When Stardust and Goldust became heels a few weeks ago, my opinions on hating that Cody Rhodes had become Stardust did a 180 and I was onboard immediately. I made a mental note to dedicate my next column to THE BALLAD OF CODY RHODES.
This article, and the one immediately after it, exist in a weird little bit of continuity. Since the Royal Rumble in 1996 occurred on January 21st (the day before the Week 4 Raw) and the Clash of Champions occurred on January 23rd (the day after the Week 4 Nitro), we’re stuck in the middle of what could be described as a pre/post climax situation, or a active/reactive situation for those who like their terms less sexually-charged. When we get down to the whole description and analysis thing, I will be mentioning events that could be construed as ‘spoilers’ of the Royal Rumble PPV, as it is known in other pop culture circles. If you’re someone who tries to avoid spoilers, you can either watch the event yourself (on the WWE Network for only NINE NINETY NINE) or wait for the follow up bonus article, which will be the Royal Rumble/Clash of Champions comparison. I don’t imagine many people read these things for it to really matter, but I just wanted to give a heads up before we begin.
Week 1 Review
The reigning champ picked up where he left off last season, atop the leaderboard, as he went 10-6. Deja also went 10-6, giving the reigning champ some much needed competition. The two rookies, Diamond Jim and Howitzer sit in a four way tie for third with the Buzz-Saw and B Hyphen (all 9-7), while Triple S (8-8) is already playing catchup for the second straight season. With 16 weeks left and all combatants within two picks, the minister of the tricycle is still within reach of everyone.