NODQuinn- The Worst Royal Rumble Submitted by Dane Quinn on 04/28/2018 at 12:22 PM
The WWE Superstars packed up their things and flew over to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The WWE billed this event as The Greatest Royal Rumble. It was very confusing because the actual Royal Rumble took place a few months ago. How many battle royals can the WWE possibly have? Vince McMahon and the WWE need to define the word "greatest" because this was nowhere near The Greatest Royal Rumble.
At first, The Greatest Royal Rumble looked like one of those WWE Network specials that no one cares about. As fans, we simply watch it because our work depends on it or there is nothing on television. When the card was revealed, it was giving WrestleMania a run for it's money.
WrestleMania rematches, a 50-man Royal Rumble, and numerous title matches got many people excited. The star-studded card also featured The Undertaker vs. Rusev in a Casket Match and John Cena taking one Triple H for the first time in nearly a decade. On paper, there was no way this event could flop.
WWE had a chance to make this night or early afternoon, depending where you live, a spectacular night. They clearly treated this show like a house show. The big stadium and pyro made it feel like WrestleMania, but it was no more than a live event in Iowa on a Friday night.
Roman Reigns and Shinsuke Nakamura were unable to capture the championships they had their sights set on at WrestleMania. They both received rematches in Saudi Arabia. Reigns and Nakamura are close to becoming dead in the water. How many more times can Roman Reigns fall short against Brock Lesnar? Nakamura's recent heel turn may buy him a few weeks, but WWE made a big mistake by refusing to give Nakamura a win over AJ Styles.
Speaking of championships, everyone who walked into The Greatest Royal Rumble as champion, walked out as champion. Seth Rollins, Jeff Hardy, and The Bludgeon Brothers all retained their gold in Saudi Arabia. The only new champions that were crowned were Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy. They defeated The Bar to win the vacant Raw Tag Team Championship.
The Greatest Royal Rumble made Botch-A-Mania some money on this night. Let's forget about Jeff Hardy's Whisper in the Wind attempt on Jinder Mahal. We all have compared Titus O'Neill to The Shockmaster for his infamous trip as he ran to the ring. The real issue occurred when Michael Cole refereed to WWE Hall of Famer, Sgt. Slaughter as "the late great Sgt. Slaughter". It doesn't sound like a big deal until you remember that Slaughter is alive and well. I am sure Michael Cole received and earful from Vince McMahon on his headset for the remainder of this awful show.
WWE proved that they are a business by putting a show on in Saudi Arabia. The hour intermission to pray is one thing. That is the way they live in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. How about the women? The WWE left the women back in North America because of the rules and regulations against the women in Saudi Arabia. If you don't know the facts about women in their country, here you go. Women aren't allowed to drive a vehicle. They have recently been allowed to vote. Hopefully by 2030, Saudi Arabia will be up with the times.
In conclusion, WWE proved they are all about the money. They advertised this event as something you can't miss. Clearly, this was simply a house show that was held in a gigantic stadium. Don't be fooled by the pyro or the stars on the card. This is nowhere near The Greatest Royal Rumble. That distinction belongs to the 1992 Royal Rumble.