Welcome to Monday Night Raw for the final time in January 2018!
Last night’s Royal Rumble was billed as the most historic in the event’s history and boy it did not disappoint. The two Rumble matches were great fun in their own ways but I think the women’s match definitely stole the show and left the lasting impression on everyone’s minds. The match was chock-full of fun moments, legends, and simply great action. Twists occurred as Nikki Bella knocked Brie out of the match, as well as Sasha Banks going full-on Boss and eliminating Bayley and talking trash to Hall Of Famers. And then the crowning achievement went to the still-undefeated Asuka! We were all rooting for Asuka and she came out on top after beating Nikki Bella, which then led to Alexa Bliss and Charlotte entering the ring and Asuka stalling on which opponent to choose. Enter Ronda Rousey. The former UFC Champion walked to the ring to ‘Bad Reputation’ by Joan Jett, wearing Rowdy Roddy Piper’s jacket, and pointed at the WrestleMania sign in front of Asuka, Charlotte and Alexa. It was an iconic moment that we’re sure to remember forever but what does it mean? Who is Ronda going to face? All this and more will be addressed on tonight’s show.
The men’s Rumble was more of a by-the-numbers affair and that’s why it felt correct to have it not close the show. The match didn’t feature as many legends as years gone by but that is a good thing as it focuses more on the current crop, plus we got that nostalgia trip later in the night. The match came down to Shinsuke Nakamura from SmackDown Live and Roman Reigns of Raw, and ultimately it was Nakamura who edged out the Big Dog. The crowd were firmly behind Nakamura, even when Finn Balor, John Cena, Randy Orton, and Rey Mysterio were still in the match. It was a good decision by WWE and it’s absoultely amazing to think we’re going to see AJ Styles Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura at WrestleMania but that’s a SmackDown Live thing. Where does Reigns go from here? We know he’s facing Brock at Mania but that’s months away. Tonight should give us an idea of where he’s headed.
Also on last night’s show was the Raw Tag Team Championship match, which saw Jason Jordan cost himself and Seth Rollins the tag titles. Things felt like they were starting to reach boiling point with Jordan and Rollins, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them show some real cracks in the facade tonight. Also, Braun Strowman was again unable to defeat Brock Lesnar, so where does that leave the monster among men? And does Brock wrestle again before Mania?
So many questions as we head into tonight’s Raw! Remember to download the Ringside Talk app and let us know your thoughts. Enjoy the show!