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WWE Royal Rumble 2015 match card preview: The New Day vs. Cesaro, Tyson Kidd & Adam Rose

Kick-off Show Six-man Tag Match

Cesaro, Tyson Kidd & Adam Rose vs. The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods)

Hopefully the casual fans, kids and drunken revelers get a big kick out of this one, because so-called 'smart' fans and others are libel to get depressed watching a bevy of talented workers toil in weird, offensive and dead-end gimmicks on YouTube.

At least they're on the show, right?

The Road to Royal Rumble

Xavier Woods recruited the floundering tag team of former Intercontinental champs, Big E and Kofi Kingston, to fight for what they deserved.  And then all three disappeared for a while.

Kingston and E returned in their old, direction-less forms for gigs on Superstars and in multi-main matches, and then The New Day vignettes started rolling in.  Woods was James Brown, Big was a preacher and Kofi was...Kofi.  They wore matching blue ring gear and were full of positive energy.  And everyone who was hoping WWE would choose a non-stereotypical path for presenting three performers of color - or that was hoping that three talent guys might break out of a generic jobber/warm-up act role - was crestfallen.

You'd have to write a book to chart and analyze Cesaro's ups and downs since last year's Rumble.  His latest stop is good for workrate marks, if nothing else.  He and Tyson Kidd have aligned in an act that they've worked to develop on social media - which is good, because they pretty much get to have ring entrances and matches on television, but not much else.  They've been lumped in with Adam Rose because...well, in kayfabe it's because they impersonated being in his entourage, and in reality it's because Vince McMahon quickly tired of his schtick.

Since then, the boys in blue have gotten the upper hand over their rivals at every turn.  Because, when you're booking an undercard feud full of wrestlers Creative has nothing for, the good guys win.

What's at Stake?

Kidd is probably bullet-proof.  He's here to fill a slot, and earns his keep these days by being a popular 'reality' show star and an integral piece of the NXT booking machine.

Everybody else would love to make a great impression and start their 2015 off right.  Kingston and hopefully Cesaro will have a better shot at doing that later in the night when they play a part in the main event.  Here, the best they can probably hope for is that a hardcore Philly crowd chooses to celebrate their real world underdog status rather than crap on sports entertainment gimmicks with which Rose and The New Day have been stuck.

In the spirit of The New Day, let's try to be positive.  We'll always have tag team maneuvers.

Look out for those, and any other answers we might get about these six guys' futures, with your fellow Cagesiders right here on the best damn pro wrestling site on the internet.

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