The Royal Rumble is almost here guys. Aren’t you so unbelievably excited for the Road to WrestleMania? Oh. You’re not. This time it’s not even really their fault. So many injuries. It’s hard to make a compelling show when half your stars are injured and you don’t know how to make new ones. But, all things considered – the matches have what it takes to make this a good show – but some of them could also turn around to make it not so great. So I’m optimistic that this could be good – but I’m not getting my hopes up.
WWE World Tag Team Championship
(c) New Day (c) (Big E and Kofi Kingston) vs. The Usos
Welcome to the entire WWE tag team division. I mean, really – what is the point? New Day’s the best part of the show, but they have no competition. I’d like to see something new and until then, New Day retains.
Prediction: New Day
WWE U.S. Championship
Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Kalisto
OMG GUYS KALISTO WON THE U.S. TITLE AND THEY’RE FINALLY DOING SOMETHING WITH HIM AND GOT THE BELT OFF OF GOD AWFUL DEL RIO…..AND IT’S GONE! What a joke. And if they were going to keep the belt on Kalisto they would have – so Del Rio retains. (But if Kalisto wins it’ll be great.)
Prediction: Alberto Del Rio
WWE Second Rate Women’s Championship
Charlotte (c) vs. Becky Lynch
Wait…..two solid women’s storylines in a row? It’s like they’re able to have decent womens storylines now that we have two talented women in matches and not just one. Granted, the Charlotte and Ric act as a whole is basically intergender Bella Twins and Charlotte does leave a little to be desired in terms of mic work and character and not being her father, this is still miles above where we were before Charlotte had the title. (However, what they did with Paige this week is a step back for her which is completely unacceptable.) And Becky has been great and has shown exactly why bringing her up as an afterthought was a complete joke. And honestly, I think she has a good chance of winning.
Prediction: Becky Lynch
Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Kevin Owens
This feud has been good, even if there could be more to it. And a Last Man Standing match between them – awesome. It’s nice to see the IC Title seem like it means something. And as far as a winner is concerned – Kevin Owens, because he’s a father, damnit!
Prediction: Kevin Owens
Royal Rumble Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Significant Participants: Roman Reigns (c), Brock Lesnar, Chris Jericho, Bray Wyatt
Well, I have to give credit to WWE for making things a little interesting by putting the title up for grabs in the Rumble itself. However, it would come off better if there weren’t so many injuries. If Cena, Rollins, and Orton were in this to, then at least the field of potential winners wouldn’t seem so scarce. Also, I assume all people who were in other matches on this show will be in this match too – and that brings the significant participants to include Ambrose and Owens.
As far as surprise entrants go, I think we will see Sami Zayn and maybe Baron Corbin from NXT. I hope we see Finn Balor and Samoa Joe too.
And if A.J. Styles doesn’t actually debut in this, so help me God – that’s one of the major reasons I’m actually looking forward to this show. If he doesn’t and they go with the vignettes I read about which is stupid – I’m not going to be happy. Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if the fans are chanting for him all night and if they don’t get him, they might give a “Daniel Bryan didn’t win” reaction to them for a third year in a row.
I know what I’ve read about how they think they’re doing the ending – and I don’t believe it. I’ve been almost 100% positive Triple H is coming out of this show as the champion since they announced it. Maybe Brock, but with so much star power gone – I think they need Brock to be in a different match than the title match so you can have at least two big matches on the show. (Please have Brock vs. Owens)
Prediction: Triple H
Alright, so review Sunday as always.
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