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Was It REALLY The Greatest?: Ranking The Greatest Royal Rumble

So the Greatest Royal Rumble has come and gone with the WWE squeaking by with one “minor” cultural issue (which is less than I would have expected given their track record). With a 50-man rumble, and 7 title defenses, was the GRR worthy of being called “the greatest”?

Highs

Daniel Bryan is always entertaining and always amazing. His lasting over an hour in the Rumble and breaking the Rumble record was a nice acknowledgement of his skills. And unlike other wrestlers who have broken the 60-minute mark, Bryan spent a lot of his time in the thick of the action rather than on the sidelines.

The Ladder Match was highly entertaining, although like the previous title defense, the battle felt cheapened by the fact that two of the superstars were from SmackDown rather than Raw, where the ICC title belongs. The match for the vacant Raw titles falls under this category as well: entertaining, but we all knew how it would end.

Lows

Styles and Nakamura’s match ending in a double countout felt rather insulting, as one would expect both seasoned veterans to be aware of their situation more. If felt like a concession to have neither superstar lose, but rather than providing a satisfying cliffhanger, it felt like we were cheated out of a solid conclusion.

The Bludgeon Brothers versus the Usos barely even feels like it deserves to be called a match. Don’t get me wrong: I love a good beatdown fight between monsters and glorified cruiserweights, but this match is guilty of one of the deadliest sins in pro-wrestling: it was boring.

Verdict

Unfortunately, this was far from the “greatest”. Like I said earlier, it’s like a fun sketch that Marvel would release in between movies, rather than a proper movie event in itself.