Joe Rogan Strange Times (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Joe Rogan Strange Times (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Joe Rogan is a comedian that likes to push the boundaries.   A UFC/MMA commentator and world famous podcaster, it’s comedy that always drives Rogan and you can tell.  His latest Netflix special Strange Times is biting, funny and crude as he takes on culture, pro wrestling, pot laws, cats and vegans – all to hilarious effect.  Rogan considers this to be his best special yet and he may be right – the material is polished, the deliver on point and the emotion strong.  It may not be to everyone’s tastes (he has been pulled up on certain opinions previously that doesn’t always sit well with the more gentile millennial) but this is one of the worlds best stand-ups on top form, whether you agree with what he says or not.

Best Bit: Vegans

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Joe Rogan: Triggered,  Joe Rogan: Rocky Mountain High,  Joey Diaz: Sociably Unacceptable

 


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Blog: The Turnbuckle – NXT Greatest Matches Volume 1

Blog: The Turnbuckle – NXT Greatest Matches Volume 1

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Julian Connelly looks at latest WWE and Wrestling releases in his regular review column: The Turnbuckle. 

Press Release

The hottest brand in sports-entertainment comes to DVD and Blu-ray for the first time! NXT is the future of WWE, featuring incredible action from some of the most exciting young athletes in the world. This collection brings together the best matches from NXT’s weekly show and live specials. Includes Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Paige, Sasha Banks, Finn Bálor, Samoa Joe, Big E and Sami Zayn.

Review

So the keenly awaited first NXT release comes to our screens. Just over seven hours of content to view here, all well thought out and executed.

The most enjoyable parts of this release is the documentary sections where HHH, and the other superstars discuss the the upcoming matches and also the NXT journey, from the start where it replaced FCW, the diva revolution, right up to the pleasing fact that every match on show at Wrestle-mania last year had a former NXT member in it, with the exception of HHH vs Sting.

Another key point discussed was how NXT went on to the WWE Network, and launched its first live event. What I will say is that for me there is not enough of these segments. A far amount of the content is match based and as great as these are, and they are, I would have preferred a deeper and longer behind the scenes look at everything NXT, this said there is really good coverage on how NXT has grown over the last three years, and a key section is the NXT women and how they went on to change how female wrestlers are perceived, and treated through out WWE, which I think is massively important to young women, and as a father of three girls, I believe that these role models are so important. So a thank you goes out to Bailey, Becky, Shasa and Charlotte (Four Horsewoman) for your outstanding work.

The matches selected are all high quality and enjoyable, there are matches for everyone, whatever floats your boat, great women’s matches, title matches and so on. The blu-ray release even gives you the Fatal Four way divas match from NXT Takeover.
It’s difficult to select a favourite, but Finn Balor vs Kevin Owens in Japan, and Sasha vs Bailey, just take the top two slots.

There is a really nice tribute to the late great Dusty Rhodes, where many a superstar discusses what the American Dream means to them, and how he shaped/created the characters they portray on TV today.

This is by far one of the best releases in the last 12 months from WWE, it’s a must for everyone and really highlights why NXT is so red hot and the favored brand for most WWE fans.
Just go out and buy yourself this collection, It doesn’t disappoint.

On DVD & Blu-Ray from Monday 14th March 2016.

Author: Julian Connelly 

Blog: The Turnbuckle – Owen Hart – Hart of Gold

Blog: The Turnbuckle – Owen Hart – Hart of Gold

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A feature-length documentary on the life and career Owen Hart – one of WWE’s most beloved ever Superstars. The youngest of 12 siblings, Owen stepped out his famous wrestling family’s shadow as a true talent with a one-of-a-kind personality. For the first time ever, friends, family and colleagues come together to celebrate Owen – plus a collection of his greatest matches and stories.

Review:

The documentary on offer here is the main draw, and is unfortunately short in length (around 70 minutes) but does its job in giving a respectful overview of the real life character that was Owen Hart. The list of interviewees is satisfying, including the majority of the Hart family- predominantly Bret and Natalya Neidhart- as well as many WWE superstars past and present that knew, met or worked with Owen Hart. Plus, there is a brief selection of archive footage with Owen himself that are welcome insights.

The documentary charts Owen Hart’s career from his childhood in a wrestling family to his Stampede Wrestling days that saw him gain huge fan popularity on the independent (and mainstream) scene. From here we hear about his initial underappreciated run in the WWE as The masked Blue Blazer character, to him achieving deserved success returning to the company in the 90s. Owen Hart is among the most respected and admired individuals that has ever stepped foot in the business and from Mick Foley to Scott Hall nobody in this DVD production (or ever for that matter) has a single bad word to say about the man or the character. And that is a testament to who Owen was.

The documentary charts the major portions of Owen’s professional career and while certain areas are not dwelled upon, there is an effective overview for the fan wanting to get to know about one of the best wrestlers that ever lived. This is insightful viewing that never goes really deep personally but still tells a story of hard work and talent equating to success, respect and legend. The documentary is inter-cut with anecdotes of Owen’s well noted backstage pranks and family commitment and while many will know of some of these stories and this storytelling device does interrupt the flow of the doc occasionally, these are as close as we will likely get to knowing Owen the man as well as Owen the athlete. Still, for all the slight moments and lack of major depth, this is a great tribute to a true entertainer in and out of the ring.

The rest of the set comprises of more Owen Hart stories from a range of family members and superstars, some of which are brief, many others however are a little longer and all of them are excellent and rather touching. And then there is the diverse match listing which is undeniably missing some key contests from Owen’s career and some other notable opponents (it would have been great to see matches like the often forgotten Undertaker vs. Owen Raw main event match from 06/05/1996) but there is still lot a to enjoy here. And if you get the Blu-ray version you also get the emotional superstar memorials from the Owen Hart tribute Raw on the 24th May, 1999 and two additional matches in the 1-2-3 Kid vs. Owen Hart Semi-Final King of the Ring 1994 match and Owen’s Madison Square Garden match (as The Blue Blazer) with The Red Rooster (December 30th 1988).

The matches dig up some little seen contests like the Wrestlemania XI Promotional Public warm up match with Nick Barberri in Times Square (1994) and the excellent Raw March 3rd 1997 European Championship tournament final between Owen and The British Bulldog (rightfully focused on in the main documentary). Then there are the expected classics like the timeless Owen vs. Bret match from Wrestlemania X and the anarchic 10 man Tag at the In Your House: Canadian Stampede (July 6, 1997) PPV- also a focal point of the documentary. True certain omissions will have the odd fan disappointed but there is a whole host of history here and it makes for fond re-visitation.

So all in all, WWE Owen: Hart of Gold may add up to an enjoyable watch rather than a truly definitive collection but that should not discourage you. True it is not the perfect set but with some rare matches, archive content where possible and genuine respect on display, this set is a great introduction for newer fans to the legend that was Owen Hart and a pleasing reintroduction for fans who know and love Owen now like they did back in the 80s and 90s. This set is a fun look at the career of a vibrant human being and a truly talented wrestler, who was one of the greatest competitors never to hold the WWE Championship.

Author: Julian Connelly 

Blog: The Turnbuckle – WWE 2015 Annual DVD

Blog: The Turnbuckle – WWE 2015 Annual DVD

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Julian Connelly looks at latest WWE and Wrestling releases in his regular review column: The Turnbuckle. 

On DVD from Monday 2nd Nov. 2015.

Press Release:

Relive every jaw-dropping moment from 2014 with this combined collection of the Best PPV Matches and Best of Raw & SmackDown 2014! With over 16 hours of WWE action, it features all the highlights from one of the most thrilling and memorable years in the history of sports-entertainment!

Review:

In putting together WWE The Best of Raw and Smackdown 2014 and WWE Best PPV Matches 2014 these two disc sets together like this WWE have provided the fans with a nice selection of matches from 2014 (it was a great year), and as we reach the end of 2015 it’s an interesting look back to what led up to the WWE of this year.

What does that mean for fans? Well it means we see Brock Lesnar the beast, Daniel Bryan actually wrestling, and the rise of Seth Rollins. It is interesting to see that WWE is improving against 2014, especially with the rise of NXT to the main roster and the improvements they bring.

If you already own WWE The Best of Raw and Smackdown 2014 and WWE Best PPV Matches 2014 then it goes without saying that WWE 2015 Annual is not for you, because this release is just those two disc sets put together. If you do not own them though and want a good slice of WWE entertainment then this is worth looking at.

Heading into Christmas, is this a good choice for a Christmas present? I would say yes, as this is exactly the type of release pushed out with the hope that this is how they are picked up. In fact it would be perfect for WWE fans. Some of the matches may disappoint, as always in a box set of this size, but the beauty of DVD releases is the ability to select the matches you want and to watch the truly good ones, my favorite has to be the Elimination Chamber match between The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family. These discs are packed to the brim with wrestling action, and there are classic matches here, so it is a worthy WWE set for fans of sports entertainment.

So yes, WWE 2015 Annual is well worth buying if you don’t own the two disc sets separately (or the WWE network). These matches may be from 2014, but sometimes it’s good to look back before we move onto bigger and better things, and as the release is just in time for Christmas, this is a perfect sports entertainment package.

Author: Julian Connelly 

Blog: The Turnbuckle – The Kliq Rules

Blog: The Turnbuckle – The Kliq Rules

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Press Release:

WWE’s most notorious group of buddies reunite for a documentary that charts their highs, lows, and huge impact on the world of sports-entertainment. With candid interviews and a collection of their greatest matches and moments!

Review:

Join Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, X-Pac and Triple H as they reunite The KLIQ, the most notorious backstage group in all of sports-entertainment. This is the release every WWE fan in the mid 20s – 30s has been waiting for.

The most notorious fraction in wrestling history discussing how the Kliq came about, friendship, rivalries, the curtain call and so much more.
Each member has plenty to say as do a lot of former WWE & WCW wrestlers.

This is a two disc release and disc one is the documentary, which is great, it last one hour and six minutes and covers the whole history of the Kliq, told frankly and honestly for the point of view of the members in question. Over the two discs there is a good twenty matches that span from 1993 – this years WrestleMania where Sting battled HHH.

Blu-Ray Extras:

Its not often I can say this but a worthwhile set of four matches are included here. Finishing with that Sting HHH match from Mania.

Summary:

Put simply this is a must buy for fans that grew up watching WWE. It really reminds me of my childhood watching these guys battle it out for the gold in both companies. It doesn’t disappoint.

On DVD & Blu-Ray from Monday 7th Sept. 2015.

Author: Julian Connelly 

Blog: The Turnbuckle – WrestleMania 31 DVD Review

Blog: The Turnbuckle – WrestleMania 31 DVD Review

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Julian Connelly looks at latest WWE and Wrestling releases in his regular review column: The Turnbuckle. 

Press Release

It’s the “Showcase of the Immortals” – WWE’s biggest show of the year and the pop culture phenomenon that is WrestleMania!  As ever, the biggest WWE Superstars battle it out on the grandest stage of them all – and the stakes have never been higher!

Review

Seth Rollins lost a clean fall to Randy Orton in a suspiciously early match on the WrestleMania 31 card, so suspiciously early that you knew that Rollins’ night wasn’t done.

And it wasn’t. After WWE heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar was done in the main event battering Roman Reigns, who then had a brief comeback enabled by a chance meeting of Lesnar’s head with the ringpost, Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase, making the title match a three-way, and scored the surprise fall on Reigns to take home the WWE title.
How’s that for an ending that none of us had thought of to what turned out to be maybe the best WrestleMania of all time?

You had former WWE champ Daniel Bryan in the opener winning the Intercontinental championship in a seven-way ladder match that ended with Bryan and former World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler trading about a dozen headbutts while standing on the opposite sides of the top of the ladder.

Then Orton defeated Rollins with a nice finish – a failed Rollins Curb Stomp into one of the more athletic RKOs you’ll ever see.
Triple H defeated Sting in their no-DQ match that featured run-ins by DX and the nWo, including some Sweet Chin Music from Shawn Michaels, which although fun ruined the match somewhat for me and made it another them and us match which it never needed to be.

John Cena won the U.S. title from Rusev in one of the two duds of the night, the other being the Divas match, which saw A.J. Lee and Paige win by submission over the Bella Twins. (But you knew going in that those matches were filler.)

A nice extra came in the form of the segment featuring Triple H and Stephanie McMahon being interrupted by The Rock, who was slapped by Stephanie, ordered out of the ring, then plucked UFC star Ronda Rousey out of the audience to confront Stephanie, and throw Triple H across the ring for good measure.

This all came before The Undertaker raised his WrestleMania career record to 22-1 with a fall over Bray Wyatt, in what was a slow building match with an ultimately staring ending.

Then the main event, now It’s rare for WWE to go with the creative finish, so after a failed buildup to the ascension of Reigns to be the next world champ, it seemed a given that Lesnar would retain the title after Lesnar announced to a live worldwide audience on ESPN earlier this week that he had re-signed with WWE for a multi-year deal.

But now you look back on what has transpired in WWE the past few weeks, with the Lesnar signing, with Rollins being pushed with that brief media feud with “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart that gained widespread mainstream pub, and you can see in retrospect that this was the plan all along.
Lesnar didn’t suffer the fall in the match, so he’s left with a legit storyline beef with the new champ, and with Reigns, who himself has heat with the new champ for stealing his WrestleMania main-event slot out from under him. Insert Orton into this mix, because remember, earlier in the night, Orton scored a clean fall on the guy who a couple of hours later would end the night as the champ.

Rollins is the world champ, and there’s a four-way cluster at the top of the card. Daniel Bryan and John Cena hold the mid-card titles, adding legitimacy to those straps that has been gone for years. Undertaker is repaired and can be trotted back out at least one more time in Texas next spring.

What a Super show show. For a night, wrestling was unpredictably fun again.

On DVD & Blu-Ray from Monday 1st June 2015

Author: Julian Connelly 

Blog: The Turnbuckle – WWE’s It’s Good To Be The King – The Jerry Lawler Story Blu-Ray Review.

Blog: The Turnbuckle – WWE’s It’s Good To Be The King – The Jerry Lawler Story Blu-Ray Review.

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Julian Connelly looks at latest WWE and Wrestling releases in his regular review column: The Turnbuckle. 

 

Press Release

Before he became one of the signature voices of WWE, Jerry Lawler was one of sports-entertainment’s greatest and most decorated competitors.

This in-depth documentary looks back at the illustrious career of “The King”, with insights into his most memorable moments and matches – from his early days performing in Memphis, to his legendary feud with comedy icon Andy Kaufman and arrival in WWE!

Review

Just when we thought that the WWE Network was going to see the death of the company’s flagship DVD releases, along comes ‘It’s Good To Be The King’.  Disc one features a one hour 25 minute documentary main feature and compiles nearly 6 hours of extras to boot.

Every angle is covered, It’s essential buying for any fan of The King, or professional wrestling in general.  If you have watched WWE over the last 22 years then Jerry Lawler has affected your life in a positive and certainly entertaining way.

Whether it be from his initial run as a heel feuding the likes of Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart, the Attitude Era’s resident Hugh Hefner, or the current day happy-go-lucky babyface commentator, everyone has seen Jerry at his brilliant best.  But what this release sets out to achieve is to open you eyes to the true essence of the wrestling legend that is The King.

Only diehard wrestling fans of a certain vintage will remember his work down in Memphis Tennessee. Work that made him a household name in the city, and work that would eventually lead to a feud that would reach international recognition.  The be-all and end-all is that there is a lot more than initially meets the eye when it comes to The King.

As you’ll see reading this article, this Blu-Ray is a must buy. Period.

On DVD & Blu-Ray from Monday 25th May 2015

Author: Julian Connelly 

Blog: The Turnbuckle – WWE Fast Lane Blu – Ray Review

Blog: The Turnbuckle – WWE Fast Lane Blu – Ray Review

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Julian Connelly looks at latest WWE and Wrestling releases in his regular review column: The Turnbuckle. 

I feel rather bad for WWE. The February pay-per-view is always one that is set to be overlooked in the grand scheme of things because it’s just the connection between The Royal Rumble and WrestleMania.

This year’s inaugural Fastlane event was just that, WWE knew they couldn’t push the pay-per-view to far because they needed to have something left for WrestleMania, but after The Royal Rumble they had to deliver on a bigger scale.

For me, Fastlane delivered. First off, WWE did the amazing thing of giving away the pay-per-view for free in every country including the UK and I think this took some of the sting out of the event.

Without doubt the stand-out performance from Fast Lane would have to be Bray Wyatt. Where he gets the confidence to call out The Undertaker by using his own theme song and a casket, I think even he is pushing it. Will the Deadman respond on Raw? Will The Undertaker even be fit to compete? If not I’m sure I would be satisfied with a war of words if it goes the same way as this show. Either way, the challenge has been laid down… so now we wait.

Triple H and Sting finally stood face-to-face in a WWE ring, Triple H was dressed for business and after a cheap shot from him, Sting took out his baseball bat and used it to goad the COO into a match at WrestleMania, which he duly accepted. Sting kept to his whole Crow character and didn’t say a word, but that bat pointing at the sign was enough to make it official. Sting is finally booked in a WWE match.

Another match that was made official was Roman Reigns facing Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

In their match to decide the Mania main event, Daniel Bryan looked solid and Reigns looked as focused as ever.

A thunderous spear secured the win for Reigns and now sees him in the exact same place he was four weeks ago, looking up at the WrestleMania sign and knowing that in his first ever singles ‘Mania match he will be competing for the biggest prize in WWE.

Daniel Bryan had words with Roman after the match to inform him that he “better kick his ass” referring to Lesnar, before the two parted ways with a handshake.

Talking about the biggest prize in WWE; while Seth Rollins will always have a claim to it while he carries that briefcase, he may have a few other things on his mind at the moment. The Authority again completely dominated the team lead by Dolph Ziggler, and after the win Rollins tried to curb stomp all participants, but an old adversary had other ideas. Randy Orton ran out to make the save and The Viper well and truly struck. RKO out of nowhere was trending on Twitter and finally Seth may have a career-defining rivalry heading into the biggest event of the year.

Dean Ambrose looks to have set up a No DQ match with Bad News Barrett at next month’s grand event after he refused to stop beating the British Superstar in the corner and was disqualified so he promptly hit Dirty Deeds and exited with Barrett’s championship.

Another title that was defended and retained was the US title, this match was a hard one to predict, how do you keep John Cena looking strong for WrestleMania while also allowing him to lose to Rusev?

Easy, allow Cena to put up a decent fight before passing out to The Accolade. Rusev was built up like a monster, but for me the low blow prior to the pass-out wasn’t needed – it made him look rather weak.

Talking of weak, Nikki Bella continued her attempt at a Divas title reign as she successfully defended against two-time champion Paige. An AJ Lee return was hinted at beforehand but sadly I don’t think even she can save the division now. Nikki got the win with a handful of tights while Brie watched on from ringside.

The Usos reign was finally over as Cesaro and Tyson Kidd finally reached the mountain top and picked up the gold. The two seem to be the best team in WWE at the moment and it will be interesting to see what route WWE take with the tag titles heading into WrestleMania. The match itself was a great showing from both parties even though Natalya did look like she’d stolen Seth Rollins ring attire. But none the less, a great performance.

I leave the sour note until last as we look at Stardust vs Goldust. The match was rather sloppy and not what you expect from the brothers. The finish wasn’t even a finish, the ref didn’t count it. No one knows what happened there but throughout an entire event for that to be the only downfall, I think WWE did well.

Seeds have been planted and rivalries have been defined. We are officially on the Road to WrestleMania…Strap in, it’s about to hit a sharp corner.

Author: Julian Connelly 

Blog: The Turnbuckle – Ultimate Warrior: Always Believe Reviewed

Blog: The Turnbuckle – Ultimate Warrior: Always Believe Reviewed

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Julian Connelly looks at latest WWE and Wrestling releases in his regular review column: The Turnbuckle.

 

Press Release

After 18 years out of the spotlight, Ultimate Warrior made his long-awaited return to WWE last year.  Follow The Warrior’s homecoming in this moving documentary, as he prepares for his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, reflects on his career, and rebuilds old relationships.

With 30 minutes of unseen footage, it’s a fitting tribute to one of WWE’s most enigmatic Superstars!

 

Review

So one year on from Warrior being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame a further Warrior DVD is released.  Sadly as you will all be aware Warrior passed away four days after being inducted and accepted back into the WWE.

What is great about this release is that you get an updated story on disc one of the build up to the induction ceremony and WrestleMania last year. The tale is well told from numerous talking heads and there are a number of touching comments from Warriors wife and children. If you are a fan of the Ultimate warrior you will want to buy this release as it is a last farewell send off to the man.

That said for the casual viewer, who purchased the lengthly Warrior release where the tone was very different and really a much more negative and down story, to the way Warrior felt that WWE had treated him over the past 18 years.  The main issue being this is essentially the same release over again with an update first disc, in that the matches are the same as the previous Warrior release, with a few exceptions and just the nicer final year and induction to the Hall of Fame.

Summary

As stated above if you love Warrior you will want to add this to your collection, however if you only have a passing interest and especially if you purchased the Warrior tale form last year then I would stay don’t bother.

On DVD & Blu-Ray from Monday 20th April 2015

 

Author: Julian Connelly 

Blog: The Turnbuckle – WWE Royal Rumble 2015 Reviewed

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Julian Connelly looks at latest WWE and Wrestling releases in his regular review column: The Turnbuckle. 

Press Release

30 WWE SUPERSTARS, 1 RING, 1 CHANCE AT IMMORTALITY!

Brock Lesnar puts his WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line against John Cena and Seth Rollins in a triple-threat match. So far ‘The Beast Incarnate’ has destroyed every obstacle in his path – but can overcome two of WWE’s top Superstars at once?

And as the road to WrestleMania begins, 30 Superstars enter the Royal Rumble match for a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the grandest stage of them all. Which Superstar will survive and earn the right to headline WrestleMania?  Find out at WWE’s most unpredictable event of the year… the Royal Rumble!

Review

So it comes to that time again, WWE: Royal Rumble 2015 is released on DVD and Blu-ray and the question has to be what went wrong? I love the Royal Rumble, I love the match more than the event itself but these past two years the fans have reacted badly and I myself felt the misjudged nature of the match and how timings have been off. In fairness though we have to look at the pay-per-view as a whole and look at the long play when it comes to the storylines, especially now we’ve experienced Wrestlemania 31 and we see what WWE were building up to.

With the length of the Royal Rumble match itself every year the matches used as the undercard are somewhat rushed but kept at an exciting pace so as to keep audience excitement at a high. New Age Outlaws vs. The Ascension opened the pay-per-view and was best described as forgettable, it’s a shame that The Ascension didn’t trans best described translate from NXT to WWE as well as hoped, but the team offer nothing new and if anything are stuck in the eighties. New Age Outlaws as an older group with more experience still show they “have it” as the crowd vocally say themselves in the match.

In an event that was somewhat dominated by the tag team matches, the Diva battle with Natalya & Paige vs. The Bella Twins was another one to forget, which is a shame. I am a Bella Twins fan, but Natalya and Paige are two wrestlers that show that there is still hope in the Diva division. The recent retirement of AJ Lee is a big loss for the company and they really need to do something special to bring the division back. The other tag team match with The Usos vs. The Miz & Damien Mizdow was entertaining enough, but hardly a highlight of the night. The Mizdow magic was to come later in the night.

The real highlight of the night was in fact the triple threat match, Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins. This match actually was the one to wake people up to the fact that Seth Rollins is a good wrestler and knows how to work the ring well. The current storyline with The Authority tends to hold him back a lot, which is a shame, especially for fans like me who want to see him actually use his skill once in a while. This triple threat match was a good example of where the WWE can get things right, especially with the use of Brock Lesnar building him up to be the monster that the company so need him to be. It is easily fair to say that this is the type of match that WWE needs to concentrate on instead of what we see all too often on their television shows as of late.

Where to begin with the actual Royal Rumble event? Well for one I will say that I was not as disappointed in Daniel Bryan being eliminated as to when he was. The crowd were obviously backing him and had decided that he would win it this year. With nice early cameo entrants WWE: Royal Rumble 2015 appeared to actually be delivering this year, but then the “Yes Movement” were offended when Bryan was ejected from the ring. How could this have been rectified? Better timing would have been a good move. Bringing out a member of the “New Day” for example is not a good move. This failed faction is hardly the best one to get the crowd back into action. I almost feel sorry for Roman Reigns because in many ways he didn’t get the respect he deserved for the effort he put in, and when they had to get The Rock into the ring to sell the Reigns to the crowd? And it failed? It showed that once again this years Royal Rumble was sadly a dud for many.

The fact is though WWE: Royal Rumble 2015 was actually a solid event and the Royal Rumble match as a whole was good, but had some major missteps which almost killed the crowds energy. Now after Wrestlemania we can see what the plans were and where the storylines were heading, but on the night of the Royal Rumble 2015 sadly this was not what people were seeing, and they can’t see into the future. I’m sure WWE are going to start to dread the coming of Royal Rumble each year because of the outspoken WWE Universe, but this is the ever-changing nature of the fans, and a monster that WWE themselves have created, whether they like it or not.

Summary

Even though the Royal Rumble match itself was far from perfect the pay-per-view as a whole was well worth the watch. With Brock Lesnar showing just what a beast he was, the fact that Seth Rollins still outshone him shows the future of WWE can’t be all that bad.

On DVD & Blu-Ray from Monday 6th April 2015

Author: Julian Connelly