Six-Man Tag Action
The six-man tag bout pitting intercontinental champion Big E Langston and WWE tag team champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust against The Shield was as good as everyone thought it would be, and it put the spotlight on Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns heading into their first Royal Rumble match.
Should the second-tier champions in WWE have been spared a loss in such a meaningless six-man tag when guys like Zack Ryder, Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd are floating around the backstage area and could use some exposure on television?
Probably, but given the quality of the match we got, it is forgivable for now.
Especially with the Rumble match right around the corner.
Big Show Frustrates Brock Lesnar
Regardless of how excited (or not) you are about Sunday's match between Brock Lesnar and Big Show, Monday's segment involving the former WWE champions did a great deal to put heat on Show prior to the bout.
Though the likelihood of the giant knocking off Lesnar at Royal Rumble is akin to JTG winning the Rumble match, Show finally looked like a threat of sorts to the man Paul Heyman affectionately refers to as "the Beast Incarnate."
Lesnar was frustrated and thrown off his game. He was tossed around with ease and made to look like a fool by his opponent for Sunday's match.
Make no mistake about it: Brock Lesnar will beat Big Show at Royal Rumble. But on Monday night, the company went a long way in building the match to a point that it will not be an afterthought on a fairly strong card.
CM Punk is No. 1
Irritated and insulted after being physically assaulted by CM Punk, Director of Operations Kane got sweet revenge by informing the Straight Edge Superstar that he will be the very first Superstar to take to the ring for Sunday's Royal Rumble match.
It is an interesting development for two very different reasons.
The first is that Punk is easily one of the best wrestlers in the sport. Putting him in the ring at No. 1 and asking him to carry the load of the match for what one can only assume will be a long period of time is a testament to him as a performer.
Unfortunately, Punk has been competing almost nonstop since returning to WWE in June of last year and has been hampered with injuries as a result. Is it really worth physically draining a Superstar further than he is and risking serious injury this close to WrestleMania XXX?
The potential storyline developments deriving from the announcement are plentiful, and the idea of Punk going the distance and lasting, at the very least, to the final four is exciting. Therefore, this lands in the "great" section of this week's article.