WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T has expressed sympathy with fans frustrated by this year’s Royal Rumble and explains what was missing.
The Royal Rumble has been and gone for another year and in 2022, it was ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey and Brock Lesnar – both former UFC Champions – that came out on top in their respective Rumble matches.
The Royal Rumble is always a focal point for expectations of surprises and some fans felt this year’s event lacked that element. Speaking on his Hall Of Fame podcast, Booker T explained why he agrees with that:
“I think the men’s Royal Rumble was missing those organic surprises. I think that’s what it was missing, I think it was missing, for instance, ‘one of a kind, RVD’ showing up. That’s what the Royal Rumble was pretty much built upon.”
“Who are we going to see that we totally didn’t expect to see, but man we are so happy to see him. One of those types of moments. I think we missed out on that, I think the Royal Rumble this year was about the finish.”
Many former WWE Superstars in the women’s Rumble bout had been advertised beforehand with the big surprise coming in the form of the returning Rousey. In the men’s match, the surprises came mainly in the form of Bad Bunny, Shane McMahon, and Lesnar. The Beast Incarnate had lost his WWE Title earlier in the night and was not expected to be in the field of 30.
For Booker T, having Brock Lesnar win the men’s Rumble didn’t take any of the gloss of the event, although he does say that perhaps Lesnar’s involvement and win maybe wasn’t the surprise WWE was hoping it’d be:
“It didn’t ruin it for me or anything like that. But when you saw the scenario play out from the beginning you thought one way and I think a lot of other people thought it that way. I think that’s what maybe took the allure out of it.”
“So I can see how people are disappointed and they didn’t get perhaps what they wanted as far as who they wanted to win the Rumble, or perhaps how it played out, I totally get it. But you can’t hit a home run every time.”