On the whole, the 2015 Royal Rumble was better than last year’s immediately-infamous show, not that last night’s event isn’t already being burned alive like Samuel L Jackson at Calvin Candie’s estate in Django Unchained. After Daniel Bryan was eliminated, Samuel L could have tried to rally all of Philadelphia to help him get the motherf–king snakes off the motherf–king plane with him, and they would have booed him out of the building as well. Or somebody would’ve yelled that Capital One sucks, whatever.
This space isn’t meant to disparage the name of Roman Reigns, mostly because he doesn’t deserve the venom. Hell, technically, Batista didn’t really deserve it last year; he was just playing the role he was paid to play. When WWE reversed course and put Bryan into the spotlight, Batista not only cleanly submit to him at WrestleMania, but cleanly lost to the Shield members at the ensuing PPVs. What more can you ask from a guy? He did his part to push the next generation forward when he was, quite presumably, set to win the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. He even admitted afterward, during the promotional blitz for Guardians of the Galaxy, that Bryan not winning the ..click here to read more
We could smell what the WWE was cooking after Sunday night’s Royal Rumble. And the fans were not happy with it.
The company stuck to its game plan that has been brewing basically since last year’s Royal Rumble when Batista eliminated Roman Reigns in the Royal Rumble last year. While the overall tenor of the pay-per-view was weak at best for the majority of the night, the only thing that saved it from becoming a total washout was the Triple Threat Match between Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins and John Cena and a few stolen moments in a Rumble match that was anything other than average.
In the end, the fans saw Roman Reigns accomplish exactly what the WWE wanted – which was to finally eliminate Rusev after the Rock had to come down the aisle restore some order and save the kid from total embarrassment.
If the WWE wanted more controversy, it sure as hell got it. And all I can say is that if this was the Armageddon this Reigns claimed would happen when he returned from his injury, I have six words for you – SETH ROLLINS CASHES IN AT WRESTLEMANIA.
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The 2015 WWE Royal Rumble looked to be one of the most unpredictable Rumbles in recent memory. Unfortunately the final result wound up being the most predictable result of all scenarios. The WrestleMania 31 main-event match we have heard about for a year is still in tact as Brock Lesnar will meet Roman Reigns in the Mania headliner.
24 hours before the Rumble, the Rock sent out a tweet with a picture of himself in Philadelphia with the tweet “In town and always gotta stop by the neighborhood… #SouthPhilly”. Rock’s involvement in the event and WrestleMania has been kept under wraps, thus for the fans that stayed off of social media in Philadelphia, they were in for a real treat and welcomed back the Rock with a thunderous ovation.
Roman Reigns won the Royal Rumble. This year’s Royal Rumble featured several early surprises. Bubba Ray Dudley was the first surprise, entering the Rumble at number two. The former Bully Ray was an unexpected surprise, although he ditched Bully and was in full Bubba gear. Bubba worked with R-Truth to deliver the Dudley Death Drop on the Miz. Bubba eliminated Truth quickly. Luke Harper and Bubba were left alone in an interesting matchup. Bray Wyatt was ..click here to read more
A major Royal Rumble 2015 surprise has been revealed. There is a major name scheduled to show up at the Rumble who has turned every scenario upside down. Which WWE megastar is in Philadelphia for the Rumble?
The Rock will be at the Royal Rumble. This is a major surprise that came out of nowhere as not even the insiders reported any rumors of Dwayne Johnson taking part in the big event. The bigger story here is that The Rock is likely in for WrestleMania 31 making tonight’s event a lot more unpredictable.
The Rock sent out a tweet around midnight on Sunday morning giving away the big surprise. “In town and always gotta stop by the neighborhood… #SouthPhilly” – @The Rock
A big question here is why the WWE did not promote The Rock coming to the Rumble? The company obviously had no problem with Rock sending out the tweet and giving away the surprise. The Rock doesn’t come cheap so why didn’t this company, which is struggling for network subscriptions promote the biggest star on the show? This one has a lot of people scratching their heads.
Now that we know Rock is in Philadelphia, we can all speculate as ..click here to read more
You may have a better chance of picking the winning Power Ball numbers than figuring out what the WWE intends to do not only with the Royal Rumble match at the upcoming pay-per-view event, but also with the Triple Threat match for the WWE World Title between John Cena, Seth Rollins and champion Brock Lesnar.
Now that Roman Reigns has appeared to have stuck his foot in his mouth and the fans and company have cooled on him becoming the next big thing in the WWE, the likelihood of Armageddon will not take place with a Royal Rumble win and showcase at WrestleMania XXXI.
The company may also be setting us up for a Brock Lesnar face turn to finish out his run with the company. While I thought Lesnar winning the Triple Threat match was a virtual certainty this evening, now there are other possibilities that make the evening even more inviting. The one thing I am sure of is the idea John Cena will walk out of Philadelphia with either the WWE title on his waist or winning the Royal Rumble match.
So, what’s the promotion to do? Here are a few ideas…
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Smackdown opens up with Daniel Bryan making his way down to the ring. Tonight, his spot in the Royal Rumble is on the line when he faces Kane. He says we are days away from the RR, and we’re about to begin the Road to Wrestlemania. He could talk about how important his match against Kane is tonight, how he’ll do anything to win. He could talk about how, ever since he had to forfeit the title due to injury, he’s spent every waking moment thinking how to win the belt back. He could talk about Sting and his first-ever appearance on RAW. He could talk about how the Authority flat-out sucks. He could talk about all of that, but he won’t, because John Cena did something very important on RAW. Instead of Bryan yakking, he knows some guys who have some things they want to get off their chests.
Bryan points to the stage, and out first is Ryback. Erick Rowan is out next, and finally, Dolph Ziggler. All three join Bryan in the ring, and Bryan introduces them all to the crowd. He’s sure they’re all excited to get into the ring. He asks what Ryback what he thinks, ..click here to read more
“That’s what haters do. They hate because they hate their lives.”
Roman Reigns has been groomed by the WWE to be the next John Cena of the company. Reigns is certainly following along that path as the superstar is starting to hear his fair share of boos. The difference between Reigns and Cena is that Roman is just a wee bit more sensitive about them.
Wow is all I can say after reading this interview with Reigns. Part of being the next face of the company requires Reigns to be a media pro. Reigns will be expected to give many interviews in that spot and I think it is pretty safe to say he could use some media training. If this interview is any indication of Roman will handle the pressure of that top spot I think it is safe to say that he isn’t ready.
Reigns talked to Crave about these “haters” and the possible fan reaction he could get at the Royal Rumble if he wins over Daniel Bryan. Roman says it is okay because the only people that hate him are people that don’t wrestle…you know the people that buy the product.
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The WWE Royal Rumble is my favorite event of the year. There is nothing more exciting and in some years more unpredictable than the Rumble match. The 2015 event should be no different with an unpredictable Rumble and main-event.
The Rumble has been hot and cold in recent years. Last year’s Rumble was a lot more fun than people give it credit for. Unfortunately it was marred by the fan reaction to Batista being the odds on favorite to win at the height of the Yes Movement. Even Stone Cold Steve Austin jokingly said on his podcast that he would have gladly made an appearance to help diffuse some of the heat. That is what make this year’s Rumble so damned fascinating.
The 2015 Royal Rumble is essentially a two-match show. The WWE championship match and the Rumble match are it. The 30-man Rumble winner will go on to WrestleMania 31 and challenge the WWE champion for the title. Who either man will be is a complete toss-up at this point. Since I would venture to guess the majority of you reading this blog are only interested in those two matches, I will keep this preview to the main-event matches only.
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Check out this fun video from the website Funny or Die featuring boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. The video shows Manny training to be a pro wrestler, including developing a gimmick including getting training by Garry Shandling. This is great stuff…unless you take your pro wrestling seriously. Lucky for Manny it’s not 1979.
Hey, if the Floyd Mayweather fight falls through it looks like Manny has another big pay day opportunity. I have to believe that WWE officials are salivating this morning over this video and the WrestleMania angle they can write off of this. Floyd did it, why not Manny?
Manny Pacquiao Becomes A Professional Wrestler from Funny Or Die.
One of my favorite WWE shows is coming back to television. Tough Enough will be back for a new season and will air on the USA network. The show will take a different twist on the contest, with hopes to finally produce a true superstar.
USA Network announced that the show will be coming back after WrestleMania. The show is scheduled to be an hour and will likely air after RAW. Unlike the last season, the show is expected to have a different twist on the competition. One of the rumors circulating is that the contest will feature strictly wrestlers currently under a developmental deal with the winner being evaluated to the main roster.
The biggest question I have is whether Stone Cold Steve Austin will be back. To me, Austin’s promos at the end of every Tough Enough last season were some of the best in the wrestling business. Austin was a show stealer and his promos blew away anything the WWE had on TV then or even now. Dave Meltzer reports that Austin was expected to come back, however Austin’s name has not been mentioned thus far by the USA Network.
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