Who gained heat on RAW 25?
WWE RAW's 25-anniversary show was a lot of fun but in a sugar rush kind of a way. It gave us a short-term high, but subtract the nostalgia segments and the build to the actual Royal Rumble itself was droll and formulaic. I'm actually less excited, not more, for the big show in Philadelphia on Sunday.
The returning legends shined, but the superstars we actually watch every week were subject to the usual nonsense.
Lost momentum: Asuka
Asuka cleared the ring. How could she have lost momentum heading into the Royal Rumble?
Because when was the last time the person that cleared the ring before the Rumble actually won the match? Did it happen ever? That doesn't bode well because, for the sake of her longevity, this is a match Asuka needs to win.
The segment was another boring WWE formula where the company has to beat into our head that it's everyone against everyone else and they chose the worst way to end it. Unfortunately, a similar segment would come later in the show.