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Jim Ross has posted a new blog entry, here are the highlights…
On Building To The Royal Rumble: Big night for WWE to deliver a major hit on Monday Night RAW. The Royal Rumble is slowly creeping up on everyone. There is still no bigger match than the Rumble match itself at this event. As many of the 30 entrants need to be talking about it.
The reality of winning the Rumble match is massive within the storyline structure of WWE as it guarantees the winner a main event for the most prestigious WWE championship at the most massive event of the year, WrestleMania 30. How can that not be presented as any thing but huge within the body of the broadcast. Theoretically, winning the Royal Rumble can be a career changer for any superstar. That’s witty banter material for sure.
I assume because they are involved in one on one bouts that Cena, Orton, Show and Lesnar will not be in the Rumble match but that’s merely speculation. If that statement is true, I’d not be too far out on a limp to predict Batista as the early Rumble favorite.
I’m expecting a handful of ‘surprise entrants’ to the Rumble but that’s, again, my own speculation. Just feels like it is needed and that it is timely. Getting some Rumble entrant rivalries established and heated up tonight on RAW feels essential. The beginnings of some of these personal issues are already in place.
On Friday’s SmackDown: Before I forget, I really enjoyed watching the Orton-Langston match Friday night on Smackdown. Big E more than held his own vs. the veteran and current top titleholder Mr. RKO. I’ve long said that Big E is a keeper and a high character former D1 athlete and high school state champion wrestler notwithstanding his power lifting accolades. The most important character trait for ‘E’ is his reliability and intelligence. I’d be shocked if he ever put himself in a position to embarrass himself or his employer.
On The Daniel Bryan Angle: As a fan, I need to hear and see more applicable content on the Daniel Bryan/Wyatt Family storyline. I know that particular entity is seemingly being depended upon within WWE in a big way but their storyline needs a timely update and some new info. I am interested in their story but facets of it are not moving the needle for me just yet. Please tell me why these TV persona’s hooked up. It’s got to be more than the beards or the Duck Dynasty dudes would be involved, right?
On The Shield: I’d also expect the Shield storyline to see another log thrown on the fire. Even though Roman Reigns is apparently the first ‘it’ guy to about to break out of the Shield, I still am solid that all three Shield members bring something different to the presentation and will all be main line players in time.