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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 glaring issue that came from the show was just how week WWE Raw’s women’s division is right now. WWE is doing a nice job building up Lana, and that’s great to see, as she scored another ‘lucky’ win against Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax.

However, the match was sloppy and had some poor moments, especially when Nia just charged herself out of the ring. But even though Asuka and Lana teaming is fun, where is the challenge for the Raw Women’s Championship? Why are there no actual teams pushing against the Women’s Tag Team Champions from ALL BRANDS?

The division is a mess right now, and it really needs some serious creative input. WWE could have built Reckoning as a threat, as everyone knows Mia Yim is a terrific wrestler. Yet, she was comfortably defeated in her debut match by Dana Brooke. While it’s good that Brooke is being built, surely Reckoning didn’t need to lose her debut?

However, that wasn’t the only negative. While Xavier Woods and Cedric Alexander had a nice match, there is a clear issue with this storyline continuing. New Day has defended their titles against the Hurt Business successfully multiple times now, so why should this one continue?

In theory, it makes no sense for the Hurt Business to still be in title contention, and this opens up a big issue with WWE Raw, which is the lack of a tag team division. Who are the actual tag teams within this division? There’s a big problem here that needs addressing, and the sooner the better.

However, overall this wasn’t a bad episode at all. Sure, there were some moments that dragged on a little long, but the show felt like it had a purpose. There was a nice mix of wrestling and promo segments and interviews, and many characters were pushed forwards, especially in the men’s singles division.

Hopefully, WWE can begin to put some attention into other areas as well, especially as the Road To WrestleMania looms around the corner.

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Triple H Discusses If John Cena Will Be Involved At WWE WrestleMania 37

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The Road To WrestleMania is very much upon us, and with that comes plenty of rumors, and Triple H has spoken about one of those.

One name that is always brought up at this time of year for a possible appearance is John Cena. One of WWE’s greatest stars is no longer a full-time talent, but also has never retired from wrestling, leaving the door open for possible returns.


Cena has been a major presence at WWE WrestleMania ever since he first appeared, and he was last seen in WWE at WWE WrestleMania 36, where he lost the Firefly Fun House match against Bray Wyatt.

When Triple H was asked about the possibility of Cena coming back for WWE WrestleMania 37 by Sports Illustrated, The Game certainly left the door open for that to happen, admitting that if Cena can make it happen, he will be there.

“I won’t put words in John’s mouth, but I can speak to his passion, and it’s WWE and WrestleMania,” Triple H said. “Once you do this at a high level, and John does it at the highest, it’s very hard to put down. If there is a way for him to be there, he will be there.”

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Jinder Mahal Discusses His Upcoming Return & His Motivation

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Jinder Mahal will be back in the ring tonight for the WWE Superstar Spectacle, and he has spoken about his journey to recovery.

The former WWE Champion returned to WWE Raw back in 2020 after an injury, only to further aggravate it, forcing him to have surgery and take more time away from the ring.


He is going to be in the ring for the WWE Superstar Spectacle, marking his return in WWE’s major event for the Indian market. When speaking with Firstpost, Jinder Mahal discussed returning to the ring and how he has stayed motivated.

“Obviously it’s going to be the hashtag #ReturnOfTheMaharaja — I’m going to be coming back from injury, so looking to make an impact and establish myself again in the title scene.

“I’m still inspired, just like before, even more motivated than ever before. I want to have a long career in WWE and now that I’m realizing that I’m getting a little bit older, I’m 34 years old, I just have to take care of myself a little bit more. So now I’m doing more yoga, more recovery stuff, just staying on top of the recovery aspect.”

Mahal then discussed what the injury process has been like, before promising that he will return with the best version of himself.

“It was very tough… First time I’ve been injured, first time I’ve missed time away from WWE. So it was definitely hard at first. I went from being on the road, 200-plus days in a year performing every night to all of a sudden now I’m home, I’m just doing rehab every single day.

“But, I kind of challenged myself at rehab, every day I wanted to see the growth just like I challenged myself in WWE. Just like every match I wanted to get better, every day at rehab I wanted to get better and come back stronger. I was super motivated to come back. Obviously, WWE is my passion, is my life, is all I ever wanted to do.

“Every athlete goes through this, they just kind of stay motivated and put the work in rehab, in training, and you can always come back stronger and better than before,” added Mahal.

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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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