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Star Rating Every Match at WWE Royal Rumble 2019

Archit Sahay
Modified 29 Jan 2019, 14:15 IST
Top 5 / Top 10

#2 Rusev (Champion) vs Shinsuke Nakamura for the United States Championship

Rating: 3*

Nakamura regains his title
Nakamura regains his title

This was another good match wrestled by these two which unfortunately had a lame finish. The match had the two strike each other with everything in their arsenal and was back and forth throughout. At one point, Nakamura was able to lock in an armbar, which was out powered by Rusev.

The finish came in too soon. The crowd was just getting invested in the match. This had Nakamura try to expose the turnbuckle, Lana report this and then get accidentally knocked off the apron by Rusev, which was enough to give her an ankle injury. Nakamura took advantage of this and nailed Rusev with a Kinshasa behind his head for the win.

Another observation was that Nakamura's choice of wardrobe reminded me of someone, especially with his back turned. The combination of red and black on a bodysuit with long hair reminded me of the greatest performer in Royal Rumble history - the Big Red Machine, Kane. Whether this was done on purpose or was just a coincidence, I don't know.

Published 29 Jan 2019, 14:15 IST
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