The Royal Rumble winner to headline Wrestlemania?
by, 04-04-2011 at 05:33 PM (6587 Views)
Ever since 1988, the Royal Rumble has been classified as WWE's most popular events. This year, Alberto Del Rio was the 24th winner of the traditional royal rumble match. Alberto Del Rio won by eliminating Santino Marella. Ever since 1990, the winner of the royal rumble would always have an opportunity to face the world champion and headline Wrestlemania. However, this year is a little different from all the other Wrestlemania's.
To headline any event means to be at the top of the event. For wrestling, headlining means just about the same. In wrestling, their is always a headlining match on the card. And traditionally, the headlining match is the main event. Ever since Hulk Hogan won the royal rumble match in 1990, the winner of the royal rumble would face the current world champion at that time and that match would main event at Wrestlemania. For 2 decades, WWE has followed by this until now.
Today is April 4th, 2011 and yesterday was Wrestlemania 27. The main event of Wrestlemania was not Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio. However, it was The Miz vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship. Even though The Miz vs. John Cena match had a better build up than Edge and Alberto Del Rio, WWE should have traditionally had the Royal Rumble winner and world champion main event at Wrestlemania.
WWE has gone through a lot of changes in the past 2 years, but taking away the right for the royal rumble winner to headline Wrestlemania is going against WWE's tradition. What's worst is that the royal rumble winner and the world champion's match was treated like a lower mid card match by being the opening match of Wrestlemania 27.
If WWE wanted to go out big with a big main event, then they could have simply gave the match up between Alberto Del Rio and Edge a better build. Or they could have added in Christian to make a triple threat match since Christian and Alberto Del Rio have a better history. I guarantee you all that a triple threat match between those three men would have definitely stole the show.
Great booking is always the key to a great wrestling event. If you don't believe me, then rewind all the way back to Wrestlemania 17 or Wrestlemania 14.