The 30th entrant into the 2014 Royal Rumble was Rey Mysterio. Usually the WWE universe would be cheering for the 619 Superstar, but on this day the Pittsburg crowd began to boo all of the participants in the main event match. Why? They were expecting the #30 of the Royal Rumble to be Daniel Bryan. When they realized Bryan was not going to be in the #1 contender match for the WWE Heavy Weight Championship at WrestleMania, the entire arena erupted in boos.
“Sorry guys, the machine wanted me nowhere near the Royal Rumble match. But I thank everyone for their support. YOU are the #YESMovement” –Daniel Bryan
For the first time in the history of the WWE Royal Rumble, the crowd in attendance was cheering for a competitor that was not in the 30 man over the top rope challenge. Many fans were upset that their favorite professional wrestler was not in the Royal Rumble main event. However, there was no reason to expect that Daniel Bryan would be one the 30 competitors battling for a chance to wrestle the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans. Daniel Bryan commented, “They try to keep US down and away from the top spots, but they can’t ignore the reactions forever. Keep voicing your opinions. #YESMovement.” Batista won in his first match back in the WWE since his departure from t he company on May 24, 2010. One former WWE Superstar who apparently thought Daniel Bryan was in the Royal Rumble match was Mick Foley. After posting on Twitter that he would “would throw a brick through my TV” if Byran didn’t win the Royal Rumble, Mick Foley then tweeted, “”Wait…@WWEDanielBryan isn’t even IN the #RoyalRumble? That just kind of sucks.” The Hardcore legend wondered, “Does @WWE actually hate their own audience? I’ve never been so disgusted with a PPV.” Harsh words from a former WWE Champion.
Batista, the winner of the Royal Rumble continued to get booed out of the arena, but not before flipping off a fan at ringside. WrestleMania 30 is two months away but we can already feel the heat. I haven’t heard this many boos since John Cena attempted to hit The People’s Elbow on The Rock. Of course we know how that ended for Cena at WrestleMania 28.
Randy Orton vs. Batista is set in stone for WrestleMania 30. However, after the emotional response for Daniel Bryan, and boos for every other Royal Rumble participant, I have to wonder if WWE will add Daniel Bryan to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match in New Orleans on April 6, 2014.
Ringside News.com sports journalist Aaron Grant wrote an article on, what I believe is, the most controversial Royal Rumble match since the January 22, 1995 Royal Rumble where HBK managed to keep both feet from touching the ground after a massive clothesline over the top rope by the British Bulldog.
Aaron Grant wrote, “Batista argued with fans on his way up the ramp after the Royal Rumble match last night and was seen flipping them off. There were some people backstage that were not happy about this.”
The day after the Royal Rumble, Good Ole J.R. posted a new blog about the issue, “I don’t think that I have received as much impassioned feedback on a WWE PPV event in recent memory as I have over the past several hours after the Royal Rumble ended. Many fans were downright pissed and shared their venom with yours truly. Firstly, the vast majority of fans wanted Daniel Bryan to win the Royal Rumble so that he would be in line for a WWE World Title match at WM30. That did not happen…I’d venture to say that today, 24 hours after the Royal Rumble, that Daniel Bryan has NEVER been more popular in his entire career…Will all this soap opera-esque content actually lead to happier days for Daniel Bryan fans? My guess is yes unless the sports entertainment business has changed even more than I perceive…Personally, I’m happy to stay tuned and enjoy the Daniel Bryan bullet train ride to wherever its destination may be. I am a firm believer that great talents cannot be suppressed permanently and that there is a method to what is perceived to be the madness that is on going. The Daniel Bryan phenomenon will likely result into a spirited and emotional Monday Night RAW that will also include a healthy TV rating. How WWE addresses the DB ‘conspiracy’ and creates an interest in the Elimination Chamber on PPV has my curiosity.”
Could this all be part of WWE’s master plan? Regardless, expect more negative feedback from fans as we get closer to the 30th annual WrestleMania in New Orleans. This is old school HEAT at its finest.
Don’t forget to check out Part 1 in our on-going series WrestleMania 31 Report below.