Hello again wrestling fans, and welcome again to the Wrestling Roundtable. The Royal Rumble is just over a week away and we will give a sneak peek of the event. Plus, who is the biggest Hall of Fame snub? All this and much more.
1. AJ Styles- The WWE champion is not happy about hearing that the title will be defended in The Elimination Chamber, but will he be champion, or challenger?
2. Braun Strowman- Strowman is on a role and has looked impressive and dominant against Reigns, Rollins, and Zayn.
3. Dean Ambrose- A big win over Randy Orton puts Ambrose up a few notches this week.
4. Kevin Owens- The Universal champion is ready to defend against Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble.
5. Chris Jericho- The United States Champion is looking to win the Royal Rumble for the first time in his career.
1988– The WWF held the first ever Royal Rumble match. The match featured 20 wrestlers, and won by Hacksaw Jim Duggan.
2000– Sid Vicious breaks his leg in a fatal four way match for the WCW World Championship at the Pay Per View Sin. Sid jumped from the second rope to boot Scott Steiner, but landed on his leg. His leg was shown literally dangeling while he was on the mat.
2014– The legendary female wrestler, Mae Young passes away at the age of 90.
Here are the questions
Recently Via the Twitter War. Mick Foley got into a conversation with Lana about the GM job maybe coming available soon. Lana made mention that she should be Associate GM. If Foley does step down, or lose the job. Who should replace him?
Steve: The GM position is nothing more than a publicity stunt. It was a way for Foley to be back on TV in a non wrestling role. People love Mick Foley, and I think they were using him to garner more of the old school fans. It didnt work, so they may go more new era. Now as far as Lana goes, that would be the biggest mistake they could make. Unless she miraculously turns into an American on screen as she is on Total Divas. If anyone is going to replace Foley, it needs to be a real popular person. I vote for Shawn Michaels or Stone Cold.
Todd: Does it really matter who replaces him since they really have no control over the show any ways.
Chad: I’d like to see Sting but we’ll end up probably getting Teddy Long or John Laurinaitis themselves brought to you same company where you take 4 months off and become #1 contender (Hi Cena how are you)?
Tyler: Given his recent induction to the Hall of Fame, Kurt Angle. It’d be a great callback to his stint as Smackdown GM, and give him a non-wrestling role as well.
Daniel Bryan recently stated that he has a problem with part time wrestlers like Goldberg, Lesnar, and even John Cena, that takes the spotlight and even a spot on the roster, while guys like Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and even Dolph Ziggler, take a back seat after working their butts off all year. Does Bryan have a point here?
Steve: He makes a valid point, but in all fairness, it has to do with what the fans want. People embrace the part timers because we dont see them very often, and they sell tickets. Having Lesnar, Goldberg, Cena, just to name a few come in for a couple of months, gains publicity for the company. So it makes sense on a financial standpoint, but I agree it is not fair to those guys like Ambrose, or Rollins to take a back seat to these other part timers.
Todd: Daniel Bryan has a great point. How is it fair that John Cena cmes back after being gone for 4 moths and automatically gets a title shot at the Rumble. Really fucked up in my book. I don’t care if he is one title away from tying Ric Flair’s record. I said this before and I am going to say it again. WWE needs to start developing new stars. Last week they brought Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker to Raw because they knew they had to compete with the National Championship game. Undertaker has rarely been on Raw through out his whole career. Goldeberg has no business in the ring. He is washed up. WWE needs to follow suit on Lesner and suspend his ass just like UFC did. These guys are not going to around forever. This could be the worst Royal Rumble match ever with all the jokers in there like Lesner, Goldberg, and even Undertaker who I am going to predict is gong to win the thing.
Chad: This whole part time thing does suck for the full-tome hard workers, they take up spots on the show for meaningful matches and get thrown into an Andre Memorial Battle Royal that people tend to forget you won after a couple of months.
Tyler: He does. How much time and effort is put into hyping these temporary returns that could instead be spent on further establishing a current wrestler that can actually do more than a handful of appearances a year? It all goes back to the problem that WWE has always had in creating new stars.
The Hall of Fame inductees will. Announced over the next several weeks. Who is the biggest Hall of Fame snub to date?
Steve: If any of you readers have followed this for awhile, you would know that I am a huge advocate for Mike Rotunda being into the Hall of Fame. I even started a Twitter rant for one whole year about Rotunda being in the Hall of Fame. He is a former tag team champion in the NWA, WCW, and WWE. He is a former TV champion, and he made a gimmick that was supposed to go nowhere, work better than most gimmicks in that era. He even developed Bray Wyatt into a top tier WWE superstar. Rotunda needs to be in the Hall of Fame.
Todd: The biggest snub to date is I.R.S. WTF WWE? You put superstars like the Godfather, Jaquilyn, ECT. and you don’t name I.R.S.
Chad: The Rock in my book is the biggest mainstream name the WWE has ever had and they haven’t put him yet. I get he has a busy schedule with all the movies he takes on but you can’t free up one weekend in March/April to get inducted.
Tyler: Owen Hart for obvious reasons.
Will we see both the WWE and Universal titles change hands at the Royal Rumble?
Steve: I am going to error on the side of caution here and say that neither title will change hands. AJ is having a great title run, and it would be stupid to take the title off of him now. Kevin Owens, while I dont like his run, is the right guy to hold the title right now, along side Chris Jericho. I would have no problem with Owens winning over Reigns, Jericho winning the Rumble and setting up an interesting couple of months for Y2KO.
Todd: I will definitely say the WWE title will change hands and John Cena will win his 16th title reign to tie Flair. I hope they end Kevin Owens reign because it has been a complete disaster. Even though Chris is in the Shark cage I think WWE will pull a fast one and he will figure out how to get involved some how, so I am not sure if the Universal title will change hands or not.
Chad: John Cena will win his 16th championship because in the WWE’s mind he needs to be WWE champion to promote his new movie The Wall (due out March 10th) while on the road to WrestleMania. Not because he’s a full time hard working competitor, not because it’s what the people want, but because he has a movie (doesn’t look PG, either) movie coming out and in the office’s mind he needs to show up on Jimmy Kimmel, the Today show, Jimmy Fallon with a shiny gold belt or no one will care. Guess what I don’t care about Cena; he should take his ball go home and play with Nikki’s boobs all day.
Oh, even in the cage Jericho will help Owens.
Tyler: Unfortunately yes. Though if Cena does get the title, I hope this does set up the heel turn that Cena so desperately needs.
Are you excited to see that the Elimination Chamber is returning?
Steve: Yes, 100% Yes. Of all the gimmick matches, this is by far my favorite one. It reminds me of WarGames a little, and I loved that match growing up. I was disappointed that they did not have it the last couple of years.
Todd: Yeah, I guess so. Its a good match itself as long as they book it right.
Chad: Yes, Elimination Chambers are generally entertaining matches and always a treat when they had them right before WrestleMania.
Tyler: I wouldn’t say excited, but it’s certainly a different kind of match that we haven’t seen in awhile. And different is always a good thing.
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