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It’s been a whirlwind of a week in the world of wrestling with fans buzzing over the arrivals of Aj Styles, Austin Aries and Shinsuke Nakamura in WWE. Styles made his highly anticipated debut in the 2016 Royal Rumble match while Aries appeared at last Friday’s set of Nxt tapings in Orlando. Days later, it was announced that Nakamura will be in action at Nxt TakeOver: Dallas.
How WWE will treat Nakamura in Nxt remains to be seen, but if the way they have utilized Styles so far on the main roster has been any indication, he will be just fine. He dominated the Japanese wrestling scene for over a decade and will now face a new set of challenges in Nxt, where he will face some of the greatest wrestlers in the world today.
It feels like every signing to the so-called developmental territory is more exciting than the last. »
- Graham GSM Matthews
The promotion for the Royal Rumble PPV, which takes place on January 24, has thus far been weak. WWE have given themselves a lot of work to do on the go-home Raw this Monday, especially when it comes to establishing the undercard matches.
Even the main event is in need of some work, with a host of confusing messages having come out of the last few episodes of Raw. The exact constitution of the Rumble title match is still unknown at this point.
The lack of promotion is unfortunately typical of modern day WWE. Long gone are the days of actually selling a show, now it is more about selling the Network. Fans are buying into a collective package, with around million subscribers paying for the monthly specials regardless of what the card is.
WWE’s logic is perhaps that, even with no effort, the Royal Rumble match is always a draw. »
- Grahame Herbert
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