Jim Ross has a new blog available on his official website. Below are the highlights:
Tonight's Monday Night Raw from San Jose is a must win broadcast for all involved in @WWE. It's the last RAW before this Sunday's Royal Rumble from Phoenix headlined by @TheRock challenging @CMPunk for the WWE Title. Some fence straddlers will likely make their decision to buy Sunday's first PPV of the year and the 'official' kickoff on the road to WrestleMania on April 7 outdoors at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey by what they see and feel tonight.
These 'go home' shows should put added pressure and a keen sense of urgency on every one involved in the event. Camera men, techs, talents, broadcasters, etc should all be prepared to up their game tonight so that it leaves the viewer wanting more and with more questions than answers. The object of tonight's Raw is simple...sell the Royal Rumble in as an entertaining way as possible.
Tonight's show will likely have two, primary destinations. 1. The WWE Title Bout and 2. The Royal Rumble match itself. What other stories need be told?
Without question, John Cena is the focus of the Royal Rumble match which is not to say that several others competing in the bout don't have the opportunity to maximize their minutes and forward issues in which they are involved or to start new ones.
The winner of the Rumble match theoretically has his ticket punched for a main event slot at WrestleMania. I can more easily emotionally invest in a multi person bout such as the Rumble match if something significant is at stake and it certainly is in this WWE HOFer Pat Patterson creation.
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