It’s the Royal Rumble – traditionally worth a peep even when the WWE main roster’s not doing that great, and operating under decidedly interesting circumstances this year.
Hell, even the visuals should be different from the usual, what with them holding it in Chase Field, which should at least give it a bit of a different atmosphere from all their other shows this week. Let’s see what we’ve got in store for us tonight…
The votes are in from the NXT Universe: Kairi Sane is the best and the only thing better than her wrestling is how happy she is when she’s appreciated for her wrestling. But what of the results of actual matches? Let’s see how TakeOver: Phoenix went.
Ar-i-zon-a/is the zone where… WWE is giving us a cornucopia of fun this weekend and coming week, with NXT TakeOver: Phoenix leading the charge.
Let’s take a look at the card and see how bad I am at predicting it, shall we?
Before the results, a note on some of the faces that showed up in the crowd in NXT’s traditional “look at who we’ve managed to sign!” TakeOver gloat: they included one Kay Lee Ray, who as of the end of the first season of World of Sport was their women’s champion. That’s a bit of a scalp for them, to say the least.
I was intending to go to the Pro Wrestling:EVE show tonight, but I’ve got a cold and stuffing myself into the Resistance Gallery will just spread it to most of the crowd, which isn’t cool. Luckily, WWE are serving up a nice little something – the first TakeOver for the NXT UK brand, finally bringing TV audiences back in sync with what live audiences saw at the tapings late last year.
In effect, it’s the end of what you could think of as the “pilot season” of the show, with the weird delay in premiering the show on the Network necessitating a bunch of double-episode releases for the last few weeks. Hopefully, this show will herald a new approach which will avoid such awkwardness.