Having a 30-man Royal Rumble at a time when WWE is depleted with injuries was not going to be an easy task. Credit WWE for giving us something we haven't seen in 24 years - a Royal Rumble match with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line, rather than a shot at it. This was last done back in 1992 when the vacant title was put on the line in the match, the first time the Rumble had any significant incentive for the winner. Since then, it's been perhaps the most anticipated match of the year almost every year.
Combining the title match and the Rumble match into one saves some depth, but it also left us with a short undercard. With only four matches for the first two hours of the event, one would hope that WWE would use that opportunity to give Owens and Ambrose ample time for a Last Man Standing Match. Also, it gives a great chance for them to let Charlotte and Becky Lynch truly display the magic they showed back in NXT.
With the way 2015 ended, the Royal Rumble provides a significant shot at starting 2016 off with a bang. We are officially on the road to WrestleMania 32. We can now assume that there will be a no.1 contender's match of some kind at Fastlane, possibly in a tournament format.
How did this year's Royal Rumble shake out? Read about it all here.
Event Card (in no particular order):
- The New Day vs. The Usos - WWE Tag Team Championship
- Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Kalisto - United States Championship
- Charlotte (c) vs. Becky Lynch - Divas Championship
- Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Kevin Owens - Intercontinental Championship
- Royal Rumble Match - WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Spoilers lie ahead. Be warned!!