Over The Edge: Reliving Houston's Dance With The 2020 Royal Rumble

Shelton Lee | 1/28/2020, 11:21 a.m.

McIntyre had been lava hot on Monday Night Raw, the WWE’s flagship TV show and had been one of the betting favorites going into the event. One kick to the face of Lesnar signaled the elimination of “The Beast” - and the true beginning of the Rumble. Wrestling, when done right, is our easiest and in some ways, our most emotional form of storytelling. A man who had gone underappreciated rising to the occasion and being anointed as the guy and fulfilling the promise. It happened with Kingston last year, albeit under far larger circumstances and on Sunday night - it was Drew’s coronation.

McIntyre’s eventual elimination of Reigns to cement his rise to the top of the main event scene was met with thunderous applause and chants of “Thank You Drew.” A look of relief mixed with admiration played on the face of McIntyre himself, providing the attentive eye a brief look into the soul of Andrew Galloway. He may be portraying a character, of a man chiseled into what one could consider the perfect wrestling specimen but for a split second, you saw true emotion. He was shocked, thankful and as he would share on social media, people across the world were just as happy for him as he was.

As he composed himself, a saluted hero did what is customary when you stand on a summit. You point towards a sign - because bigger things await for him at WrestleMania.

Best Match: Royal Rumble (Men’s Rumble)

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