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Raw Rambling (11/30): #1 Contender’s Match, The Viper Smells A Weakness & Lana Triumphs

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Last week saw a quick break from the Raw Rambling article as I was off live coverage, but we are back in full force this week and it was a strong episode to return too! From start to finish, the red brand did a good job of creating meaningful segments and matches that developed characters and drove stories forwards.

As ever, it wasn’t perfect, but that is to be expected with a three-hour episode of WWE Raw. But’s let’s jump into the episode and take a look at what worked, and what didn’t.


The show had some really nice in-ring action throughout which was great. A three-hour episode should always have some good matches and this show certainly did. Xavier Woods and Cedric Alexander put together a really hard-hitting singles match where they crammed a lot into the time they were given.

Meanwhile, Slapjack had his best outing to date against Ricochet in a good match. Even though there was plenty of outside interference, it was nicely put together with a good combination of strikes and highflying moves which made for a fun battle.

Even the Symphony of Destruction match was enjoyable. Sure, it was ridiculous and the 24/7 Championship involvement was really dumb, but it made sense with the storyline Elias and Jeff have been telling. The Swanton Bomb that led to Hardy smashing his head on the steel stairs looked really rough though, and I hope Jeff is doing okay from that one.

But the best match of the night was certainly the number one contender’s triple threat. Riddle, Keith Lee, and AJ Styles sharing a ring was always going to lead to something great and this didn’t disappoint at all. It was hard-hitting, it had great counters, smart moments where the wrestlers all connected which was well done. It wasn’t clear who was going to win and everybody had moments of seeming like it was there time, which was what made it such an enjoyable encounter.

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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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