Set to be the most historic Royal Rumble PPV of all time with the introduction of all female Royal Rumble, this night sets to mark the number one contenders going into Wrestlemania. Here is a look all of the matches announced and my predictions to win.
The Uso’s vs Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin – Smackdown Tag team championships – 2 out of 3 Falls
Due to Jey Uso’s DUI, I think the WWE will switch the belts to the team of Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin as a punishment. However, this match could be a show stealer with the wrestlers involved, as the Usos have not put a bad match on in so long, especially on PPV. I think the Usos will gain the first pin fall creating a dramatic comeback from the babyfaces to gain a 2-1 win.
Winner: Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin
Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan vs The Bar – Raw Tag Team Championships
With the possible addition to Titus Worldwide to this match, due to them securing two wins over The Bar, I see this becoming a triple threat tag team championship match. With the rumblings off a Jason Jordan heel turn, because of his crowd reactions, Seth Rollin’s not being fond of him and him getting Seth Rollin’s way, I think Jason Jordan will cost them titles walking out on Rollins. Going to Wrestlemania hopefully Seth Rollin’s is giving a better feud.
Winner: The Bar
AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn – Handicap match for the WWE Championship
They won’t be an easy win for the team of Owen’s and Zayn as dissension will be made through who gets to pin AJ Styles for the win. Both having get victories over AJ Styles in the weeks leading to the Royal Rumble, their egos will get the best of them leading to AJ Styles finding away to retain. Possibly interference from both Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan will lead to a chaos finish with Shane McMahon further furying Daniel Bryan leading him to join forces with Owens and Zayne. However, I would not be surprised if the WWE went for a massive unnecessary swerve by having Shane align with Owens and Zayn.
Winner: AJ Styles
Brock Lesnar vs Braun Strowman vs Kane – Triple Threat match for the Universal title
The most predictable match of the night, the three behemoths’ Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman and Kane will battle it out for the WWE championship. Although, Braun has came out on top in many segments and brawls, Brock Lesanr looks to be the most likely winner as it is rumoured he is to defend his championship against Roman Reigns at Wrestlemannia. Kane taking the pin to keep Braun looking strong, as Kane is not the wrestler he once was. A bold prediction would be an Undertaker interference stopping Braun from winning the match helping his brother setting up a match at Wrestlemania between the three.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
The Women’s Royal Rumble match
A historical occasion and match looking to produce as many shocks and surprises as the men’s Royal Rumble does. Leading into this match, the favourites are Asuka who is still undefeated, Nia Jax because of her size and power and if the rumours are right, former UFC champion Ronda Rousey. Ronda Rousey would be able to make a major impact if she entered and won, leading to Wrestlemania clash between her and Charlotte. Hopefully their will be a lot of surprise entrants, hopefully a return to the ring from Eve Torres and women from NXT such as Kairi Sane winner of the Mae Young Classic. All the women involved will be eager to make this the best Royal Rumble ever and set the bar for years to come.
Winner: Asuka if Ronda Rousey does not debut
The Men’s Royal Rumble match
With speculation about John Cena and Roman Reigns winning, I think it would be welcomed if my favourite to win, Shinsuke Nakumara would win the opportunity to headline Wrestlemania. If Shinsuke was to win, it is mostly likely he would face AJ Styles what would have the potential to be a 5 star match. I don’t think Roman Reigns needs to win the Royal Rumble again to go in a program with Brock Lesnar and John Cena will hopefully be eliminated by a returning Undertaker to set up a Wrestlemania dream match between the two. Other potential winners come in the form of Randy Orton and Finn Balor. I’d like to see a surprise entry from Satino Marella for some reason and Chris Jericho also, Kenny Omega but that is highly unlikely.