Ross opens today’s show by commenting on this past week’s episode of RAW. He thought it was a pretty good show, but notes that it was controversial to remove Braun Strowman from the Royal Rumble main event. He thinks this was a booking decision and had little to do with Strowman’s previous elbow injury.
However, he understands that if Strowman wasn’t going to defeat Lesnar, it’s better to have him not suffer another loss on a big stage to Lesnar. In turn, the story we’ve been told with Balor is better than the previous Strowman/Lesnar story, and this will result in a different, and probably better match.
Ross notes that it’s a challenge to sell 40,000 tickets in Phoenix for the Royal Rumble, and he thought it was strange when he heard they were running this show outdoors. However, he understands that WWE are trying to present a WrestleMania-lite show with the Rumble, and he credits them for thinking big picture.
Ross has been underwhelmed with Balor’s presentation on RAW over the last several months, and the Balor we saw on NXT UK Takeover last week is the Balor he wants to see on RAW moving forward. He’s not sure if Balor will defeat Lesnar at the Rumble, especially since the rumoured WrestleMania main event is Lesnar versus Seth Rollins, but this match will help Balor moving forward regardless.