The landmark episode has been promoted as heavily (if not more so) than a monthly Network supercard. Presumably looking to draw an extremely strong television rating for USA Network ahead of incoming renewal conversations AND drive those additional viewers to giving the WWE Network a try for Royal Rumble weekend, WWE have front-loaded the broadcast with the promise of countless familiar faces, but whatever happened to the element of surprise?
Yes, it's unlikely that Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner or Alberto Del Rio will step out on either the Barclays or Manhattan Center stages with a smile, wave and a WWE.com t-shirt, but with the floodgates opening wide enough to include everybody from Brother Love to Billy Gunn, there seems almost nobody not worth considering for a token spot on the card.
Taking place just six days later, the Royal Rumble match is ordinarily the place for shocks, surprises and sentimental returns, but with the company electing to fill the go-home broadcasts with half of the 'Alumni' section of the website, Monday could outstrip Sunday by some margin.
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