Not one but two rumbles will happen at the annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Triple Z is here to discuss.
Enzo Amore VS Cedric Alexander.... Wait
Well this is awkward. When I started to write this article. This was still a match. A lot has happened since then. All I got to say is The Rise and Fall of Enzo Amore will make a great WWE documentary one day.
The Uso's VS Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin
This will be a solid 2 out of 3 falls matchup. I see SmackDown shaking up the title picture ahead of WrestleMania so I'm going with Gable and Benjamin to get a run with the titles.
Winners: Gable & Benjamin
Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan VS Sheamus and Cesaro
Cesaro and Seth Rollins are being wasted in this match. Two awesome single stars are just duking it out in a tag division that can be rebuilt at any moment. Jason Jordan is a loss cause at this rate. Any momentum he had from being Kurt Angle's son is gone. I don't even think WWE knows what to do with him. Jordan's biggest opportunity will come with his run with Seth Rollins as he randomly fills in for the injured Dean Ambrose. If Jason Jordan can muster up some kind of excitement WWE will continue to push him to the moon.
As for this match. It can really go either way. Like most of the matches on this card tonight. I think the odd duo will retain.
Winners: Jason Jordan and Seth Rollins
Brock Lesnar VS Braun Strowman VS Kane
The colossal triple threat match for the WWE Universal Championship. Brock Lesnar has to face off with two monsters on his way to WrestleMania. I don't consider Kane a threat in this match. Braun Strowman will make the most impact against Lesnar. This match will be relatively short due to multiple reasons. Lesnar's workload, Kane's age (even though he can still go. Not to mention he needs to keep campaigning to become the mayor...), The actual long Royal Rumble match, and the amount of other matches on the card.
I don't see Lesnar dropping the title either. Braun should get the chance to be champion. He has been able to keep people engaged while watching RAW. Which is a tough task these days. His violent antics resonate with viewers who miss that era of WWE. Strowman will get a shot at the title one day but for now Brock Lesnar will carry the title until WrestleMania.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
AJ Styles VS Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
I don't follow SmackDown as much but I doubt we would get co-champions especially heading into WrestleMania. WWE seems like they are building for AJ Styles VS Shinsuke Nakamura at WrestleMania. So I'd assume they would stick with the original plans. If not the co-champion scenario could become very intriguing. Especially if it leads to Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens for the WWE Championship.
It is still incredible to me that WWE couldn't capture the magic of babyface Sami Zayn. He could of been another version of Daniel Bryan and that's what WWE needs right now. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn will lose to AJ Styles at the Royal Rumble. All three workers in this match are awesome so I expect an incredible contest.
Winner: AJ Styles
30 Woman Royal Rumble
I'm actually excited for this. Like all good Royal Rumble matches I expect a few surprises. Although it's been denied, I have to assume that Ronda Rousey still shows up in the Royal Rumble. The MMA part-time star comes in and screws over all the hard-working wrestlers? Where have we seen this before? I wouldn't blame them either. If you had Ronda Rousey at your disposal are you going to make her lose to Nia Jax? No way, not a chance. I really want to pick Ronda Rousey despite multiple outlets denying her involvement. I'm just going to go with Asuka. Safe easy pick, and momentum is on her side. On another note I wouldn't be surprised if we end up seeing a part time winner like Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Trish Stratus, Stephanie McMahon, or once again Ronda Rousey. Let's just stay safe and pick Asuka.
Men's Royal Rumble
For the men's Royal Rumble I'm going to predict differently. This is for the first time I have changed up my style of predicting the Rumble since the blogs beginning in 2013. So I will have multiple picks. I'll explain my reasons behind each pick. A match of this size deserves multiple winning options.
Surprise Winner: Batista
WWE still worries about star power at WrestleMania. Batista is still a magnificent draw. Although Batista has hinted at a WWE return, and that WWE was very interested in bringing him back. I don't think it will happen due to his movie star schedule. Promoting Avengers: Infinity War may not give Batista the time to come back to WWE. Still he seems like a good surprise winner.
The Inevitable Winner: Roman Reigns
Poor Roman Reigns always gets put into bad spots. Once again it is rumored that Roman Reigns will win the Royal Rumble. Ironically the last time he won the Royal Rumble the event was in Philadelphia. Roman Reigns won the iconic match. Will history repeat itself? I'm assuming yes just from a logic standpoint. WWE hasn't been very secretive about wanting Brock Lesnar VS Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34 for the Universal Championship. So having Reigns winning the Royal Rumble would make sense for him to challenge Brock Lesnar again. This time with Roman Reigns defeating Lesnar clean in the ring. I feel like deep down fans like Roman Reigns but they don't like the fact WWE basically becomes predictable whenever he gets involved. Which is a true shame.
SmackDown Live Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Despite a rocky start on the main roster. The NXT standout looks to conquer WWE on its largest stage of the year. First he has to get through the Royal Rumble. Yes what a lovely ending this could be. The final three is Cena, Elias, and Nakamura. Nakamura eliminates the other two and the crowd starts to sing his music. Good ending right?
RAW Surprise Winner: Finn Balor
Triple H's chosen one. Balor winning would be electric. Similar to a Nakamura win where the crowd gets really involved. Also would get him a shot at the title he never lost. Lesnar VS Balor would be a huge match. Some fans hate the quote and quote unrealistic idea of Finn Balor beating Brock Lesnar. First let me remind you that this is WWE. Secondly, that Hogan beat a Giant. Third, what's wrong with underdog winners? Nothing. Everyone likes the upset. Finn winning would give fans something to be excited about.
Wildcard Part-Time Winner: The Undertaker
This is a realistic possibility. The cryptic promo on RAW 25 didn't give closure to anything yet it didn't start anything. So there is two routes I could see WWE going. Having him in the Rumble to confront Roman Reigns for beating him last year. The other would be a face off with John Cena. Taker VS Lesnar VS Reigns could end up being a wild match at Mania. The two men that where able to beat the deadman face off with him once again? Sign me up. Although Taker is so broken down that his performance would underachieve. Yet having two other guys to carry him could be a good thing. A lot of fans are clamoring for him to just stay away and retire. Some want him to come back and face Cena and have him lose. I say screw both of those options. Also screw the whole "go out on your back" tradition in pro wrestling. The Undertaker isn't just another pro wrestler. He's a icon and his uniqueness should allow him to have a final match and come out on top. I said last year that watching Reigns take him down was so painful. It felt like the movie Logan. The once great hero doesn't have it anymore and he finally goes away. Similar to the world of comics anything can happen in the WWE. So Taker returning and going out on top would allow his character to prevail. Undertaker was around to long to just go out like everyone else. So maybe this is his redemption road?
So those are my five crazy picks for what is expected to be a wild Royal Rumble. The road starts here and it can only get better.
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