So after last night with the Positions of Sasha v. Bianca, and Edge v. Roman I started wondering if the idea of the Rumble winner going on to get a title shot has run its course. I love the Rumble and the idea in concept, however I’m struggling to remember the last time I felt they did a really great job with building a Mania match coming off the Rumble. The only one I think kind of worked well was Drew V. Brock, which I think only really worked because Brock wasn’t around much so they didn’t need to “keep
Him busy”. But Becky/Rhonda/Charlotte was terribly over booked, same with Sasha/Bianca now, Rollins/Brock was Ok but wasn’t near the biggest match on that show. Charlotte v Rhea was good but felt like a work around with them wanting Charlotte to win the Rumble but not wanting her to face either champion.
Now I’m not saying they cannot make it work it just feels like with multiple PPVs between Rumble and Mania WWE seems wholly incapable of booking those shows in a way where they don’t mess up their Mania programs.