The countdown to the Royal Rumble ends in just six days. All of the hype and promotion that will kick off the Road to WrestleMania is nearly over, and there are a lot of unanswered questions that we may or may not get answers to on Raw.
We still have very little idea about who will actually be participating in the Rumble, which goes to show just how little WWE cares about promoting the match and just wants to get by based on the name alone.
Everything will play out tonight, so in the mean time let's take a look at some of the latest news, notes and information from the wide world of wrestling.
RODDY PIPER IS BEGGING FOR ROCK AND CENA TO ENTER PIPER'S PIT
The biggest WWE match in years takes place at WrestleMania 28, when the Rock and John Cena finally lock horns. What better way to build up the match than putting them in one of the most famous segments in WWE history, Piper's Pit.
Roddy Piper Tweet Begging For WWE To Help Itself
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will WWE listen to Piper?
Our Take: There is no reason not to. Piper is always an entertaining character, it gives Rock and Cena a new way to get in the ring together and have some sort of buffer between them.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Insane Piper Rants
Piper has already had Cena in the Pit late last year to try and get to the bottom of all his problems, and even though that storyline has died a horrible death thanks to the goofy Kane comedy, it was an intriguing idea. It makes sense to put Cena back in the Pit with his nemesis.
RANDY ORTON MAY OR MAY NOT BE ON RAW TONIGHT
There are conflicting reports out there about what WWE is going to do with Randy Orton, as he was at a house show on Sunday night. At first, the company wanted him on the Royal Rumble go-home show this week. Now, not so much because the anticipation will reach a fever pitch at the event.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Why would WWE put him on tonight's show anyway?
Our Take: An excellent question, because it made no sense for him to show up. Fans want to see him back, but by giving it away for free on television when everyone knows he is going to be in the Rumble is pointless.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Top Rope RKOs
WWE doesn't need Orton on Raw tonight, so it would be in everyone's best interest to completely write him off the show and get ready for the Rumble.
Deeper Dive: Orton To Be Pulled Again? (NoDQ)
EVEN THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR WON'T BE IN WWE HOF
When the Ultimate Warrior speaks, you can't help but listen. He is a fascinating character, even when he isn't wrestling. His latest note on Twitter is an interesting one, because he claims that WWE asked him to be in the Hall of Fame and he declined.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will Warrior ever go into the WWE Hall of Fame?
Our Take: He knows that WWE and Vince McMahon don't like him—it would be hard to blame him, all things considered—so don't count on it happening anytime soon.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Reasons For The Warrior to Self-Destruct
We usually look at the Warrior as a comedy figure, but lately he has been quite reasonable with his rants and responses to fans. He was the voice of reason in the Twitter war with Kevin Nash, which should tell you where Nash's head is at right now.
Deeper Dive: Another Celebrity That Should Be In WWE HoF? (B/R)
MVP OPEN TO ANOTHER RUN IN WWE
When MVP left WWE, he was at the top of his game. He had come into his own as a character. and was having good matches on a consistent basis. He never got the push that he deserved, but he hasn't completely closed a window on returning.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will MVP actually return?
Our Take: You never say never in wrestling, but if he did come back, I can't imagine that it would be for a long run. He wasn't high on the WWE style, so it would take a special offer and feud for him to return.
Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Ballers
MVP is exactly the kind of character that WWE should love, but somewhere along the way the company decided to hold him, and others like him, down to the point where there spirit broke completely.
Deeper Dive: MVP Talks A Possible WWE Return (Miami Herald)
TYSON KIDD DOES INTERVIEW THAT WILL GET HIM BURIED
Tyson Kidd has not gotten the kind of push, or any push, during his two-year stint in WWE. In fact, it would be easy to forget he is on the roster because of how far down the card he has been pushed. But that doesn't mean he has lost any confidence in his ability, as evidenced by his interview in the Toronto Sun.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Did Kidd just sign his own Future Endeavor Card?
Our Take: WWE has to have some stars to fill out the house show rosters, but it is going to be an even greater uphill battle for him to be even a mid-card worker with this company.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Underrated Stars WWE Destroys
Much like MVP, Tyson Kidd deserves a lot better than he has gotten. Vince McMahon, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon seem to disagree with me, and they know far more about booking stars than I do. Just look at how plentiful the roster is with superstar talent right now.
Deeper Dive: Tyson Kidd Interview (Toronto Sun)
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