The Roaring Silence at the Royal Rumble
by, 01-31-2011 at 05:39 PM (7068 Views)
I have been a member here for a couple months, but this is my first blog; so I'll keep it fairly short and to the point.
Last night (as we all know) was the Royal Rumble, and for my money I thought it was a great event. The three matches leading up to the rumble were all very good, with great pacing and great showings by the younger talent (i.e. Miz and Ziggler). Even the Rumble itself I found very enjoyable with the various in-ring story lines that played out, from the domination of New Nexus to the hilarious (IMO) partnership of Cena and Hornswaggle to the surprise appearance of Nash and Booker to the fulfilled destiny of Alberto Del Rio. There will be those who disagree with me and that's perfectly all right, but there is one thing I really wanted to take note of: the total and utter silence that occurred during the two instances that Orton and Cena faced off.
Even watching from home the silence of the crowd during those face-offs was awkwardly unsettling. I'm guessing WWE was trying to relive the moments of the early 90s when Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior faced off in the Rumble; two huge faces facing off, but unlike the 90s the scenario that played out last night could at best be described as disinterest.
I am a huge fan of Orton and ever since Cena has been out of the championship picture, I've viewed him more favorably. But the silence during their brief showdowns spoke volumes: no one wants to see Orton v. Cena for the 80 millionth time. I'm willing to wait for the young prospects to develop into stars, I have been a fan for most of my life and I will continue to be for years to come. But the WWE has always stated that their decisions are largely based on fan reaction and response. I hope they're listening because the WWE Universe seemed to be screaming in total silence that we don't want to see Orton v. Cena anytime soon.