Since January of 1988, the WWE has held an event that would come to be one of the key components in creating new stars, bringing back old ones and ultimately being the starting point on the Road to WrestleMania. The Royal Rumble is a match like no other that brings millions of fans from around the world together to count down from 10 to 1 multiple times throughout the night in hopes that their favorite superstar will walk through the curtain. After all 30 participants enter the contest, we are eventually left with one winner who earns the biggest reward; a shot at a championship of their choosing at WrestleMania.
Building the actual Royal Rumble match can be a tough task and sometimes fans find themselves questioning the outcomes and stories that are weaved into the match. But, with all the bad that comes with the match, there is plenty of good. Whether it be a wrestler entering at number 1 and outlasting all 29 of their opponents or someone getting thrown out within seconds of them entering the fray, the Royal Rumble has produced some of the best moments in WWE’s history.
My goal is to build the best Royal Rumble using a superstar’s entry from a previous year in which they succeeded, shocked or surprised. There is many ways to build a Royal Rumble which is what makes it fun to watch. Which #1 entry had the most memorable performance? At #20, did someone have the night of their lives? The only rule is that a superstar can be only used in this list(unless it is a totally different character). Check out entry #’s 1-30 to see where your favorite Royal Rumble performances will land.
The 2017 Royal Rumble is upon us and this year’s contest is one of the most unpredictable in the pay-per-view’s 30-year history. Will a veteran such as Goldberg, The Undertaker, Chris Jericho, Randy Orton or Brock Lesnar be the last standing? Will a young gun such as Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayn, Braun Strowman, Rusev or Bray Wyatt use this night to catapult them to the biggest stage? Could a returning superstar walk away the winner?
And don’t forget there’s a full card of exciting matches before the actual rumble. John Cena and AJ Styles will clash as the Dr. of Thuganomics chases history. Bayley will get her shot at gold, Jericho will be in a shark cage and so much more is going down at the Alamodome. Daisy Rivadeneira and Kyle Boris of YourSitch will attempt to cover it all as they make their predictions for the 2017 Royal Rumble.
Becky Lynch, Naomi and Nikki Bella vs. Alexa Bliss, Mickie James & Natalya
Daisy: How awesome would it have been if Trish Stratus had been in this match? Even though she will not be making it, I am still excited to see Mickie James in action. I’m excited to see her back in a WWE ring and I’ll be rooting for her to lead her team to victory as they defeat Lynch, Nikki, and Naomi.
Result: Bliss, James & Natalya by pinfall
Kyle: Alexa Bliss may be the most underrated performer the WWE has right now. She doesn’t have the move sets that some of the other women wrestlers have, but what she lacks there she makes up for in her character and personality. That being said, she’s had the upper hand over Becky Lynch of late and this could be a good time for Lynch to pick up a win without pinning the champ.
Result: Lynch, Naomi, Bella by submission
Raw Tag-Team Championship
Cesaro & Sheamus(c) vs. Gallows & Anderson
Step aside Cesaro and Sheamus. It’s Gallows and Anderson’s time. They will win fair and square seeing as though there will be two referees in this match. I am not a HUGE supporter of either team, but Gallows and Anderson have done their time and deserve to be in the spotlight especially with the resume they have.
Result: Gallows & Anderson by pinfall
Two referees will be used to prevent endings like the one seen above.
Kyle: I like that this match-up is going to have two referees to continue their storyline. I think Gallows and Anderson could use a defining championship win on a big stage, but I just feel like it’s too soon to take the belts off Cesaro & Sheamus. They’ve just gotten it rolling and they’re fun to watch.
Result: Cesaro & Sheamus by pinfall
Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
Daisy: This one is tough just because both of them are my girls. I want Nia Jax to work her way up to possibly getting a chance to compete for the Women’s Championship, however, I don’t think her day has come yet. Sasha Banks will win by submission in this match even though it won’t be easy to knock Nia Jax down.
Result: Sasha Banks by submission
Kyle: Like her theme song reminds us, Nia Jax is not like most girls. Honestly, she’s pretty darn impressive and if we want to take her serious as a contender for the belt, she’s going to need a win over a top contender like the boss.
Result: Nia Jax by pinfall
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Rich Swann(c) vs. Neville
Daisy: These matches are always fun. I know these guys will pull out moves that will have my jaw dropping. Also, Rich Swann is impressive and I would really like to see him remain champion to see what else he can do. He’ll end the match with a spin kick to take down Neville.
Result: Swann by pinfall
Kyle: Neville is on fire right now and deserves the strap. He’s put the cruiserweights back on the map with his new attitude and I think that’s exactly what the belt needs. Swann is a great performer, but he needs some fire in him and maybe a loss to Neville will do just the trick.
Result: Neville by pinfall
Raw Women’s Championship
Charlotte Flair(c) vs. Bayley
Daisy: The fans LOVE Bayley hence why she’s moved up the ladder rather quickly. That being said, despite how quickly she’s climbed, I think Charlotte will be too much for her at the Rumble. Don’t worry Bayley fans, I don’t see this being the end of their feud just yet.
Result: Charlotte by pinfall
Kyle: Have you heard Charlotte is undefeated in title matches on PPV? Yeah, well that’s not going to change here. I don’t think it will be a clean win, but Charlotte will end up leaving the ring with a conniving smile as she laughs at Bayley which will further push the fire inside the underdog.
Result: Charlotte by pinfall
WWE Universal Championship:
No DQ(Chris Jericho Trapped in a Shark Cage)
Kevin Owens(c) vs. Roman Reigns
Daisy: With Jericho locked away, these guys might actually get a fair match in. Roman Reigns is capable of defeating Kevin Owens, but I don’t know if it’ll be his night. Unfortunately, I think Kevin Owens will remain champion, keeping me off the list, but I think Owens’ time will be up at WrestleMania.
Result: Owens by pinfall
Kyle: This match is tough to dissect. Will Chris Jericho still be a factor from the shark cage? Will fans even pay attention to the actual match? Just think how entertaining the ayatollah of rock and rollah will be as he’s suspended in the air. When it comes to the match though, I think I’m going with Owens because it could ultimately set up a match with the first Universal Champion Finn Balor at WrestleMania.
Result: Owens by pinfall
AJ Styles(c) vs. John Cena
Daisy: Even if the crowd chants it,John Cena doesn’t suck. AJ Styles is pretty darn good himself. Both of these guys are a bit on the older side, but man do they know how to put on a performance. Besides the actual rumble, I look forward to this match the most. I expect to be emotionally exhausted during this match until Cena wins by pinfall after each of them have near fall after near fall.
Result: Cena by pinfall
Kyle: Boy, do these two know how to work the mic. They have killed it recently on Smackdown Live and I really can’t wait for the next installment in this series. This match really could go either way. I don’t think either man will go down without a little help though. The loser will probably fall because of outside shenanigans. (Please be Samoa Joe, please be Samoa Joe)
Result: AJ Styles by pinfall
2017 Royal Rumble Match
Daisy: With so many spots still up for grabs, I would really like for a celebrity to be a part of the rumble. Maybe Shaq again? Or Josh Reddick… Gronkowski?… McGregor?
Kyle:Just picture this. The crowd is ready for the #10 entry. Give us the Perfect 10! 3…2…1…AWESOME! If the Miz came out at #10, he would gain SO much heat and it would really anger the crowd. And then you can have Tye come out at #11 and that can start a mini feud.
Daisy: I want to see Undertaker, Goldberg and Brock Lesnar in the ring at the same time. They teased it on Raw, so they better deliver in the match. I expect a long stare-down with each other before they go at it.
Kyle: I really want to see Tyler Bate, the first WWE UK champion, compete in the rumble. He could use the national stage to get his name out there more and it would give him some time to shine and showcase his talents for a bigger audience.
Daisy: I want to see KURT ANGLE return. If the crowd hears his signature music it will turn the arena into a frenzy. Let us chant ‘YOU SUCK’ because it’s a classic! I low key would also like for the last entry to be a WWE Legend like The Rock or The Rattlesnake. I would actually lose my sh*t!
Kyle:If James Ellsworth isn’t in the ring with Brock and Goldberg does anything really matter? I want an F5, a spear, 5 suplexes and a Jackhammer.
Daisy: Triple H enters the Royal Rumble and Seth Rollins screws him over. The Game screwed Rollins out of his Royal Rumble spot and now it’s Rollins’ turn to return the favor. You can’t leave the man out of one of the biggest nights in the WWE.
Kyle: I was trying to think of what Kofi could do this year to top his crazy saves in the rumble and all I could come up with is that he gets thrown over the ropes, but lands on top of Francesca #2 and stays alive. Hopefully he comes up with something better.
Daisy: Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Goldberg, The Big Show
Result: Goldberg will continue his dominance by eliminating the Big Show who drew a late entry as Balor and Joe are there for the assist. Balor and Samoa Joe then team up to eliminate Goldberg.
The Royal Rumble will end with Finn Balor and Samoa Joe, former NXT rivals, squaring off and it couldn’t be in a more dramatic way. I think, ultimately, Samoa Joe is eliminated by Balor earning the Demon King a shot at getting his title back! Samoa Joe will have an impressive debut as he eliminates the most superstars, but will fall just short.
Kyle: The Undertaker, Finn Balor, Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt
Result: Give us the 4 creepiest guys in the final 4! Just picture the stare down of the Deadman, the Demon King, and the Wyatts. Balor will be the Raw rep, while the Wyatts represent the blue brand. Then you have The Undertaker to do whatever the heck he wants. I see an Orton/Bray turn that causes them both to get eliminated followed by a Balor win over the Undertaker setting up Balor and Owens for Wrestlemania.
How do you think the Royal Rumble will go down? Let us know in the comments and be sure to tune in Sunday, January 29th on the WWE Network.