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5 changes in WWE that didn't go well

Josh Coulson
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16.72K   //    19 Oct 2017, 20:00 IST

Rob Van Dam wins the WWE Championship
Rob Van Dam wins the WWE Championship

Professional wrestling is a unique entity. It's not quite a sport and it's not quite entertainment. With that in mind, it means that contrary to popular belief the industry attracts a wide array of fans.

That means a couple of things for WWE. Firstly, Vince McMahon and co. have to try and make their programming somewhat of a variety show. Even more importantly though, it means that their product constantly has to change and evolve.

Throughout its existence, WWE has undergone more changes than you can ever imagine. Existing through different eras as well as creating some of their own, it's what keeps them relevant all these years later. Some of the changes made have been less than favourable though.


#5 The 40-man Royal Rumble

Alberto Del Rio winning the 2011 Royal Rumble
Alberto Del Rio winning the 2011 Royal Rumble

The Royal Rumble match is possibly the most anticipated bout of the entire calendar year of the WWE. It has been a staple of WWE since 1988 - 30 men competing in an over the top rope competition for a shot at the WWE Championship at WrestleMania.

In 2011 Alberto Del Rio won that honour and it really shot his WWE career into the stratosphere. There was something different about the Royal Rumble that Del Rio won: it had 40 competitors rather than the normal 30.

It was constantly branded as the biggest Rumble ever, because physically it was, but there's a reason it returned to the normal 30 in 2012 and has remained the same ever since. 30 Superstars is the perfect number and a 40 man Rumble proved to simply be too big.

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