Well I guess that cover-image gives away the story – right? That said most people buying WWE DVDs have already watched the even, they’re buying it for the re-watch.
A better Royal Rumble than the last two – which is not saying a whole lot really – but mostly this year’s event got it right.
Kick-ass opening match, Last Man Standing for the Intercontinental Championship with Dean Ambrose facing up to Kevin Owens. A physical match, a huge opener, these two have chemistry. Their epic confrontation spills on over to the main even too.
We have a tag team match between New Day and The Usos, so it’s a bit of flying, some fast moves and good choreography. It’s hard to get excited about this one but it’s certainly no flop.
Kalisko vs. Alberto Del Rio is a lot less exciting though, a long-view bit of storytelling I would have to say, but still that doesn’t save it at all from being the dullest match on the card.
Becky Lynch goes against Charlotte for the Divas Championship and this was a solid bout. Involvement, ringside, from Ric Flair (Charlotte’s dad) and a really decent bit of feudal storytelling here, particularly with the post-match coda.
The main event – the Rumble – saw the debut of AJ Styles. He wasn’t quite buried, he had some spots, he lasted (fairly) long but it was still a tad anticlimactic, and the audience chanting shows that. Big plays from Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho and a few others – the annual awesome elimination-avoidance spot from Kofi Kingston and The Miz clowned around on commentary for a few minutes before heading in to face the action. It wasn’t quite as exciting as it seemed to think it would be – the set-up was strong and then that was killed off for a lot of the match. But a safer work than other years; clearly that was needed. The Rumble’s always been one of the best events under the WWE banner and that reputation was tarnished two years running.
So we get a big return for a finish to directly set up the “Road to Wrestlemania” as required.