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Jim Ross On How To Get Backstage At WWE Event, Asuka’s Future, 205 Live Ratings

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WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross recently updated the question-and-answer section at his official website, JRsBarBQ.com, fielding questions from pro wrestling fans on a wide-variety of topics. Below are some of the highlights.

On calling the first-ever Inferno Match between Kane and The Undertaker at WWE Unforgiven 1998 and who he would rather see Paul Heyman with — Braun Strowman or Shinsuke Nakamura: “The Inferno match was HOT at ringside to say the least. Heyman isn’t leving Lesnar nor is he going go absorb another talent to manage at this time, I’m thinking. Nakamura needs to continue to refine his English and Strowman doesn’t need a ‘manager’ IMO.”


On how one would go about getting backstage at a WWE live event if they had a legitimate reason but no pre-approved access: “You might contact the venue and ask them to relay your story to the WWE market rep who’s promoting your event. I think WWE has a public service or community service department that might also be able to help. You’lll have to do some leg work to contact the right people as I am way out of the corporate loop these days to help you more.”

On differences between WWE live event and televised matches and if talent feels perceived pressure to work a different style on camera: “Obviously, time restraints and limitations affect how the talents perform on TV as opposed to not having those stringent issues at the live events.”

On Shinsuke Nakamura recently stating that he often travels alone or with one of the Mexican wrestlers while on the road with WWE and if he should travel with a veteran to help make him feel like part of the team, and to help get him over: “I likely would advise Shinsuke to travel with someone who can help him with his English in basic conversations but at the end of the day Nakamura has to be content with his travel arrangements as they are omnipresent.”

On if his new autobiography will be available in eBook form on Amazon: “I’m told that our autobiography will be available on every major platform and I am in hopes of finishing my audio book read this week. Everything available in October. Thanks.”

On what he feels could be done to help boost ratings on the struggling 205 Live show: “The talents on 205 Live need to find more time on either RAW or SDLIve to expose their skills to more people in hopes that those viewers will follow these talents to the WWE Network for the broadcast.”

On how he feels former NXT Women’s Champion Asuka will fare on the WWE main roster:Asuka is a star and will kill it at the next level without question.”

Check out more Q&A from J.R. at his official website, JRsBarBQ.com. Also, check out the “Ross Report” podcast every week at PodcastOne.com, and follow “Good Ole’ J.R.” on Twitter @JRsBBQ.

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Updated List Of WWE Royal Rumble Participants Following 1/25 Raw

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We’re in the home stretch to WWE’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view and the final card is taking shape.

Prior to Monday Night Raw, it was confirmed that John Morrison and Sheamus will participate in the 30-man Rumble. Later during the show, Mustafa Ali announced his participation thanks to Kofi Kingston being out of action.


The biggest entrant announcement came when WWE Hall of Famer Edge announced he is returning from injury and will take part in the men’s Rumble for a second year in a row.

As of this writing, there were no announcements for the women other than that Charlotte Flair and Asuka will defend the WWE Tag Team Championship against Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax.

Below is the updated lineup.

WWE Royal Rumble
Sunday, January 31, 2021

30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Daniel Bryan, Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Otis, The Miz, Jey Uso, Cesaro, Jeff Hardy, Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, Dolph Ziggler, John Morrison, Sheamus, Mustafa Ali & Edge confirmed

30-Woman Royal Rumble Match
Nia Jax, Charlotte Flair, Bianca Belair, Bayley, Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke, Peyton Royce, Alexa Bliss, Shayna Baszler, Tamina Snuka, Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan confirmed

WWE Championship Match
Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Goldberg

Last Man Standing WWE Universal Championship Match
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Kevin Owens

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match
Charlotte Flair & Asuka (c) vs. Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax

Make plans to join us right here at ProWrestling.com this Sunday for complete Royal Rumble coverage.

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Edge Announces Return From Injury, Will Enter 2021 Men’s Royal Rumble Match

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Edge will return from injury in a WWE Royal Rumble match once again.

During a pre-taped promo that aired toward the end of Monday Night Raw, Edge rehashed his early retirement and how he came back last year. Of course, as the story goes, Edge tore his triceps against Randy Orton at Backlash last June.


But now, the WWE Hall of Famer is healed up and ready to go again. Therefore, he is announcing his entry into this year’s men’s Royal Rumble.

The Royal Rumble pay-per-view will emanate from WWE’s ThunderDome in St. Petersburg, FL, this Sunday. We’ll have complete coverage right here at ProWrestling.com.

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WWE Backstage To Reveal 30th Entrant In Men’s Rumble, 1st & 2nd Entrants In Women’s Rumble

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Spoilers, much?

WWE will reveal key entrants in both Royal Rumble matches 24 hours ahead of time during Saturday’s special edition of WWE Backstage on FS1.


Renee Paquette, Booker T, and Paige will announce the 30th entrant in the men’s Royal Rumble, as well as the first and second entrants in the women’s Royal Rumble.

Who do you think will they will announce for the spots? Sound off below or tweet us @prowrestlingcom.

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