The X-Factor: The road ahead Submitted by Victor Mariscal on 01/31/2019 at 07:10 PM
The 2019 Royal Rumble was the first PPV I attended since Cyber Sunday in 2008. It was overwhelming with that many fans. Those commemorative seats arenít the most comfortable though.
That stupid lighting though, I wish Vince would slap Kevin Dunn. I went back to my car for my sunglasses before the preshow ended, yet they changed the lights to red for the SD Tag match so I didnít need them anymore.
I think it was decent, if not an uneven and REALLY long show. Styles vs. Bryan didnít deliver as it shouldíve, and believe me Iíll get to that later. Iíll wager there was disappointment because Ė other than Double J Ė there was a lack of surprise entrants. That is what made the first Womenís Rumble so special. It makes the Rumble special.
The Ďmarkí in you had to enjoy what happened to Nia Jax. They werenít so much preaching violence against women as they were vicariously giving the people revenge. We see ďBring back the Attitude EraĒ but people lose their damn minds when something like this happens. A woman doing spots with the men happened all the time in those years. You wouldnít think so given how much castration sheís done, but even Stephanie took part in it.
This is the first WrestleMania season since 2004 - and 2016 due to injury - that isnít featuring John Cena prominently. It wonít feature Roman Reigns main-eventing either. Your darlings won for the second time in a row. The women will likely close the biggest show of the year. What do you have to complain about now?
Youíre the IWC. Youíll think of something.
Hereís a gripe of mine. Whatever the design, the WWE title was usually treated with respect. Daniel Bryanís sustainable belt totally fits his heel character. Bring out a custom design if you need to, but donít throw the main one in the damn garbage!
They have been course-correcting lately. Mandy Rose revealed she wasnít pissing Naomi off for the sake of being a bitch. Shane and the Mizís partnership has been hitting the right notes. They still have a ton of work to do.
Hereís where Iíll end it.
I didnít watch All In. Thatís not to say I didnít respect what they did. I get what it meant to the business as a whole. Someone gets future endeavored and TNA, ROH, and New Japan are brought up. Now itís All Elite Wrestling who havenít gotten off the ground yet. The fans are counting their chickens before they hatched.
Maybe AEW takes off, forcing Vince McMahon to stop repeating old mistakes. Heís already promised bigger paychecks once the new TV deals kick in. AEW likely canít compete with their reach or checkbook. As long as they do enough things right, it would be the shot in the arm the industry needs.