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The Royal Rumble winner to headline Wrestlemania?

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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.

VKM

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Updated 04-04-2011 at 05:36 PM by VKM

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  1. fangbutt's Avatar
    Why are you acting like this year was the one that was out of the ordinary.

    2006: Rey Mysterio won the rumble and did not headline Wrestlemania
    2007: The Undertaker won the rumble and did not headline Wrestlemania
    2008: John Cena won the rumble and did not headline Wrestlemania
    2010: Edge won the rumble and did not headline Wrestlemania

    the WWE have been doing this for years
  2. ComingToCinemas's Avatar
    I agree that the Royal Rumble winner should be put into a title match which should be of main event standards, and yes until WrestleMania XXVII that match featured as a main event. However, last year it was Michaels versus Undertaker which main evented (rightfully so). In terms of wanting to put Edge versus Del Rio as the main event regardless of its build up, I disagree. I read a few months ago that the main event is the match that people buy the PPV and their tickets for, the match which the event is built around. For this WrestleMania all of the hype, it seems, surrounded The Rock's return and his involvement with the WWE Championship match. As much as I hated to see Edge versus Del Rio open the show (Mysterio versus Cody would have been better suited) it should not have been the match to close the show. Miz versus Cena was a match that had the build up to be great, and admittedly failed to deliver as well as expected (I actually enjoyed the match and seeing Miz hold his own against the face of WWE), but nonetheless was the most built up and deserved the main event.
  3. VKM's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by fangbutt
    Why are you acting like this year was the one that was out of the ordinary.

    2006: Rey Mysterio won the rumble and did not headline Wrestlemania
    2007: The Undertaker won the rumble and did not headline Wrestlemania
    2008: John Cena won the rumble and did not headline Wrestlemania
    2010: Edge won the rumble and did not headline Wrestlemania

    the WWE have been doing this for years
    This year was out of the ordinary because none of those matches you named were the opening of Wrestlemania
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