What I Said Then: With the exception of the WWE Championship match, the undercard felt like a regular edition of either RAW or SmackDown. As far as the Rumble match goes, it usually features a mixture of comedy, cool spots, and a little bit of nostalgia all while keeping in mind the importance of winning the Rumble match and going to the main event of WrestleMania. I felt that the comedy went too overboard this year at the expense of making the match seem important. It wasn't until Orton entered the match at #28 when the match got that special WrestleMania vibe to it. The 25th anniversary of the Royal Rumble resulted in one of the weaker Rumble matches in history. Between the weak undercard and poor Rumble, if you decided not to order this show I think you made the right decision and you saved yourself some money and disappointment.
Has My Opinion Changed? No.
Overall Recommendation: I don't recommend buying this on either DVD or Blu-ray. While the Rumble match is usually one of my favorites of the year, this year's was not a good one. If for some reason you still want to buy this DVD, click here for the best price.
Chapters on this DVD (matches are in bold):
- DVD Extra: Josh Mathews Interviews Daniel Bryan
- DVD Extra: Josh Mathews Interviews Sheamus
- Triple Threat Steel Cage Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Champion Daniel Bryan vs. Big Show vs. Mark Henry
- John Cena's Road to WrestleMania
- 8-Diva Tag Team Match: Kelly Kelly, Eve, Alicia Fox, & Tamina vs. Beth Phoenix, Natalya, Brie & Nikki Bella
- Zack Ryder Arrives at the Arena
- John Cea vs. Kane
- The Rock's Road to WrestelMania
- Brodus Clay vs. Drew McIntyre
- WWE Championship Match Featuring John Laurinaitis as the Special Guest Referee: Champion CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler
- 30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Blu-ray Exclusive Matches (source: Silvervision):
- RAW 1/23/12: CM Punk & John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger
- RAW 1/23/12: The Hi-Light Reel with Chris Jericho
- RAW 1/23/12: Falls Count Anywhere Match - Zack Ryder vs. Kane
- RAW 1/23/12: CM Punk vs. John Laurinaitis
- SmackDown 1/27/12: Big Show apologies to AJ and the WWE Universe
- SmackDown 1/27/12: Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett
- SmackDown 1/27/12: Brodus Clay vs. Alex Riley
- SmackDown 1/27/12: Big Show vs. Mark Henry