RAR 1/21/19: David vs. Goliath, John Cena Update, Rumble Go-Home

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/01/22/rar-1-21-19-david-vs-goliath-john-cena-update-rumble-go-home/


John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE Raw from Oklahoma City.

They discuss the final Raw before the Royal Rumble with an update on the status of John Cena, Ronda Rousey teams with Natalya against Sasha Banks and Bayley, Brock Lesnar appears with Paul Heyman and Vince McMahon in the opening segment, Braun Strowman has his first match back against Finn Balor and more.

NEWS OF THE DAY: UFC’s big weekend on ESPN+, an update on John Cena at the Royal Rumble, Kenny Omega documentary in Canada, Otto Bahn passes away, Sonjay Dutt stranded over the weekend & more.

A reminder that the Royal Rumble Pool is open and you can submit your picks before the deadline on Sunday, January 27th at 3 pm Eastern.

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Gutted that Alexa announced she was going to be in the rumble. I had her down as a surprise but you said that Alexa in the rumble was a surprise so I’m reassured.

It hit -45 a couple hours north in sudbury the other day. Terrible.

I understand wrestling coverage sites talking about Mandy Rose and Alexa…but why have they kept the male objectification on these shows out of the discussion?

EC3 can’t talk and just poses in front of a mirror.
Bobby Lashley has a gimmick where he poses and shows people his ass.
Now we have a an Apollo and Bobby pose down.

Maybe its just more challenging for straight men to talk about men selling sex unless its blatantly thrown in your face like Val Venis…but it seems pretty clear to me that WWE is trying to do this with both males and females.

Note: I’m not saying any of this as a negative. Wrestling takes many forms and selling sex is just as valid as any other. That’s validated by the WWE views online as well…there’s clearly at least some kind of market for this stuff. Its also clear that there’s a market for great womans wrestling and serious storylines. You can have both and cater to both…and that’s what WWE seems to be doing.

Thanks for the insight on Cena.

It was Dasha handling interviews last night. I believe she is exclusive to Raw, along with Charley, while Kayla is Smackdown.

Thank god Lacey Evans debuted as a heel. I think she should be fine and could be a big star now.