Viewing Wrestling Through an Analytical Eye #4

Hello everyone, and welcome back once again to another edition of “Viewing Wrestling”.  Now, I know that this is a very long series to get through, these Royal Rumble looks.  But, we’re going to get through it.  After all, we’re at the very end! Last several winners to go! Let’s get right down into it!

John Cena

2008 Royal Rumble Winner

RTW TV Record: 7-1-0

WrestleMania result: Loses in WWE Championship Triple Threat Match vs Randy Orton and Triple H

In October of 2007, John Cena tore his pectoral muscle after giving a move in a match.  Early word was that he was supposed to be out for months, with the possibility of missing WrestleMania.  But, that wasn’t to be the case.  Cena would come back within three months, and be the 30th entrant into the Royal Rumble match.  After winning, Cena didn’t want to wait, instead wanting to have Orton at No Way Out.  However, it would be at WrestleMania where John Cena would get his opportunity at the title, however, he won his way into the match, in which rightful #1 contender Triple H (who won the RAW Elimination Chamber match at No Way Out).  Cena would go on to face Batista at SummerSlam, but would have to sit out again due to surgery for a herniated disc.

Randy Orton

2009 Royal Rumble Winner

RTW TV Record: 1-1-2

WrestleMania result: Lost WWE Championship Match vs Triple H

Orton was out for a while after WrestleMania XXIV, getting injured at One Night Stand, and would be out until November.  Just before the Rumble, Orton started targeting the McMahon family, and proceeded to feud with them over the course of the Road to WrestleMania, before ultimately losing at Mania to Triple H.  He would win the title at Backlash in a match of very special rules, but would only hold onto it for a short while before losing it to Batista.

Edge

2010 Royal Rumble Winner

RTW TV Record: 2-0-1

WrestleMania result: Lost World Heavyweight Championship Match vs Chris Jericho

Edge made his return at the Rumble, in which he came back from suffering an Achilles tendon tear back in July of 2009.  Edge would quickly start a feud with his former partner, who he threw out of the Rumble, and it lead to a match at the Rumble for the World Heavyweight Championship (Jericho won the WHC at Elimination Chamber). Edge would dive right back into the thick of things, winning the World Heavyweight Championship in December.

Alberto Del Rio

2011 Royal Rumble Winner

RTW TV Record: 3-5-0

WrestleMania result: Lost World Heavyweight Championship Match vs Edge

Del Rio gets the distinction for being the only man to win the Rumble with 40 competitors in it.  Granted, this was the ONLY Rumble match that had 40 competitors in it.  Del Rio started out hot, only to quickly lose steam and slide his way into WrestleMania.  Del Rio would lose to Edge, which would be Edge’s last match in WWE.  Del Rio would later go on to win not only Money in the Bank for Raw later that year, but also get in part of the mix during the Summer of Punk, cashing in on Punk at SummerSlam.

Sheamus

2012 Royal Rumble Winner

RTW TV Record: 11-4-0

WrestleMania result: Won World Heavyweight Championship vs Daniel Bryan

Oh.  This year.  Going to keep it short and sweet.  Sheamus defeated Bryan in 18 seconds to open Mania XXVIII.  Sheamus would keep the WHC until Hell in a Cell, where he lost it to The Big Show.

John Cena

2013 Royal Rumble Winner

RTW TV Record: 4-1-0

WrestleMania result: Won WWE Championship vs The Rock

Yeah. This year.  Well, The Rock ended Punk’s 434 day WWE Championship reign at the Royal Rumble.  Just before that, John Cena won the Royal Rumble.  Most fans collectively groaned at that because we all knew that it was going to be Cena vs The Rock at Mania again.  And we weren’t wrong.  Cena would go on to lose the WWE Championship to Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam before having to go for surgery on his triceps.

Batista

2014 Royal Rumble Winner

RTW TV Record: 2-5-1

WrestleMania result: Lost WWE Championship Triple Threat Match vs Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton

Poor Batista.  Never did get that opportunity to go in and get his 1 vs 1 match for a title.  Probably one of the most negative reactions to a Rumble winner ever, Batista would get an opportunity to challenge for the WWE Championship at Mania XXX.  However, the crowd spoke, and in a rare moment, WWE actually listened.  Bryan would end up beating Triple H in order to be added into the Mania main event, and would win the WWE Championship.

Roman Reigns

2015 Royal Rumble Winner

RTW TV Record: 12-2-0

WrestleMania result: Lost WWE Championship “Triple Threat” match vs Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar

And the other pretty negative response for a Royal Rumble winner, WWE expected the fans to embrace the Samoan, but were sadly mistaken.  Reigns would suffer his first pinfall loss during this stretch, but that didn’t stop him from stepping over Daniel Bryan, and into the ring with Brock Lesnar.  However, Seth Rollins had other plans.  Rollins would cash in his Money in the Bank contract DURING the match, turning the one on one into a Triple Threat, and Reigns would end up on the losing end of the match while Seth Rollins stood tall.  However, that wouldn’t stop Reigns from getting crowned WWE Champion; That would happen first at Survivor Series, then later on in December.

Triple H

2016 Royal Rumble Winner

RTW TV Record: 2-1-0

WrestleMania result: Lost WWE Championship to Roman Reigns

Hunter would enter himself into the 2016 Royal Rumble, where he would win the WWE World Championship (since Roman Reigns, the champions, would be in the match to defend the title).  Triple H would wrestle only a few times, instead hiding behind his suit and tie.  Hunter would lose at Mania XXXII, to Roman Reigns who would become the #1 Contender at Fastlane.  Hunter would largely stay out of the ring minus for a brief appearance in the Universal Championship match on RAW that would crown Owens as champion.

Well, that’s the last of them folks! Are you going to be watching this year’s Royal Rumble? Who do you think is going to win? Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

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