With the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, attention often turns to the main match of the show—the Rumble match itself. It is often forgotten that there are usually some enjoyable matches on the undercard that can often capture the imagination of the viewers.
This year, however, there appears to be precious little in the way of storylines outside of the Rumble. Whilst the main event of the evening will no doubt be filled with excitement and drama, the rest of the card feels somewhat threadbare in terms of storyline depth.
The Rhodes Brothers vs. Absolutely Nobody
Take the tag division as a starting point. There is great potential with Cody Rhodes and Goldust to have them forge a solid rivalry with one of the many tag teams currently operating in the WWE.
Creative, however, appear to have a lack of direction for the tag champions heading into the Royal Rumble. With just under three weeks to go, the champions are almost marooned in no man's land as they fluctuate from battle to battle on a weekly basis.
Teams like The Real Americans are surely worthy of having a sustained rivalry at the top of the division. It's understandable that with so many teams, you can be unsure where to go. But WWE need to make a decision for the good of the tag division—and the good of the Royal Rumble card.
Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Henry
OK, so this storyline is only a week old—it could improve as we get closer to the Royal Rumble. However, in the case of Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Henry, it almost feels like WWE are scratching around for matches to fill the rest of the card.
Well family I took my kids to Ohio to grandma, I was to hurt to play this new year.Im a bit better but not out of the woods.BROCK will PAY.— TheMarkHenry (@TheMarkHenry) January 4, 2014
Lesnar would have been much more useful to the WWE in the actual Rumble match—especially considering how he recently declared he has set his sights on the championship.
It is a match where some pretty big rivalries have been born, and Lesnar could really have kicked off his return to the WWE with a Rumble appearance. The prospect of someone eliminating him would inevitably create havoc, which would make for great viewing.
The onus will be on Lesnar and Henry in the next few TV tapings to really up the ante if they are going to battle it out one-on-one at the Royal Rumble. If they do, it could make for a smart match.
Randy Orton vs. John Cena
With the Elimination Chamber the next pay-per-view on the horizon, it gives creative an opportunity to inject fresh momentum into the championship picture in the WWE.
Whilst Randy Orton and John Cena going at it again could well turn out to be a good move, at the moment the match is securing precious little exposure with the Royal Rumble upcoming.
Last week on Raw, Orton and Cena weren't even on the show. How is that supposed to improve momentum for a match that now has star billing?
All we have had is Stephanie McMahon telling us last week on Raw that the match was on. Like Lesnar and Henry, the two competitors in this rivalry need to seriously pick up the pace; otherwise, it would just feel like the WWE are wasting their time.