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Who gained heat on last night's SmackDown? (January 30)

ANALYST
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3.85K   //    31 Jan 2018, 20:07 IST

AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura
The road to WrestleMania begins.

WWE's Road to WrestleMania kicked off on the blue brand with a refreshing absence of authority figures and the first steps toward the Styles/Nakamura mega match that so many fans have been dying to see.

While the main event scene kicked into high gear, the other divisions only slowly moved forward and it's not clear yet how the other players are going to get to New Orleans.


#1 Gained momentum: Rusev

The red-hot Rusev won a fatal 4 way to become the #1 contender to Bobby Roode's United States Championship. The match will take place next week.

It's hard to imagine that next Tuesday will be a happy Rusev Day, as Roode is unlikely to drop the title so early. Perhaps though, this is a test to see how positively fans respond to Rusev in singles competition. If so, he passed with flying colours, receiving some of the loudest reactions in an exhausted Philadelphia crowd.

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On/off wrestling fan since 1996. A budding copywriter with political experience, I write about persuasion, influence, and masculinity at my blog http://masculineepic.com/ . Uncoincidentally, all of these things are vital in professional wrestling.
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