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Wentz’s Blog: The Royal Rumble Backlash Over Roman Reigns is a Result of Vince McMahon’s Stubbornness

Wrestling fans are fired up.

After Royal Rumble last night, my Twitter feed lit up with images of people proving that they were canceling their WWE Network subscriptions.  The hashtag #CancelWWENetwork got to trending number one on Twitter worldwide at one point.  The WWE Network site was so overwhelmed with cancellations that it crashed.  WWE’s Facebook page poll regarding the Royal Rumble was listing at a resounding – like an 8-1 ratio of votes – thumbs down at one point.  And Stone Cold Steve Austin tweeted this:

All because of one man, allegedly – Roman Reigns.

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WWE Royal Rumble Live Coverage for 1/25/2015 – John Cena vs. Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, 30-man Royal Rumble Match, The Usos vs. Miz and Mizdow and More

Tonight, the Road to Wrestlemania officially gets underway with the Royal Rumble.  The Rumble marks a turning of the page.  A new feud for the World Heavyweight Championship gets underway when the winner of the 30-man Rumble match declares his intent to challenge for the title at Wrestlemania.  That title will also be decided tonight when Seth Rollins and John Cena tangle with Brock Lesnar in a triple threat match.  Who will carry the title to Wrestlemania?

The card for tonight’s show is as follows:

Pre-Show:

New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods) vs. “The Masters of the WWE Universe” (Tyson Kidd and Cesaro) and Adam Rose

Main Card:

The Usos (c) vs. The Miz and Mizdow; WWE Tag Team Championship

Nikki and Brie Bella vs. Paige and Natalya

The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg) vs. The Ascension

The 30-Man Royal Rumble Match; Winner gets a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania 31.  Featuring Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns, Big Show, Kane, Rusev, Bray Wyatt, among others to be announced

Brock Lesnar (c, w/Paul Heyman) vs. Seth Rollins (w/J&J Security) vs. John Cena; WWE World Heavyweight Championship

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Koscelek’s Blog: WWE Royal Rumble 2015 Predictions!

It’s time everyone!  Time for the Road to Wrestlemania to officially begin!  The Royal Rumble is arguably the 2nd most important pay-per-view of the year, and the events that happen tonight will directly effect not only the events of Wrestlemania 31, but also the rest of 2015.

This show is a pretty big deal.

It’s also one of my favorite events of the year.  While I typically hate Battle Royal matches, the Royal Rumble is different. 30 entrants come out one at a time. Pair it with the high stakes – the winner gets a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania.  It’s a recipe for success.

Let’s take a look at the card and make some predictions, shall we?

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The Current List of Entrants for the 2015 Royal Rumble

As of this morning, the following men are advertised as competing in the WWE’s Royal Rumble match, which will take place this Sunday in Philadelphia, PA.

  • Roman Reigns
  • Daniel Bryan
  • Rusev
  • Bad News Barrett
  • Bray Wyatt
  • Dean Ambrose
  • Goldust
  • Stardust
  • Big Show
  • Kane
  • The Miz
  • Mizdow
  • R-Truth
  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Ryback
  • Fandango
  • Luke Harper

This list leaves plenty of room for surprise entrants, whether they be legends, NXT talent, or simply returning stars.  Should additional names be added to the advertised list, we will update accordingly.  The Royal Rumble takes place Sunday night live with the kickoff show starting at 7PM EST and the full card at 8PM EST.  We will be by with live coverage starting with the kickoff show at 7PM EST.

 

WWE Issues Formal Press Release Regarding the Selection of Dallas, TX and AT&T Stadium for Wrestlemania 32 in 2016

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Late last night, the news broke that WWE has selected Dallas, TX and AT&T Stadium to host Wrestlemania 32 on April 3, 2016.  A press conference was held today, featuring Vince McMahon, John Cena, Hulk Hogan among others to sell this event and make the announcement official.  With its 105,000-plus seating capacity, AT&T Stadium stands to break all Wrestlemania attendance records next year.

WWE has now issued a formal press release, which reads as follows:

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WWE’s “Royal Rumble” Current Pay Per View Card for Sunday, January 25, 2015

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After tonight’s WWE Raw broadcast, the current Royal Rumble card for Sunday’s pay per view is shaping up as follows:

Pre-Show:

New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods) vs. “The Masters of the WWE Universe” (Tyson Kidd and Cesaro) and Adam Rose

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WWE Monday Night Raw Live Coverage for 12/29/2014 – Last Raw of 2014, Daniel Bryan’s Announcement, Edge and Christian Host, The Ascension Slated to Debut, the Next Page of Ambrose/Wyatt, Attention Turns to the Royal Rumble, and More

It’s the last Raw of 2014 as we head into the New Year’s holiday.  Edge and Christian are going to host the show tonight, so will it reek of awesomeness or be a holiday dud?  Also, WWE is hyping the debut of the Ascension – how will they make their presence known as they arrive from the Wasteland?  Also being hyped on the WWE website is how Dolph Ziggler will close out his 2014, and what the next chapter for Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt will be.  Also, as reported here, Daniel Bryan will appear to address the “crossroads” he is at.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Live Coverage for 12/22/2014 – Ho Ho Hogan, Christmas Shenanigans, Slow Build to the Royal Rumble and Drinking Games!

It’s Christmas week on WWE Raw, live from Minneapolis, MN.  We’re not going to see our WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar this week (according to reports) but we will get a full dose of Ho-Ho-Hogan! WWE is advertising whether or not Seth Rollins has something in mind for John Cena, and asks whether Ryback will feast on Rusev or not.  But, we should also expect full on holiday insanity with lots of silly skits.

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WWE Smackdown *SPOILERS* for the Show Airing 12/26/2014

Because of the holidays, Smackdown is taping their December 26 show tonight in Sioux City, IA.  Courtesy ProWrestling.net, the following are the spoiler results for the show.  Refresh the page for updates.

In an opening segment, Hulk Hogan came to the ring only to be cut off by Seth Rollins.  Rollins told Hogan it’s not the 80’s anymore and Hogan needs to leave.  Dolph Ziggler came out and taunted Rollins over his win last week and said he will beat him again. Big Show came out and said he will knock out both Ziggler and Hogan, which brought Roman Reigns out. A tag match between Show and Rollins vs. Ziggler and Reigns gets set up.

1. Ryback defeated Kane.  Rusev came out to watch.  Ryback hit Shellshocked on Kane to get the win, then Rusev attacked Ryback with help from Kane afterward.

2. Naomi defeated Alicia Fox. Naomi hit a split leg moonsault to win.  No one cared.

3. Adam Rose defeated R-Truth.  No bunny tonight.  No one cared again.  Filler match, according to the reports.

4. Dean Ambrose defeated Rusev (w/Lana) by disqualifcation, US Championship Match.  This got set up in a backstage segment with Hulk.  Match was said to be good, with both men getting chances to shine.  Bray Wyatt caused the DQ, and he and Ambrose scrapped until Wyatt escaped and left.

5. Jimmy Uso defeated The Miz.  Miz pleaded with Jimmy throughout, but eventually ate a superkick and a splash.

There was a backstage promo segment from Goldust and Stardust.

Hulk Hogan talked to Roman Reigns and Dolph Ziggler prior to the main event.

6. Dolph Ziggler and Roman Reigns defeated Big Show and Seth Rollins. It’s said to be a a back and forth match, with Rollins controlling Reigns for a bit.  Reigns put Rollins away with a spear, then the faces celebrated with the fans to close the show.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Afterthoughts for 12/16/2014 – Roman Reigns Keeps Quiet, Brock Lesnar Graces Us With His Presence, Chris Jericho is a Bully, John Cena and Seth Rollins Battle in a Cage, and More

Welcome to this week’s edition of Raw Afterthoughts, a rundown of the hits and misses of last night’s show.  We love your feedback, so be sure to comment here, hit us on Twitter (@RingRap) or on Facebook (facebook.com/RingRap) and let us know what you thought of last night’s show.  We also have a Reader Poll for you to vote on also.

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