THERE have been dramatic scenes on Uncooked final week when Braun Strowman dumped 30ft of scaffolding on his Royal Rumble opponents Kane and Brock Lesnar.
Would there be repercussions for the Monster Amongst Males? Listed here are 5 issues we study from Uncooked final evening.
Braun Strowman was fired… then rehired
The present opened with Kurt Angle firing Braun Strowman for his set-bashing shenanigans final week – ruling him out of the Royal Rumble triple risk title match.
Strowman reacted by storming round backstage and demolishing all the things in his path.
He beat up safety guards, smashed Curt Hawkins by a catering desk, tipped over a truck, and even stole a beneficiant slice of chocolate cake.
Returning to the stage, he picked up Michael Cole – however Kurt instructed him that Stephanie McMahon has known as to reinstate Braun.
Like a real anti-hero, Braun threw Cole off the stage anyway.
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It was a weak ending to an in any other case good angle.
Couldn’t WWE have strung it out for an additional week and left followers questioning if Braun would compete on the Rumble or not?
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Asuka toppled Nia Jax
Last week Nia Jax attacked Asuka from behind, leaving her in a broken heap on the mat – but this week the “Empress of Tomorrow” got her (sort of) revenge.
Facing off in singles competition, Asuka clamped on her knee bar – and then outside the ring Nia caught her leg between the corner post and steps.
Back in the ring, Nia was unable to stand and the referee stopped the match.
It was a way to keep Asuka’s winning streak and protect Nia Jax from a clean loss. We’re not sure why though – Nia’s been tapped and pinned plenty of times.
Expect a rematch between these two next week or soon after.
Roman Reigns is two down, one to go
Intercontinental Champion Reigns battled the Miztourage – Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas – in a two-on-one handicap match.
Axel got a believable near fall with a roll-up when Reigns was distracted with The Miz at ringside but couldn’t overcome The Big Dog – Reigns fired back with a spear for the win.
Next week Reigns finally gets his hands on The Miz and puts his IC title on the line in one-on-one action.
But we predict that Miz will walk away with the gold – leaving Roman free to win the Royal Rumble and move to to challenging Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.
Paige is still part of Absolution
The big news in WWE over the past few days is that Paige’s in-ring career is over (in WWE at least) due to a neck injury.
Last night Paige’s injury was acknowledged on Raw and the WWE website, with the announcement that she won’t be competing in the women’s Royal Rumble match.
But WWE remained silent on whether Paige’s in-ring career is over for good. Does that mean there’s a possibility she may be cleared to compete at a later date?
For now though, she’s still part of the Absolution stable and was ringside for Sonja Deville’s match against Sasha Banks – the woman who put Paige out of action with a kick to the back.
Deville got the win by catching Banks with a kick of her own.
Paige’s career may have hit a roadblock but Absolution are still full steam ahead it seems.
Seth Rollins has brought back the Curb Stomp
Rollins faced Finn Bálor in singles action to close the show.
There was a ringside brawl when Sheamus and Cesaro showed up to attack Rollins’ tag partner Jason Jordan – but began fighting with Bálor’s cronies Gallows and Anderson.
Rollins then got the victory by hitting Bálor with the Curb Stomp – a move that had previously been outlawed by WWE.
The announcers called in the Blackout, its previous name in NXT.
Has WWE has lifted the ban on the move? Will Rollins will be using it fulltime again?
We’ll find out next week – Rollins and Jordan are sure to clash with The Bar and Bálor Club once again.