Triple Z returns to predict and break down the 2021 Royal Rumble card.
Welcome back to ZWrestleTalk, it is officially the road to WrestleMania. I'm excited from the standpoint that WWE will finally have fans back in the stands come WrestleMania. Also, WrestleMania being a two-night event is going to be something to get used too.
Not to mention WWE Network signing a deal with Peacock will probably have massive ramifications on WWE and its programming. I can't wait to break all that down later on in a different article but for now I'm excited to predict the Royal Rumble.
Roman Reigns vs Kevin Owens
"The Tribal Chief" Roman Reigns will take care of Kevin Owens in easy fashion. I was excited to see Adam Pearce wrestle to be honest. I felt like the story of someone who Vince McMahon believed wasn't good enough to be in WWE taking on Vince's guy would be a great story. I understand why WWE is doing this match though. Roman Reigns is one of the biggest stars in wrestling right now so you need him to win here. You have to give the Royal Rumble winner someone to challenge.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Drew McIntyre vs Goldberg
Drew McIntyre is going to defeat Goldberg. I honestly don't know where they will go from there. Could Goldberg potentially win the Royal Rumble? It's a couple years too late for that. But still this is WWE I'm not going to rule it out. I think having Drew McIntyre walk into WrestleMania is smart and he deserves to be a champion in front of fans because most of his reign has had him in empty arenas. It's time for him to have a moment.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Charlotte Flair & Asuka vs Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler
Let's just go with Asuka and Charlotte here. I sincerely don't care about this match, and I hope none of the four in this match win the women's Royal Rumble. Charlotte Flair winning back to back Rumbles would be dreadful.
Winner: Asuka and Charlotte Flair
Sasha Banks vs Carmella
Sasha Banks all day! She's holding onto this title until WrestleMania. I'm happy that Sasha Banks is finally getting the reign she deserves. Hopefully she gets a big time match at WrestleMania this year. More on that later.
Winner: Sasha Banks
Women's Royal Rumble
I'm following the odds on this. I think there is a lot of good options for the Women's Royal Rumble. The one thing that will suck about this year's Royal Rumble matches is there will likely be a lack of surprises due to no crowd. I don't see WWE going the extra mile this year because they won't get the big pops or the payoff. But here are my predictions. Even though I don't think we will see many surprises I'm going to still predict them.
Surprise Entrants (Plausible): Rhea Ripley, Kairi Sane (She's shown up on odds. No clue if she is even in the states.), Paige, Ronda Rousey, and other NXT and general surprises maybe a legend or a potential free agent.
Who I Want To Win: Bianca Belair or Peyton Royce
Who I Think Will Win: Alexa Bliss
WWE loves Bray Wyatt and considering Alexa Bliss is essentially playing the female Bray Wyatt character. I believe she is the true favorite to win the Royal Rumble. Even though Bianca Belair is the betting favorite I just don't know if WWE will pull the trigger on it. I also personally want Peyton Royce to win the Royal Rumble because of two reasons.
Bianca Belair taking on Sasha Banks would be a huge feud. That also leads us to the question would WWE have Sasha Banks drop the championship to Bianca Belair to crown her as the next big women's star? But in the end I think Alexa Bliss will end up winning this Royal Rumble and taking on Asuka or whoever is RAW's Women's Champion at WrestleMania.
Men's Royal Rumble
Now I'm excited for this match. It's a heck of a group and I can't wait to see who wins and advances to face either Drew McIntyre or Roman Reigns. It's also a year where I could see a ton of different winners so let's break it down.
Surprise Entrants (Plausible): John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Adam Cole, Shane McMahon and some random others.
Who I Want To Win: Edge, Daniel Bryan, Otis, or Shinsuke Nakamura.
Who I Think Will Win: Big E
In a year where fans and I will be actively rooting for Edge, Daniel Bryan, and a reborn Shinsuke Nakamura to win the Royal Rumble. I could see WWE being bold and having Big E win the whole thing. Big E is an extraordinary talent and it will be interesting to see if he can hang with guys like Roman Reigns in the main event scene. Wouldn't this be the best time to see if Big E could float on his own amidst the sharks? This Mania will have less fans but it could still give you an indication on how people react to him as a solo star.
I really wanted to pick the odds on favorite Daniel Bryan but after years of watching WWE... I have realized that picking Daniel Bryan to win something you want him to win is a rare occasion. Edge is also moving up the board on a lot of betting sites and I think you could build a strong case for him winning this year. Maybe we get a surprise winner? John Cena winning would be a joy. Tampa Bay is where he currently resides anyway. A babyface Brock Lesnar winning the Rumble and coming back to defeat Roman Reigns? Sign me up.
Even though he has been missing in action in recent weeks I wouldn't rule out Keith Lee and even Seth Rollins as potential Royal Rumble winners. You really can't rule anyone out this year.
Either way this Royal Rumble could create us some exciting WrestleMania 37 matchups in Tampa Bay. Let's run through some potential options to end this blog.
Edge vs Drew McIntyre/Edge vs Roman Reigns
John Cena vs Roman Reigns
Big E vs Roman Reigns
Daniel Bryan vs Roman Reigns
Keith Lee vs Drew McIntyre/Keith Lee vs Roman Reigns
Brock Lesnar vs Drew McIntyre/Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns
Seth Rollins vs Roman Reigns
Shinsuke Nakamura vs Roman Reigns
WWE has some great options let's see what they decide!
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