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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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WWE Smackdown Results for 01/23/15 (Spoilers)

WWE Smackdown is being filmed this evening in Austin, TX, for airing on Friday, January 23rd, 2015.  We will have spoilers from the show as soon as they are available.

If you are attending the show live and would like to contribute, please email me at dkoscelek@ring-rap.com.  Thanks!

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Ring Rap Audio: 01/20/15 – WWE Royal Rumble Predictions, Alberto El Patron in Lucha Underground, Wrestlemania 32 details, Raw, and much more!

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The Road to Wrestlemania officially begins this Sunday!  WWE’s Royal Rumble, which is one of the most newsworthy events of the year, will air starting at 8pm Eastern time.  We have predictions for you, so download the show and let us know if you agree or disagree!

Also, Wrestlemania 32’s date and location has been set.  Is this newsworthy?  (Hint: Yes.)

All this, plus a look at Alberto El Patron in Lucha Underground, and lots more!

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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 1/12/2015 – Aftermath of Dolph Ziggler, Ryback, and Erick Rowan Being Fired, John Cena and Seth Rollins Prepare to Meet Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble, More Entrants to the Rumble Set, and More

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The Royal Rumble is two weeks away.  Last week, The Authority returned, setting everyone on notice quickly that they are in “revenge mode” for what happened at Survivor Series.  Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, and Ryback were sent packing while John Cena stood by and did nothing.  Who else is on the “punishment” list for The Authority?  Will it be Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, who defied them on Smackdown this past week?  Who else will get their shot at being in the 30-man Royal Rumble match?  And will  Brock Lesnar grace us with his presence in advance of the big triple-threat title match to happen at that event?

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WWE Monday Night Raw Live Coverage for 1/5/2015 – The Authority Returns, Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose in an Ambulance Match, More Royal Rumble Entrants Announced, The Ascension Continues to Rise, and More

WWE gives us the first Raw of the new year tonight, and the push to Royal Rumble is on.  Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns have said they’re in, and now the field should grow from there.  Who will join them?  Also, Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt battle one more time, this time with the loser being sent off in an ambulance as they have an ambulance match tonight.  The Ascension debuted last week – will we see them again tonight, and who will they face?  Also, the Authority returned last week after Seth Rollins threatened John Cena to do so by threatening Edge’s health.  What will they do in response to all that has gone on the past 5 weeks?

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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 Afterthoughts for 12/23/2014 – John Cena vs. Seth Rollins, Luke Harper vs. Dolph Ziggler, and Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose Impress, Ho Ho Hogan is a Fail, Christmas Silliness, and More

Welcome to this week’s edition of Raw Afterthoughts, where we break down the hits and misses of last night’s broadcast.  Be sure to chime in with your own thoughts and opinions either on Twitter (@RingRap), onFacebook, or in the comments below.  We’d love to have your feedback on the show for discussion on RingRap Audio.

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One other thing – next week’s Raw Afterthoughts will be the special “Year End Raw Awards” Edition.  If you have nominees for various categories like Match of the Year, Performer of the Year, Diva of the Year, etc., feel free to hit me on Twitter (@Bill_SoonerFan) and let me know!

1. An Opening Present…

The opening segment had me burning through beer at record pace.  The folks at the Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville, PA would be proud.  But, this match helped slow the pace, and I was glad.  Cena and Rollins put on a strong match and a surprising clean finish that made the show immediately feel worthwhile.  Before everyone drops off the ledge and gets upset about Rollins losing clean – listen, he’s not going to get hurt by one clean loss.  I do enjoy the story of Rollins finding ways to worm out of losses though.

I do wonder why WWE gave away this, and several other big matches, last night on TV.  WWE really could take the luster off of some of those matchups since they were already on free TV.

2. Wrong Gimmick, But Good Match…

I hate the idea of putting two talents like Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose work a silly Christmas themed match.  Wyatt is a dark character, and Ambrose has a cool factor, both of which just don’t mesh with the Christmas themed weapons.  That said, they get a hit for the effort they put in.  They go all out in their matches, and that was evident last night as well.  WWE needs to cut back on the number of these matches they’re having though, and present them a bit more like the serious and dangerous feud than silly fun.

3. Titanic Letdown…

Roman Reigns is supposed to be “the guy” going into 2015.  Right now, it’s just not working.  He wasn’t promoted well in his return match against Fandango (which was puzzlingly more competitive than it should have been).  Last night, he got thrust into what seems to be a program with Big Show going forward toward Royal Rumble.  We’re going to see non-finishes (like last night) and some back and forth between these two.  Reigns will eventually go over in the program, but I have to wonder if this is really helping him get to be that hot new act they want him to be.

4. That’s No Way to Present a Legend…

You’ll get zero argument from me, or many others, that TNA did not handle Hulk Hogan in the right way.  He was extremely overexposed by that company, but at least he was always treated like the legend he is, like him or not.  Last night, Hogan ended up being featured in a campy Christmas opening segment dressed up as Santa.  This has become the norm for how WWE has handled him and he should mean more than that.  He’s someone who carried the company through the 80’s and is still one of the most recognizable faces in the business.  I’m sure he appreciates the payday, but WWE needs to do a better job presenting him, and all legends, rather than having them do stuff like this and pimp charity for them.

5. Solid Rematch…

Luke Harper cashed in his rematch for the Intercontinental Championship last night against Dolph Ziggler.  Yet again, the two men worked very hard and put on a good title match.  Dolph sold like a champ for Harper’s offense, and they had some creative spots along the way.  I just wonder why they gave this away on TV, and why they feel like they’re burning through this feud so fast.  There’s more story to tell here.  I’m glad though that it seems Dolph is getting more than just regaining the title though.

6. Tag Team Silliness…

First, we have the issue of the Ascension.  It looks like they’ll be arriving next week, and right now it seems they’re going to be comedy spoofs of the original Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal, a/k/a The Road Warriors).  Between the cheap lines, the indy-riffic LOD styled gear and bad production of the vignettes, I can’t believe WWE thinks any of these are cool as we open up 2015.

Then there’s the case of Los Matadores and El Reino.  I drank a bunch of beer last night, so I was hoping what I saw was just an aberration and it wasn’t actually on the show.  Sadly, it was on the show.  It was campy, bad, and just not appealing to me at all.  Vince was clearly appealing to kids, but I don’t even think they cared.

7. BAH GAWD! That Bunny Has a Family!

Adam Rose snapped on the Bunny last night.  It wasn’t Kane who came out to rough him up.  Are we getting closer to unmasking the bunny, or just going away?  That by itself is a plus.  It feels like they’re pushing Rose toward a heel turn, and I think with good positioning he can do well in that role.

8. We’re Back to the Beginning?

I’m not sure why WWE went back to vignettes for the New Day act.  Do they think by re-airing the packages fans will finally get the purpose of the group?  I guess it beats the way they’ve been handled so far on TV, but in any event it’s a big miss.

9. Marriage Issues Continue, But is a Title Shot in Her Future?

It seems like they’re setting Natalya up to be the “challenger of the month” to Nikki Bella’s Divas Championship.  The more fun part of it though is her act with Tyson Kidd though.  There’s some decent stuff going on there.  We need to get more promo time out of them, though – just like a lot of other acts.  With three hours of television, it can’t be that damn hard to find.  Cole had to explain the whole story of Natalya’s reaction to Kidd checking on Nikki – something that would have made a lot more sense coming from the principal parties involved.

10. Time for Another Losing Streak

Fandango’s newest gimmick was dead on arrival, and last night’s match with Jack Swagger was proof.  The live crowd just didn’t care.  Johnny Curtis – the man behind Fandango – is really talented, but his gimmick right now is to dance, stare at Rosa Mendes (who wouldn’t want to, right?) and that’s it.  Curtis has a lot of upside, but this gimmick holds him back.

Then there’s Swagger, another talented guy who is on a skid again.  It seems WWE only wants to book him to win when he’s leading up to a match with Rusev.  But, Rusev now has a dance partner in the bow-clad Ryback (yes, I did slam my beer at that one), so Swagger’s back to undercard fodder.

That’s it for this week.  Remember, RingRap Audio records TONIGHT, so get your thoughts in early, and be sure to join me next week for the “Year End Awards” edition of Raw Afterthoughts.  Merry Christmas to all of you!