As far as my thoughts on the pre-show, well there was a good reason that those matches weren't on the show as none of the matches were very good, and I will even say that the US title open challenge match was very disappointing. Other than the Royal Rumble, I will once again go back to the heavy praise I forded the SD Live Tag Team division in my predictions. In my opinion the top two non Rumble matches were the SD Live Tag Title match and the Universal title match, but I will give the top match to the tag match cause of the finish. Though the finish of the Universal title match was fine it was also extremely predictable and everything we expected from the match, but that's the problem especially considering the unpredictable finish in the tag match.
Don't get me wrong last year I had no problem with Randy Orton winning the match, but I think the WWE is getting to the point where they need to start building some new faces up the card. The perfect way to do that is through the Royal Rumble as the historical significance of the event is a great way to start building momentum for a fresh face.