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For one, you are definitely driving to frigging Green Bay to see WWE's main roster. NXT is where the cache is at, brother. RAW is just there to pay the bills. But my guess is that you would rather trek three hours to see NXT because NXT does a great job of keeping your attention and making you interested in it. Triple H and his crew are all about creating demand with a hot roster of hungry workers in stories that make sense. RAW... not so much.@tholzerman Why would I never consider seeing a main roster WWE live event but am driving to frigging Green Bay (166 mi) for NXT? #TweetBag— Star of Savage (@StarOfSavage) January 13, 2016
I doubt the well of wrestlers will ever run dry for Vince McMahon to put in his Hall of Fame, but if it ever does, then be prepared for AKI Man, King Slender, and Captain Insano to get their own Hall of Fame rings! A winner is you!@tholzerman What's going to happen to the WWE HOF when they run out of living wrestlers to actually induct? #Tweetbag— Joseph L. Fong (@Moose_Bigelow) January 13, 2016
Punk doesn't figure into Bryan's endgame whatsoever. If anyone is recreating the totally not sexual at all vibe between Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed with Bryan, it's William Regal. But no, Bryan's endgame will see him putting some seed in Brie Bella's belly and some more seed of a different kind in his sustainable organic community garden, at least until Vince McMahon comes crawling back to him for just one more job. Bryan will refuse until McMahon opens a briefcase full of cash, flannel shirts, and granola.@tholzerman Is the endgame for Daniel Bryan just him circling a ring in an empty gym with Punk like the end of Rocky 3?— Brian Coulter (@PhilaBCoulter) January 13, 2016
...@tholzerman At this point, shouldn't they just put the title on HHH if the show is going to revolve around him and Steph anyway?— Lealand Hage (@LealandHage) January 13, 2016
'Scuse me, I had to go throw up at the thought of Triple H as the WWE Champion again in 2016. I thought I was okay with Ol' Helmsley, but I guess my vomit nerve is still sensitive. Anyway, Trips and Stephanie McMahon should not be the center of the show, no matter how much they script the show to be such. The best course of action would be to put the title on someone different at the Rumble, like Kevin Owens, Brock Lesnar, or even Darkest Timeline Bray Wyatt. Let the title be its own big story for Mania and then have the big issue between Roman Reigns and Trips be the center of gravity for the second big story.
If I were booking things, I would recycle nearly identically the finish to the 1992 Royal Rumble, which is the last time the prize for the match was the WWE Championship. Triple H plays Hulk Hogan, eliminating Reigns/Sid from outside (Trips can either be eliminated from the match or not even be an entrant), and then the Ric Flair role gets played by Owens or Wyatt or Lesnar. Although I probably wouldn't have the winner triumph directly from it. Let them throw out a few more guys and get a signature spotlight for their big title win.
But no, Triple H needs to be absolutely nowhere near the hardware, which is why he'll totally win the Rumble and head to Mania as Champion, allowing Reigns to win the belt back. The RAW narrative is made to be both predictable and unsatisfying. I hope I get proven wrong though.
I hate forecasting dudes' employment, but honestly, if Heath Slater and Zack Ryder have survived this long, then the Ascension have a great shot of sticking around through the year. They're bodies WWE can take on house shows, and who knows, maybe they can catch fire in the right circumstance, especially if this brand split happens again and they're put on the show that isn't as closely scrutinized by Vince McMahon (so, Smackdown/NXT).@tholzerman IYHO, do The Ascension survive '16 in the E?— Marty G (@ThisPhillyFan) January 14, 2016