Weren't Booker T and Diesel the only legends in the 2011 Royal Rumble? Considering that's 2 out of 40, I don't think that's overusing to a ludicrous degree. Plus (and this comes to down to personal opinion more than anything!), I'd levy the same reason you accepted Godfather's 2013 inclusion to argue that Booker's inclusion in 2011 was cool. Guy got a massive pop! While I share your optimism regarding the upcoming Rumble, I fear that there's nothing to genuinely hold WWE back from slotting a couple of spots for legends - they did, after all, have well-established rosters at the Rumbles you pinpointed and could've used them there, too.Originally Posted by Maverick
You're painfully correct, in my opinion, with regards to the 2012 edition, though. That stupid Rumble was littered with unnecessary names - the announcers, Ricardo Rodriguez, Jim fucking Duggan - one might extend it to Mick Foley and Road Dogg, but selfishly, I liked their parts in the match.
I find myself agreeing with the remainder of your points - the Cena factor and the title unification give the Rumble a rejuvenated sense of importance that was marred a little bit in 2011/12.
I'm finding these sporadic "look back at an old column and how it turned out" pieces to be, in large part, a big success, man. "Analyzing a Year of Flybys", "The Rise and Stall of Dolph Ziggler: Redux", and now this one have all been killer columns. Excellent work!