Hey Scott thanks for looking at my question. So rumbles are generally hit or miss and I know by many accounts this one was considered a miss. But this is what I’ve always been perplexed by. So at the end you had Sheamus and Jericho in the ring. And Sheamus wins and goes on to have a 18 second match for the world title. Jericho loses but starts a fued with punk anyway and gets a title shot. And they go on to have one of the better matches at Wrestlemania.
Jericho had never won the rumble was kind of a surprise entrant why not let Jericho win it give him a rumble win if they were planning on punk Vs Jericho anyway. Instead we got Sheamus and no one really cared and a got a match at wrestle mania that I didn’t even see live because I was taking a piss that made me miss an entire title match. Any way what was the point to all that booking? Sheamus could of gotten a fued with Bryan just as easy as they made it with punk and Jericho. Especially with chamber right around the corner.
Vince really thought that Sheamus was the guy to push and wanted to get some steam on him as a top babyface with the Rumble win and 18 second title win. Didn’t work, but that was 100% the intention. Jericho was indeed the logical guy to win, but I’m guessing that the feeling was that they could re-heat him on his own.