Now, if we are honest with ourselves, the Cena/Orton match wasn't bad by any stretch. It was an above average matchup. Plus, seeing Orton lock in the STF, do the Atttitude Adjustment, Cena doing an RKO legitimately shocked me. The match, however, was drowned out by the crowd as dominant chants of "BORING", "THIS IS AWFUL", and the most dominant one of all "DANIEL BRYAN" drained any energy both men had in the match. Both men and the announcers tried to play off the boos and the chants, but there is no denying that the fans were not pleased of Bryan's current standing in WWE. Now I thought that the constant boos echoing around the match for this match was bad. But the Royal Rumble ending.....let's make no delay here.
29 superstars entered the Royal Rumble, and i think its safe to say that only CM Punk, JBL, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus, Kevin Nash (hope he didn't tear a quad falling out the ring) and Batista (though boos were dominant) got decent reactions at that point. There was no Chris Jericho, and shockingly, no Rob Van Dam (but they can waste a spot on El Torito). With only one spot remaining, the crowd chanted "YES!" in anticipation for Daniel Bryan to come out. When the countdown ceased, and the buzzer rang, WWE fans were saddened to see that the final entrant was Rey Mysterio. Now I knew that Rey was going to be the last one to come out because they showed his face in the hype for the match and he hadn't appeared in the match at that point. Rey Mysterio, one of the greatest faces in WWE history, was given the worst reaction in his career bar none. I have never seen someone that popular with the fans over the years get booed so heavily. God rest his soul, because its not his fault. They just wanted the one with the beard and long hair and the exciting matches.
The final four was Sheamus, CM Punk, Roman Reigns and Batista (three of the final four was pretty predictable). Now, I also predicted that Kane would screw Punk in the Rumble match because Punk had the upper hand on Kane on RAW. So now we are left with Batista, Roman Reigns and Sheamus. At this point, nothing but boos fill the arena. God knows that at this point the fans didn't want Batista or Sheamus winning the match. So they were hoping that since WWE didn't give them Bryan, they'll give them Roman Reigns (another guy heavily over with WWE fans) as a consolation prize. After Sheamus was eliminated, Roman Reigns and Batista were the final ones left standing. Now, WWE said Reigns' push was going to be bigger than anybody thinks. Now I thought that meant that he would win the Rumble, because I already was under the assumption that Reigns would already eliminate lots of guys (setting the record tonight). But when Batista reversed Reigns and threw him out, cue the boos. Tell me of a time you saw a Royal Rumble winner, especially a returning popular face, booed that hard. Believe me when I say it. Look at the past Royal Rumble winners. Randy Orton, John Cena, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, Stone Cold, Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Rey Mysterio, Batista (in 2005), Chris Benoit...None of them got as booed as heavily as Batista now.
Not only was the match predictable, but never before in my eyes has it been clear what WWE fans want. When WWE put out advertisements for Batista's return (which I think would have been much more received if he returned at the Rumble and not on RAW), WWE was expecting for the crowd to go nuts. And the crowd did on RAW. But at the Rumble, they didn't forget Bryan's match. And when Reigns was the only one left besides him, fans were chanting "ROMAN REIGNS". They didn't want the 45 year old Batista...