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WWE Royal Rumble Preview and Predictions

By Mike McMahon

WWE presents the Royal Rumble this Sunday on pay-per-view, kicking off the road to Wrestlemania 28 in Miami on April 1.
Scheduled on the card are two world championship bouts as well as a match between John Cena and Kane before the Royal Rumble match takes the stage.

John Cena vs. Kane
After Monday’s attack on Zack Ryder, it seems that Kane has finally forced John Cena to embrace his hate.
But what will that translate to on Sunday, when the two meet one-on-one?
The build of this story has really transformed Cena’s character, which was the intent. The backstory — getting upset over your buddies U.S. Title — isn’t something I completely understand, but it at least is getting Ryder on television and made him an important part of a WWE storyline.
If WWE plans to keep throwing the wrinkles into Cena’s character without reverting back to “Super Cena,” then they have no choice but to put Kane over on Sunday.
Cena flying into the ring like Superman and taking out the evil giant puts him right back where he was, and the last month of character development on Raw would be a waste.
A win by Kane, especially a clean win, goes a long way in re-establishing the monster as a top heel and gives Cena something to do at next month’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view without putting him in the title picture. A February blowoff and a win over Kane, has Cena ready to clash with The Rock at Wrestlemania.
Winner: Kane

World Heavyweight Championship
Steel Cage Match
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Mark Henry vs. Big Show
If this were simply a three-way dance, there would be no chance in hell Bryan walks out of St. Louis with the World Heavyweight Championship around his waist.
But the steel cage element gives WWE an out. How does the smallest competitor (by far!) in the match conquer these two behemoths? He takes the heel way out and escapes the cage without pinning either one of them.
I could see a situation where Henry and Big Show take themselves out, leading to a Bryan escape and retention of his championship.
Not the honorable way, but honor isn’t something that would fit with Bryan’s character. now would it?
Each week, Bryan has found ways to keep his title despite defending it almost weekly on Smackdown. Each time, he’s weaseled his way into keeping the belt through a backdoor.
Behind the scenes, Mark Henry is rumored to be nursing a slew of injuries and Big Show seems to be lined up to wrestle Shaq at Wrestlemania. If so, I can’t see WWE putting the belt on either competitor.
Winner: Daniel Bryan retains

WWE Championship
CM Punk (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
Special Referee: John Laurinaitis
Dolph Ziggler is a future world champion, I’m just not sure that the future is this Sunday.
Punk is the best thing going in WWE right now, and is almost a lock to be in a title match at Wrestlemania. My bet is he goes into Miami as the champion, and if so, he isn’t losing the belt between now and ‘Mania.
Ziggler has drawn comparisons to Mr. Perfect, mainly for his look, but I see a lot of Shawn Michaels, who will bump his butt off and make Punk look like a million dollars in this match.
The involvement of Laurinaitis makes the deck look stacked against Punk, but watch for Mick Foley involvement, after his recent conflicts with both Laurinaitis and Ziggler on Raw, he could exact revenge on both by killing two birds with one stone. It helps keep the belt on Punk, which is a must, and could setup a “one more match” scenario between Foley and Ziggler at Wrestlemania, which gives one of WWE’s brightest young talents a premiere match at its biggest pay-per-view of the year.
Winner: CM Punk retains

Royal Rumble Match
What will make this match exciting is the number of potential winners. Too many times in the past, WWE has shifted its focus on to one man in the Rumble (Shawn Michaels in ’96, Steve Austin in ’98, etc.), which all but guarantees the winner before entrant No. 1 has even made his way to the ring.
This year is different.
The favorite seems to be Randy Orton, who will enter the Rumble in his hometown of St. Louis. But even for WWE, I think this is too obvious.
Will they get a reaction if Orton wins the match in his hometown? Sure. And it would be a heck of a way to close a pay-per-view and get fans excited for Wrestlemania.
But that would just be more of the status quo. Face wins. Face challenges champion at Wrestlemania,
We’ve seen that.
Other popular picks include Wade Barrett, The Miz or perhaps even one of the WWE Champions, with this being the first time every WWE superstar is eligible for entry.
In my mind, however, there is only one choice — Chris Jericho.
His return to the company last month, while maybe not a surprise, made a huge impact. Every week since, I’ve tuned into WWE television with Jericho being one of the catalysts. How will be avoid speaking tonight? What will he do tonight? He’s been the show.
In what I guess will be his second “official” match, he needs to make an impact. If WWE decides to go with Jericho vs. Punk at Wrestlemania — which, by the way, I’d be more excited about than Jericho vs. Undertaker — then the road that leads us to that match begins with Jericho winning the Royal Rumble match, and ending the world as we know it.
Winner: Chris Jericho

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15 Responses

  1. Neumanrko9 says:

    completely agree

  2. Rumble2-102 says:

    I really do not see Triple H returning then taking on Undertaker once more. More like a return to avenge himself against Nash, and perhaps a Mankind vs Undertaker Hell in a Cell match

  3. james says:

    “or perhaps even one of the WWE Champions, with this being the first time every WWE superstar is eligible for entry.”

    Was this confirmed or is it speculation?

  4. barry says:

    if championa can be in it how about the last two being punk and jericho to start a little feud until mania

  5. coreledge says:


    They mentioned it in the Royal Rumble promo on Raw this week.

  6. Criss Brian says:

    First, @Rumble2-102, are u dumb? 1) Triple H already beat Nash back at TLC, and if you pay any attention, Mick Foley is nowhere near able to do a Hell in a Cell. He’s too old.
    As for the PPV
    -Kane should beat Cena, but we’ll see
    -Bryan retain
    -Punk Retains
    -Jericho wins the Rumble. But Sheamus and Barrett are close seconds

  7. Meh says:

    Evan Bourne for #14 in Royal Rumble since he is on his way out of the WWE.

    I think Kane will get somewhere between 1 and 4 eliminations as I feel that WWE wants to keep HBK’s record of the overall number of people eliminated in by one person in Rumble matches which according to WWE is 39 by HBK with Kane at 35.

  8. John says:

    Im going for a long shot here and saying that dolph ziggler will win royal rumble after losing to c m punk.

  9. ericholic says:

    Jericho will play a part in the CM Punk vs Ziggler match. Laurinitis all this time has been texting Y2J. Orton wins the Rumble, while Bryan wins by luck.

  10. ThePreston says:

    Did You Know?…

    John Cena vs. Kane  will end in a draw.
     (or Cena being disqualified. unless..wait, this 
    isn’t a “NO DQ” match, is it?  i forget lol) 

    World Heavyweight Championship
    Steel Cage Match
    Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Mark Henry vs. Big Show
    D-Bry wins via escape from the cage.

    WWE Championship
    CM Punk (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
    Special Referee: John Laurinaitis
    Punk retains *JL will try to screw him out of the title, but ultimately HHH and/or Foley will come out to save the day for Punk. if it’s Trips he will most likely replace JL as ref, after JL “goes to sleep” and make the count.  If Foley does get involved somehow, i definitely see a mouth full of socko in Vickie’s future! Or they could just opt to save that glorious moment for Mania–when Foley gets the last laugh after doing the job to Dolph in their match..Ok i’m getting WAY ahead of myself now, sorry. Anywhoo, onto the main event….

    Royal Rumble Match
    Y2J wins, last eliminating hometown hero R.K.O
    –possibly followed by a post-match beatdown to Orton or maybe just an insulting/ hate promo, again declares the end of the world as we know it–and, finally, gets the reaction he truly WANTS! done and done.

  11. Bryan lee says:

    1. triple threat steel cage world heavyweight tittle match
    daniel bryan vs mark henry vs the big show

    winner daniel bryan by escaping the cage

    2. john cena vs kane

    winner john cena

    3. WWE championship
    cm punk vs dolph ziggler

    winner cm punk still champion

    4. royal rumble match

    winner Sheamus

    Bryan lee

  12. dave says:

    Ok. Here’s a scenario. It’s down to three guys left, two in the ring and no30 yet to appear. The two in the ring eliminate each other meaning whomever no30 is will win the rumble by just sliding in the ring. That man is Y2J, he then cuts a promo post match and announces that he will go for BOTH titles, World and WWE. Daniel Bryan v CM Punk v Chris Jericho. Undisputed World Champion crowd at Mania and we will truly see who the best in the world is. Thus Jericho wins and declares the end of the world as he sells out to Laurinitis to win the title.

  13. dave says:


  14. Henry Jones says:

    It will come down to punk and jericho, setting up the match at mania for the wwe title and the title of best in the world

  15. Seanyd93 says:

    1) Daniel Bryan wins by luck, wether that be escaping, pinning or submitting after Henry and Show take eachother out.

    2) Draw by count out, with a huge brawl, where Cena embraces the hate and finally turns heel.

    3) CM Punk to get screwed out of his title, thus resulting in JL losing his job on RAW.

    4) – Y2J, building up to a CM Punk vs. Y2J mania match, maybe even triple threat with Dolph Ziggler.
    – Orton or Barret, however, if this is the case, one of them will have to win the title at elimination chamber, because I can see these two fueding till Mania.
    – CM Punk, if he gets screwed out of his title, this could be an easy way to set up the match and blow of the rumble for the writers.
    – Drew McIntyre….. Yes, Drew McIntyre… With his losing streak on smackdown and his job at risk, what better way to secure his contract than to win the rumble (and we all know he is very talented and Vince McMahon is on his side) I could see this happening, and him going to face Bryan at Mania….

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