Dave Meltzer also recently noted in The Wrestling Observer Newsletter that ”The Big Dog” Roman Reigns entering the Traditional 30-man Royal Rumble Match at #30 was designed to get ”The Apex Predator” Randy Orton as big of a babyface reaction as possible, even though he’s a heel. Also, in addition to getting Orton the big pop, it also set up Reigns’ upcoming WrestleMania encounter in Orlando with ”The Phenom” The Undertaker.
Also recently, ”Stone Cold” Steve Austin discussed Roman entering the Rumble at #30 on his podcast. Contrary to popular opinion, Austin hailed it as “a fantastic idea” as it made Randy Orton winning the whole thing more of a surprise.
“Everything made sense for me, so I enjoyed the s**t out of it,” Austin said of Reigns entering the Rumble in the last spot. “A lot of people s**t on Roman Reigns in the 30 spot. I popped because I’m thinking, ‘dude, here’s the setup, guys. Something’s up.’ And then, Jericho gets out, so there’s the three [remaining entrants, Reigns, Orton, and ”The Eater of Worlds” Bray Wyatt], so you got two heels and a baby. You know it’s going to be a double-team. You know Roman Reigns is somehow going to defeat two heels again and he’s going to win the f**king Rumble. Setup.
“I smelled a rat from the beginning and I just couldn’t believe what I was going to end up seeing. He goes to charge Randy Orton, spear, and, of course, Randy Orton connects with an RKO. Boom. Over the top rope. Randy wins. I thought Roman Reigns in the 30 spot was a fantastic idea and great booking.”
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