Royal Rumble 2016 Predictions
I’m back and I’m better than ever! After a long hiatus, I’m back and ready to hop on the road to Wrestlemania 32. The Royal Rumble pay per view will always have a special place in my heart. The 1995 Royal Rumble was the first live event I attended. I was five years old and excited to see my favorite wrestler, the “Heart Break Kid” Shawn Michaels. Not only did I see my favorite wrestler, he won the Rumble entering at number one!
Last year, I had the complete opposite experience watching one of my favorite wrestlers, Daniel Bryan, dumped like he was yesterday’s trash. It can’t get any worse than last’s year Rumble. I’m hoping WWE has learned from their mistakes and this will be one of the best Rumbles ever. Here are my predictions for Royal Rumble 2016.
Fatal 4 Way Tag Team Match To Qualify For The Royal Rumble: Darren Young & Damien Sandow vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. The Ascension vs. Mark Henry & Jack Swagger
All throughout this build for the Royal Rumble, I’ve been saying I miss Royal Rumble qualification matches. Well, we’re going to get one in the pre-show and it doesn’t look great. First of all, why is Darren Young teaming with Sandow instead of Titus? Why isn’t someone like Mark Henry automatically in the Rumble? I guess at the end of the day it doesn’t matter because none of these guys have a chance at winning the Rumble. I’m going to go with the Dudley Boyz.
Last Man Standing Intercontinental Championship Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens
I’ve really enjoyed the rivalry between Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens. It seems like it’s been awhile since there’s been a Last Man Standing match. I think these two are perfect for this match type. I hope this match opens the show so both of these men can be in the Rumble later on. I’m going with Ambrose winning this one. We’ve seen a lot of Ambrose vs Owens matches in the last couple months and I can’t imagine them doing one more at Fast Lane plus, Last Man Standing matches are usually feud enders. So Ambrose will retain and move on to a new challenge. Perhaps Cool Dad Jericho.
Divas Championship Match: Charlotte with Ric Flair vs. Becky Lynch
Charlotte and Becky’s feud has been great TV. I think Becky has what it takes to be the number one babyface of the Divas division. I’ve always loved Charlotte as a heel and I’m glad they turned her. Before this feud, I was confident Charlotte would make it to Wrestlemania as the champ, but now I don’t think that’s the case. I believe there will be a title change on Sunday. I see Ric attempting to help Charlotte win and it backfires in Becky’s favor.
United States Championship Match: Alberto Del Rio vs. Kalisto
I was pretty excited when Kalisto won the U.S. title from Del Rio a couple weeks ago. My excitement was squashed the next day when I read Smackdown spoilers and saw that Kalisto dropped the title right back to Del Rio. Maybe I’m over-analyzing it, but I feel like that was wasted momentum for Kalisto. If they were going to have Del Rio win the belt back why not just wait until Royal Rumble? Or better yet why didn’t they put the title on Kalisto at Royal Rumble? Regardless this should be a good match. I’m going with Del Rio retaining probably after some interference from the League of Nations.
Tag Team Championship Match: New Day vs. The Usos
Even though New Day is still mourning the loss of Francesca the trombone, they’ll have to turn their attention to the Usos. The New Day have turned into merchandise slinging machines. It seems like every week they have a new shirt come out. That’s one of the reasons I find it hard to imagine New Day going into Wrestlemania 32 without the titles. That’s why I think New Day will clap their way into another victory.
Royal Rumble Match
There are several different directions they can go in this year’s Rumble. We know that Roman will be entering number one. Who is going to be number two? I think Brock Lesnar would be a good option especially if a rematch is down the road for them. However with Brock showing up later in the Rumble might be a better. Another option I like for number 2 is Dean Ambrose. Ambrose and Reigns had a great match at Survivor Series and this could rekindle their friendly rivalry. Another option that I feel is probably the most likely to happen is Sheamus. Reigns and Sheamus have been feuding over the title for months now. They can picture it as Vince sending Sheamus out early to get rid of Reigns.
Surprise appearances are another factor to look forward to every year. Two heavily rumored names are AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan. Styles in done with New Japan and Ring of Honor. All signs point to him heading to WWE, including John Cena posting a picture of AJ on his Instagram. There’s no word on if AJ has officially signed his contract yet so him being at the Rumble is up in the air. I think the Rumble would be a great place for AJ to debut especially in Orlando. AJ wrestled in Orlando a lot when he was in TNA. Also, with this being one of WWE’s biggest shows of the year there will be fans coming from all over the world who should recognize AJ. AJ can quickly be established as a main eventer by having a dominant performance and ending up in the final four. Then there’s Daniel Bryan. This week it was reported by the Wrestling Observer that Bryan was cleared by a ULCA doctor. Wrestling fans rejoiced at that news. The only problem is Bryan needs to be cleared by WWE doctors. Hopefully, that can get Bryan cleared and he can be in Orlando on Sunday. IF Bryan is in the Rumble, WWE has no choice but to have him win or we might have another #CancelWWENetwork fiasco. I’m not sure if this is considered a surprise, but Undertaker could make a return at the Rumble. A video this week surfaced of Taker deadlifting 400 lbs.
I don’t think Reigns is walking out of Orlando with the title. I have three potential winners lined up in my head. First there is Brock Lesnar. Lesnar is one of WWE’s biggest draws that is not hurt. Brock as champion going into Mania could be good for ratings and media opportunities. With Lesnar winning this would set up a rematch from last year’s Mania. Second there’s Triple H. Triple H hasn’t been off TV since the TLC beatdown (except for the London Takeover). One would have to think that the cerebral assassin has been waiting for the perfect time to get revenge on Reigns. What better than to get revenge than by taking the title? Finally, my third pick is Kevin Owens. We’ve seen plenty of times in WWE history where a heel gets beat earlier in the night and comes back later to win the WWE title. Owens could take such a beating that no one would expect him to be in the Rumble. When it’s time for him to come out he wouldn’t show. The match will progress and Reigns will win or so he thinks. Owens will appear out of nowhere and dump Reigns out of the ring and become WWE Champion! Option 3 is my favorite, but I’ll be praying for a Daniel Bryan return.
What are your Royal Rumble 2016 predictions?
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