There have been 31 Royal Rumbles in history, so it's a monumental statement to call one the "greatest". Thus, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, got the task of living up to such a statement with a jam-filled card for the night.
From every male championship that was on the line to a 50-man Rumble who basically included the entire men's roster that had not already been performed, WWE Greatest Royal Rumble was a sure memorable spectacle, but the event never really went up for its billing.
Far from a crucial event without title change, the show was basically defined by its main event, where Braun Strowman conquered the field to appear as the first ever Greatest Royal Rumble champion. He, along with Iron Man Daniel Bryan, who lasted a record 76 minutes, defined the show with his performances.
Although it was not the all-encompassing masterpiece that fans requested, there was still a show that responded to several long-term questions and perhaps set the course for branding.
Strowman finally gets its first taste of gold in WWE
It's remarkable how little Monster among men has achieved during its impressive and memorable leap over the past year . Going from a simple big man to a fan-favorite attraction, Strowman has only a one-day tag title to his name.
Most expected that the big man would stop breaking out, and this night might have been the beginning. Strowman eliminated 13 superstars on the way to his impressive victory, more than anyone else has ever eliminated in a rumble.
His reward for toppling stars like Bobby Lashley, Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Shane McMahon and more was a trophy as well as a championship belt. No clear statement has been made as to whether this new title will be defended regularly or if it is just another price that should sometimes be remembered.
Without a future world title opportunity on the line, this feels more like a symbolic war of The Abominable Strowman, now strengthened as the highest rising star on Monday Night Raw.
Bryan returns to his role as WWE's ultimate underdog
Bryan's latest return to the ring has many happy to see the beard immediately head to the top of the card, but it was tough to believe that WWE felt the same way. As WWE's defining underdog in his last round, Bryan rarely got a chance to make a serious impact besides his huge run in WrestleMania XXX.
It seems that Bryan's time may have allowed WWE to rethink the importance of the brand. The American Phoenix may have had the most memorable performance of all night when he opened at number one and lasted long past the 50th participant.
Even his elimination was one of the best historical moments of the night, as his rival Big Cass finally took him after getting a light ride from number 49 to the last two. It was the perfect way to show how well Bryan is and further develop his Backlash fejd.
Hopefully Bryan does not get so badly out of the game, showing the eagle by stroke visibly on the chest. He showed that he is back and can prepare someone who gets the chance. It will be exciting to see what comes after one of SmackDowns elite stars.
WWE willingly censor the product significantly for Saudi Arabia
Taking a show in Saudi Arabia would always be a dubious choice. From the first message it was clear that there were no plans to present any of the female stars on the show. This felt like a blow in talent's face, working at the highest level. WWE's women's distribution has ever seen.
It was not all that WWE did to do this mating work. Find Balor's Inclusive LGBT message stymied with its rainbow sweaters inlaid for pure black. Sami Zayn did not participate in the event, narrated because of his Syrian heritage, by Raj Giri of Wrestling Inc.
While Triple H defended the decision to host an event in a country with dubious human rights laws in a new interview with Independent Matty Paddock, the company's choice to choke so many important messages for this event feels backward.
WWE can hope that the country will change over time, but it is unlikely that this deal will drive those who are in power to do it. It will be a matter of time and greater humanitarian efforts in Saudi Arabia before it is clear if WWE is hurting its own message to earn money abroad.
Brock Lesnar is here to stay and need a new challenger
It was easy to assume that Roman governments would leave WrestleMania with the WWE Universal Championship. Same was true to enter this show. Most people only thought that the plan was always that Lesnar would pass the torch to The Beast.
These assumptions look stupid now. While the governments lost themselves to Lesnar under doubtful circumstances, time has passed for The Big Dog to clear Lesnar. If Reigns will complete his trip to the World Cup this year, it should come against another champion.
Konquerorn has defeated almost everyone on top of WWE now, with only Strowman well positioned for a possible rematch. Lashley is an interesting name to consider for Lesner's next rivalry, but it will take time to build him at that stage.
Regardless of the values of Reigns as world champion, it's a disappointment that fans will be sitting for several months with Raw's top champion absent. It's unlikely that The Beast works too soon, especially after working so long in "Mania through the Greatest Royal Rumble."
Despite all the hype, the Greatest Royal Rumble was more house-seeing than an event.
Enter the Greatest Royal Rumble, the promise was the championship with the likelihood that several titles changed their hands along the way. However, no champion lost on Friday. Each championship remained on the same axis as it came in, in addition to the available Raw Tag Team Championships.
While the gains for Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt will have major consequences for WWE ahead, the result was basically predetermined with Sheamus and Cesaro now on SmackDown. The woken universe will now take over the Raws tag team division as it was always expected.
The problem is that those who lacked the event have a little to get. The matches were solid for the most part, but they could easily skip. It remains to see if anything is done with Strowman's Rumble victory and the gold he probably now holds.
If the biggest royal rumble was meant to be like a spectacular missile attraction such as tearing WrestleMania, it was still missing the building at the moment. It came out more like a cash-grab house show that happened with air on the WWE network.
The event was a good experience as a whole, but WWE hyped the show and its significance too much for what happened from the event. It is likely that WWE Backlash will far exceed this show in just over a week.