We’re just over 24 hours from the 2015 Royal Rumble and, in celebration of arguably the second biggest event of the year for the company, WWE has released its Top 10 compilation of dramatic Rumble match finishes.
Don’t lie… you thought that was actually X-Pac at first. I know I did.
Sting made his debut on Raw last night, helping John Cena to win his match by distracting the Authority. It was Sting’s first appearance since his WWE debut during the Survivor Series main event and also his first appearance on WWE’s flagship show.
WWE always does a great job with video packages and the Royal Rumble statistics montage is always a favorite of mine.
It has long been rumored but WWE announced after Raw that WrestleMania 32 will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. The home of the Dallas Cowboys holds 80,000 for football but can fit over 105,000 for other events. The record attendance for a football game was 105,121 in September 2009 when the Giants beat the Cowboys in the stadium’s first regular season game. The 2010 NBA All-Star Game drew 108,713 fans to the stadium, setting the Guinness World Record for the largest attendance for a basketball game.
WWE will undoubtedly be pulling out all the stops to try to fill Jerry World. An Undertaker retirement match would not seem out of the question, especially if WWE decides to keep him off the WrestleMania XXXI show. There has always been talk of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin returning for one more match in his home state, so I’m sure Vince McMahon and company will be working the Rattlesnake over.
One thing to remember is that although the capacity can reach over 105,000, WWE generally has a pretty elaborate and space-consuming entrance way for WrestleMania, which will cut down on some of those potential seats.
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With less than a week to go until the Royal Rumble comes to us from Philadelphia, WWE has finally rounded out the card, adding three tag team matches to the slate. A Divas tag team match will feature Natalya teaming with new bestie Pagie to take on the Bella Twins, while A New Day will battle Cesaro, Tyson Kidd and Adam Rose on the kickoff show. The Ascension will seek revenge against the New Age Outlaws as well, bringing the total match number to six. Below is the full, updated card:
Royal Rumble Match
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match
John Cena v. Seth Rollins v. Brock Lesnar
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The Miz & Damien Mizdow v. The Usos
The New Age Outlaws v. The Ascension
Natalya & Paige v. The Bellas
Kickoff Show Elimation Six-Man Tag Team Match
A New Day v. Cesaro, Tyson Kidd & Adam Rose
“The Vigilante” Sting appeared at the close of last night’s Raw Reunion show to distract Seth Rollins and the rest of the Authority just long enough for John Cena to get a roll-up pinfall on the Money in the Bank briefcase holder. The win – against Rollins, Kane and Big Show – means Ryback, Erick Rowan and Dolph Ziggler all get their jobs back, thanks to the stipulation agreed upon earlier in the night. Had Cena lost he would have had to forfeit his spot in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at this Sunday’s Royal Rumble.
The appearance of Sting would seem to make a Sting v. Triple H WrestleMania match a lock and that’s definitely not a bad thing. Triple H makes the most sense to face Sting given the current situation. He’s still in incredible shape and can most likely put on a better match with Sting than Undertaker can at this point in his career.
Survivor Series, the November pay-per-view that was given away for free on WWE Network, surprisingly drew 103,000 buys on traditional PPV, according to WWE’s figures released this week. That number is well above the 77,000 buys October’s Hell in a Cell did.
The Survivor Series main event of Team Authority v. Team Cena, with The Authority’s jobs on the line, surely had a lot to do with that large number. WWE, however, assumed the headliner would bring in more WWE Network free subscriptions.
That says a lot about where WWE fans – and the general population – are technologically. If you chose to pay upwards of $50 for something you could have gotten for free, it means either your internet wasn’t capable of handling the stream, you don’t have the necessary devices to stream the Network to your TV, or you just don’t trust the service.
TNA superstar Robbie E provided us with a look at the new Impact Wrestling logo for the company’s debut on Destination America. I personally really liked the current Impact Wrestling logo and this one feels a little “1990s Geocities” to me, but new is new.
Some new content was added to the WWE Network, as the company has uploaded five episodes of the 1980s WWE-produced talk show, Tuesday Night Titans, to the vault section.
The program aired on USA Network between 1984 and 1986 and followed the late night talk show format, with Vince McMahon hosting. Lord Alfred Hayes was also a “correspondent” on the show. Gene Okerlund replaced McMahon in the host’s chair in 1986.