Royal Rumble. It seems safe to say the plan right now is to have Brock Lesnar continue his feud with Triple H, which means the Undertaker is the odd man out for Wrestlemania. Realistically, the only opponent for Undertaker is CM Punl. Personally, I have no problem with Undertaker vs. CM Punk. It’s in fact the most intriguing match on the card.
The challenge , however, will be making CM Punk feel like a worthy opponent for the Undertaker after he seemingly loses to the Rock. I’ve stated before that Undertaker’s streak is the most credible thing in wrestling today. Unlike everything in wrestling these days, once the streak ends, it’s over. There’s no winning it back. So, it’s important that Undertaker has a credible and perhaps a wrestler who could convince us that they have a realistic chance to put the streak in peril.
Overall, the Rumble looks good head-to-toe. It is actually the most good-looking card since Summer Slam. But unlike Summer Slam, hopefully it delivers. Chances are I will talk about the PPV, the Road To Wrestlemania, and perhaps even Raw if I can muscle through it next week.
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Great point about shock value. The rumble, WWE and world titles are below the likes of Rock competing or an Undertaker streak-continues match. Their selling point used to resolve around the winner of the Rumble facing the champ in the ”MAIN EVENT” of WM, as you pointed out.
However, you can’t say the Rock is an overrated talker. He literally does have the crowd in the palm of his hands. Austin is nearly the only other person who could do that as well as they can.
Rock and Cena winning their matches is way too predictable I doubt that’ll even happen. I want Punk to retain and I honestly wouldn’t mind another 400+ days with Punk as champ. He’s WWE’s best wrestler, talker. He is the complete wrestler.
Rock and Cena winning may be too predictable, but if there was a betting in wrestling, the favorites in those matches would be Rock and Cena.
Aside from the predictability, I don’t think the majority of fans would want Rock vs. Cena again. I do think they will eventually have another match but not this soon.
I think if Rock vs. Cena might happen again because of backstage politics. Cena agreed to job to Rock at WM28 if Rock promised to drop the title to him at WM29…I’m not saying that’s what happened and what will happen, but it wouldn’t surprise me. If Rock-Cena II happens, it will happen because Cena and Rock are making it happen and not because we want to see that match again. The match I want to see is a Rock vs. Punk vs. Cena 3-way. I know that means we won’t get Taker vs. Punk, but that’s okay because Punk has jobbed to Taker enough times. It’s not like we’ve never seen that match before.
“Without a doubt, the WWE could have done a better job in building up the match.”
Could they have done a better job? Yes. Did they have to do a better job? No. I think 90% of the people who want to see Rock vs. Punk decided they wanted to see that match when Punk GTSed Rock at RAW 1000. 20 years from now, that moment will be one of the top moments in RAW history. WWE got lazy…they didn’t want to try hard because they knew they didn’t have to. I would have liked to see a better build-up but it wasn’t very important that the build-up be great because I knew immediately that it was a must-see match.
“In addition, CM Punk vs. Rock kind of builds itself anyway.”
Yep…and that’s why WWE knew they didn’t have to put 100% effort into building up the match in the three weeks before the PPV.
We’re probably gonna get Rock/Cena 2 because it’s the biggest match.
I think we were supposed to get Triple H vs. Cena II at WM 23 but Trips got injured…WWE likes to do rematches of good matches so I think Cena/Rock will happen again.
I didn’t like that Punk-Rock match. The finish sucked. First of all, no one knows it was The Shield that interfered because the lights were off so Vince shouldn’t be assuming stuff like that. Punk needs to hire Otunga to open up a case.
Second, Punk lost to the People’s Elbow? Really? If you are going to take the title off a guy who has had the title for 434 days, have him lose to the Rock Bottom and not a fucking elbow drop.
And third, I hated seeing Rock turn into to Super Rock at the end and that makes him a hypocrite because Rock said he hated Superman as a kid in his The Rock Just Bring It DVD. The Rock stopped selling the attacks by those unknown people after about 3 minutes.
The Rock needs to be on RAW every single week until he drops the title or else the title loses value. The WWE Championship deserves to be on someone who will be with the company full-time and not some guy who wrestles one match a year and shows up on RAW whenever his schedule is open. I hope Punk is as pissed as I am that he had to drop the WWE Championship to The Rock. Rock should have just stayed retired because he shouldn’t be carrying that championship if he’s not 100% committed to WWE. If Rock can be champ, why can’t Triple H hold the title again. I’d rather see Triple H as Champion than The Rock. The Rock had his time in the spotlight…it’s time for him to get out of the way and let the current stars be the champion. Shame on The Rock for taking the WWE Championship from a guy like CM Punk and shame on Vince McMahon for giving the champion to a guy who only wrestles one time a year. I wish this never happened because The Rock was my favorite as a kid and now I wonder if The Rock cares about himself more than what’s good for the business. WWE shouldn’t be pushing 40 year old men who aren’t going to have a full-time commitment to WWE.
I will tackle the Rumble in my column Friday. I can say that I wasn’t impressed, though.