Titus O'Neill pulled off the greatest moment in Royal Rumble history. Possibly the greatest moment in all of professional wrestling.
Edit: Well, let's try this a third time with a link that has neither been shut down for copyright violation nor audio-glitched. https://vimeo.com/266993233
If he doesn't come out on Monday wearing a glittery stormtrooper mask, there is no justice in the world.
Oh, and John Cena pinned HHH after two Attitude Adjustments.
Cedric Alexander successfully defended his cruiserweight championship against Kalisto.
Bray Wyatt & Matt Hardy defeated The Bar to win the vacant Raw Tag Team Championships.
Jeff Hardy retained his US Championship against Jinder Mahal.
The Bludgeon Brothers bludgeoned the Usos.
Seth Rollins retained the Intercontinental Championship.
AJ Styles & Shinsuke Nakamura ended in a double count-out after Nakamura low-blowed Styles yet again, causing Styles to snap and beat the shit out of him at ringside.
The Undertaker defeated Rusev and Aiden English.
LOL Brock wins after Roman speared him through the cage.
Braun Strowman won the greatest Royal Rumble while Daniel Bryan broke the record for longest time in Rumble history by going an hour and sixteen minutes. But nobody is going to remember either of those feats thanks to Titus O'Neill's amazing performance.
Oh, Titus O’Neill. You truly are the gift that keeps on giving.
I love how they went to great pains to hammer home the whole “escape the cage with both feet hitting the ground” thing, but when Brock hit back first, they were like “close enough Brock wins lol”.
Other than that, I was moderately entertained for a ridiculously glorified house show as part of my usual monthly Network subscription, but I would have been PISSED if I had paid any proper money for it, seeing how the show was also available on PPV over here.
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I only watched the Royal Rumble match and that was the opposite of the Greatest Royal Rumble ever. I had heard people were going to pull double duty but nobody did. Most of their stars were in other matches so that just left 2 legit contenders (Strowman and Daniel Bryan), a few old people (Angle, Jericho, Mysterio, Shane) a few other upper mid carders (New Day, Ziggler) and 40 jobbers. There was fives times more down time and almost no interesting spots. Just awful.
Originally posted by QuezzyI only watched the Royal Rumble match and that was the opposite of the Greatest Royal Rumble ever. I had heard people were going to pull double duty but nobody did. Most of their stars were in other matches so that just left 2 legit contenders (Strowman and Daniel Bryan), a few old people (Angle, Jericho, Mysterio, Shane) a few other upper mid carders (New Day, Ziggler) and 40 jobbers. There was fives times more down time and almost no interesting spots. Just awful.
Hrm, now I'm wondering if the version I borrowed from the Internet was a fake, because that sounds like the opposite of the Rumble I watched. I lost track of all of the interesting spots and thought it was booked pretty much perfectly.
I didn't watch live but followed along on Twitter, and Titus by far out-trended the other 30 words about the show that trended outside of the #WWEGRR hashtag. I'm still on the fence if it was meant to happen, just because usually we see under the ring and it's full of crap from coolers of Gatorade to actual equipment and he was able to just slide right under... but either way, it was a gold moment. I look forward to Titus Worldslide t-shirts.
The Rumble itself was okay. Bryan looked great and was given a good shine. I was happy to see a few of the 205 guys, especially Drew Gulak, get a spot in the match. Some of what we will call surprise guys, the NXT guys that (outside of Heavy Machinery guy) we don't actually know, fell flat for me. You've got fifty spots, why not trade in for some of NXT's bigger names, like a Lars Sullivan or somebody from Sanity or Ricochet. Ah well. The right man won. Big Cass is going to be our 2018 Jinder with a title reign on SD and beating Bryan and Styles in matches by SummerSlam, just watch.
That cage match was something. Roman is the guy who can never win the big one. I'm bored with Brock and I'm bored with Roman losing to him.
The ladder match was fun.
Good to see some advancement for the Woken Warriors. And good to see more random backstage interaction with Jeff, though I think that was just on the app/YouTube/dot com.
Speaking of Jeff... oof, that Jinder botch was horrible. I know you have to think quick on your feet, but is your first though when he misses "Oh, guess I better fall over anyway" or improvise and act like you moved slightly? Ugh. No more Jinder.
I enjoyed HHH-Cena. They could do a decent match in their sleep, and it was good to see the kids enjoying it. My Bayley & Sasha loving daughter decided to watch that match because she's heard so much about John Cena at school and wanted to know what he was about. After the match, she said, "Well, now I need to see all of his other matches and everything he's ever been in to see if I like him."
Poor cruiserweights. They had a fun match and nobody cared.
Originally posted by dwatersJinder is lucky for the Titus slip, otherwise his goof would be the gif making the rounds today.
I think that's because most people haven't noticed Cedric's... umm.... not really a botch, but whatever it was, it certainly looked painful even if he no sold it...
Originally posted by andy1278My Bayley & Sasha loving daughter decided to watch that match because she's heard so much about John Cena at school and wanted to know what he was about. After the match, she said, "Well, now I need to see all of his other matches and everything he's ever been in to see if I like him."
For your sake, I hope she doesn't discover the Fred movies.
So, the WWE is now in hot water due to running a Backlash promo which featured women wrestling during the event. Apparently, this went out on Saudi and its against the law. I am betting the ten year deal has a zero less after this. Personally, I hated the entire of this event and to see it be a bit of a disaster is fine by me.
Titus's botch didn't harm anyone but Titus. Play it up like Dana Brooke left some statistics for him under the ring to analyze.
Lashley has looked sloppy since his return, which is a shame since Lashley/Lesnar could print money. Fortunately, botched vertical suplexes are brainbusters and Cass looked like he wasn't hurt. A botch with Brock and Brock retaliates, then Lashley retaliates...
The right guy won the Rumble. The man who handed Braun the belt who played like he wouldn't hand Braun the belt made me smirk, then made me think of Vader in Kuwait, then made me really appreciate Braun.
Regarding the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority and their apology for the indecent images, I think it's ridiculous, but it's part of what Vince signed on for, and I'm sure Stephanie can't be too mad since odds are the house of Saud probably paid through the nose for most of the show.
"Laugh and the world laughs with you. Frown and the world laughs at you." -Me.
Originally posted by LexusTitus's botch didn't harm anyone but Titus. Play it up like Dana Brooke left some statistics for him under the ring to analyze.
I don't think it's hurt Titus at all. He's receiving a ton of positive attention for it and is parleying that into additional promotion for his various charitable efforts. He's also calling for a t-shirt to be made because of it. Backstage reports claim Vince was laughing so hard he was in tears and came over and shook Titus' hand and patted him on the back after he was eliminated. If anything, we'll probably see Titus get an expanded role on TV with even more exposure for his charity work.
Incidentally, for those that haven't heard the story in the past, Titus O'Neill once bought a meal for a homeless person as he was leaving a restaurant. A little later in the night, he found out that as soon as he was gone, the restaurant made the homeless guy leave. So the next day, Titus went around the city, gathered up 40 homeless people and took them out for lunch at the restaurant and stayed and ate with them.
I guess that I might have spoken too soon about Shaw being a babyface. Still, I like that the Shaw plotline is so hard to predict, and it is making me view Gunner as a pretty cool guy. I wonder whatever happened to Zack Gowen.