Since the shocking announcement by Roman Reigns two weeks ago on Monday Night RAW, there’s a big gap left to fill at the top of WWE’s roster for the red brand that looks like will be occupied by Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Braun Strowman for the immediate future.
There is another Superstar that many fans feel could also step up and take a top spot, ‘The Scottish Psychopath’ Drew McIntyre. If you remember, it was reported back in May that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was “high” on McIntyre’s future prospects to be a main event talent and according to one report, the start of a huge push for the former NXT Champion has already started.
In picking up a surprising submission victory over WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle on RAW this week, Mike Johnson reported on PWInsider Elite that the win was meant to be a “statement” that McIntyre is a top guy, comparing it to when Brock Lesnar defeated Hulk Hogan on SmackDown in 2002 when he was on his way towards the main event scene.
Additionally, the WrestleVotes Twitter account (who broke the story of McMahon being high on McIntyre) reports that there are big plans in store for Drew in 2019, also seconding Mike Johnson’s report that McIntyre’s push is underway:
WWE has been high on Drew McIntyre for months now. The big push is indeed starting. They have major plans for him in 2019. https://t.co/TBQo3gHJRa
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) November 7, 2018
EA’s Take: Let the masses rejoice! Most everybody I’ve spoken with that has some sort of sense about the inner workings of this circus we call wrestling have all said Drew’s got “it” (at least the ones I respect). WWE saw it in him during his previous run, but he was just far too young and had an incident beyond his control affect his position (thanks Taryn Terrell!). He’s about to be the poster boy for leaving the company and coming back a whole new man however and I for one, am excited to see Drew get a great run. When you’ve been watching for as long as someone like myself, I’ll take something fresh anytime.
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WWE News: Royal Rumble Kickoff Matches Revealed, Updated Card
A look at the updated lineup for Sunday’s Royal Rumble!
Now that WWE’s Monday Night RAW and SmackDown Live are in the books, the WWE Universe’s attention turns to this weekend’s big events, more specifically Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
Since WWE revealed a number of participants this for the Women’s Royal Rumble Match this past Sunday on Twitter, there haven’t been nearly as many updates to the card as we saw the previous couple of weeks. That’s not to say there weren’t any however, as it looks like WWE may be removing John Cena from the Men’s Royal Rumble (see the latest here), while Titus O’Neil declared his entry this past Monday on top of Alexa Bliss announcing her return for the women’s side, as well as Lacey Evans revealing she too will enter.
Tonight during SmackDown Live, WWE officially moved two matches over to the Kickoff which will now see Rusev defend the US Title against Shinsuke Nakamura, plus a Fatal 4-Way for the Cruiserweight Championship when Buddy Murphy faces Hideo Itami, Kalisto and Akira Tozawa.
Here’s a look at the updated card for Royal Rumble this Sunday, airing live on pay-per-view and the WWE Network at 7PM EST with the Kickoff beginning at 5PM and also available on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter:
Men’s Royal Rumble Match
R-Truth (#30), Drew McIntyre, Xavier Woods, Big E, Kofi Kingston, Jeff Hardy, Bobby Lashley, Dean Ambrose, Jinder Mahal, Seth Rollins, Rey Mysterio, Andrade, Samoa Joe, Baron Corbin,
Elias, Apollo Crews, Mustafa Ali, John Cena, Titus O’Neil
Women’s Royal Rumble Match
Carmella (#30), Natalya, Bayley, Ember Moon, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan,
Lacey Evans, Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox, Mickie James, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Lana,
Charlotte Flair, Dana Brooke, Zelina Vega, Nia Jax, Tamina, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Naomi, Nikki Cross
(C) Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor
(C) Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles
RAW Women’s Championship
(C) Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks
SmackDown Women’s Championship
(C) Asuka vs. Becky Lynch
SmackDown Tag Team Championship
(C) The Bar vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon
Kickoff – United States Championship
(C) Rusev vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Kickoff – Fatal 4-Way for the Cruiserweight Championship
(C) Buddy Murphy vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto vs. Hideo Itami
WWE News: Update On JoJo’s Recent Absence From WWE
Where has JoJo Offerman been lately?
Over the past couple of weeks, some members of the WWE Universe have taken notice that the usual Monday Night RAW ring announcer, JoJo Offerman, has been absent from the program and instead Mike Rome has stepped in to fill the duties.
There have been some rumors that perhaps JoJo had left the company or perhaps was in some hot water, however that doesn’t seem to be the case. According to PWInsider, JoJo has merely been off the road recently to deal with what’s being called a “personal situation”, but it’s not known when she will be back.
Of course we learned today that she will not be at Sunday’s Royal Rumble in Phoenix, Arizona, as WWE announced that Mike Rome and regular SmackDown Live ring announcer Greg Hamilton would be emceeing the event.
After first joining the company in 2013 and being a cast member on the inaugural season of E! Network’s Total Divas, JoJo’s in-ring career was short-lived and she quickly was moved into the ring announcer’s role. She would start in NXT before being moved to the main roster in 2015.