Russo wasn’t available for this show, so his co-host, Jeff Lane shares his thoughts on the Royal Rumble.
Lane thought the entire structure of the Royal Rumble was odd. The WWE Title used to be so prestigious but WWE has consistently devalued their Titles over the last few years. Now the WWE Title match is opening PPVs, and he thinks that’s a complete shame.
Lane is very thankful that A.J. Styles defeated Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn to retain his WWE Title. The thought of having co-WWE Champions was very goofy to him, so he’s glad WWE Creative didn’t pull the trigger on that. He’s actually surprised they’d even use that as a stipulation because it’s very silly.
He couldn’t believe the Men’s Royal Rumble was the third match on the card. This is one of the biggest matches of the year and it determines who gets to main event WrestleMania, so the only time this shouldn’t be the main event is if the WWE Title match closes the show.
Lane says he has no problem with Nakamura winning, but this win would have meant much more if Nakamura was presented strong going into this PPV. There have been episodes of Smackdown over the last few weeks where Nakamura hasn’t even been on the show, and he had no momentum entering this PPV. Lane feels that Nakamura needs to be booked like a star in order for him to be viewed as one.
He also points out that Nakamura’s promos lack passion because he’s speaking in English, and no one can understand what he’s saying. Lane thinks it’d be better if WWE let Nakamura cut his promos in Japanese and they use English subtitles.