Now before we get started on the predictions, there’s something I want to point out, an observation if you will, I am writing this on the morning of Monday the eighteenth, literally just under a week before the actual pay per view
Now I don’t know if the WWE are getting sloppy or if they’re just not giving two shits about this month’s main headliner but with only a week to go they have only two matches announced on their website – now they have had over a month to get their shit together and create some hype for the pay per view but at this time, it’s flat…nothing
But this is without doubt my favourite pay per view of the year, of course not counting WrestleMania and usually the winner of the Rumble match goes on to headline the grandest stage for a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship…not this year…
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Royal Rumble Match:
For the first time in history, the current champion Roman Reigns must put up his title and defend against twenty nine superstars after royally pissing of the boss, there has only been one other Rumble match to determine a championship and that was only because the title was vacant and was won by the hall of famer Ric Flair.
Some big names have been hinted at retuning at the Rumble, John Cena, Daniel Bryan and Triple H, all are rumoured to make an appearance.
The WWE review card has some insight to who is officially in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Royal Rumble Match…
WWE Review Card…
The unprecedented development was announced by WWE Chairman and CEO Mr. McMahon on the Jan. 4 edition of Raw after Reigns defeated Sheamus in a title match officiated by Mr. McMahon. Heading into that evening, the WWE Chairman had promised Reigns would not leave Raw as champion. Though Reigns proved Mr. McMahon wrong that night, will The Big Dog defy the odds and outlast 29 other Superstars in the ever-unpredictable Royal Rumble Match?
Perhaps the single most anticipated bout of the year, the Royal Rumble Match is utterly unique for its scale and rules. Prior to the match, all 30 competitors draw their entry number randomly. The Superstars who draw Nos. 1 and 2 begin the bout, and a new Superstar joins the fray every 90 seconds until all 30 Superstars have entered the ring. The only way to be eliminated is to be thrown over the top rope and to the outside, with both feet touching the floor. On the Jan. 18 edition of Raw, the McMahon Family revealed Roman Reigns would enter the match at the unenviable No. 1 spot after pulling his name three times from the Royal Rumble tumbler.
So far, the following Superstars have been declared official participants in the match:
– WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, No. 1 entrant
– Brock Lesnar
– Chris Jericho
– Bray Wyatt
– Erick Rowan
– Luke Harper
– Braun Strowman
– Dolph Ziggler
– Big Show
– Curtis Axel
What other Superstars will have the rare opportunity to compete for Reigns’ WWE World Heavyweight Championship? Stick with WWE.com for updates on official Royal Rumble entrants as they are announced, and don’t miss the entire Royal Rumble spectacular when it airs live Sunday, Jan. 24, at 8 ET/5 PT on the award-winning WWE Network.
Prediction…now the rumour is that Triple H is due to return and win the title, setting up a rematch with the man who injured Triple H some time back and it is said it would no doubt be at WrestleMania Thirty-Two or he could simply come back and cost Reigns the title, I could cover my bets and simply predict either Reigns will retain or he will lose his championship but that’s obviously a bit of a cheat.
But that’s what I think is going to happen – Reigns will lose the title…but I really am hoping I’m wrong
WWE Review Card…
Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens etch another chaotic chapter into their ruthless rivalry when they vie for the coveted title in a Last Man Standing Match at WWE Royal Rumble.
Ambrose defeated Owens at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs to win the Intercontinental Championship, setting The Prize-fighter off in a blind rage in the weeks that followed. Owens savagely attacked Ambrose from behind numerous times, making it clear that his intention was to regain his former title by any means necessary. A championship rematch on the Jan. 7 edition of SmackDown, however, ended in bedlam, as the two Superstars brawled over the barricade and into the WWE Universe, resulting in a double count-out.
That outcome will not be possible at Royal Rumble, when the two warriors will compete in a Last Man Standing Match with the title on the line. The objective in a Last Man Standing Match is to incapacitate your opponent to the point where they cannot stand up to answer a referee’s 10-count. The match continues until one Superstar is no longer able to stand, and the other is crowned Intercontinental Champion.
Prediction…Dean Ambrose Retains
Thankfully WWE got their act together on the last Raw before the Royal Rumble…
WWE Review card…
Kalisto has stunned United States Champion Alberto Del Rio twice before — including once to win the stars-and-stripes title. Can The King of Flight accomplish that feat again at Royal Rumble when he meets Del Rio in another title match?
In recent weeks, Kalisto has revealed himself to be not only a courageous warrior, but also a persistent threat to The League of Nations’ representative. Del Rio’s cockiness got the better of him during an initial non-title match, during which Kalisto also had the added support of John Cena at ringside, paving the way for Kalisto to score the upset win and earn a title rematch.
The rematch occurred on the Jan. 11 edition of Raw, and Del Rio, incensed, tore into Kalisto, battering the masked youngster without remorse. Yet, with only the slightest opening available to him, The Lucha Dragon rebounded in thrilling fashion to claim his first title in WWE. The glory ended up being short-lived, however, as Del Rio regained the title in a match seen days later on SmackDown.
With a championship rubber match on the horizon this Sunday at Royal Rumble, who will leave Orlando, Fla., with the prestigious United States Title? Will Del Rio stomp his way to victory or will The King of Flight’s aerial attack pay off? Watch the U.S. Title conflict in its entirety when Royal Rumble airs live on WWE Network this Sunday at 8 ET/5 PT.
Prediction…Alberto Del Rio
WWE’s Review Card…
From close allies to bitter enemies, Divas Champion Charlotte and Becky Lynch will look to settle the score when they meet in a championship clash this Sunday at Royal Rumble.
What began as a friendly rivalry has escalated into a heated contest of one-upmanship ever since Charlotte’s father, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, began seconding his daughter. The influence of “The Dirtiest Player in the Game” clearly rubbed off on Charlotte, as the reigning Divas Champion began incorporating illegal tactics to get the better of her opponents — Becky included.
During a non-title match between the two on the Jan. 4 edition of Raw, The Nature Boy made his presence felt, interfering behind the referee’s back. Becky withstood the distraction and even fought fire with fire, resorting to the very Flair-like strategy of pulling Charlotte’s trunks to score the pin. Upset by The Irish Lass Kicker’s desperation move, Charlotte attacked her former friend from behind.
Becky nearly captured the Divas Title in a championship match days later on SmackDown when she locked Charlotte in the Dis-arm-her submission hold. Though the champion visibly tapped out, Flair placed Charlotte’s foot on the bottom rope, forcing Becky to release the move. Moments later, and with her own feet illegally on the ropes for added leverage, Charlotte pinned Becky.
Enraged that she had again been trumped by underhanded means, Becky demanded another title contest at Royal Rumble, a challenge that was ultimately accepted on the Jan. 18 edition of Raw.
Which Diva will be savvy enough to escape with the butterfly-emblazoned title this Sunday? Will Becky make the champion submit to her painful arm bar, or will The Nature Boy ensure Charlotte remains the titleholder?
WWE’s Review Card…
Who is the superior tag team: The unit that possesses the WWE Tag Team Titles or the duo that won the Slammy Award for Tag Team of the Year? The WWE Universe will find out this Sunday at Royal Rumble, when The Usos challenge The New Day for the WWE Tag Team Championship.
The bout pits Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods against arguably their biggest threat, and the one team that was absent during much of The New Day’s rise to championship glory, Jimmy & Jey Uso.
This match also carries personal overtones, as The New Day took credit for injuring Jey Uso’s shoulder last April — an injury that kept The Usos out of tag team competition for many months. Despite that period of inactivity as a team, Jimmy & Jey were still named the 2015 Slammy Tag Team of the Year by the WWE Universe, much to the chagrin of The New Day.
The Usos’ solidified their claim as top contenders on the Jan. 11 edition of Raw when the twin Superstars, who had a trombone-destroying Chris Jericho in their corner, defeated The New Day’s Big E & Kingston in non-title action.
Will the result be the same when the tandem titles are at stake?
Prediction…The New Day
WWE Review Card…
For two Superstars, the path to this Sunday’s Royal Rumble Match begins with victory on the Royal Rumble Kick-off.
The Dudley Boyz, The Ascension, Mark Henry & Jack Swagger and Darren Young & Damien Sandow will collide in a Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match on the Kick-off. The winning team qualifies to enter the Royal Rumble Match later in the night. At stake in this year’s historic 30-Superstar brawl is Roman Reigns’ WWE World Heavyweight Title.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship opportunities are hard to come by for any Superstar, let alone those competing in the tag team ranks. Which duo will rise to the occasion and claim their Rumble spots with a win in the Fatal 4-Way Match?
Prediction…Mark Henry & Jack Swagger
See you all there………………………………