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The Road to WrestleMania is a long one with lots of twists and turns along the way. The starting point is at the Royal Rumble where the winner of the Rumble will face the WWE Champion at WrestleMania. I love the Royal Rumble. It’s unpredictable and I always that rush of excitement when the buzzer goes and you’re mind starts racing as to who will be next to enter. I remember as a kid I used to love having Royal Rumble matches with my Hasbro action figures. Awesome times.
If you followed us last year then you’ll know who this works. If you don’t (welcome) we’ll predict the outcome of each match and 3 points will be rewarded per correct answer. And if you also followed us last year, you would that that I (RIF) won the 2013 prediction contest for the second year running. Will I make it 3/3? I hope so. The key is a good start. Let’s get to it guys.
WWE Tag Team Championship
Cody Rhodes & Goldust © vs. The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg & Billy Gunn)
RIF: New Age Outlaws
Joe: New Age Outlaws
Michael: New Age Outlaws
Dan: New Age Outlaws
Since Goldust made his return to the WWE last summer, rumours have been circulating regarding a match with his younger brother Cody at WrestleMania. If the two are to compete at Mania, then the seeds will be planted here with the Outlaws becoming the tag champions once again. How long will the Outlaws last this time round? I don’t know. Can’t imagine them to around that long if I’m honest. Billy Gunn looked very tired in his match against Punk on Raw last Monday. He’s 50 years old. He isn’t going to be the same guy he was 15 years ago. They’ll hold onto the titles and drop them to the Usos at WrestleMania. As for Cody & Goldie, I don’t want one of them to turn heel. Let it be all about Goldust fulfilling his dream of facing his brother at WrestleMania. It’s got the potential to be an all-time classic.
Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt
RIF: Daniel Bryan
Joe: Bray Wyatt
Michael: Daniel Bryan
Dan: Bryan Wyatt
I still believe that the feud between Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan will continue after the Rumble. A gimmick match will be set up at Elimination Chamber or both guys will be involved in the Chamber match and that will settle the feud. One thing is for sure; expect 15,000 fans to chant YES YES YES! Will Luke and Erik get involved? It’s almost certain that they will but Bryan will overcome the odds and get the win over the cult leader. Will he be involved in the Rumble match? More on that later.
Big Show vs. Brock Lesnar
RIF: Brock Lesnar
Joe: Brock Lesnar
Michael: Brock Lesnar
Dan: Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar has won both of his matches since WrestleMania 29 against Triple H and CM Punk so expect that winning streak to continue here tonight. There is no way Brock is losing here. Big Show is just another guy being fed to Brock in preparation for his expected WrestleMania match against the Undertaker. It seems as if Big Show has been relegated from the main even scene since his awful match/ feud with Randy Orton at Survivor Series. He has been booked as part of a veteran tag team with Rey Mysterio in recent weeks. With Brock going on to bigger and better things in time for WrestleMania, the same can’t be said for Big Show. Where he goes from here in uncertain. With Sheamus, Rob Van Dam and Chris Jericho returning in time for WrestleMania, the WWE’s most decorated giant since Andre has been left without any clear direction in time for the biggest show of the year.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
John Cena vs. Randy Orton ©
RIF: Randy Orton
Joe: Randy Orton
Michael: Randy Orton
Dan: Randy Orton
Whatever direction John Cena is heading in time for WrestleMania XXX he does not need a WWE World Heavyweight Championship to help add heat or importance to the rivalry. He is unquestionably the biggest star in the sport, and his name alone automatically enhances any program he is involved in. Orton hasn’t been booked well as champion. I’m starting to think that he’ll not be entering WrestleMania as champion. That’s just a hunch though. With Batista returning, it’s possible that a feud will develop between the two. I’m still not 100% sure what the main event is going to be for WrestleMania, hopefully a picture will be painted here at the Rumble.
The Royal Rumble Match
RIF: Daniel Bryan
Joe: CM Punk
Dan: Daniel Bryan
As of right now (25/01) Daniel Bryan isn’t yet booked in the Rumble match. He hasn’t been added to the official list of participants nor has it been announced on TV. Bryan mentions in a recent interview that Triple H “doesn’t want him anyway near the match”. It was a very in character interview. I still believe he’ll be included though. Listen to those YES chants. Listen to that huge pop he gets whenever he appears. He’s the most over guy on the roster right now. Moreover then CM Punk! Batista has strongly been listed as the favourite to win. He’s going to be in a movie later this year and I hope to God that’s not the reason why he’ll get a title opportunity.
Name the final four in the Royal Rumble
RIF: Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Batista & Roman Reigns
Joe: Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Batista & Roman Reigns
Michael: Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Batista & Dean Ambrose
Dan: Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Batista & Alberto Del Rio
For me, Punk & Batista are pretty much certain to end up in the final four. It’s unsure whether or not Bryan is even in the Rumble so this is a guess. Roman Reigns has been rumoured to having a massive impact in the Rumble match and again, having him in the final four is yet another guess. This is why I love the Royal Rumble so much. It’s so unpredictable!
Who will be the first man eliminated?
RIF: Wade Barrett
Joe: Damien Sandow
Dan: Wade Barrett
It make sense for Barrett to be the first eliminated. He cut could a promo during his entrance about delivering some “bad news” for the guys in the ring before being quickly eliminated. Writing that just makes me sad. I hope it doesn’t happen because Barrett is a talent guy but he’s been lumbered with a lame gimmick.
Name 5 mystery entrants in the Rumble (1pt per correct answer)
RIF: Jake Roberts, Christian, Chris Jericho, Rob Van Dam & Sheamus
Joe: Jake Roberts, X-Pac, Chris Jericho, Sheamus & Rob Van Dam
Michael: Jake Roberts, Scott Hall, Christian, Chris Jericho & Evan Bourne
Dan: Jake Roberts, DDP, Chris Jericho, Rob Van Dam & Sheamus
A shot in the dark if I’m totally honest. I do believe that Roberts is a lock in for the Rumble and rightfully so. His appearance on old school RAW was excellent. You could see it on his face that he was happy to be back. I also believe that he’ll be in this year’s Hall of Fame class too. He’s overcome his demons and changed his life for the better. Jericho & Van Dam seem almost certain to return in time for WrestleMania and as for Christian & Sheamus, not 100% sure. Be surprised if Christian was to return though.
Enjoy the Rumble guys; feel free to post your predictions too.