|Shemaus wins the 2012 Royal Rumble|
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I've been to five Wrestlemanias and will hit my sixth in 62 days in Miami. I've been to live Raws (I witnesses "Rosie O'Donnel" vs. "Donald Trump", and I've been to the first ever Hell in a Cell match at Badd Blood '97, but in the 25 year history of the Royal Rumble, I had never been. That all changed last night.
Luckily for me this year's event was in St. Louis, my hometown. I live about 2 hours away, so when it was announced months ago, I made plans to attend. My 10 year old son was also stoked and wanted to go as well, since my Wrestlemania trips have been named "Bromance Weekends" with My 1-2-3 Cents partner in crime Chad.
The Rumble event was great. Top to bottom we had a blast. My son, Mason and I went with my friend and coworker, Weston. Our seats were pretty good too, despite the morons in front of us and in front of them who kept standing, especially towards the end of the Rumble. But I digress...
We arrived in St. Louis early to experience the DiBiase Posse Party. It was pretty cool. Ted was mobbed by fans as he signed autographs and posed for photos. There was a television crew there with a mic flag that said "Crash" (I think). We're not sure if that's something that will be a part of the WWE Network or what was going on. At one point we were just feet away from DiBiase, but Mason wouldn't get any closer to him for a picture. Hope he doesn't have the regrets I had when I was younger about bailing on meeting King Kong Bundy... I did however get a quick video of DiBiase so you can see what the party is all about.
The dark match saw Yoshi Tatsu pin the "One Man Southern Rock Band"Heath Slater. Weston tried getting a Wendy's chant started, but it fell on deaf ears.
There was an unannounced 8 divas tag team match that saw champion Beth Phoenix team up with the Bella Twins and Natalya. The heel quartet beat the face team of Kelly Kelly, Eve, Alicia Fox, and Tamina. The match wasn't horrible, but many fans used it as a chance to go to the bathroom or hit the concession stand. Beth won for her team after hitting the GlamSlam on K squared.
|Kane destroys Zack, again|
Funkasarus Brodus Clay beat the struggling Drew McIntyre in a pretty quick match. It was another bonus match on the card. I had hoped this didn't mean Clay wouldn't be in the Rumble, but it did. I was really hoping to see him in the match. Maybe next year...
|Punk's tribute to Macho Man|
The Royal Rumble match itself was pretty entertaining. There were some entrants that baffled me. I'm not sure how I feel about all three commentators getting into the match. Although with the surprise entrance of Kharma (who was my mark out moment of the night), it made up for Cole being in there. I liked how she came out and went after him immediately. My other two favorite moments from the Rumble were KofiBourne in AirBoom, more on that in another post).
|Socko meets the Cobra|
The crowd in St. Louis of course popped when Randy Orton came out. I'm so glad he didn't win. I really thought the Miz was going to take it all. Then I figured Jericho would get the nod. Sheamus' victory was not totally unexpected. I'm not let down, nor am I super pumped either. I'd say I'm indifferent about it. It'll be interesting to see if he goes after Daniel Bryan (and if Bryan is still champ by Mania). You'll remember last year the two were supposed to face off for the U.S. title in a lumberjack match that got demoted to the dark match and then became a battle royal. Funny the difference a year can make...
|Jericho hangs on... for now|
Quick fun fact, since 2005, the final two men in the ring at the Royal Rumble have been involved in WWE or World title matches at Wrestlemania (the exception, in 2011 with Santino and Alberto Del Rio). So with that track record, I wonder if we'll see a Chris Jericho title match at Mania this year as well...
But overall, I loved the Royal Rumble. It was really cool seeing it live and in person. It's an experience I'll never forget, and I hope my son doesn't either. These are the bonding moments that I remember having with my dad. Now the Road to Wrestlemania is in high gear. Can't wait for Miami!