Paige officially out of the Royal Rumble Match, Chris Jericho added to Raw 25th Anniversary

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/01/15/paige-officially-out-of-the-royal-rumble-match-chris-jericho-added-to-raw-25th-anniversary/

During Monday’s broadcast of Raw, it was confirmed that Paige (Saraya-Jade Bevis) would not be competing in the women’s Royal Rumble match later this month in Philadelphia. The company has stated it is due to a neck injury but didn’t go further regarding her long-term status inside of the ring.

More names have been added to next week’s 25th Anniversary of Raw with the most surprising one being Chris Jericho. Next week’s Raw in Brooklyn takes place one week before FOZZY begins a huge tour over the next several months. Jericho is coming off a huge match with Kenny Omega earlier this month at Wrestle Kingdom 12 and is expected to return for a match with Tetsuya Naito later this year. Jericho has not been under a WWE contract since last April.

Other names announced for next week, include Eric Bischoff, The Bella Twins, Jacqueline, Terri Runnels, Maria Kanellis, Torrie Wilson, Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool and The Brooklyn Brawler.

Earlier in the evening, the WWE announced that Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler will be calling the Manhattan Center portion of Raw next week as the show will have a portion shot at the original home of Raw and the rest at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

I’m legit wondering how will they cram of all those legends & special guests in 3 hours.

Jericho will get a HUGE pop for sure

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Easy. No current wrestlers on the show.

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hoping Jericho no sells the nostalgia and continues his Alpha gimmick

I get the feeling he’ll do a little of both. A return to his comedy, list carrying character but with the an underlying air of arrogance and anger about him that hints and the Alpha we saw in New Japan. Obviously it depends on what he’s doing and how long he’s on screen, but if he’s given enough time I can absolute see him doing everything he can to merge the two characters so that no one goes home disappointed by his appearance.