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Randy Orton's Legacy Reigns SupremeFeb. 24 2009
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This Royal Rumble will most likely be remembered for Randy Orton and his Legacy helping him winning the Royal Rumble Match. The past week on RAW, Orton has just taken out Mr. McMahon with a violent assault right after Vince was about to fire Orton. So with Randy Orton not being excluded from the Rumble Match, the winner of the Rumble became pretty predictable.
ECW World Championship Jack Swagger (C) vs. Matt Hardy Very good opening contest. Hardy scored with some hard right fists to Swagger early going in the match. The match went at a good pace with Swagger targeting the shoulder of Hardy every second he got. A good match and a strong way to open up the show. 4/5
Women's Championship Beth Phoenix (C) w/ Santino Marella vs. Melina I felt this was a very good women's title match. During the match Beth seemed dominant and showing a great deal of strength. Even hitting Melina with her own boot. A little bit of a back and forth contest with a sudden end but doesn't equal to their "I Quit" Match last year at ONS. Listen for the "SANTINO" chants early in the match. 3/5
World Heavyweight Championship John Cena (C) vs. JBL w/ Shawn Michaels If you remember their Wrestlemania 21 match and their single matches back in '08, then you can recall them not being so good. But this time around Cena and JBL tried to have a "wrestling" match and it played out pretty well. The suspense factor was there and Shawn Michaels being at ringside and getting involved in the match certainly did more for the match then anything else. By far Cena's and JBL's best "wrestling" match together. 3.5/5
No Disqualification for the WWE Championship Jeff Hardy (C) vs. Edge Another good title match here but I don't think Edge and Hardy brought their best stuff. The No DQ rule added more to the match and it certainly came into effect with the shocking end. A couple of good spots here including Hardy performing the twist of fate to Edge on the apron of the ring and Hardy splashing Chavo Guerrero through an announce table. A good match for the title but I really expected and wanted to see more. 4.25/5
30 Man Royal Rumble Match One of the best Rumble Matches from the past 5 years. As I stated earlier this Rumble has a predictable winner but the match really lived up to the hype. Randy Orton, Triple H, Rey Mysterio, Ted Dibiase, & Cody Rhodes all has impressive showings. All lasted over 30 minutes. This Rumble has some great moments as well. Including Randy Orton's Legacy being dominant, Santino setting a Royal Rumble record, the Brother's of Destruction reunion, the confrontation between Cody Rhodes and Goldust, and the return of the "Whole F'N Show". This was a great Royal Rumble Match. And it really delivered. 5/5
Royal Rumble '09 started the road to Wrestlemania 25 and it was a great start to the year. If WWE keeps rolling like this then 2009 should be one awesome year. I recommend getting this event. The Rumble match was solid and the mid card is pretty good too.
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Randy Orton's Legacy Begins...Feb. 6 2009
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ECW Champion Jack Swagger vs. Matt Hardy - For Jack Swagger's PPV debut, he delievered a a solid wrestling match here with Matt Hardy and continued to showcase his inring potential with his storytelling on Hardy's arm throughout the match. Solid opening match.
Womens Champion Beth Phoenix vs. Melina - It just seemed like they weren't clicking here as you openily saw some botched moves, off timing, along with the crowd at one point more focused on cheering Santino at ringside than the match itself. One memorable moment though was when Beth stretched Melina's leg to the point where she had Melina kicking herself in the head with her own foot. In the end, this was their weakest match together as they were just off here but what's ironic is that their worst day is still a more watchable & better performance than you would get from some of the other divas on their best day.
World Champion John Cena vs. J.B.L. - If anyone remembers their matches from WrestleMania 21 along with Judgment Day & One Night Stand from 2008, you know not to expect much from these two unless it's a hardcore type match like Judgment Day '05 & Great American Bash 2008. But I'll give it credit as these two put on their best "wrestling" match here as it wasn't one sided here & both men trading offense. The wild card with Shawn Michaels at ringside helped this match more than hurt it as this was again, their best "wrestling" match that we should have gotten during their previous 3 attempts at a normal match.
No Disqualification Match: WWE Champion Jeff Hardy vs. Edge - Chavo Guerrero was in Edge's corner for this match & Vickie Guerrero made it a No DQ match. I can never remember Jeff Hardy (who looked very similar to the Joker from "The Dark Knight") & Edge having a bad match and this was no exception as they just worked well together with the No DQ rule making various highlights like Hardy's dangerous leap off the ladder onto Chavo before the ending that was a shock to everyone involved with the match. Great match between these two but again, when did they have a bad one?
Royal Rumble Battle Royal: This Rumble heavily made up for last years as we got a bunch of welcomed suprizes here in terms of either performances or special appearences and at one point, we had the most wrestlers in the ring at the same time during the match that I ever remember seeing. Various highlights include the opening minutes with the young talents getting the spotlight for a while, Cryme Tyme's coin flip, how Mysterio re-entered the ring after being tossed out, the "Rhodes Family Reunion", Rob Van Dam's appearence & "no ring rust" performance including one awesome looking double team move he did with Mysterio at one point, Santino's Rumble performance, "Hi I'm Dolph Ziggler", seeing the 400 pound Big Show "skin the cat" at one point, and the dominance of Randy Orton's Legacy. Great Rumble match overall that delievered.
In the end, this was a very enjoyable Rumble overall with the only bad match being Melina & Beth having an off night so I recommend overall.
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The road to Wrestlemania XXV begins!Oct. 7 2010
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One of the best Rumbles I've seen for a long time.
The ECW Championship match with former champ Matt Hardy vs. then champion Jack Swagger. It was back and foward and good opener for the PPV and for me it gets a 3.5/5
Now we go to the Women's Championship match with Melina vs. Beth Phoenix, the girls always do a good job with Beth domonated most of the match with Melina coming from behind to get the win giving this match a 3.5/5
Now the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match with John Cena in his 4th championship run vs. his old rival JBL w/ his new "employee" HBK in his corner. Not much to say in this match cause like always John Cena wins until losing the title the next month in the Elimination Chamber. 2/5
Now we move on to the WWE Championship Match with Jeff Hardy in his first run as a World Champion vs. his old TLC "buddy" Edge. Before the match even stared then Smackdown GM Vickie Guerrero makes the match no DQ so her nephew Chavo can get involed in the match for Edge. In the end Matt turned on his own brother so Edge can win his 8th world championship. 4/5
And now the MAIN EVENT the ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH with Rey Mysterio(who lasted a long time in there)and John Morrison staring at #1 and #2. This was an interesting Rumble because Orton kicked Vince McMahon in the head so it was unknown what will happen if he won or not. When Triple H who entered at #7 and Randy Orton #8 they got a huge pop from the fans like always. But to my surprise Rob Van Dam was a guest entrent at #25 and crowd went crazy! But in the end with help of Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes, Randy Orton wins the match and will main event The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania!!! 5/5
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GOOD RUMBLE EVENTJuly 17 2011
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WWE ROYAL RUMBLE 2009
1.[ECW TITLE] JACK SWAGGER VS MATT HARDY-we start out with a really good opener that was for the now gone ECW title. Swagger of course wanted to make this a mat based contest working on Matt's arm. Hardy however tried turning this into more of a fight with more high impact blows and fists. Matt controlled most of the first half of the match but his arm was too worked over in the process. Swagger would retain the tile and defeat Hardy again.
2.[WOMEN'S TITLE] BETH PHOENIX VS MELINA-this match right straight up upset me and it still bothers me. I am a big fan of Beth. I think Beth along with Natie is the best female wrestlers in the WWE. This match showed off what both are really good at, with Beth showing off her strength. Melina showed off her agility but the best part was Beth beating her with her own foot. Still Beth ended up getting reversed and pinned loosing her title and many months long streak.
3.[WORLD TITLE] JOHN CENA VS JBL-now I know a lot of people were not expecting much out of this match. But to be honest this was a good match between the two with solid action that went back and forth. Of The Shawn Michaels storyline going into this was great and HBK getting involved added a lot to the match. After a super kick or two from Shawn, Cena was able to defeat JBL once again.
4.[WWE TITLE] JEFF HARDY VS EDGE-now I have to say from there tag team days all the way to now these two have good matches. This like the others was a well done match with a good pace and some good high spots due to Vickie making it a no DQ match. Also with Chavo on the outside to help Edge added to the atmosphere. Still the story here was the ending that was just wonderful Matt Hardy turning on his brother and costing him his title. Not only was it great to see that but it was even stranger to see who he helped become champ given the history.
5.ROYAL RUMBLE-I have never seen a Rumble match that I did not like and this is no different. There is just something special about the Rumble or battle royals for that matter. This Rumble was full of action with all kinds of high spots as usual. Some of the many great moments were the one night return of RVD and how Rey was able to stay in the match, you will see. But the story here was Legacy and their dominance and team work throughout the Rumble. At one point it looked like Randy Orton was eliminated but he stayed in there and moments later surprised Triple H to win the Rumble.
Over all this was a good event with a few missteps but it was a good Rumble event for sure. Of course I loved HBK being apart of this show in the way that he was, it added so much to that match. Also the Rumble was great as always. I recommend picking this up with the two pack with the 2010 Rumble as well. Special features include an exclusive interview with RVD after he was eliminated and Legacy on RAW.
Explores New Territory, but Sacrifices ClosureJan. 25 2009
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"It's not the destination that matters. It's how you get there that counts."
Mark those words before you watch this one. A lot of surprises went down at the 2009 ROYAL RUMBLE PPV, and all of them worked. A couple titles changed hands, and many loyalties were tested. But even though I'm satisfied with where ROYAL RUMBLE 2009 has brought me, I didn't always enjoy the ride there.
1) ECW Championship Matt Hardy v. Jack Swagger (champion) ---As expected, both men delivered a crisp opener to get us excited. Hardy has been a very reliable singles talent for quite a few years now, and Swagger's physical talents are well utilized. Amateur-style takedowns seem to be a trend in the WWE today, as Swagger often used some collegiate maneuvers to turn into suplexes. Matt Hardy's signature moves are becoming a little predictable now, but his resilience and timing are still crisp enough to keep us on the edge of our seats. All in all, this was my favorite of the four singles matches on tonight's card. "7.0 / 10" ___________________________________________
2) Women's Championship Melina v. Beth Phoenix (champion) ---This was one of the most unpredictable and unorthodox matches I've seen in quite some time. That's both a good thing and a bad thing with this match. There were quite a few moments when the ladies would pick up the pace, and their speed seemed to overcome their timing. Several slams and counters were off. However, the reason I overall liked this match was because there was some very strange offense from both women. Melina used kicks from every conceivable position to stay in the fight, while Phoenix implemented some very vicious power offense. There's a particularly savage leglock that you've got to see to believe. I think most will be able to sit through it, but I've seen these ladies do better against each other. "6.0 / 10" ___________________________________________
3) World Heavyweight Championship JBL (w/ Shawn Michaels) v. John Cena (champion) ---Pick a Cena/JBL match besides their "I Quit" Match a few years ago, and you've pretty much seen this one. This is getting ridiculous now, because JBL just pummels and torques Cena's body, yet the champ remains in the fight using only his signature moves. The only reason I'm not beating this one to death is because the angle with Shawn Michaels and JBL continues to be very good TV. It's a well-acted, well-constructed storyline that has kept me interested. Also, I will give credit to the match's interesting finish. However, the one-on-one match itself was average at best. I kinda enjoyed myself; then again, I was in a very comfy chair. "6.0 / 10" ___________________________________________
4) No Disqualifications - WWE Championship Jeff Hardy (champion) v. Edge (w/ Chavo Guerrero) ---Vickie Guerrero came out and announced that there would be no rules for the title bout. And boy, I thought I had good reason to expect a knockout display of carnage. But then, Edge and Jeff started off with a relatively slower-paced contest. "Okay," I thought to myself, "This is a necessary way to begin, so that the weapons spots will mean more." But quite frankly, this one just never gets off the ground. Not only is there very little "No-DQ" action, but also some of the more hardcore moments are dull. For example, there's a spot where Chavo Guerrero is lying on a table, and Jeff dives from a ladder onto him. That whole spot was ruined because Chavo was resting on the table after a few weak punches, just waiting for Jeff to crash on him. In fact, Chavo looked confused, because he'd cheat behind the referee's back in a No-DQ Match! The last 5 minutes include some nice counters and close calls. And as neat as the finish was, I don't think it'll hold up months from now. As it turns out, the "No-DQ" stipulation was good for the storyline, but didn't make the match any better. I was very disappointed with this display from these two gifted wrestlers. "6.5 / 10" ___________________________________________
5) 30-Man Royal Rumble ---Anytime I watch a Royal Rumble on live PPV, I get a little exhausted when it's over. The suspense of the entrances, the close calls, the pile-up of wrestlers, and closing moments will always get me exhilarated on a first viewing. So I ask this: will the 2009 30-Man Rumble hold up on repeat viewings? The answer is, "Yes".
First the good stuff: * The first half of this Rumble was non-stop excitement. The first 25 minutes has to be the most action-packed of any 30-Man Royal Rumble. There was so much going on that I couldn't keep up! * Seeing Rob Van Dam return to action was a genuine thrill. He entertained the Detroit crowd, got to show off some stuff, but also allowed the other wrestlers to do their jobs. * A lot of big names in this one. I knew who was going to win, but I kept second-guessing myself. That's never a bad thing. * I've never seen so many near-eliminations in a Royal Rumble in my life. The number of times a superstar ALMOST touched the floor has to be a new record. Tons of suspense. * Randy Orton's victory celebration was perfect. He raised the hands of Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase for their assistance for getting him the win, and the final shots of Orton pointing to the WRESTLEMANIA 25 signs & pyro couldn't have been better timed. Orton knows how to use the camera to his advantage. Priceless!
Okay, so what's not so good about the 2009 30-Man Royal Rumble? * The pileup became ridiculous. I think this Rumble featured the most superstars ever to be in the ring during a Rumble. This wouldn't have been an issue if the eliminations were more frequent. * Terrible way to use The Brian Kendrick. 15 seconds?! Just stupid! * The showdown between the final six competitors was good. But as entertaining as it was, it was pretty obvious who was going to win. In hindsight, I should've paid more attention to how Orton was being talked about backstage.
So, overall I think the 2009 30-Man Royal Rumble was on the verge of being the absolute best. The first half is non-stop excitement, and I challenge anybody to argue over that. But after a while, the match begins to drag, and gets pretty good in the final stretch. A very good 30-Man Royal Rumble. Not the best, but definitely one of my favorites. "7.5 / 10" ___________________________________________
ROYAL RUMBLE 2009 is a decent PPV. The biggest problem is that in every match, the finish overshadows the contest leading up to it. Matt Hardy and Jack Swagger delivered a solid match, but the camera lingered on Hardy afterwards, rather than pushing Swagger. Melina won the title in a very surprising fashion, but perhaps almost too surprising. Cena and JBL must stop working together, especially if you have Shawn Michaels at ringside. Let's face it: we knew he was going to get involved at some point. The whole time we're thinking about HBK, rather than Cena & JBL. Edge and Jeff Hardy have no excuse for their average display. I liked the betrayal finish as much as everyone else will, but considering how intense this storyline has gotten, the match was surprisingly soft. Thankfully, the 30-Man Royal Rumble is one of the better ones. It drags a bit in the middle, and might be predictable by some people's standards. But battle royals don't always entertain on repeat viewings; the 2009 30-Man Royal Rumble will stand the test of time.
"It's not the destination that matters. It's how you get there that counts." ROYAL RUMBLE 2009 does a good job setting up the months to come, but suffers as an individual chapter.