It's late January and that means it's time for another WWE Royal Rumble. And the 2021 edition of the company's second-biggest PPV looks like......a show.
This Sunday is the real test of my WWE boycott. In years past, even when I've skipped most of the WWE PPV calendar, the Rumble and WrestleMania were the ones I'd come back for. Still not sure if that will happen in 2021 or not. My son seems interested in watching, so I might pony up the ten bucks just for his sake. But on paper this looks like yet another totally skippable show. Two Rumble matches with only about half the field announced (remember when the company actually planned this stuff out ahead of time?), one solid title match, one that looks like the drizzling shits, and a women's tag match. That's what we have so far.
Women's Tag Team Championship: Asuka & Charlotte Flair vs. Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax
They need to send Nia back to developmental - she keeps hurting or coming dangerously close to hurting her opponents. This is unsustainable. She's been on the main roster four years now, she should be a solid pro by this point. Anyway there's enough strong talent here to make this a good match. I assume this Asuka/Charlotte thing is temporary and we'll see them fight again. And hopefully this time Asuka actually gets to win. But for now I see the heels taking back the belts.
Pick: ShayNia Jaxler
WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre vs. Goldberg
Fuck this company for trotting the 54-year-old WCW guy out for the thousandth time instead of building up a real WWE Title challenger (Was Keith Lee busy?). Goldberg beating Bray Wyatt last year was the final straw for me as a WWE fan, and now they're going back to that well again. Like, there's no way they're feeding Drew to him, right? I know they built up The Fiend as an unbeatable monster for six months before killing his push dead, but with Drew it's been a full year. I sincerely hope this is just to give Drew more credibility by decisively beating the old spear/jackhammer guy. There's also the possibility that The Miz tries to cash in again. Seriously, get rid of the Money in the Bank gimmick, it's so worn out and tiresome now.
Pick: Drew retains. He better fuckin' retain. I swear to god if he doesn't retain....