-AJ Styles is in the back with Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan. He wants a one-on-one rematch, not an Elimination Chamber. Styles is in the Chamber though, along with Bray Wyatt, Miz, Baron Corbin and Dean Ambrose. Shane then makes Ambrose/Styles for later.
John Cena Promo
-John Cena’s new shirt might be his ugliest one yet.
-Cena apologized for calling AJ Styles “Just A Guy From Atlanta.” He said Styles performance was what the WWE Title is all about.
Sorry for the delay in this review. Heather has been doing a great job reviewing RAW, but she had another commitment tonight. And I just got back from work, so I will touch on the big news of the night!
Evening all. Justin C here with everything you need to know about the Royal Rumble!
Just got in front of a TV so here are some quick early results I missed:
In the opener on the pre-show, Naomi pinned Alexa Bliss in the 6 woman Smackdown tag. I guess they are going to go ahead and push Naomi into a feud with Alexa, which is fine with me.
Also, Gallows and Anderson FINALLY won the RAW Tag Titles from Cesaro and Sheamus. It is about damn time.
1. If the WWE keeps Sanity together through Eric Young and companies’ main roster debut then I would love to see them against The Wyatt Family.
Young and Tye Dillinger both proved that the NXT roster is not only deep but very, very talented as they continued their feud after Young picked up the win. Does Dillinger debut tomorrow night at number 10?
This Sunday is the 30th annual Royal Rumble. And it may be the most intriguing Royal Rumble in recent memory. There is no clear cut winner this year. Not only that, there is another potential match of the year candidate on the card with Styles/Cena.
The show is 6 hours if you include the preshow. But there are only 5 matches on the four hour main card. I expect some kind of segment involving Seth Rollins and a returning Triple H. And they better make Rollins look strong as hell in that segment because he is failing as a face. Maybe we get a Kurt Angle appearance as well.
Now on to the preview!
Just so that everyone doesn’t think I’m picking on Vince Russo, I decided to watch Starrcade 1994 last night. I made it about 15 minutes in before the first match started. I can see I am going to HATE this show. They opened the show with a replay of a pretty good Randy Savage promo from Saturday Night (which in typical WCW fashion they called Main Event) where Savage promised to show up at Starrcade and either slap Hulk Hogan in the face or shake his hand. After that, some hillbilly that I have never heard of came out in a Tampa Bay Lightning jersey to sing the national anthem. They were in Nashville, so I have no idea why he was wearing a Tampa Bay jersey. At least when WWE has someone out to sing the national anthem, they are usually presentable. This looked like some hayseed they found in the crowd who could happen to sing. Bitching mullet though. However, Tony Schiavone’s mullet was not to be out done.
-Daniel Bryan is ready to eat an apple backstage. Miz and Maryse interrupt. He calls Toledo a dump. Bryan gives Miz his rematch for the IC Title, but in a Lumberjack Match. I’m disappointed Bryan didn’t spit the apple in Miz’s face, since he wasn’t being cool.
Randy Orton vs Luke Harper
-Is this the first time two people fighting each other came down at the same time to the same music?
-Bray Wyatt is apparently a match maker now, because he made this match.
After starting with a recap of the past two weeks we get a rousing promo with a charismatic virtuoso in the ring – a shark cage! Roman Reigns is there too though and he just does not get a show off to a hot start. I keep thinking that maybe I don’t give him a chance, but no – no, I’ve given him plenty of chances. He SUCKS in this role they’re giving him to play. He talks about his title match at the Rumble before he’s interrupted by Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho. They do the exact same bickering they do every single week, and it somehow ends with Roman roping a US title match out of Chris Jericho later tonight. Jericho and KO are gold as always, and Roman is a pretty background figure I guess.
It’s not often I get excited to review one of these shows, because logic dictates that if I am watching a show for the purpose of writing, the show is awful. But this is a show I have never seen. In 2003, I was young and it was hard to justify watching EVERY show when they cost $35-$40 apiece. And high speed internet and illegal streams weren’t as prevalent as they would be in later years, so in most cases you either paid for the show or missed it. Plus, I looked at the card for this show, which is something I usually don’t do, and it really doesn’t seem that awful.
And it wasn’t. I got about 45 minutes in and it was a perfectly fine show. So, with that said, it’s time for a Russo type SWERVE!! Welcome to Great American Bash 2004!!
Nikki Cross v. Kennedy Lewis
Nikki Cross is exactly what the women’s division needed in NXT. After Ember Moon there isn’t any talent that is capable of having a good/believable feud with Asuka. Cross could be the one to stop Asuka’s winning streak.