Let’s get the negatives out of the way: Shane McMahon about single-handledly kicked Cesaro and Sheamus’ asses, and the show was longer than the Oregon Trail (the actual wagon trip, not the timeless computer game). And yet, I was highly entertained. The 2019 Royal Rumble delivered two fantastic women’s matches in Asuka vs. Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks, and closed out with a potent one-two combo in Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor and the men’s Rumble match, so it’s an easy thumbs up.
The last 10 minutes of the women’s Rumble and AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan (sans the lifeless crowd) were good enough, so it’s hard to really pick nits with this show. That is, of course, unless none of the 17 people you had tabbed as guest Rumble match entrants failed to show up. So sorry that you didn’t get Velveteen Dream, Brian Kendrick, or Repo Man. Life can be cruel.
And for as much fun as I had watching the Royal Rumble, it was not solely an entertainment experience – it was also an educational one. As with all things in life, you learn something new with each experience, and the 2019 Royal Rumble at Chase Field would be no exception.
10. Chase Field Looks Like Safeco Field
Man, was it nice to get out of the doldrums of the samey-looking arenas or what? I wasn’t so sure that having such a large building for the Rumble would really add much to the show’s aesthetic, but once I lay eyes on the set-up during the Kickoff show, I just about swooned. I wasn’t the only one who noticed a similarity to another venue occupied by another western baseball team.
The bent aisle and some of the natural light (during the early portions) reminded me of WrestleMania 19, at Seattle’s Safeco Field (known today as T-Mobile Park). The lack of a garish entrance way added a different dimension to the show as well. May I be the first to suggest more baseball parks than football stadiums for future events requiring a large venue? Would be neat to see a match spill into the ivy at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.