Monday, 27 January 2014

Royal Rumble 2014 @ Belushi's (26/01/14)

AYO! What's popping everybody? We're nearly 24 hours removed from the Royal Rumble pay-per-view and I'm sitting here at home recovering from the festivities of the night before. My voice is pretty gone, and that's thanks to a great night out in Belushi's with a tonne of other wrestling fans, boo'ing, cheering and 'YES'ing all throughout the night.

Hooked on Wrestling hosted the Royal Rumble party last night at Belushi's and it was awesome! I've never been a part of a wrestling pay-per-view screening until last night, and if it wasn't for the fact that we'll actually be in New Orleans come April 6th, I would definitely go to their WrestleMania XXX party!

The only thing we weren't able to see was the pre-show where The New Age Outlaws would become the '6-Time, Taag Teeaamm Champions of the Woooooorld!" - but the word spread around the bar pretty fast!

So where do we start?

Last Night:

So prior to heading into Belushi's, Rihan came up with the idea for a game. We would each (between the 6 of us) draw 5 random numbers from 1-30, and see how well our picks would do in a friendly wager. We got into a 6-man Shield type huddle just before heading into a packed venue! Like I said, I've never been a part of anything like this, and it was freakin' cool! Pro-Wrestling themes from CM Punk to D-Generation X were being played (you know we all sang along to 'Cult of Personality'!) and they even had a special wrestling themed drinks menu to go along with the festivities. The shot of the night had to be the re-packaged "Vader Bomb"s for £2 each. We knew as soon as we got in that, when we hit the bar it was time, IT's TIME, IT's VADER (bomb) TIME!

Some really interesting fancy dress outfits were on display tonight including my friend Victor (who I'd convinced to come as a member of the Wyatt Family), and they all ended up on stage before the pay-per-view started so everyone could determine who had the best gimmick! The competition was between The Rock, Zack Zyder, Golga, Paul Heyman, Randy 'Macho Man' Savage, CM Punk, The Shield, The WWESuperman and myself as Bray Wyatt!

The winner hands down was Randy 'Macho Man' Savage! Great effort put in by this dude for getting the outfit down almost perfect! The Macho King would be proud. Although I didn't win, and it wasn't much of a promo, I've always wanted to cut a promo that wasn't in front of a mirror! Even though I got booed, this one was in front of a good 100+ people and I'll take it as good 'Heel Heat'. I remember telling Rihan and H afterwards that it was hard to think of a good Bray Wyatt promo on the fly, because his words are in riddle and don't come in the generic formula of say, The Rock's promos. Definitely a fun experience though! Actually I had a fair deal of people coming up to me as I walked around saying things along the lines of, "Great Bray Wyatt man!" and some even congratulating me for the win after Daniel Bryan's match was over /-D One guy even asked me how I got to Belushi's so soon after the match with Daniel Bryan had ended, I told him that all I had to do was, "Follow the Buzzards." Wrestling fans are definitely some of the best fans in the world!

Speaking of wrestling fans, being the best fans in the world, we bumped into Ian, who was dressed as The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels! Although he claimed that he'd just come as himself in his clubbing attire. Had to use this opportunity to have a little fun and cut our own little promo for the Royal Rumble...

Hoping to brush up on the promo mic skills by the time WrestleMania rolls around! Good practice makes perfect I guess...
Also had a chat with the Superfan himself, the WWE Superman! Awesome dude, that also got booed by a tough crowd! Shout out to Adam, who's been reading the blog and came over to say Hello! We appreciate it, and it's knowing that you guys are reading it, and knowing that you truly are on the Road to WrestleMania with us that keeps us going sometimes - so Thank You and don't be shy to come over and talk to us! You can also Tweet us! We look forward to bumping into you guys again at some point down the road to New Orleans and I'm sure we will! Here's a snapshot of The Shield, The Wyatts and the legendary 'Macho Man' Randy Savage:

As 1 a.m. drew nearer we made sure to hit the loo, and then the bar one last time before settling into our spots to view the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. 5... 4... 3... 2... 1... It was Time!

The bar was making some major noise, as well as the thousands in attendance in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Reason being that Daniel Bryan was making his way to the ring. This wasn't the only time in the evening everyone was cheering for Bryan, it was pretty much throughout the night, during the Championship match, all the way up until the #30 entrant. After that, everything became a chorus of boos. But we'll get to that.

Daniel Bryan was set to take on Bray Wyatt in a match that would maybe finally settle the differences between these individuals. YES! YES! YES! chants were heard most times that Bryan would land a strike, but the holy s*#% moment came when Daniel Bryan would commit to a suicide dive, only to land into Bray's arms, to be sent crashing into the barricade with the move now known as, "Sister Abigail". Solid match between these 2 superstars, with Bray Wyatt eventually picking up the 'W'. Clean win, I should add. I guess at this point what was going through a lot of people's minds was: "Alright cool, lose to Wyatt, Win the Rumble.." At least I know that thought had run through my mind once..

I was in the loo after this match, when I heard shouting and chanting coming from the bar area - Brock Lesnar had already pelted the Big Show a number of times with the steel chair before their match had even begun. Heyman was at ringside at the ready to deliver more steel chairs to the beast incarnate. After what seemed like a long while of pure brutality from Brock Lesnar, The Big Show got up in the corner and the referee signaled for the bell, so that the match could officially start. Lesnar would run at Show again, steel chair in hand but the Big Show would drill Lesnar in the face with a KO Punch! Probably one of the very few offensive moves Big Show had landed all night. Before you could blink, Lesnar had Big Show up over his shoulders in a phenomenal display of power and would spin the Big Show and send the giant cyclone crashing down to the mat with an F5! I'm pretty sure everyone in Belushi's was backing Lesnar in this one. After Brock gained the pinfall victory and removed his gloves, the bar came unglued with chants of, "Break his arm! Break his arm!" Lesnar would indeed inflict more brutality on the Big Show, but in the form of multiple chair shots. There's no other way for me to put it: Brock Lesnar had just destroyed The Big Show.

Now for the match, that the WWE had billed as the 'most anticipated re-match' (or something along those lines) - couldn't be further from the truth. John Cena was set to take on Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Our friend Ronal wasn't the only guy chanting for the referee. To his credit I can't think of a match that the people couldn't really care less about. In my opinion, it's been done before, it's being done now, and it probably won't be the last time we see these two face off. One of the best parts of this match was the chant we got going for John Cena's entrance.This is our 'epic proportions' reaction to John Cena's entrance. If the WWE can hear this, London would like to address you on something:

Dear WWE,
- Much love, London.

The crowd at Belushi's were pretty uninterested in this one, although as with everything this night, we had a chant and let our voices be heard. I watched this match over today and the crowd in Pittsburgh also voiced their opinions during this match with chants such as, "This is awful!", "We want Divas!" and of course, "Daniel Bryan!" - The match itself was pretty decent showing from these two, and stealing each others finishers was a good little spot to have in there I thought. The loudest pop was when the lights went out and the Wyatts did what they did, eventually costing John Cena the match, and beating him down.
"Thank You Wyatts!" and "Thank You Bray!" - these were the two dominant chants at the time, and I was overjoyed at the push that Bray Wyatt was seemingly getting. I'll be honest, although I was dressed as Bray that night, I wasn't a real big fan of the Wyatts, but they were looking impressive! I'm hoping this sets them up for something good down the road... The one issue I have with this segment was that after Cena had been beaten down like a dog by the Wyatt Family, he still manages to get up and leave to his theme music. What is up with that? Completely undersells the Wyatts. But what can we expect hey? They have to keep their cash cow protected.

The moment that everyone had been waiting for was finally here! My favourite match all year round was about to take place, and we were about to find out which superstar would stamp their place in the main event of WrestleMania and earn a title match against the WWE World Heavyweight Champion! We all did a final check to see our 5 number picks we had drawn at random. Vimal and I had just bought a bucket of Jack Daniels and Coke each, which would hopefully last us the entire length of the Rumble match. We made a game out of it between the two of us that every time a superstar entered the Rumble, we would take a sip, and whatever was left by the time #30 had come out, we would down the rest of the bucket! Ronal had gotten #1. The Best in the World. CM Punk made his way to the ring, as everyone at Belushi's sang "Cult of Personality"! and cheered for CM Punk! I had drawn #2, and it was Shield member, Seth Rollins! Not a bad start to the Rumble...

A little ways down the Rumble...

We'd seen huge pops for Kevin Nash, Kane, and Kofi Kingston, who as Rihan puts it, is the 'Royal Rumble' MVP.. leaping from the ringside barricade, back into the ring and avoiding elimination! Roman Reigns eventual involvement lead to the Shield and CM Punk being the only 4 men left in the Rumble at the present time, that was until 5... 4... 3... 2... 1... FELLA! Sheamus had returned and held his own against the Shield, hitting an Irish Curse backbreaker (I think it was on Ambrose) and following up with a Brogue Kick to Roman Reigns! There were also two entrants who I would consider I guess... comedic? I'm talking about El Torito and JBL. Others would call these wasted spots? I can see their point. My mate Vimal was pretty pissed when that little bull eliminated one of his picks Fandango! Reigns would soon eliminate El Torito after that. Reigns was on point this whole time. 'The Animal' Batista would enter #28 and was one of Hinal's picks to win the whole thing. After watching it back on TV today, he got a pretty decent pop, all the way until he got into the ring. Which is the summary of his return in a nut shell. He gets cheered in the build-up to his return, and then when he's actually back.. no one really seemed to care. Well most people, from what it looks like. But that's putting it mildly when it comes to the Royal Rumble. He got Booed. Hard. Langston came out #29 to almost no reaction. The crowd were beginning to chant for Daniel Bryan before #30 was set to entered, and when it was Rey Mysterio's music that hit, the WWE Universe just went ape shit. Mysterio was booed, the 619 was booed, and the only time I think he was cheered was when he got eliminated! I guess it's not his fault, but he was in the wrong place at the wrong time! The lack of a Daniel Bryan in the Royal Rumble would keep the crowd booing all the way until the show went off the air. The brief moment when this wasn't the case, was when Roman Reigns and Batista were the last two men in the ring, and it was as clear as day, who the WWE Universe were backing. The bar at Belushi's was going wild for Roman Reigns! Batista hit Reigns with a spear. Reigns hit him back with a better one! Could Reigns do it? He went to throw Batista over the top rope, only to be reversed and have Triple H's buddy come out with the win. Dave Bautista is going to WrestleMania XXX to challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Now we know, one half of the equation.

My reaction was simple: I WAS PISSED! How can they have a guy that comes in, just be given a spot that guys like Ziggler, Bryan, Punk, Reigns etc. work hard for all year long? What kind of a message does that send out to employees in any business? I suppose I wouldn't have minded as much if Batista was a surprise entrant, at least not straight away. This may have been the most predictable Rumble yet. On top of that, excluding Daniel Bryan from the 30-Man Royal Rumble was a statement. It was a statement from the WWE to the fans, that almost seemed like, "Listen. You like who we tell you to like. You cheer for one of the options we give you." And it just doesn't make any sense on why they would drop the ball like that? If Daniel Bryan draws in money, why would you not put him over? I'm sure people spend their money so that they can go to the arena's, and  do the "YES!" chants for their favourite guy. I don't know if you've all put together some of the dots but I find it strange that in the same night, all of Triple H's buddies get over. The New Age Outlaws win the Tag Team Championship, Randy Orton retains his championship, Kevin Nash appears in the Rumble, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels are on the Hall of Fame panel, Sheamus returns, and Batista wins the Rumble. I'm sure as you all know, there have been a multitude of tweets from people, including Mick Foley who have expressed their opinions, and unless we make some noise, nothing will change. I just read an article on about how the WWE are looking to further monopolize things come WrestleMania 31:

It is what it is! We all love the business, but hate these bad decisions. I remember leaving Belushi's and one guy came out the door after us saying, "TNA's not that bad really.." /-D That made me laugh a little. Nonetheless, we now know that Batista is heading to New Orleans, Louisiana to challenge the WWE World Heavyweight Champion on April 6th! Great night out at Belushi's and a huge thank you to Hooked on Wrestling Magazine for organizing the event - The Road to WrestleMania XXX is now officially underway! Now the big question is: Where will Monday Night RAW take us from here?

Thanks for taking the time to read,
There's plenty more to come! /-) #Hope2EntertainU
Mau (28/01/14) 01:00

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