WWE Royal Rumble 2014 Results: Biggest Highlights and Low Points
The results of the 2014 Royal Rumble pay-per-view are in, so it's time for us to look back on the evening and break down the highlights and the low points that made the event what it was.
This is the beginning of the Road to WrestleMania and it was up to WWE to give us a solid event that made us anticipate the next two that it's building up to.
So, were there more positives or negatives?
Let's put the 2014 Royal Rumble into perspective and showcase what made it worth the while and what was a disappointing start to the new year.
Highlight: The New Age Outlaws Win the Tag Team Championship
With the track record that Cody Rhodes and Goldust have had since teaming together, it wouldn't be surprising at all for tonight's Pre-Show to be entertaining.
Then, when you factor in the nostalgia factor of The New Age Outlaws, who have also proven alongside Goldust that they still have what it takes to get it done in the ring, that just upped the ante.
The match between these two teams felt a little short, but fans of the Attitude Era collectively had to enjoy the ending.
We now have new tag team champions as Road Dogg and Billy Gunn have added a sixth reign to their records.
These two might have been the heels going into this, but for anybody who is a fan of them like myself, it was certainly a reason to pop and cheer.
Highlight: Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt
Starting the pay-per-view off with this match ended up being a good decision, as Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan had a hot feud going into tonight.
The two wrestlers were able to follow that up, having an impressive match that made the crowd chant "this is awesome," among other things.
An added positive to this match was how both men looked strong throughout the fight.
Bryan clearly has the crowd behind him, so there was a chance that WWE would book him to look weak in order to put Wyatt over.
Likewise, there was a risk that Bryan's popularity would eclipse Wyatt's credibility and the leader of The Wyatt Family would only win with interference.
Neither of those problems came into play and instead, both Wyatt and Bryan had spots that looked impressive.
In particular, with Wyatt getting the clean victory, this was structured very well to be both entertaining and provide momentum for both men in their upcoming feuds.
Low Point: Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show
What could have been a smash-mouth style bout between two huge guys turned into a glorified squash match.
Instead of trading blows, Lesnar just picked Big Show apart and dominated him.
Fans that were anticipating an actual match were not treated to it, but rather, a beatdown and not much more.
The positive of this is that Lesnar looks like an even more dangerous person, so it will help justify the matches he has coming up.
However, for this pay-per-view itself, this was a downer of a segment.
Low Point: John Cena vs. Randy Orton
To be fair, the crowd did not give these two a chance before there were chants that it was boring.
Although, that is where John Cena and Randy Orton need to step it up and prove the fans wrong, and they didn't.
The first half of this match was rather slow with lots of headlocks, helping lend credibility to why the fans would entertain themselves chanting for Y2J and Daniel Bryan.
These are supposed to be the two top men in the company right now, but their match was outclassed by the opener between Bryan and Bray Wyatt.
There were already criticisms leading into this that it would be the same old match that has been seen plenty of times before and too many parts were predictably following the same pattern.
Under no circumstances should the fans feel justified in chanting "we want Divas" to show their disappointment when they aren't chanting "this is awful".
Perhaps the audience's reaction blows it out of proportion, but when this should be a guaranteed highlight and it doesn't deliver, it by default becomes a low point.
Highlight: The Royal Rumble Match
The Royal Rumble match is consistently one of the most entertaining and exciting matches of the year, so it's no surprise that it would be a highlight of the night.
After all, the pay-per-view is built around the marquee match!
Despite being over 20 years old, the concept for the gimmick is still perfectly sound and the fans love it.
A new record was set with Roman Reigns having the most eliminations.
We were treated to some surprise entrances with Kevin Nash, JBL and the returning Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus.
NXT star Alexander Rusev made a pretty impressive WWE debut.
Kofi Kingston had another impressive means to evade elimination by running along the security barricade.
WWE was even able to incorporate a comedic spot with El Torito eliminating Fandango.
Your mileage may vary on whether it was a highlight that Batista came out the victor, but as far as the match itself, this Royal Rumble definitely lived up to the tradition and was easily the match of the night.
So what do you think were the best and the worst parts of the pay-per-view?
Did anything stand out to you as a highlight or a low point that wasn't covered?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
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