Although most of the attention has been paid to Daniel Bryan and the big problem WWE has with him coming out of the Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) last night (Sun., Jan. 26, 2014) at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, there were two performers who were outstanding in their particular roles throughout the evening.
Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt.
Reigns entered the Royal Rumble match from the 15 spot and proceeded to eliminate 12 wrestlers, breaking the record for a single Rumble match, before being the last man out when he was tossed by Batista.
On a quick reversal.
Put simply, Reigns was positioned like a major star who went toe-to-toe with the guy soon to headline WrestleMania 30 in a main event WWE world heavyweight title match and more than held his own. He looked great in the process, too, delivering impressive spears to the likes of Dolph Ziggler and the aforementioned "Animal". Oh and don't forget about that awesome Superman punch to eliminate Luke Harper.
More good news: The Shield aren't broken up yet either.
Wyatt, meanwhile, delivered big in a singles match opposite Bryan to start the main PPV card. There were lingering doubts headed into the evening regarding how he would handle a big spot like this but by the end of the match, he had flipped the script completely.
It helps when he had Bryan bumping for him like this (via our friends at WrestlingWithText.com):
And a perfectly executed spot on the outside that saw him turn a suicide dive into Sister Abigail on the barricade (again via WrestlingWithText):
That's just awesome.
Later, Wyatt would interrupt the Randy Orton vs. John Cena match to attack the latter, presumably setting up a previously rumored program that could run through WrestleMania 30.
After last night's performance, no one is questioning whether or not Wyatt deserves that spot.
So it's not all bad, Cagesiders.
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