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WWE Royal Rumble Q&A + Predictions

The WWE Royal Rumble is just a day away. It’s time for a Q&A as well as Royal Rumble predictions!

Can Finn Balor slay the Beast?

Rob – No chance. Balor is only in this match because Strowman is injured let’s face it. There is no way Brock will lose to Finn. However, I am glad to see Balor finally get a shot at the Universal title that he never lost.

Jack – Would be the biggest shock of the decade. Balor is a worthy opponent for Brock and sure he will have a very good match but this very much feels like a filler feud before the obvious match against Strowman at Mania.

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Will there be any surprise entrants/returns?

Rob – I can see Kevin Owens returning, and doing well in the Rumble match. If he doesn’t then Sami Zayn surely will. As for legends returning, I don’t see it happening in the men’s but in the women’s they will surely have to bring back the likes of Trish or Lita to make up the numbers.

Jack – This is always the expectation with a rumble and part of what makes it so exciting. Like Rob says one of Owens or Zayn will almost certainly return, and I can see EC3 making his debut among others.  There will be one nostalgic entrant and my bold left-field prediction is Lethal Weapon, Steve Blackman. Rob is also right when he says the woman will need to make up the numbers.

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Any outside tips for the Rumble matches?

Rob – The favorites certainly appear to be Rollins and Charlotte. As I said before, I can see KO returning and doing well so he would be an outside tip. I can’t see past Charlotte unless something happens with Becky Lynch. The only other females I could see winning is Alexa Bliss or Shayna Baszler if she was to be called up.

Jack – This one is more in the realms of ‘in your dreams’ but it would be cool for Finn to lose against Lesnar, but then win the Rumble as the Demon Finn. After a couple of years of having a Smackdown winner I’ll be very surprised if the blue brand takes the honor again but it’s not unlikely, with John Cena winning to set up a match with Bryan being my outside tip. For the woman,  I can see either a debuting wrestler winning.

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Apart from the Rumbles, what match are you most and least looking forward to?

Rob – I think The Bar vs Miz/Shane will be highly entertaining and should actually be a good match. Styles vs Bryan the other obvious choice but I will go for the tag match. As for least looking forward to, I’m not really bothered about the Cruiserweights.

Jack – The Cruiserweights consistently put on some really fun matches and the fatal four-way should be no different so I’m looking forward to that. Becky Lynch is also given the performances of her life and will surely impress once again here. For the least, although I believe the match features 3 of the most talented performers in the WWE I’m not a fan of Shane McMahon taking away a spot from others who are arguably more deserving and can see him also winning the match.

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Match predictions

Men’s Royal Rumble

Rob – Seth Rollins

Jack – John Cena

Women’s Royal Rumble

Rob – Charlotte Flair

Jack -Shayna Baszler

Universal Championship – Brock Lesnar vs Finn Balor

Rob – Brock Lesnar

Jack – Brock Lesnar

WWE Championship – Daniel Bryan vs AJ Styles

Rob – Daniel Bryan

Jack – Daniel Bryan

Raw Women’s Championship – Ronda Rousey vs Sasha Banks

Rob – Ronda Rousey

Jack – Ronda Rousey

Smackdown Women’s Championship – Asuka vs Becky Lynch

Rob – Becky Lynch

Jack – Asuka

Smackdown Tag Team Championship – The Bar vs The Miz/Shane McMahon

Rob – The Miz/Shane McMahon

Jack – The Miz/Shane McMahon

United States Championship – Rusev vs Shinsuke Nakamura

Rob – Rusev

Jack – Shinsuke Nakamura

Cruiserweight Championship – Buddy Murphy vs Akira Tozawa vs Hideo Itami vs Kalisto

Rob – Buddy Murphy

Jack – Hideo Itami

If your in the mood to watch a Royal Rumble match already. Take a look at the 2018 Royal Rumble!

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Top 10 Worst Royal Rumble Matches

The Royal Rumble is usually one of the most exciting and unpredictable evenings of the year, but not always. Let’s take a look at the worst Rumbles in history.

10 – 2011 (Winner: Alberto Del Rio)

2011 saw the only Rumble to feature 40 men and, whilst it is always nice to try new things, it didn’t really work. Santino Marella ended up as runner up which, for the biggest Royal Rumble ever, is a bit of a letdown. Del Rio ended up losing at Mania in the opening match too.

9 – 1993 (Winner: Yokozuna)

There are 2 main reasons I’m not a fan of this one. Firstly, having never been a fan of Yokozuna, the way he won the match was a joke. Randy Savage went for a pin (why? He has been in Rumbles before) and Yokozuna eliminated him by kicking out of the pin. Secondly, Undertaker was eliminated by Giant Gonzalez which just gives horrible flashbacks of their Wrestlemania match.

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8 – 2013 (Winner: John Cena)

2013 wasn’t necessarily a bad Rumble. We had a great surprise return from Chris Jericho, which received a huge reaction from the crowd. However, the problem was that this match was so predictable. The fact that Cena won also made the title match between The Rock and CM Punk predictable because everyone knew Cena and Rock were heading towards a Mania rematch, which everyone knew Cena would win too.

7 – 2012 (Winner: Sheamus)

Again, this is another match which may be harshly placed but there is a reason. Chris Jericho had recently returned and was claiming that the Royal Rumble would be the end of the world as we know it. And nothing really happened. He just got beat by Sheamus. Massive disappointment.

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6 – 1988 (Winner: Hacksaw Jim Duggan)

The first Royal Rumble deserves credit for being the original and creating a spectacle we still enjoy today. Having said that, this 20 man Rumble was a bit rubbish. No offence to Jim Duggan, but he is not really in the same league as future winners like Stone Cold and The Rock, nor was he in the same league as the likes of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, who were in WWF at the time.

5 – 1991 (Winner: Hulk Hogan)

Back in the days when Hulk Hogan had to win everything, even if people wanted to see something different. Bret Hart was eliminated early, Randy Savage no-showed and Earthquake finished as runner up. Says it all really.

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4 – 1995 (Winner: Shawn Michaels)

1995 is a Rumble that will always live forever because of the legendary ending with Michaels surviving with 1 foot on the floor. However, when you look at the whole match, you can see why business was in the toilet in 1995. The star power of this Rumble is non-existent and, apart from the ending, the match was awful.

3 – 1999 (Winner: Vince McMahon)

A Rumble where more happened outside the ring than in it. Austin and McMahon were the first 2 in and the final 2, with the Chairman winning after The Rock distracted Austin. However, this was only because they went backstage for most of the match, with Austin being attacked in the ladies toilets. Undertaker abducted Viscera instead of actually being in the match. Kane was the only superstar who could realistically challenge Austin and Vince but he eliminated himself after the Corporation sent down white coats. A mess of a Rumble.

2 – 2014 (Winner: Batista)

In January 2014, the WWE Universe was swept up in the YES! movement. Everyone wanted Daniel Bryan to win and thought he was the final entrant. But no, Rey Mysterio entered to widespread boos. Batista won on his return, which not many people cared about, last eliminating Roman Reigns (who had eliminated 12 men, a new record). ironically, this was one of the last times a WWE crowd were fully behind Roman Reigns at the end.

1 – 2015 (Winner: Roman Reigns)

The good news a year later was that Daniel Bryan was in the Rumble and everyone was excited to see him finally get his victory…. oh no wait he was chucked out halfway through by Bray Wyatt. Not to worry, there was lots of young talent in this match. Oh no wait, Big Show and Kane went around getting rid of all of them. Roman Reigns won but no one wanted him to this time. Even The Rock couldn’t save Roman from getting booed out of the building. Truly horrible Rumble.

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Top 10 Royal Rumble Competitors

With the 2019 Royal Rumble coming up, we look at the 10 best competitors in Royal Rumble history.

10 – Chris Jericho

Whilst not actually going all the way and winning a Rumble, Y2J has been a runner up, a 61-minute man and has also collectively lasted longer in Rumble matches than any other superstar, totalling over 5 hours.

9 – Kane

Another man, or monster, who has never actually won the Rumble but has made a huge impact. His performance in 2001, lasting over 40 minutes, coming runner up and eliminating a then-record 11 men was his best outing. You could always rely on Kane to clear the ring on arrival.

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8 – Batista

Maybe not the most popular of entrants on this list, given the ending of the 2014 match where everyone wanted Daniel Bryan. However, you can’t argue with Batista’s record of winning 2 Rumbles, in 2005 and 2014.

7 – Rey Mysterio

The Mexican legend became only the 2nd man to win the Rumble from the number 2 position in 2006, adding to Vince McMahon’s victory in 1999. While Vince, however, was out of the ring for most of that, Rey Mysterio set the record for longest time spent in a Rumble, lasting 62 minutes and eliminating Triple H and Randy Orton to get the win.

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6 – Triple H

The Cerebral Assassin has won 2 Rumble matches, a massive 14 years apart. His first came in 2002 after he had fought back from serious injury and his second came in 2016 when he was a surprise entrant and won the WWE Championship from Roman Reigns, who was forced to defend his title in the Rumble match.

5 – John Cena

Not only has Cena won the Rumble twice, in 2008 and 2013, but he has also come in the final 5 on his last 5 appearances and has never finished outside the top 10. You can always count on big match John to show up at this event and he remains one of the favourites in this year’s event too.

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4 – Ric Flair

Flair gets this spot on the back of one Rumble appearance, but what an appearance it was. In 1992, not long after joining from WCW, Flair entered at number 3 and managed to win the WWF Title, which was on the line after being vacated. This was also one of the greatest Rumbles ever, and possibly the most star-studded of all time.

3 – Roman Reigns

If Cena’s record of never finishing outside the top 10 is impressive, then Roman Reigns’ is astounding. In his 5 appearances, he has finished 2nd, 1st, 3rd, 2nd and 2nd. His lowest placed finish of 3rd came when he had to defend his WWE title as the number one entrant. Adding to this, he broke Kane’s record of most eliminations in a single Rumble when he took out 12 men in his first ever Rumble match.

2 – Shawn Michaels

The Heart Break Kid’s Rumble record is legendary. In 1995, he became the first man in history to win the Rumble as the number one entrant, last eliminating British Bulldog in a famous finish when only one of Michaels’ feet touched the floor. He repeated his success a year later, winning again. In 2007, he and Undertaker fought to an incredible finish but this time the Deadman won out. He has also eliminated more superstars in Rumble matches than anyone except Kane.

1 – Stone Cold Steve Austin

There are many records that wrestlers can claim in the Rumble, but there’s only one that really counts. Stone Cold has won more Rumble matches (in 1997, 1998 and 2001) than anyone in history. He also finished runner up in 1999, after being screwed by The Rock. The Texas Rattlesnake’s record of 3 victories has yet to be matched, making him the greatest competitor in Royal Rumble history.

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Royal Rumble 2019 – Top Contenders

The 2019 Royal Rumble is just around the corner, but who is going to win? Here, we look at the top contenders for the men and women’s matches.

Mens

5 – Drew McIntyre (9/2)

Whilst teaming with Dolph Ziggler late last year, McIntyre was on a roll. He helped team Raw to victory at Survivor Series and looked like the next natural contender to Brock Lesnar. Recent defeats to Finn Balor and Dolph Ziggler, though, have halted the big man’s momentum.

4 – Kevin Owens (25/1)

A long shot given the fact we haven’t seen KO in a while. However, the Royal Rumble is notorious for surprise comebacks and who better than the former Universal Champion to return and win it all?

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3 – Braun Strowman (11/4)

I’m still not too sure why Strowman has been removed from his clash with Lesnar. The only reason I can think of is if they want to save it for WrestleMania. The Monster Among Men may well steal someone else’s spot in the match and add the Royal Rumble to his Greatest Royal Rumble victory.

2 – John Cena (11/2)

Cena is always up there in Rumble matches (see our top 10 Royal Rumble Competitors for details) so there is always a chance Big Match John will go all the way. He does seem to be more of a part-timer these days and may fancy a big Mania match.

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1 – Seth Rollins (2/1)

Rollins does seem to be the next challenger for Lesnar. Given his babyface status and Mania being famous for big babyface victories over heels, it makes sense for Rollins to take on Lesnar and overcome the odds.

Womens

5 – Bayley (40/1)

This may seem unlikely now but it wasn’t long ago that Bayley was the Women’s champion going into Wrestlemania and with odds of 40/1, it seems well worth an outside bet on Sasha Banks’ best friend.

4 – Shayna Baszler (16/1)

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3 – Alexa Bliss (16/1)

Of all the Raw entrants this year, the most likely seems to be Alexa. She is a former champion on both the Raw and Smackdown brands and is gaining more of an influence with her new talk show

2 – Becky Lynch (6/4)

Becky is facing Asuka for the Smackdown Womens title so shouldn’t really be in this match. However, if Ronda interferes in her match again, The Man may decide to turn up and win the Rumble to finally get her shot at Rousey.

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1 – Charlotte Flair (4/7)

After what she did at Survivor Series, a rematch between Charlotte and Ronda Rousey is surely on the cards at some point. What better place to have it than the biggest stage of them all Wrestlemania.

 

 

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Top 10 WWE Royal Rumble Matches

In preparation for the Royal Rumble next week, we look back at the best Royal Rumble matches WWE has ever had.

10 – 2002 (Winner: Triple H)

Although Triple H was always the likely winner after his massive comeback from quad surgery, this Rumble still sprung up plenty of surprises. The best was when Maven, of Tough Enough fame, eliminated one of the favorites Undertaker with a dropkick. Although it didn’t end well with Undertaker destroying young Maven after, it was still probably the highlight of his WWE career. Mr Perfect also shocked everyone by coming 3rd, outlasting Stone Cold. HHH won in the end, last eliminating Kurt Angle with a clothesline over the top rope.

9 – 1998 (Winner: Stone Cold)

The Texas Rattlesnake was always going to win in 1998, given he was the hottest thing in wrestling at the time and had already clashed with DX ally Mike Tyson. Despite the predictability, this was still a fun Rumble with Mick Foley entering 3 times a particular highlight (as Mankind, Cactus Jack and Dude Love). The final 2 came down to Stone Cold and The Rock, 2 of the biggest stars in the history of wrestling. Austin won to set up a Wrestlemania clash with WWF Champion Shawn Michaels.

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8 – 1990 (Winner: Hulk Hogan)

WWF Champion Hulk Hogan won the 1990 edition back when the winner didn’t get a shot at Wrestlemania. 1990 was just a hugely fun Rumble to watch. There was probably only one spectacular moment, but the whole match is just an enjoyable watch. The biggest moment of the match was a face-off between Hogan and Ultimate Warrior where the crowd went crazy, reaffirming why they had to face each other at that year’s Wrestlemania.

7 – 2017 (Winner: Randy Orton)

While the winner of this Rumble was a little underwhelming (nothing against Orton), the star power in this match was insane. Chris Jericho, Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, Undertaker, Brock Lesnar and Goldberg, among others, all competed. The highlights came in the showdowns between Undertaker, Lesnar and Goldberg and Chris Jericho becoming the 61-minute man.

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6 – 2008 (Winner – John Cena)

The 2008 Royal Rumble started as it meant to go on with the first 2 entrants being Shawn Michaels and Undertaker. The ending was also pretty special with the number 30 entrant being John Cena, who made a surprise return from injury to an insane crowd reaction. He then went on to last eliminate Triple H with an AA over the top rope.

5 – 2004 (Winner – Chris Benoit)

This Rumble may be higher if it wasn’t for what happened with the winner years later. However, this was a classic. Benoit was given the number one spot by Paul Heyman and managed to overcome the odds. He last eliminated Big Show in one of the best endings in Rumble history, slowly dragging him over the top. This match also saw Brock Lesnar distract Goldberg, setting up their Mania feud and Kane being distracted by the gongs of the old school Undertaker, who would return at Wrestlemania.

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4 – 2010 (Winner – Edge)

A lot to talk about with this Rumble. Firstly, we had CM Punk delivering straight edge sermons while eliminating those in his path. Then Shawn Michaels eliminated tag team partner HHH, desperate to win so he could face Undertaker again. Finally, Edge returned from injury to win from the 29 spot. Most surprised by this was Chris Jericho, who had replaced Edge as his tag team partner when Edge was injured.

3 – 2007 (Winner – Undertaker)

2007 produced the best ending sequence to a Rumble as Undertaker and Shawn Michaels had a mini-match within a match almost. At one point Michaels did his famous kip up at the same time Undertaker sat up. 2007 also featured dominating cameos by Kane and Great Khali, before he became a comedy act.

2 – 1992 (Winner – Ric Flair)

For the first time ever, the WWF Championship was up for grabs and 1992 brought out a hugely star-studded Rumble. Undertaker, Sid Justice, Sgt Slaughter, Randy Savage, Ric Flair and others fought for the right to become champion. Flair won from the number 3 spot, last eliminating Sid Justice with the help of the Hulkster. This match was also known for the legendary commentary of Bobby Heenan throughout the Rumble.

1 – 2001 (Winner – Stone Cold)

Austin’s third Rumble win was, in our opinion, the greatest Rumble ever. This match featured new records as Kane eliminated 11 men, a celebrity appearance from Drew Carey (well, some of you might know him anyway), a legendary return from Honky Tonk Man (using the term legendary very loosely I’ll admit) and weapons being used. Stone Cold finally won after delivering a stunner and 3 chair shots to Kane before clotheslining him out of the ring.

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