As we wrap things up on another Royal Rumble we look back at the event one more time with some final thoughts on the event. First let's compare this years event and last years event and the WWE has done it again with the event. Though very few things can top the John Cena vs AJ Styles match from last years Royal Rumble this years was still very good. Might I add that seeing two Royal Rumble matches on one show is very insane to think about as this was the 31th annual Royal Rumble. There is no doubt that this shows just how far the female roster has come in the WWE over the years.
As far as my thoughts on the pre-show, well there was a good reason that those matches weren't on the show as none of the matches were very good, and I will even say that the US title open challenge match was very disappointing. Other than the Royal Rumble, I will once again go back to the heavy praise I forded the SD Live Tag Team division in my predictions. In my opinion the top two non Rumble matches were the SD Live Tag Title match and the Universal title match, but I will give the top match to the tag match cause of the finish. Though the finish of the Universal title match was fine it was also extremely predictable and everything we expected from the match, but that's the problem especially considering the unpredictable finish in the tag match.
Now onto the Royal Rumbles and both of them were extremely ahead of expectations especially the male Rumble. There were really no expectations for the female Rumble due to it being the first Royal Rumble, but I will say that it was better than any of us could have thought. Also it was incredible seeing a lot of talent that hasn't been around for years like Trish, Lita, and Beth Phoenix. Shifting to the Male Rumble the one issue I had was I felt like it was rushed, but other than it felt weird watching it because it was almost like they took the time to consider the right choice rather than just a choice.
Don't get me wrong last year I had no problem with Randy Orton winning the match, but I think the WWE is getting to the point where they need to start building some new faces up the card. The perfect way to do that is through the Royal Rumble as the historical significance of the event is a great way to start building momentum for a fresh face.
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