It was a rollercoaster night time for WWE followers watching the 2020 Royal Rumble. As is conventional, the street to Wrestlemania started final night time with the primary of 2020’s ‘large 4’ pay-per-views and there was loads of pleasure forward of the fan-favorite occasion, which has turn into famend and beloved for its shock returns, chaotic enjoyable and periodic buzzer noises. The sturdy occasion card featured Becky Lynch getting an Asuka-shaped demon off her again, Daniel Bryan and The Fiend bringing again the strap match and Roman Reigns persevering with his underwhelming rivalry with Baron “King” Corbin.
After all, the crown jewels of the night time have been the boys’s and ladies’s Royal Rumble matches themselves, and the PPV as a complete is usually judged largely on the winners of these respective matches. Nonetheless in its infancy, the ladies’s Rumble has been received by the aforementioned Asuka and Lynch, whereas final 12 months’s males’s winner was a still-babyface Seth Rollins. Whereas champions are often barred from getting into the Rumble, 2020’s festivities have been punctuated by the addition of the WWE Champion, Brock Lesnar, to the boys’s battle royal.
Curiously, each the boys’s and ladies’s Rumbles attracted wildly blended opinions, however for very totally different causes. Starting chronologically with the ladies’s match, the Rumble was largely well-received, praised by some as the most effective since WWE launched the feminine match. Naomi made a triumphant return, Mandy Rose and Otis loved a enjoyable spot that performed off their current angle and some neat call-ups from NXT have been introduced into the fold. Apart from the looks of Santina, there was treasured little to complain about. That was, till Charlotte Aptitude was declared the winner over the second-place Shayna Baszler.
By way of each in-ring efficiency and character, Charlotte is among the finest on this planet, that a lot stays unquestioned. Over the previous 12 months, nonetheless, followers have soured on the Queen and this traces again to her inclusion in final 12 months’s Wrestlemania major occasion, which many have been hoping can be a straight 1-on-1 between Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey. There is a normal consensus that WWE push Charlotte too onerous on the expense of different wrestlers, and this makes her a controversial Royal Rumble winner. Apart from being assured a title match at ‘Mania, Charlotte’s win provides weight to accusations that WWE’s girls’s division is centered round a choose few stars and lacks depth, regardless of the multitude of expertise out there, and final night time’s end result definitely wasn’t a preferred one on social media.
In distinction, the boys’s Royal Rumble had nearly the precise reverse downside. Kicking off with Brock Lesnar at no 1, the Beast Incarnate proceeded to eradicate a seemingly-endless string of common wrestlers, together with Shinsuke Nakamura, Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston, Cesaro and NXT’s man of the second, Keith Lee. The true-time response was nearly vitriolic on-line, with many writing off the match as a flop, and though the Lesnar-fest would possibly’ve been a bit overbearing – it did constructed in the direction of a much more fan-pleasing end result. After what felt like hours, Lesnar was finally eradicated by Drew McIntyre with a Claymore Kick straight over the ropes, and the Scot would go on to win the whole factor.
McIntyre has been extensively hailed since his return to WWE (and earlier than on the unbiased circuit), and a current face-turn has reinvigorated his fortunes, remaining common with followers and being booked strongly. Nonetheless, few suspected WWE would get behind McIntyre so strongly as to crown him the winner of 2020’s males’s Royal Rumble. With a shock feelgood win to see out the present, WWE appeared to grab victory from the jaws of defeat, (nearly) justifying Lesnar’s preliminary dominance and principally making up for the questionable girls’s Royal Rumble end result from earlier within the night time.
The measure of a Royal Rumble winner’s success, after all, is not simply in profitable the match itself, however in how they’re booked afterwards main up the grand stage of Wrestlemania. As confirmed final 12 months with Lynch and Rousey, a poorly deliberate story can rapidly flip the tide on a preferred winner, whereas an attractive feud may justify Charlotte going over Baszler. The one approach to discover out is to tune in… except you cancelled your WWE community subscription as quickly as Lesnar put Cesaro excessive rope.
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