Ofcourse it's all a matter of opinion but I am getting annoyed by the stuff about the Rumble being only 30 minutes and thus it will suck and everything.
I believe that they have some sort of plan and the Royal Rumble match itself will be as cool as usual. Even IF there will be a 60 seconds interval that does not mean that the match will be 30 minutes. With the whole Raw vs Smackdown idea behind it, we might not see people tossing everyone out left and right but some sort of team forming. We might see more of a role for big names like Booker T and Van Dam, unlike last year when they were in and out. How is this for an idea: After 30 minutes/30 entries about 10-15 men remain (somewhat divided equally over both brands) and then they slowly start eliminating one another and the 'brand teams' start to fall apart. (expect shit to happen on raw/sd! if for instance the final 2 raw guys attack one another only to be thrown out by the single remainging sd! guy)
Also I am all for 60 second intervals if that helps them from doing a 'MY GOD! Look at him stand in the ring after tossing out one guy, waiting a minute for the next one!'
As for the other matches, HHH vs STeiner might not be a spotfest or a technical affair but that doesn't mean it cannot be entertaining. Angle vs Benoit might be match 1,004 between these guys but never was the title on the line. Never did Kurt have team Angle, never was Brock lurking around and never did Paul Heyman have a contingency plan! I am looking forward to it..and I expect it to get lots of time.
Dawn Marie vs Torrie..heh..nice filler in between matches. Brock vs Show. Would be a good one to start the show I guess..get the crowd going. I expect to see some story to evolve through out the PPV. Either Brock wins and gets ambushed in the back by Team ANgle (who will also be in the RR) or Show wins due to interference but is unable to enter the RR to be replaced by Brock. There are SO many options here!
All in all I think it will be a good PPV, with a nice build up for Wrestlemania.
I find it very hard to believe that those USA movies are pulling 3.0s. Hell, Raw and Raw Zone (sighs) were 4 & 5 in the Cable Rankings for 8/26-9/2, USA had NOTHING in the top 15. Also, the WWE show(s)