The Road To WrestleMania kicked off in a big way, and now I have to pick only 3???
WWE brought us a Royal Rumble card that was fantastic, man. Seriously, this was a great show from top to bottom, and I have no complaints. When a good Women’s Championship match is the worst match on the card (sorry Bayley and/or Lacey Evans fans), you know things went well.
For that reason, this column was SO HARD to write! It’s nearly impossible to only pick 3, but that’s the format, and I am not cheating this time.
The Third Star: Asuka
Asuka was the one bit of red in Becky Lynch’s ledger, stemming from her victory over “The Man” at the 2019 Royal Rumble in Phoenix. Since then, Becky has become the second biggest star in the entire company, and Asuka has changed her look and style to become one of the fiercest heels on the entire roster.
Becky needed this win to kick off her Road To WrestleMania, and Asuka was the perfect foe for it. Asuka is one of the most deserving women on the roster to main event shows (she’s main evented multiple herself), and I hope she gets to WrestleMania a WrestleMania or SummerSlam in the future.
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The Second Star: Brock Lesnar
The first half of the 2020 Men’s Royal Rumble match was “The Brock Lesnar Show.” And the Beast Incarnate delivered one of the most unique Rumble runs we’ve ever seen. It was masterfully executed by Brock and his 14 opponents, and the crowd ate it up. The timing was perfect, as the crowd was finally growing tired of the act right before Brock was eliminated by Ricochet and Drew McIntyre.
Give Brock Lesnar, and WWE, credit for this performance. It was different, engaging, and a ton of fun. It’s hard to do something new and different in this day and age, and they pulled it off.
Outsider’s Edge Royal Rumble Reaction Show!
- Andrade & Zelina Vega
- Drew McIntyre
- Liv Morgan
- Bianca Belair
- Roman Reigns
The First Star: Shayna Baszler
“SHAYNA IS A FUCKING ANIMAL”
That is the text message I sent at 6:32 PM (Arizona time), as Shayna Baszler entered the 2020 Women’s Royal Rumble match at #30 and destroyed the competition.
“LOL CHARLOTTE WINS”
That was the reply I got a few minutes later, as Charlotte Flair eliminated Shayna Baszler to win the match, a much deserved accomplishment for WWE’s resident “Queen.” But it was Baszler’s performance that showed the world we have another “Queen” on our hands, The Queen Of Spades. Shayna decimated everyone in her path, and went toe-to-toe with the backbone of the women’s side of the roster in Houston. She is here to stay, and I am quite excited to see Becky Lynch vs. Shayna Baszler at WrestleMania 36.
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In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:
“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.
Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.
The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”
In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.