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Jan 29, 2018

Tim Kail and Al Monelli return to review WWE's latest Royal Rumble!

They cover every match and then some, waxing philosophic on all things wrestling and all things Rumble.

What trend did this Rumble break? What has the WWE finally figured out about its main titles and the different audiences those titles service? Why might Tim stop watching all weekly WWE television and instead watch only the pay-per-views? Where might The Universal Championship be headed, and why does WWE even bother with the pretense of wrestling matches when, at the end of the day, Vince decides who is going to the Mania main event? Might purposeful transparency be a cure for lazy storytelling? What does it mean when the fans won't cheer for women except through the men they're connected to (e.g. Brie & Nikki Bella, AJ Lee etc.)?

And, lastly, how might Ronda Rousey's arrival lay a solid narrative foundation for the future of the Women's Division?

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