We’re only a few short hours away from the 2015 Royal Rumble, and this may be one of the most important Rumbles in recent WWE history. There is no shortage in wrestling content right now, and fans have been clamoring for WWE to step their booking game up for quite some time now. If WWE continues their trend of lazy booking, they could inadvertently restart the “Monday Night Wars” as several of the smaller fish in the sea are waiting anxiously for WWE to alienate part of their massive audience.
That being said, I expect WWE to come out firing on all cylinders and put on a great show. Historically, the Royal Rumble is used to set up some of the more important storylines heading into Wrestlemania. That means we should see another altercation between Triple H and Sting, as they seem almost a lock to have a showdown at the showcase of the immortals, along with the continuation of the Seth Rollins and Randy Orton feud. The Royal Rumble features a pretty solid card with only one throwaway match (sorry Divas), and should feature tons of action. Here’s the full card for tonight’s Royal Rumble, and my predictions for how each one will end.
Royal Rumble Kickoff: The New Day v Tyson Kidd, Cesaro, and Adam Rose
The new day are still struggling to connect with the audience, while Kidd and Cesaro are coming out and wowing with their incredible chemistry every night. Adam Rose is really the only wild card in this match, but with him being freshly turned heel he should fit nicely into the mix. With this being an elimination match, odds are the heels are going over.
Winner: Kidd, Cesaro, and Adam Rose
Tag Team Title Match: The Usos (c) v Miz and Mizdow
This is probably the 7th time within the last two months that we’ll see some combination of these two teams square off, and it may be time to move on. The Uso brothers will bring it as usual, and Mizdow will be just as, if not more entertaining than usual. I still expect to see the champs retain though.
Winners: The Usos
Divas Tag Match: The Bella Twins v Paige and Natalya
The Bellas are back on good terms again (waste of a storyline) and are taking on all comers. Natty and Paige are newfound besties, and thanks to the hit reality show Total Divas, we get this match. WWE has been building some sort of storyline split or at least major tension between Natalya and her husband Tyson Kidd, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he played some sort of role in the final moments of this match.
Winners: The Bella Twins
Tag Team Match: The Ascension v The New Age Outlaws
Connor and Viktor were darlings during their run in the WWE developmental system NXT. They were over with the crowd largely due to their smash mouth style, unique entrance, and utter dominance over the other tag teams. Unfortunately, that hasn’t translated well over onto the main roster due to creative saddling them with a bad Road Warriors/Demolition gimmick and overly corny vignettes. Enter the New Age Outlaws and some credibility for The Ascension. I think the New Age Outlaws will show up, look good, and promptly lose and in the process. Hopefully they do enough to shift some momentum over to the Ascension because I have a sneaky suspicion they may be headed to a tag team title match sooner than later.
WWE World Heavyweight Title Match: John Cena v Seth Rollins v Brock Lesnar (c)
I love, love, love how this match has been set up. There’s been conflict between all competitors involved, and there has been no clear cut advantage from anybody in particular. Initially set as a one on one match between Cena and Lesnar, the addition of Rollins adds a certain flair and a level of unpredictability to this match that will hopefully make it can’t miss. I expect the Beast to show up, I expect super Cena to show up, and I expect Seth Rollins to steal the show. The winner of this match will stamp their ticket to the main event of Wrestlemania, and I’d hope for that to be Brock Lesnar. I also wouldn’t be totally surprised if we seen Seth Rollins cash in tonight after the initial bell rings.
Winner: Brock Lesnar retains
Bonus: Seth Rollins cashes in his Money In The Bank Contract and wins World Heavyweight Title.
30 man Royal Rumble Match:
This is the only match that I don’t have a clear cut, one way prediction for. Last year’s rumble was pretty predictable as we all knew Batista was coming back for a Rumble win and a main event spot in Wrestlemania. This year, the field is wide open as we have the return of Daniel Bryan from injury, three budding superstars in Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Bray Wyatt, and the wild card that is Rusev. I think WWE is super high on Rusev right now and his ability to naturally generate heat from the audience, and I think he’ll ride his momentum all the way to an impressive showing in the Royal Rumble Match. Roman Reigns will also have an impressive outing, but I don’t foresee either of these two coming close to the Rumble elimination record currently held by Reigns. Daniel Bryan is most definitely my favorite to win, and is the most logical choice to send to main event another Wrestlemania. He’s the most over person in the company right now, and second only to John Cena for being the biggest face in the company as well. There’s several guys that are close, but Bryan is leaps and bounds better than his closest competition. Either way, we should be treated to an awesome Rumble packed with thrill-a-minute action, and even a few surprise returns, including the resurfacing of a certain Viper…
Here’s my three Royal Rumble Scenarios:
- Daniel Bryan wins clean
- Double final elimination resulting in a triple threat match at Wrestlemania 31.
- Dark Horse Winner of the Royal Rumble: Randy Orton
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