WWE Royal Rumble 2014 DVD review

CaptureIf anyone was to ask me what my favourite gimmick match of all time was, I could answer that in a split second – the Royal Rumble. There is no match more exciting, full of superstars and complex booking over the space of an hour or so. It’s a match that not only brings all the current feuds together, but reignites old ones and sets the wheels in motion for new going forward. After all, it’s the first stop on that famous Road to Wrestlemania, and this year is bigger than ever with Wrestlemania XXX! Royal Rumble 2014 would be the first major opportunity for anyone to get their spot in the ‘Mania main event, whether it be as champion or challenger.

The Rumble remains one of the ‘big four’ PPVs during the calendar year, standing proudly alongside Wrestlemania, Summerslam and Survivor Series as delivering the best action you can get in the wrestling business. Rumble 2014 is certainly no exception to this case. At a time where the past and future are colliding head-on, this PPV highlights the best of what WWE have to offer and why the rest of the wrestling industry simply cannot compete when it’s firing on all cylinders.

DVD Extra: Royal Rumble Kickoff Show Match

WWE Tag Titles: Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. New Age Outlaws

It’s amazing to see the resurgence of Goldust, returning when trying to rescue his brother’s job, and then winning the titles with Cody back in October on Raw. Since then, he has been one of the top in-ring performers in the company, delivering matches better than he ever has. It’s strange to think that 3 out of the 4 competitors here are stars from the Attitude Era, but the Outlaws are one of the best teams ever and all men put on a great contest here. It’ll be interesting to see where the career of Cody Rhodes goes from here, as he has all the tools to become a success, but he’s often in the shadow of his more enigmatic brother.

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Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt

Two of the hungriest and most eager men on the roster by far, Bryan and Wyatt have been entangled in a bitter feud with the ‘Eater of Worlds’ trying to bring down the YES! man and turn him into a Wyatt. Along the way, it actually happened for a few weeks, but only as part of Bryan’s master plan to bring the Wyatt Family down from the inside. This was one of the most personal and heated feuds in recent months, and lately anything Bryan touches turns to gold, so this match has a huge crowd reaction and deservedly so. Both men open the PPV with a physical and exciting contest which is by far the finest match of Bray Wyatt’s short career, and another strong outing by the greatest wrestler in the business Daniel Bryan. This is a match that could easily headline a Wrestlemania down the line, and is very reminiscent of early HHH/The Rock matches in that it’s a strong effort from two men who have their best years ahead of them. Credit also has to go to Harper and Rowan who have excelled in their roles as of late, both as characters and in the ring. Bigger and better things are to come from all involved.

Big Show vs. Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman)

This certainly isn’t the first time both men have met, and there’s a long and storied history between Big Show and Paul Heyman stemming back through the ECW title (WWE version) and beyond. This feels more of a stop gap feud for both men on the way to something more important, but it serves its purpose – to make Brock Lesnar appear legit and a complete monster. This is a man not to be messed with and that got lost along the way a little, so this match ends with The Beast Incarnate living up to his name. After this, Brock looks like he could go on and do anything…

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match Randy Orton vs. John Cena

If you want to talk about long feuds then Orton/Cena is certainly one of the longest ones of this generation. While older fans might think of HHH/Rock or HBK/Bret Hart or others, the newer fans will certainly remember how many times these two men have crossed paths. After unifying the belts at TLC, Orton looked unstoppable but Cena never gives up. This is a feud-ender – for now – and certainly one of those matches that have huge Wrestlemania ramifications. It’s not the best match that both men have ever had, but there are greater things at stake and you’ll be left intrigued about future developments.

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Royal Rumble Match

This is the real reason we all watch the PPV. From the excitement at counting down to every entrant to the surprise returns and roster debuts, there are so many things to enjoy in a Rumble and it has non-stop action from bell to bell. Surprisingly, this ends up as one of the most controversial Rumbles of all time and it has to be seen to be believed. Not in a Lex Luger/Bret Hart way, but for the crowd reactions. Let’s just say they don’t necessarily get what they want! Anything can happen in WWE and sometimes it’s about the long game, and the Rumble is just a step on that Road To Wrestlemania, but there can be numerous diversions along the way too. Most importantly, the Rumble serves to make a huge star out of The Shield’s Roman Reigns, breaking Kane’s elimination record, and that’s the biggest positive to take out of the match. There’s an appearance from an NXT guy, another amazing Kofi Kingston moment, and as for the winner? Well just watch and see, but it may not be who you’re hoping for.

It’s hard to fault the PPV when it has a hot opener and the Rumble itself. It’s one of the most important PPVs of the year so WWE usually deliver and I wouldn’t say this is any different. It won’t go down in history as the best Rumble ever, but there’s enough here to say it’s well worth a watch, as with all WWE programming at the moment. It’s a hugely important time for the company, looking to create new stars as well as pushing their existing talent. When you’ve got guys like Cena and HHH who can still perform at the top of their game, it forces the younger guys to step up. Whether Bryan or Reigns or anyone else will be the next bona fide main eventer will be something to watch over the next few years rather than months. The road ahead is bumpy but the ride is going to be a good one!

DVD Extras

WWE Superstars Draw Their Numbers for the Royal Rumble

Randy Orton Comments on the Wyatt Family Controversy

An Exclusive Interview with Batista

Blu-Ray Exclusive Extras

Monday Night Raw – 6th January 2014

Brock Lesnar Goes Old School

Monday Night Raw – 13th January 2014

Steel Cage Match – The Usos vs. Bray Wyatt & Daniel Bryan

SmackDown – 17th January 2014         

CM Punk Calls Out The Shield & New Age Outlaws

Monday Night Raw – 20th January 2014

Batista Returns to WWE

Batista Sends a Message to Alberto Del Rio

WWE Title-Free Match – Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston

Royal Rumble 2014 is available on DVD and Blu-ray now HERE.

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