Brian, Steve and Michael are back for the Between The Ropes Flagship show as they talk about CM Punk walking out on the WWE and his decision to do it now and the possible ramifications it has on WrestleMania XXX and especially Daniel Bryan. They also look back at the Royal Rumble and talk more about Mania including John Cena’s role on that show, what the lineup could be, what they would like to see and which match will close the show. Plus, news and notes about Hulk Hogan, Sting and Dolph Ziggler.
Let the ranting and raving begin.
At some point last night, news broke that CM Punk wasn’t just off from Monday Night Raw this past week – he actually walked out of the company. Punk told people he was “going home” or some other such nonsense. And he left WWE. Done.
We don’t know the real story here, or what finally pushed Punk over the edge enough to just walk-out before Raw. What we do know is that he’s been pulled from all upcoming advertising. This includes house shows, Elimination Chamber, and even the grandaddy of ‘em all, Wrestlemania, where he was penciled in going one-on-one with Triple H. CM Punk also revealed late last week that his contract was signaled to end this coming Summer, and that negotiations hadn’t even started. [Read more...]
TMZ Sports is reporting that CM Punk walked out of WWE on Monday night before Raw and went home after being upset about his role for WrestleMania XXX and Batista being put in a main-event position.
According to the report, Punk was upset when he learned that Batista was going to win the Royal Rumble which would earn him a championship match at WrestleMania XXX. It goes on to say that “he feels Batista isn’t in great wrestling shape and shouldn’t be featured in the title match at the upcoming WrestleMania (the biggest event of the year).”
Punk was said to be very upset when he learned that he would be facing Triple H at WrestleMania and would not be in the title match, a match he felt he earned from his work over the past year.
His being upset goes along with a ProWrestling.net story that CM Punk voiced his displeasure with about Batista being in the championship match at WrestleMania XXX at the Wizard World convention in Portland Oregon last Friday, two days before the Royal Rumble.
Punk was said to be very frustrated with his current role and the current WWE direction, not only regarding himself but that the company was not doing more with Daniel Bryan as well.
Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw including the reaction that Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and Batista each received, what was missing from the show, the setup for Elimination Chamber, if plans for WrestleMania XXX could be changed and more including talk of a physical WWE Hall of Fame again, Kurt Angle wanting to go back to WWE and your questions.
WWE Monday Night Raw on January 27, 2014 aired live from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
Raw opens with a highlight package from last night Royal Rumble PPV with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match between Randy Orton and John Cena. With Bray Wyatt standing above John Cena shoulders.
First Segment: The Authority comes down to the ring. There was a highlight package of the match between Brock Lesnar and Big Show. Stephanie McMahon says last night Royal Rumble was one of the most statsifying epic Royal Rumble PPV’s in history. Triple H mocks the crowd about not getting what they want. Triple H talks about Randy Orton defeating John Cena, Brock Lesnar “destroying” Big Show, and there good friend Batista winning the Royal Rumble Match.Stephanie McMahon and Triple H announces at the Elimination Chamber Randy Orton will defend his WWE Championship in the Chamber Match. Daniel Bryan comes out and interrupts the Authority. Daniel Bryan tells the crowd to stop chanting YES!, so the Authority doesn’t get mad. Bryan says last night was one of the toughest matches in history. Daniel Bryan mentions about him not being in the rumble match is one of the disappointing moments in the history of the Rumble.
Stephanie McMahon says that the Authority doesn’t want to put Bryan in harms way for him to fight in the Rumble. Bryan says the Authority think about what’s worst for Daniel Bryan. Stephanie says Bryan only cares about himself and ask him does he really think he’s only person the people came to see RAW. Daniel Bryan ask the crowd if they want to see Randy Orton or Triple H and the crowd says no.
Daniel Bryan says he wants to be in the Elimination Chamber Match, and tells Triple H that he not leaving this ring till he gets what he wants. Triple H says it just not him and Bryan in the ring. The Shield comes out and Bryan grabs a chair, and The Shield attacks Bryan. Sheamus and John Cena comes out to save Daniel Bryan.
WWE App Coverage: Josh Matthews announces that NXT Ring Announcer/Color Commentator Byron Saxton will be the new WWE App guy.
Michael Cole announces tonight the main event of RAW will be Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, John Cena vs. The Shield. The Key is that whoever teams wins they get to be in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match.
1.) Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara vs. The Real Americans Quick tags from Rey and Sin Cara to start the match. Sin Cara hits a springboard on Jack Swagger. Swagger run towards Sin Cara he ducks and he falls to ringside and Sin Cara hits a suicide dive. Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger gets into a confrontation Colter slaps Swagger in the face. Antonio Cesaro enters into the ring and takes control of the match. Sin Cara sends Cesaro over the top rope Cesaro got back up and knock down Rey Mysterio before Sin Cara made the tag. Cesaro tags in Swagger they double team on Sin Cara and give him a back breaker. Swagger goes for the Swagger Bomb, Cara counters and tags in Mysterio. Rey Mysterio starts building his momentum for the 619. Sin Cara tags in himself while Rey hits the 619 and then attacks Swagger Sin Cara goes for the splash then Cesaro counters. Antonio Cesaro hits the European Uppercut and the Netraulizer on Sin Cara to pick up the victory.
Winners: The Real Americans.
It was announced that tonight there will be a WWE Tag Team Championship Rematch between the New Age Outlaws and the Rhodes Brothers. On the WWE App Byronn Saxton interviews the New Age Outlaws and they take the microphone away from Saxton. They mention bout how they don’t understand how the Rhodes Brothers get their rematch so early. The Outlaws say they will beat the Rhodes Brothers tonight and they will have to get in the back of the line.
BAD NEWS BARRETT Segment: Barrett thanks the crowd for joining us, but he said I have some bad news. He says tonight there will be a match between The Miz and Dolph Ziggler which is being called the match for Cleveland. Wade throws shot at Cleveland about being nothing but losers. Michael Cole gives us a preview about the The Monday Night WAR show on the WWE Network. Cool video package shown about WrestleMania XXX being 69 days away.
2.) Fandango w/Summer Rae vs. R-Truth w/Xavier Woods on Commentary R-Truth and Fandango locked up. Emma from NXT was shown #Emmalution. Fandango walks outside the ring Truth starts chasing then Fandango attacks Truth after Truth was distracted by Summer Rae. Fandango drags Truth back into the ring. Fandango hits a suplex and goes for nearfall truth kicks out at 2. R-Truth starts building his mometum with the scissor kick Fandango counters, Fandango goes on the top rope for the leg drop and Truth counters and hits the Little Jimmy for the victory.
WWE App Coverage: Byron Saxtons show us the interview Tom Phillips did with Sheamus after the Royal Rumble last night. Sheamus says he reflects on his 4 year career in WWE and he has alot more to prove to himself.
Second In Ring Segment: Justin Roberts introduces RAW General Manager Brad Maddox and he brings out WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton. Orton says he doesnt care about the fans thinks of him still being the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Randy Orton says that him having to defend his WWE Championship in Chamber is garbage. He asks Maddox if it was his or The Authority idea. Batista comes out to a mixed reaction.
Batista congratulates Orton on his victory last night he mentions the three reasons he said on RAW why he is back in the WWE. He says he doesnt if care he faces Orton, Cena, The Shield, or even Daniel Bryan Batista says he’s walking out of WrestleMania as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Brock Lesnar comes out with Paul Heyman. Paul Heyman says that his client’s paitence is running low and says that the Authority has 2 choices. First one Randy Orton fighting Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Second choice is that Brock fights Batista. Paul Heyman says that Brock Lesnar wants The Authority answer tonight.
3.) The Battle of Cleveland~ The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
Solid back and forth action between Ziggler and Miz. JBL and Michael Cole were throwing cheap shots at Cleveland. The Miz goes for the figure four leg lock and dolph gets to the rope. Dolph Ziggler wins the battle of cleveland with the Zig Zag on the Miz.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
4.) Ryback and Curtis Axel vs. The Usos Jey Uso and Ryback start the match, Ryback takes control with powering Jey all over the ring. Ryback rips Jey shirt off and throws it at Jimmy. Ryback tags in Curtis Axel and hits a drop kick on Jey Uso and gloats to the crowd. Axel hits a clubbing blow to Jey and tags in Ryback. Ryback hits a delayed suplex on Jey Uso. Jey makes the hot tag to Jimmy. Jimmy goes for the suicide dive on Curtis Axel goes back in the ring and tags in Jey. Ryback trys to hit the Shell Shock on Jimmy, but Jey superkicks and hits the splash on Ryabck to pick up the victory.
Winner: The Usos
The second inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be announced tonight
5.) Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio
There was a pre-recorded promo from Del Rio saying that Batista he will make it to the main event of WrestleMania. Del Rio viciously kicks Kingston around the ring. Kofi uses a combination punches and kicks Del Rio in the ring. Del Rio kicks Kingston in the face by the turnbuckle goes for the cover and Kingston kicks out at 2. Del Rio kicks Kingston to the outside while Kingston was on the apron. Del Rio brings Kingston back into the ring. The fans were chanting for JBL and Del Rio tells JBL to sit down. They proceed to chant for Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler they stand up and they get a standing ovation. They go to break with Del Rio being thrown to ringside by Kingston.
On the WWE App Del Rio gets back in the ring and takes control of the match. Del Rio apply the headlock on Kingston. Kingston counters a couple of jabs from the Del Rio the two men collide with each other and Kofi starts applying his “Control” Frenzy. Kingston rolls up Del Rio, but Del Rio kicks out at 2. Kingston hits the boom drop on Kingston. Kofi goes for Trouble in Paradise, Del Rio counters and hits the backstabber and points at the WrestleMania sign. Del Rio uses the vicious kick to head to Kingston to pick up the victory
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Michael Cole shows us a highlight package of the WWE 2K14 Video Game with the last DLC Package featuring Dusty Rhodes, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Rick Rude and Virgil.
6.) WWE Tag Team Championship Match~ New Age Outlaws (c) vs. Cody Rhodes and Goldust
The Outlaws cut their traditional promo, but also said the Rhodes Brothers were good but not good enough. The outlaws question why they have to be in the match after the first night being the champions. Goldust and Road Dogg start the match and the Outlaws are slow off the bat. Back and forth exchange between Road Dogg and Cody, Goldust comes in the off the tag and still putting Road Dogg in a vacarious position. Road Dogg tags in Billy Gunn and starts throwing jabs at Goldust and tags in Road Dogg. More strategic tags happen with the Outlaws and then tag team title heads into commercial break.
On the WWE APP Road Dogg hits the Shake Rattle and Roll on Goldust. The Outlaws still have control in this match Road Dogg tags in Billy Gunn. Back on the USA Network, Billy Gunn runs into a side powerslam. Road Dogg comes in off the tag and Goldust rolls up Road Dogg, but he kicks out at 2. Cody Rhodes comes in off the hot tag and hits a running high knee. He goes on the top rope on the apron and lands a double kick to the Outlaws. Billy gets back up and hits a clothesline.
Brock Lesnar comes out and hits a F-5 on both Cody Rhodes and Goldust.Paul Heyman says that the Authority didnt accept either of the options Lesnar and Heyman laid out earlier on the show. Lesnar goes on to destroy Cody Rhodes and Goldust even more by hitting him with full force with a steel chair.
Winner: Cody Rhodes and Goldust by DQ
7.) 8 Diva Tag Team Match~ The Bella Twins, Naomi, and Cameron vs. AJ Lee, Tamina Snuka, Alicia Fox, and Aksana
Pretty simple 8 diva tag match Nikki Bella was the workhorse of this match. All the divas came in brawl. Nice spot where Cameron and The Bella Twins hit a triple suplex on Alicia Fox, Tamina Snuka, and Aksana. Naomi hits the rear view to pick up the victory.
Winner: The Bella Twins, Naomi and Cameron
Hall of Fame Announcement: Jake “The Snake” Roberts will join the Ultimate Warrior in the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2014. Michael Cole showed us a preview of WrestleMania Rewind one of the original shows on the WWE Network.
It was announced that Captain Charisma Christian on SmackDown this Friday
8.) 6 Man Tag Team Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match~ Daniel Bryan, Sheamus and John Cena vs. The Shield
Dean Ambrose and John Cena start off the match Ambrose tags in Seth Rollins and pulls Ambrose back to apron to cause he wouldnt stop attacking Cena and too avoide being disqualified. Seth Rollins tags in Roman Regins, there was a Roman Regins chant while Regins was staring down Cena. Regins drop Cena then Sheamus tags himself in and Regins and Sheamus lock up and exchange punches by the turnbuckle. Sheamus fires out of the corner and drops Regins on the mat. Sheamus goes for the cover and Regins kicks out.
Roman Regins drags Sheamus to the corner and Seth Rollins tags himself in. Sheamus puts Seth Rollins on the ring apron and does the chops to the chest. Seth Rollins attacks Sheamus knee and then Dean Ambrose tags in. Sheamus tags in Daniel Bryan, byran starts his series of kicks on Ambrose and does a running drop kick to Ambrose on the turnbuckle. Bryan gives Ambrose a top rope hurricanrana then Ambrose tags in Rollins. After that Bryan applies a surfboard submission hold to Seth Rollins. Bryan tags in Sheamus, Sheamus does the leg drop to Rollins then tags Cena and they give Rollins a double suplex. Rollins grounds Cena and the match goes to commercial break.
Back from the WWE APP The Shield grounds Cena and take control of the match. Rollins toys around with Cena, then Cena goes to bull doze Rollins he counters and hits a DDT on Cena. Roman Regins tags in and does a bottom rope drop kick. Roman Regins sets up the “Superman Punch”. Regins tries to spear Cena, he counters and send his Regins to the outside. Regins comes back in the ring and knocks down Cena and tags in Ambrose. Dean Ambrose throws Cena to the turnbuckle Seth Rollins tags in and tries to drag Cena to the Shield’s corner. Rollins continues to slice the ring and Rollins ticks off Sheamus. Rollins sends Cena to the turnbuckle and the frequent tags continue with Ambrose covering Cena he kicks out at 2. Daniel Bryan urges the WWE Universe to help Cena get up and make the hot tag. Ambrose plants Cena with a DDT he covers and Cena kicks out at 2. John Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Ambrose and makes the hot tag to Daniel Bryan. Bryan takes out the entire Shield with series of kicks and suicide dives. Bryan does the kicks to Rollins chest and face Bryan goes for the cover, but Roman Regins break the cover. Roman Regins spears both Sheamus and John Cena. Daniel Bryan hits the running knee to Roman Regins, Rollins sneaks up from behind to roll up Bryan, but Bryan kicks out at 2.
Rollins throws Bryan to the turnbuckle he goes for the cover and Bryan kicks out at 2. Seth Rollins goes on the top rope Bryan lands a back suplex to Rollins and puts Rollins in the YES! Lock. Sheamus Brouge Kick Dean Ambrose. Both Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins collide with each other. John Cena comes off the hot tag and puts Roman Regins in the STF, but Regins breaks the STF. The Wyatt Family come out and attack Cena. Sheamus and Bryan come back to save Cena. The Shield are livid because the Wyatts screwed them out of the Elimination Chamber Match.
Winners: Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, and John Cena
It didn’t take long to figure out last night that WWE is pretty out-of-touch with its core audience. On the pre-show, we saw the New Age Outlaws defeat the Rhodes Brothers… the same Rhodes Brothers team that has looked absolutely unstoppable since joining forces in Fall of 2013. On the upside, this probably means we’re headed towards a Cody vs Goldust pairing at ‘Mania. I can dig that. But as far as Road Dogg and Billy Gunn goes, while it’s awesome to see them back in action and still in great shape (really), this whole “give them the titles because they’re fun” facade felt premature. When did they earn a title shot recently? I’m worried the whole tag-team division took a step back last night. [Read more...]
The 2014 Royal Rumble took place last night. Batista won the 2014 Royal Rumble eliminating Roman Reigns to win the match. In the co-feature, Randy Orton defeated John Cena to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. It was Daniel Bryan who stole the show with his match of the night match with Bray Wyatt and the crowd chanting his name throughout the night.
After last night’s Royal Rumble event, WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley expressed his frustration with the WWE and how Daniel Bryan should have been in and won the Royal Rumble.
Foley then went on his Facebook page today and posted this blog.
“Yes, I’m going to put a brick through my TV. It’s just going to have to wait until tomorrow. I had every intention of putting a brick through my TV tonight, after seeing that Daniel Bryan was not even entered in the Royal Rumble match, let alone going to win the thing. But, upon seeing their dad with a brick in his hand, my younger children got a little bit scared, thinking their dad had lost his mind. A rather spirited debate about the wisdom of following through on the promise to put a brick through my TV ensued with my wife – and, as is usually the case in marital debates, I, being the husband, did not emerge victorious. Honestly, the points she made about mercury and glass fragments everywhere were pretty good ones.
“But I’m still going to put a brick through my TV. It’s just going to have to wait until tomorrow – when the kids are in school, and I can take the TV outside the house for the actual throwing of the brick. Granted, it’s not nearly as dramatic as doing it live, right after the Rumble, but at least I will be keeping my word.
“As I mentioned on Twitter, I’ve never felt so disgusted at the conclusion of a WWE (or any) PPV. Like many of you out there, I just don’t get it. This Daniel Bryan thing is a phenomenon. You get it. I get it. The fans in Pittsburgh (yes, I was thinking of writing “RIGHT TH…but I’m just not in a cheap pop mood) got it. But tonight, for the first time, I had to admit to myself that the powers that be are just not going to get it. And that makes me sad. I’m just honestly sad, just flat out fucking sad (yes, I dropped an F-bomb there to emphasize how F’ing sad I am for the guys who bust their butts night in and night out – Ziggler, Punk, Bryan, etc – with no hope of getting their shot at this year’s Mania.”
“You know who else I’m sad for? Me. In my two years as an official WWE Ambassador, I never once had to lie about my enthusiasm for the company or the product. Now, although I am no longer officially an Ambassador for WWE (believe it or not, my only official role in WWE is as GM for Saturday Morning Slam, a contract that ends in one month) I was till looking forward to being part of the biggest event of the year. I’ll probably end up going anyway. But I’m about 1/6th as excited about it as I was just a few hours ago. I wanted so badly to hear 75,000 WWE fans chanting “YES” – and seeing fans walk away absolutely ecstatic about the outcome of a PPV for the first time in a while…a long while. But when given the chance to make it happen (unless they’ve got something MAJOR up their sleeve) WWE’s answer tonight was a resounding ‘NO, NO, NO’.”
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Daniel Bryan opened the WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view tonight losing to Bray Wyatt. Bryan didn’t appear in the rest of the show including the Royal Rumble match. The crowd on the other hand made Bryan was remembered for the rest of the show.
The crowd was chanting was loudly chanting “Daniel Bryan” during the WWE World Heavyweight Championship between Randy Orton and John Cena. Then during the Rumble match, fans were chanting his name and when Rey Mysterio entered at number 30, the crowd started booing mercifully by booing and chanting for Bryan during the rest of the match.
Bryan noticed this and took to Twitter.
Sorry guys, the machine wanted me nowhere near the Royal Rumble match. But I thank everyone for their support. YOU are the #YESMovement
— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) January 27, 2014
They try to keep US down and away from the top spots, but they can’t ignore the reactions forever. Keep voicing your opinions. #YESMovement
— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) January 27, 2014
Mick Foley announced about ten days ago that his contract with WWE was about to run out soon. The WWE Hall of Famer agreed to a deal in where he was going to work with the company on a case by case basis. Well going off on tonight, who knows if we will ever see Foley in the company again.
Daniel Bryan opened the WWE Royal Rumble losing in a very good match to Bray Wyatt. Fans were assuming that they would see him in the Royal Rumble match later in the show. Much to the fans chagrin, Bryan never appeared in the match and the crowd let everyone know their displeasure.
Foley who was watching the event is voiced his displeasure with Bryan not being in the Rumble and ripped into the company on Twitter.
— Mick Foley (@realmickfoley) January 27, 2014
Does @WWE actually hate their own audience? I've never been so disgusted with a PPV.
— Mick Foley (@realmickfoley) January 27, 2014
Batista hadn’t been in a WWE ring in almost four years. “The Animal” returned last week to Raw. The question was whether he could win the Royal Rumble in his grand return.
The match started with CM Punk at number one and Seth Rollins at number two.
Early on we seen at number 12, the return of Dolph Ziggler and at number 14 the return of former WWE champion Kevin Nash and another former champion Sheamus returned at number 17. Roman Reigns came in at number 15. Reigns ended up eliminating 12 wrestlers which broke the record that Kane set in the 2001 Rumble.
Batista made his return at number 28. The former WWE champion eliminated Erick Rowan, Ryback and Alberto Del Rio in succession. Then after almost getting eliminated by fellow Shield member Dean Ambrose, Reigns eliminated Ambrose and Rollins.
The final four guys were Batista, Punk, Reigns and Sheamus. Punk got eliminated by Kane who came from underneath the ring and pulled him over the top rope and then chokeslammed him under the table.
Moments later Sheamus was in a sequence with Batista and Reigns speared him off the apron to leave it down to Reigns and Batista.
By this point, the fans who already booing when Daniel Bryan didn’t appear in the Rumble grew louder on Batista. The final sequence was Reigns speared Batista. Reigns then looked at the WrestleMania sign, Batista grabbed Reigns and threw him over the top rope.
Batista wins the 2014 WWE Royal Rumble.
Daniel Bryan is quite arguably the most popular superstar in the WWE. He turned back to babyface two weeks ago on Raw. Would he be able to defeat Bray Wyatt tonight at the Royal Rumble?
Bryan gets a great reaction coming out to the ring and Wyatt comes out next. Bryan starts out the match by getting Wyatt to the outside. Erick Rowan started to attack Bryan and the referee sent Rowan and Erick Harper to the back. Wyatt told them he’s got it. The guys get to the outside and Bryan sends Wyatt into the steps. Wyatt gets back into the ring and Bryan lands several leg kicks.
Bryan does an Indian deathlock type of maneuver and drops Wyatt. Bryan lands several more body kicks. Wyatt ends up on the apron and Bryan tries to suplex him, but Wyatt gets on the apron. Wyatt knock Bryan off onto the floor. Both guys are back in the ring and a moment later Wyatt has Bryan in a chinlock. Bryan gets up and then Wyatt throws Bryan over the top.
Bryan gets battered by Wyatt and Bryan is holding his head. Wyatt lands a running senton and throws Bryan back into the ring. Wyatt has a neck vice on Bryan. Wyatt does his backward spider move and splashes Bryan. Wyatt lands a bodyslam and then attempts an elbow, but misses. Bryan makes his comeback with some body kicks.
Bryan gets Wyatt to the top and lands a hurricarrana. Bryan throws Wyatt into the ropes and Wyatt lands an elbow. Wyatt attempts a suplex, Bryan reverses and lands on the apron. Bryan runs on the apron and lands a tornado DDT. They are brawling on the outside and Bryan throws Wyatt into the ring and lands a missle dropkick.
Bryan lands a his series of body kicks and then a kick to the head and Wyatt kicks out. Bryan throws a Wyatt into the ropes and lands two dropkicks and then attempts a third and Wyatt lands a killer clothesline that spins Bryan inside out. Wyatt tries sister Abigail, but Bryan reverses and gets a two count.
Bryan tries for the YES lock, but Wyatt bites his hand and gets out of the hold. Wyatt lands a series of punches with Bryan on the top and Bryan pushes Wyatt off and lands a splash. Wyatt gets to the outside and Bryan tries a tope, but Wyatt catches him and hits Sister Abigail into the barricade. Wyatt throws Bryan into the ring and hits Sister Abigail for the pin.
Bray Wyatt defeats Daniel Bryan.
This Sunday, it’s the 2014 WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view headlined by Randy Orton against John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the annual Royal Rumble match with the winner earning a title shot at WrestleMania XXX. Here are the match predictions from the Between The Ropes staff.
WWE Tag Titles: Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. New Age Outlaws
Steve Muehlhausen: This is a match I didn’t think we would ever see especially considering we are in 2014. Still don’t see how the Outlaws are getting a title opportunity considering they only beat the champs in one non-title match, but so have other teams. Anyways, this match will be better than people think especially with the Rhodes brothers in it. Speculation has been rampant that the brothers will break up and that is a bad idea. Don’t think WWE decides not to do that. Rhodes brothers retain.
Brock Lesnar vs. The Big Show
Brian: While Big Show got to toss around Lesnar on Raw, this match is about the Beast Incarnate getting a decisive win against the giant. No fluke wins, no interference, no getting tossed around for ten minutes and then connecting on an F5 out of nowhere for the pin. This needs to be Lesnar showing that anyone standing in his way will get taken out and that’s what we will get here. He has an agenda and that is the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. But in reality, it looks to be a match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX as he looks to end the Dead Man’s streak.
Michael: Listen up, 2003, you finally got what you always wanted: a Big Show/Brock Lesnar feud. This whole thing just reeks of last minute place keeping. I guess I’m supposed to feel threatened by Big Show’s size, but when we’ve seen Brock Lesnar dominate similar opponents, including Mark Henry (which, for the record, is a feud I would feel much more vested in), then the stick walls built around this storyline start to crumble. There’s no way Brock Lesnar loses here – and I have my doubts it going to be a match worth remembering. Oh well.
Steve: This match is going to be better than people think here. The buildup has been really solid and the match will be no different. Lesnar needs the win here as he has big things laying ahead of him going forward. Going with Lesnar by devastation.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton vs John Cena
Steve: I know the popular pick here is Batista to win the match. Yes the rating was good for Raw especially in the opening hour, but let’s remember here that it was only one week and that was expected considering the hype of his return. Batista stated to Randy Orton on last week’s Raw that he came back to be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. If that was a program your going with for Mania, you don’t do that segment right out of the shoot.
While there is a big game coming up in a few weeks that people like to wager on, another event is taking place this Sunday which will have plenty of highs and lows itself, especially for those with a rooting interest.
That is the WWE Royal Rumble featuring the annual 30 person over-the-top-rope extravaganza, entering at timed intervals with the last one standing getting a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the showcase of the immortals, WrestleMania XXX.
Yeah, it’s a big deal.
It’s also a big deal and a real fun one for those watching at home. And there are plenty of people – myself included – that take part in a Royal Rumble pool with a couple of Monopoly bucks on the line. Everyone picks their number before the match and then waits in anticipation to see if you get a real contender or The Brooklyn Brawler.
The look on someone’s face when they are hoping for John Cena but instead get Gillberg with one of their numbers is priceless.
With the Rumble just days away, here are my standing odds for this year’s participants. Note: I am taking a few liberties because the entire 30-superstar field has not been announced and I am taking some liberties with who else I think will be included.
THE SANTINO MARELLA AWARD (WITH A NOD TO THE WARLORD)
This goes to the person who will be in the Rumble the shortest time with Santino holding the record of one whole second before being dumped over the top rope, breaking The Warlord’s seemingly unbreakable record of two seconds before elimination. While he is not officially one of the participants right now (and mysteriously disappeared from the WWE list earlier in the week) Barrett is the perfect guy for this spot. I’ve got some bad news for him: he’s not going to be getting a title shot at WrestleMania XXX.
Odds: 1000 – 1
THE “AT LEAST WE ARE IN THE ROYAL RUMBLE AND GET A PAYDAY OUT OF IT” GROUP
It’s an honor just to be one of thirty people to be in the Royal Rumble right? Well, for some it is. Let’s be honest, for most people in the match they really have no chance at winning it. But that doesn’t mean they can’t put on a good show while you’re out there. So here are the longest of shots
Sorry rookie, not your time.
Odds: 500 – 1
Maybe he can sell some of his CD’s to fans at the show.
Odds: 400 – 1
Not awesome – for him at least.
Odds: 400 – 1
THE “WE HAVE A LITTLE BETTER CHANCE BUT NOT REALLY” GROUP
Yep, he’s still with the WWE although he haven’t seen him outside of NXT in two years. So it’s time for the big return!
Odds: 300 – 1
I just hope that Zeb Colter doesn’t break out Shoo Baby to punish him for not winning.
Odds: 300 – 1
Dance on in and dance on out. Remember, you still have Summer Rae.
Odds: 300 – 1
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
They’ve definitely a good tag-team they have a higher purpose and that’s protecting the figurehead of the Wyatt Family. At least they’ll be home in time to catch up on Duck Dynasty or Swamp People.
Odds: 300 – 1
Jimmy and Jey Uso
A fantastic tag-team and could easily be in the line for the titles in the near future.
Odds: 300 – 1
Kofi has stamped his mark several times in the Royal Rumble using his athleticism to escape elimination.
I’m sure he’ll come up with something again this year but that will be his legacy here.
Odds: 300 – 1
THE FEEL GOOD STORY
Jake “The Snake” Roberts
Jake has been wanting this for a long time. He was absolutely giddy about his return to Raw a few weeks ago and this would be a dream come true for him after so many years of fighting addiction. I say give him his moment, let him DDT someone in the middle of the ring. Fans will eat it up and Jake will appreciate it.
Odds: 250 – 1
THE “IT WOULDN’T BE TOTALLY CRAZY BUT STILL NOT HAPPENING” GROUP
Another big return! Unfortunately he was sidelined for a while following a concussion and has been cleared to the ring. We haven’t seen him though as WWE tried to come up with something creatively for him. I’m not saying that Christian should be a world title contender but he is a great talent and should have a good mid-card role.
Odds: 150 – 1
Goldust and Cody Rhodes
The brothers will be busy this night, first defending the tag-team titles against the New Age Outlaws and then trying to land a championship match by winning the Rumble. With rumors that they could square off against one another at WrestleMania, I could see a scenario where the lose the tag belts and then one of them costs the other in the Rumble to set up a match. My personal preference would be to keep them together as tag champs and continue to anchor the division for months to come.
Odds: 150 – 1
Here’s a guy that seems to get close to taking the next step (having great matches with John Cena) and then having to put over The Great Khali. He’s getting there but it’s baby steps for now.
Odds: 100 – 1
Another guy who is not officially in the match but it would make sense that he be in there to fill the quota. Originally, I thought about including several surprise returns like Rob Van Dam and Chris Jericho which could happen but chose not to. Cesaro is definitely a guy that deserves a shot to stand out on his own and come out of the Rumble looking great. Get him out of the Real Americans team and push him. And who doesn’t want to see him Giant Swing someone. Here’s a suggestion: Jake “The Snake”. Or not.
Odds: 100 – 1
THE “WE’RE GETTING TO THE GUYS WHO HAVE A REAL CHANCE” GROUP
A former Royal Rumble winner back in 2006 and still holds the record for the longest time in a single Rumble clocking in at 1:02:12. That seems like a long time ago now but he still has to be considered a dark horse.
Odds: 50 – 1
Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose
It almost seems like they are the other two guys of The Shield with Roman Reigns getting so much attention these days. I think both of them will be the workhorses of this match and try to keep it together. Even though they have already said that no matter what happens at the Rumble they will still be a tight group afterwards, we know that is wrestling talk for “prepared for the split to begin”. But I can see either of them as singles stars in the coming years.
Odds: 30 – 1
Big E. Langston
The current Intercontinental Champion has been impressive, especially over the last few months. It looks like things will continue to get better for him in 2014 and then him becoming a world champion in 2015. He’s close.
Odds: 20 – 1
THE “WE HAVE A REAL CHANCE IF SOMEONE SLIPS OUT OF THE RING” GROUP
Alberto Del Rio
Yes, I am putting Del Rio in this group. Say what you will about him but WWE still plans on keeping him at least near the top of the card. And he definitely has a feud both in and out of the ring brewing with Batista who is a made man in the company. I could see a scenario where he wins the Rumble only to lose his title shot before WrestleMania. Unlikely but possible. What might be more possible is he and Batista shooting on one another in the ring in the near future. Book it!
Odds: 15 – 1
Yet another big return! This really wolud be a big return with Sheamus out since last August following surgery for a torn labrum in his shoulder following a brutal bump at last year’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view. He has also revealed that his other shoulder was banged up too although it didn’t require surgery.
Sheamus won’t come back until he is 100% and doesn’t want to risk further injury. The timetable works and he could be healthy enough for a return here. If that’s the case, he’ll get a good run in the match and will be back in the main event picture soon enough. Hopefully a heel turn as well – funny Sheamus doesn’t work for me.
Odds: 10 – 1
It makes sense that he would be in this match with Harper and Rowan there to watch his back. I have no idea what the plan is for WrestleMania with Wyatt but one of the rumors has been a match with John Cena. If that were to happen, he would need a strong showing in the Rumble. I don’t see that match happening but WWE has something in the Wyatt Family and people look at him as a credible threat here.
Odds: 7 – 1
Punk has a long night ahead of him as the number one entrant in the match. The most likely scenario for him is that he gets screwed in this match with either The Shield ganging up on him or maybe Kane observing at ringside and pulling down the ropes with Punk helplessly flying over and to the floor. Punk has never won the Royal Rumble and I don’t see it happening here. I do see him in a big match against Triple H at WrestleMania XXX though.
THE FINAL FOUR
While everyone always tries to guess the winner, the true I-really-think-I know-what-is-going-on person guesses the final four of the Royal Rumble. Here’s my best stab at it.
You can tell that the WWE has big plans for Reigns when the time comes that he splits from The Shield. It just depends on when exactly that happens. He already has a devastating spear that is putting away opponents left and right. And now he has added an incredible Superman punch to his arsenal like the one he did to Cody Rhodes on Raw this past Monday which almost put him on dream street sitting next to the “American Dream” baby.
Still, it’s not his time for the win here. My guess is he breaks Kane’s record of 11 eliminations in the Rumble and it one of the big talking points of the match.
Odds: 5 – 1
Yes, the Beast Incarnate is not listed for the match but I can easily see him pulling double duty especially since Paul Heyman has expressed that his client has his sights on the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Lesnar being included in the match would add some major juice to it and another true threat to being the last man standing.
Odds: 4 – 1
Yep, another guy who is not included in the match as it stands right now. But everyone wants to see him in it. YES! And just about everyone wants to see him win it. YES!
WWE has already given the people want they want (shout out to Jalen Rose) and switched course with Bryan, taking him out of the Wyatt Family after the monster response he continued to get from the live audience at their shows. Or even from people attending non-WWE events like what happened at the recent Michigan State – Ohio State game. YES!
It seems like a no-brainer that Bryan should at least be in the match and even make it to the end. While I could easily make a case that he should win, YES! and then go on to beat either Randy Orton or John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXX YES!, I’ll say he comes close but isn’t able to stand alone. NO!
Odds: 3 – 1
Yes, the Animal is the odds-on-favorite to win the Royal Rumble. That’s no surprise and it really shouldn’t be either. It sure looks like the plan has been for him to return in time to win the Rumble and then square off against former Evolution member Orton at Mania. While Daniel Bryan – and especially his legion of fans – have tried to throw a monkey wrench into those plans, my guess is that Batista still comes out a winner. And then sporting skinny jeans on Raw bragging about his win.
Odds: 2 – 1
Brian and Steve talk about WWE Raw from Monday night which saw the return of Batista, the buildup for this Sunday’s Royal Rumble PPV including John Cena and Randy Orton as they get set to square off for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Daniel Bryan’s explanation for being with the Wyatt Family, more matches for the Rumble show, the entrants right now for the Royal Rumble match itself and others that could be added, more on Hulk Hogan, Sting, the American Wolves debut in TNA Wrestling and your questions.
Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including the big turn for Daniel Bryan and the reaction from it, possibly ramifications from this change, more on Raw including the Randy Orton angle involving John Cena and his dad, Ryback ridiculed and talk about the WWE Network from the show and the company’s conference call. Plus, your questions as well!
A lot to get to on this week’s BTR Flagship show with Brian, Steve and Michael as they talk about the Variety.com article regarding the WWE negotiating it’s new TV deals, if there is too much programming especially with the WWE Network about to launch, who could possibly appear at the Royal Rumble, rumors of the return of a big name at WrestleMania, if Shawn Michaels may get back in the ring one more time and more. All this while Brian battles the internet just to be on the video!
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WWE superstar Sheamus talks about this Sunday’s Royal Rumble PPV, winning the rumble match last year, WrestleMania 29, who he thinks he will face and who he would like to square off against, if he has personally lobbied Vince McMahon for a match with The Undertaker, CM Punk vs. The Rock, John Cena’s promo on Raw, the youth movement in the company and also his dancing moves which he showed off recently on Smackdown.
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