Last we saw Ricochet, the high-flying WWE superstar was writhing on the mat in breathless agony, the victim of a kick to the groin by 285-pound champion Brock Lesnar.
It seems that Lesnar didn’t take kindly to Ricochet challenging him to an unscheduled match, and taunting the champ by asking, “What’s the matter? Are you scared?” Lesnar responded with the mighty low blow and sneered, “Not scared.”
What is wrong with you, Ricochet?
It’s considered lazy journalism for a reporter to start a question with “How does it feel …?” But since I had Ricochet on the phone, I went for it. How did it feel to be booted in the jewels by the WWE's toughest, meanest, cruelest superstar, Brock Lesnar?
“It felt just like it looked,” Ricochet said. “It wasn’t anything I expected. It wasn’t my night, that’s for sure.”
Do you regret asking Lesnar if he was scared?
“No, not at all. I’m not afraid of him. If we meet again, maybe that will be my time and I will get my chance at becoming champion.”
Ricochet may get his shot at revenge Sunday, January 26, in Houston. Both are entered in the 30-man, over-the-top-rope Royal Rumble main event at Minute Maid Park. Tickets, starting at $20, are available online. If you spring for the $300 premium seats, you’ll take home your Royal Rumble commemorative chair. Doors open at 3 pm with first bell at 5 pm.
This is a "clear bag event." Only clear bags and purses smaller than 12"x6"x12" will be allowed in. There are no available lockers outside the stadium and staff will not store non-permitted bags. So don't be left out, clear bags only. Fans will be required to pass through a metal detector.
In an unprecedented, some experts say risky, move, Lesnar has insisted on being the first man to enter the ring. One by one, superstars will enter the ring every 90 seconds. The last man standing will be declared the winner and earn a title shot at WrestleMania 36, scheduled for April 5 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
I wouldn’t bet against Lesnar. They don’t call him the "Beast Incarnate" for nothing. As big and bad as Lesnar is, entering the ring at No. 1 places him at a distinct disadvantage. Sunday will be the 33rd annual Royal Rumble and only two men have won from the pole position: Shawn Michaels in 1995 and Chris Benoit in 2004. Mr. McMahon won the match from the No. 2 position in 1999, but he was a chicken-bleep who hid outside the ring most of the time. If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it’s that Mr. McMahon is devious. There is no need to tell him I said that.
Among the Royal Rumble entrants: “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, “The Viper" Randy Orton, "King" Corbin, “The Chosen One” Drew McIntyre, “The Bulgarian Brute” Rusev, “The Monday Night Messiah” Seth Rollins, “The Almighty” Bobby Lashley, “The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman, and several more performers with colorful nicknames. (Know what’s frightening? I knew all of those nicknames without looking them up.)
There will be a 30-woman Royal Rumble match, too, featuring: “The Queen” Charlotte Flair, “The Goddess” Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross, Sarah Logan, and more.
In addition, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt puts his Universal title on the line against Daniel Bryan, Raw women’s champ "The Man" Becky Lynch defends against Asuka, Smackdown women’s champ Bayley meets “The Sassy Southern Belle” Lacey Evans, U.S. title holder Andrade faces Humberto Carillo. Roman Reigns does battle with King Corbin in a “falls count anywhere match.”
Be prepared for these two to fight all over the ballpark. Guys, if you're on the main concourse, can you bring me back a hot dog and Diet Coke? The ring will be set up at second base. Superstars will enter from the Astros dugout along the first base line.
One word of advice for King Corbin, if you hear banging on a garbage can, it's a signal, get ready for Roman Reigns to deliver his patented “Superman Punch.”