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What a perfect way to run a Royal Rumble match. Lana coming out limping, I thought "If they really do this and don't run with Becky taking the spot, they're crazy". Played out perfectly. Then I had a major fear that they would have her enter the match and get eliminated at the very end by Charlotte. But they actually did the right thing and it was awesome. They've hit all the right spots so far. For the love of God, stay the course WWE.

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I can’t tell if the men’s rumble was bad or if I was just exhausted after a 5 hour show. Shane/Miz and AJ/DB should have been on Smackdown.


I was pretty pissed that the Women's Royal Rumble showed up so early (especially after Becky opened the show, which I felt made it obvious she would show up later on). But after watching the whole thing, I'm glad they didn't wait till the end. It may not have had the same reaction levels since the crowd was pretty much exhausted.

Although I do think the Men's Royal Rumble was boring on its own, because they didn't have the star power. If it wasn't painfully obvious, the men are seriously lacking right now. Or, I should say the babyfaces are lacking. Anyone worth a shot is a heel, but we have two heel champions. I'm going to guess people won't care that much that Seth Rollins will face Brock at Wrestlemania.

Speaking of... I'm continuously disappointed that WWE runs this notion that someone gave Brock a run for his money and that somehow is as good as outright beating him. Finn Balor deserved it last night, and I hope this isn't the last we see of him in the main event.

And one more point: I'm glad they kept the veteran entries to a minimum, especially for the Women. It was great to see them showcase all their current talent. Last year was a bit of overkill with so many veteran women in there. They've successfully created a women's division worth watching. Don't ruin that with unnecessary previous stars taking any of the spotlight.

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I'm curious if they'll go outright with Ronda and Becky, or if they're going to run an angle about how she wasn't meant to be in the Rumble and that Fit Finlay didn't have the authority to make the decision, so they have to consider Charlotte. I won't complain beyond them throwing out the result, but I do hope it's one-on-one and not a triple threat or fatal 4-way. As much as women like Charlotte and Sasha deserve the chance, it should be Ronda and Becky at Wrestlemania.

I'm assuming it's 99% guaranteed Seth will face Brock at Wrestlemania, but I wonder what route they go down with Daniel Bryan. Hopefully AJ Styles is done with Bryan, the storyline is played out. It's a bit early to have someone like Mustafa Ali in a main event match. Who else is there as a babyface that can rise to the occasion? Please God not Randy Orton or Rey Mysterio.

Also: I'm not a fan of having Nia Jax in the Men's Royal Rumble. It felt kind of cheap. Inter-gender wrestling in general doesn't work. The only time I remember it working is Ronda and Triple H at Wrestlemania, and that was rightly brief.

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Pretty solid Rumble.

After Nia Jax entered herself into the Men's Rumble, I couldn't help but think it would have been a huge, and historic moment, if that had been Becky Lynch instead and actually winning. The Man beating the men.

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Rollins winning was the right call. Can’t think of anyone else who deserved it more. I do wonder if Seth will switch over to Smackdown and let Balor have another shot at Lesnar. I can’t recall the last time Brock beat up someone after the bell and it was weird that Finn wasn’t the demon.

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OMG this Becky/Ronnie primo WAS FIRE GIVE THEM GHE WM ME RN

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Pretty enormous pop for Becky last night. She's been receiving them for awhile now, but last night's was extra special. She and Ronda can definitely headline WrestleMania over Lesnar/Rollins, especially since we know the WWE title match itself will be way down the card.

Also...a lot of rumors going around about Ambrose leaving soon. These sort of rumors are plentiful leading up to WrestleMania each year, but this one seems the most likely to me. His whole segment last night was pretty odd, and Renee making the comment (barely audible) that he's frustrated or something sounded "real". Nia Jax (and Tamina) cutting his promo off further adds to the speculation that something is going on as well.

I wouldn't be surprised, either, if he's mostly written off since he has no storyline now after losing to Rollins clean.

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Becky and Ronda was absolute insanity. I love when the crowd is fully into something and they were fully into that segment. On Becky's side, hating Ronda. It was glorious. I thought Ronda would get fazed by the reaction, but she played into it perfectly. Even the stumble she had before her match, she let the crowd know they got her, which was a nice bit of realism. The tension is palpable. Everything is perfect so far. My only concern is we're two months out from Wrestlemania, and WWE isn't big on building something long-term like this anymore. I hope they do it just right. But so far, these two are perfect, and the chemistry between them is undeniable. I also hope they opt to have Ronda play into the heel role.

There was a time when women like Charlotte, Sasha, Bayley, they could have all made a case to be the first women to headline Wrestlemania. They still can someday. But up until now, if they did get the chance, it would feel a bit undeserving. But Ronda and Becky deserve it. All the women have built the division up, but they needed two huge components: a legitimate force with the championship (Ronda Rousey) and someone to rise to the top (Becky Lynch). They have both.

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Up to and including Royal Rumble, I was resigned to the fact that Charlotte could get added to the Becky/Ronda match, and I'm reading that's still the plan. But after last night, this is obviously the worst decision to be made. They have enough to go on their own. Adding Charlotte would only be because she thinks she deserves the chance. But this is Becky and Ronda's moment. Don't make this a triple-threat. The course has been set. Don't lose it now.

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Pretty enormous pop for Becky last night. She's been receiving them for awhile now, but last night's was extra special. She and Ronda can definitely headline WrestleMania over Lesnar/Rollins, especially since we know the WWE title match itself will be way down the card.

Also...a lot of rumors going around about Ambrose leaving soon. These sort of rumors are plentiful leading up to WrestleMania each year, but this one seems the most likely to me. His whole segment last night was pretty odd, and Renee making the comment (barely audible) that he's frustrated or something sounded "real". Nia Jax (and Tamina) cutting his promo off further adds to the speculation that something is going on as well.

I wouldn't be surprised, either, if he's mostly written off since he has no storyline now after losing to Rollins clean.


Makes more sense after seeing RAW. I've said it before but there just aren't enough spots for everyone, in any wrestling company. WWE will continue to get flak for this, but there's only so much room for everyone to get the spotlight, and with the women elevating themselves so much, the spotlight is shifting. Dean Ambrose has every right to want more, and maybe he deserves it, but many people of equal or greater value to the company have not reached the upper tier. I don't know if this is a CM Punk situation and he'll leave wrestling entirely, or he'll try to go for AEW, but it sucks either way.

And the character kind of sucks too. He should have fit so snugly into a heel role, but I feel like this run is seriously lacking. Maybe the TLC reaction didn't help. And his role as the moral compass of WWE is too similar to Daniel Bryan, even if Bryan turned after Ambrose. He's doing a better job.

Of course, this all seems to forgive the fact that one of the top spots in the company keeps going to Brock Lesnar. But that's an argument I've made countless times before and will likely continue to make for a while yet.

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It's official. WWE released their statement concerning him earlier today. :/

"Dean Ambrose (Jonathan Good) will not be renewing his contract with WWE when it expires in April. We are grateful and appreciative of all that Dean has given to WWE and our fans. We wish him well and hope that one day Dean will return to WWE.”

https://www.wwe.com/article/dean-ambros ... e-contract

I doubt WWE will include him in any matches or storylines for his remaining 2-3 months with the company, unless it's an obligation issue or something. I wonder if Renee will follow.

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I like that things were left ambiguous last night with Becky and Charlotte. Gives WWE more time to re-consider adding Charlotte to the match. The best idea would be to have Becky and Charlotte have a match at Elimination Chamber, stipulation being if Charlotte wins, she gets added to the Wrestlemania match. But have Becky beat her, building more momentum for her going to the big show. Play up the injury angle if they want. But as much chemistry as Becky and Charlotte have, it will be too much to make it a triple threat. The only beneficiary of that is Charlotte, and she doesn't need it. Give her Asuka at Wrestlemania.

The intense heat on RAW between Becky and Rousey was something incredibly special. They may not have had a rivalry this good in a long, long time.

Does anyone with knowledge of NXT know how long Becky did that stereotypical gimmick in 2012 where she came out dancing an Irish jig? I had to Youtube some of her pre-WWE stuff and that was so glaringly awful. I'm very careful to make comparisons, but it does remind me so much of Austin's The Ringmaster, Rock's Rocky "Blue Chipper" Maivia, John Cena's clean-cut babyface "Ruthless Aggression" gimmick. Some men and women never can shake an awful gimmick, and they either live out their days forever remembered as one terrible character, or they leave and try to make a respectable name outside of WWE. But the best always seem to rise above awful gimmicks. Even the Becky Lynch that flew out in a long jacket and those weird glasses seem like a distant memory.

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I bet Dean will go to Japan. Seems like a good fit for him to play out whatever creative ideas he has. And he can take Omega’s spot as the top foreign star, probably getting a top 2 match on next year’s Wrestle Kingdom.

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I have to imagine that guys in the midcard position, like Dean, are feeling the heat of someone like a Becky Lynch coming along and capturing the spotlight and being the biggest star in the company too. I'm not saying anyone is sexist or doesn't support the women of WWE taking a bigger role, but an extremely competitive business just got even more competitive when Becky, Ronda, Charlotte, Asuka, all the division, are given a bigger part of TV and PPV. Deservedly so. But what was once a "bathroom break" for some is now the reason to watch.

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You can partially thank that to their stupid agitation of putting all of their (male) eggs on Reigns. They have no one else and Becky took his spot and schooled everyone else it's funny.

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Why is WWE reusing the SCSA storyline about being hurt on Becky? Lol can't they come up with something new?

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Why is WWE reusing the SCSA storyline about being hurt on Becky? Lol can't they come up with something new?


I'm all in favor of anything they want to do to keep getting Becky more and more over. If you want to re-capture the magic of Austin and McMahon with Becky and (Stephanie) McMahon, so be it. But... she doesn't need that either. There's a magic between Becky and Ronda. Don't muddy the waters on this.

One positive I can say is that, for all the times they have tried desperately to re-create Austin/McMahon in the last 20 years, this was the best imitation. But only because of Becky. And it's so not necessary.

WWE is nothing if not the same six storylines repeated over and over again. So it's hardly a surprise they'd go this route. But don't lean on the Austin comparisons, just briskly run by them.

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Well... This segment worked. I had to lower the volume of my earphones as the Becky chant was TOO LOUD.
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Like most people, I have a love/hate relationship when watching Triple H. But there is no one better at getting someone over. Did Becky need it? Of course not. But very few that Triple H has helped get over needed it either. It's just a nice bonus that benefits the recipient.

Charlotte keeps lingering around the storyline, and I'm curious where that goes. It could be a red herring. But it still needs to be Rousey and Becky.

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It's crazy thinking about how Becky Lynch has been a focal point of the last five shows (Rumble, two RAWs and two Smackdowns). She even had the opening segment for the last three shows. A bit of doubt and question about where they're going doesn't hurt, provided that it doesn't change the fact that she and Ronda headline Wrestlemania.

On the flip side, Daniel Bryan works so well on his own and he's changed my mind about his character change. So why did they partner him with Erick Rowan? I didn't mind the idea of him being a silent force in Daniel's corner, but putting him on the mic was a bit unfortunate last night. It's like when they have Brock speak more than a line while Heyman is next to him.

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Yeah, lol Rowan should never speak again.

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Rumor says that Randy Orton would be open to AEW. Honestly, I'm against just about any kind of WWE signing for AEW, but... I'd be fine to see Orton go. His legacy in WWE is so strange. He's been a main-event level talent, especially a decade ago, but I don't even consider him HOF-worthy or a top tier talent overall. He's currently a mid-carder and I don't know if I'd say his career is much more than midcard worthy. And I cannot for the life of me name one Orton feud in the last five years. He's on the same level as Big Show. I'm never certain whether he's a face or heel.

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You're underselling him, Orton is huge and no way in hell he'll ever go TO AEW.
Orton is probably second to only Cena of his generation (no Batista andes artículo don't count)

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Yeah, I'm probably underselling him. Or maybe WWE has misused him for too long.

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I'd consider him a top-tier superstar... it's only that he's been just sort of there the past few years. Basically after he winning the 2017 Rumble and giving up his title opportunity due to joining the Wyatt Family (...), he mostly left the spotlight and has settled into a upper mid-card talent that serves as a hurdle for most to get into the WWE title picture.

I think he's content in his current role, though, as any rumors of him being unhappy in the company are typically him just trolling social media himself.

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