Triple Z predicts this year's Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
WWE is preparing one of the most stacked Royal Rumble matches ever. We have Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, and The Undertaker just to name a few. Also WWE is known for Rumble surprises. Could we possible see a Cruiserweight in the Royal Rumble? What about one of the standouts from the U.K Tournament. Triple H is also promising that no one will be able to predict the outcome of this Rumble match. Which isn't a good thing for wrestling websites that do prediction posts...
Nia Jax VS Sasha Banks
Nia Jax squashes Sasha Banks. Not more to this story.
Winner: Nia Jax
Sheamus and Cesaro VS Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
This is a very interesting kickoff match. Gallows and Anderson have been on a roll as of late. This team is long overdue for a championship run. Now with The New Day out of the picture it's time. Sheamus and Cesaro have been weak champions let alone a weak team. Easily one of Mick Foley's biggest GM flops so far. (Yeah I know WWE creative makes all the decisions but it's just easier to blame Mick Foley, the character). Cesaro is more than capable to be a top star on any show. It's ridiculous that he has to play sidekick with Sheamus. Hopefully when WWE does their brand shakeup Cesaro gets moved to SmackDown all alone. It's time for Gallows and Anderson to get a run with the titles.
Winners: Gallows and Anderson
Rich Swann VS Neville
Rich Swann is great and all, but Neville is going to take his title away. The WWE Universe is impressed with Neville's recent heel turn. I feel like his recent momentum will elevate him into winning the championship this Sunday. Ever since Neville's recent rebirth he has carried the Cruiserweight division to new heights. Once he returned there was actual functioning storyline going on. We now have Neville/Swann, Gallagher/Ariya Daivari, and Dar/Fox/Alexander love triangle. 205 Live is now working and the Cruiserweight's have finally adapted to the WWE.
Charlotte VS Bayley
Charlotte isn't dropping the title at the Royal Rumble. Not until, WrestleMania. This match probably won't get any time. Even though the event itself is six hours. Bayley winning at WrestleMania would be a lock for most companies. WWE though is different. The same company that basically made Sasha Banks look like a loser on pay-per-view. Countless of times to the point where she wasn't a legitimate contender anymore. Charlotte is walking away champion at the Royal Rumble.
Naomi, Nikki Bella, and Becky Lynch VS Alexa Bliss, Natalya, and Mickie James
That awkward moment when you realize SmackDown has the better Women's division. RAW, despite having three of the four horsewoman doesn't have a well rounded roster like SmackDown Live. Plus with the addition of Mickie James this division goes over the top. In terms of this match. It's really a "throwaway" match. WWE didn't want Bliss/Lynch at the Royal Rumble due to time. Also they wanted to utilize the other feuds from SmackDown. So they shoved them all together in a six man tag match. I think you have Alexa Bliss win here so she continues to look strong.
Winners: Alexa Bliss, Natalya, and Mickie James
Roman Reigns VS Kevin Owens
Now onto this disaster. I mean maybe I would enjoy this feud more without the ugly red-headed step title. The Universal Championship looks so bad in comparison to the WWE World Championship. Besides the title issues… we have a gimmick match. A "No Disqualifications Match with Chris Jericho Hanging From A Shark Cage" literally something that came out of the brain of Jim Cornette. It's such a oddball gimmick match. I don't think WWE will let KO continue being champion. I think with the rumors of Goldberg winning the Royal Rumble. WWE is going to put over Roman Reigns. Even if Roman doesn't end up facing Goldberg he will have that title heading into WrestleMania. I don't know if that is the smartest decision on WWE's part. Roman Reigns has been a polarizing figure. WWE fans were in distraught about him winning in the main event last year. Something that even myself included hated. Does WWE really want WrestleMania 33 to have the same bad outcome? No they don't. So hopefully they will book Roman differently for the fans and for Roman. Either way it looks like "The Kevin Owens Show" is coming to an end. So he can embark on a feud with Chris Jericho. Something WWE needs to capitalize on before its to late. This match-up should go back and forth similar to their Hell in a Cell match. I think Roman Reigns will find a way to finish Kevin Owens off quickly.
Winner: Roman Reigns
AJ Styles VS John Cena
The "ZWrestleTalk's 2016 Rivalry of the Year" will engage in another exciting chapter. John Cena will finally get a chance to even up the score with AJ Styles. Cena is going after his 16th title reign. Which would end up tying Ric Flair's record. WWE is still very unclear with which direction they will be going with for the Royal Rumble. My best prediction would be John Cena tying Ric Flair's record. Styles and Cena will go back and forth. Cena has been discussed to be in a key match at WrestleMania this year. AJ Styles is rumored to be fighting Shane McMahon at the event. So Cena really is the only option.
Winner: John Cena
Royal Rumble Match
This year's Royal Rumble match is stacked. Hopefully someone who has never won the Rumble before wins. WWE can go in multiple directions with this match. Undertaker is currently the "fan-favorite" to win. As Randy Orton, Goldberg, and Braun Strowman are on WWE's radar to win. Now we can discuss the people who aren't mentioned as legitimate favorites or threats in the Royal Rumble. Chris Jericho who will likely embark on a feud with Kevin Owens. Sami Zayn who is the underdog from the underground. WWE has been building him as a "lovable loser." Brock Lesnar is still a beast. Wouldn't be a surprise to see Lesnar make a elimination spree leading him to victory. We also have to include the NXT factor. The returning Finn Bàlor could possibly win the Royal Rumble. This would lead Bàlor on his way to reclaiming his WWE Universal Championship that he never lost. Samoa Joe isn't currently active in NXT leading many insiders to believe he is main roster bound. Joe would be a interesting pick do to the fact, we haven't had a true monster win the Royal Rumble in years. Then if Shinsuke Nakamura loses to Bobby Roode… his Royal Rumble stock increases dramatically. Nakamura could win the entire thing if he enters the Royal Rumble. Not to mention the possibility of Kurt Angle entering and winning the Royal Rumble. I haven't remembered a Royal Rumble in recent history with so many favorites. I don't see WWE booking Randy Orton to win the Royal Rumble. You just don't have all those stars in this match and not give it to one of them. That's why I'm going with Goldberg. The man came back for a "emotional sendoff" which ended up becoming "A chance to be a hero again." Goldberg stated he wants another run with the championship. Trust me, Goldberg is a huge draw. Friends of mine who don't keep up with wrestling anymore were curious and excited to see Goldberg return. WWE is positioning him to win the Royal Rumble which makes sense. The man is in amazing shape and is also scheduled to fight at WWE Fastlane. It's rumored that Brock Lesnar will take on Goldberg at Fastlane. This match would definitely sell a more troubled event. I also predicted Roman Reigns winning the championship at the Royal Rumble. So Goldberg winning the actual Rumble match would lead us to the "Dream Match Nobody Ever Though Of." Goldberg VS Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship is a headlining match for WrestleMania. You have this hero in Goldberg that has a killer instinct and then you got Roman Reigns the man who is trying to become Goldberg. Both use the spear move. I think Roman Reigns would have better psychology with Goldberg also. Both men are the hard-hitting types. Also a match like Reigns VS Goldberg is what WrestleMania is all about. It's the showcase of the immortals. It's where dream matches happen. It's where we see veterans of the past come out to fight. It's truly a spectacular event. Hopefully this year can rekindle the spark WrestleMania once had. After WWE's awful misfiring of WrestleMania 32. Goldberg is going to win the Royal Rumble match. Some will complain and some will whine and cry. I would not be surprised to see Goldberg come out at like number 23. Something were he comes out later so he doesn't have to be in the match as long. Either way, I'm pumped to see what this Rumble has in store for us.
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