You have probably noticed this by now, but the WWE’s Greatest Royal Rumble won’t feature a single female superstar. The reason, obviously, is that the event is taking place in Saudi Arabia, where women’s rights and equality are far behind other, “more modern” countries. The WWE has taken quite a bit of heat for their lucrative business deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, especially since they have spent the last few years patting themselves on the back at every chance for pushing the “Women’s Revolution” of professional wrestling.
Former WWE Champion and fan favorite Daniel Bryan has been cleared by medical staff to return to regular wrestling action, according to a news post made on WWE.com today.
It’s been a growing trend in recent years, but yes, you can actually bet real money on professional wrestling events. Which is kind of strange, since the results are pre-determined. However, multiple online betting shops will allow nominal wagers (usually $50 maximum) on big wrestling events. And since WrestleMania is the biggest event of the year, Sports Betting Experts have listed some of the early odds for WWE’s upcoming extravaganza.
Jeff Hardy triumphantly returned to the WWE almost one year ago exactly, at WrestleMania 33, and captured the Tag Team titles with brother Matt. However, a shoulder injury put him on the shelf in September and he’s been forced to watch from the sidelines every since. Now that Matt has become “WOKEN,” fans are anxious for Jeff to return to WWE television and (hopefully) assume the Brother Nero role in the WOKEN/BROKEN universe.
Brock Lesnar doesn’t appear very often at WWE house shows. Actually, he doesn’t appear very often on WWE television either. But in some major cities, exceptions have been made. He wrestled a house show in New York City last year and was advertised to be appearing at one in Chicago over the weekend. Unfortunately for fans who paid to see the Beast Incarnate, Lesnar’s match was less than a minute long and he barely broke a sweat.
Look, we get it. A lot of people don’t like Roman Reigns. He was shoved down our throat as “the guy” even though a huge percentage of fans had no interest seeing him in the main event week after week. His wrestling skills are average (we get it, you do a super man punch and spear) and his promos were laughable at times, even appearing to forget his scripted lines on at least one occasion.
Ronda Rousey finally returned to WWE programming Sunday night at their Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, after surprising everyone by showing up unannounced at the Royal Rumble a month ago. It was advertised as Rousey appearing to officially sign her contract to be a Raw superstar. But since this is “sports entertainment,” contract signings almost never go smoothly.
This week on Raw, the WWE gave fans what they called a “Gauntlet Match” — a series of one-on-one matches with the winner moving on to face the next competitor. Naturally, such a match definitely puts the starting combatants at a distinct disadvantage — Seth Rollins or Roman Reigns started the match, and would have to beat multiple other WWE superstars in order to actually win the damn thing.
Hulk Hogan in the Bullet Club? It almost happened.
After stunning everyone by showing up at the Royal Rumble, former UFC champion Ronda Rousey hasn’t appeared on WWE television since. That’s kind of a crappy way to promote your newest star, as many people tuned in to the episode of Raw after the Rumble to see what Rousey would do next, only to be disappointed that she didn’t show.