The Royal Rumble is one of WWE’s biggest events in their year, and for some it’s definitely the most exciting, and with two Royal Rumble matches on the card this year, it could be the best event in the past few years. We’ve all got our dream entrants/winners in mind, and it’s bound to be a great show, so here are just a few of our bold predictions that we wanted to share with you.
Daniel Bryan’s status as an active performer has been a huge topic of conversation over the past few years, and all signs from WWE’s side point to him not returning. But he’s been cleared by non-WWE doctors, and it’s about time WWE finally uses that. It would be stupid to put Bryan in a match with someone like Braun Strowman or Brock Lesnar, but if he can work with someone safe, a return at the Rumble leading into a huge match at ‘Mania is just perfect. The obvious candidate here is The Miz, who is rumored to have a huge match at the biggest show of the year, as their personal rivalry would no doubt steal the show. But either way, it would be great to see Bryan enter the Royal Rumble once more.
Kharma, or Awesome/Amazing Kong as she was known outside of WWE, is one of the best female performers in wrestling over the last decade. She made history by becoming just the third female to ever appear in a Royal Rumble, so why not bring her back to compete in the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble? She’s just hit 40, so it’s very unlikely that she’d ever have another long run left in her, but for one match and one moment, this would be incredible. The obvious battle we’d love to see in a return is Nia Jax vs. Kharma, but we’d love to see her interact with all WWE’s current performers, and this needs to happen.
It’s a bit easier to predict the winner of the men’s Royal Rumble match, but this is the first ever match for the women. Everyone from Ronda Rousey to Becky Lynch has been touted as a potential winner, but Asuka makes the most sense to us. It’s a very obvious choice in some senses, but WWE are always unpredictable (not always in the good way), but we are sticking with The Empress of Tomorrow as our top pick. It’s tough to predict who she’ll match up against at the biggest show of the year because Alexa Bliss clearly isn’t the answer, but they can work on that later. For now though, Asuka should be the one standing tall (please just choose anyone who is actually a woman, thanks WWE).
Neville was one of the hottest performers in WWE in 2017, but due to his restrictions being on 205 Live, he was unhappy and left the company. Hopefully they know by now just how valuable he is because a return at the Royal Rumble would blow the roof off the building. There were stories that the two parties were reopening talks not long ago, but those broke down. If the WWE can promise him an increased role, it would be hard for him to turn it down. Rejoining SmackDown Live as a top challenger for Bobby Roode, or a top challenger for The Miz would be the perfect spot for Neville. If both sides can swallow their pride this is a no-brainer for Sunday’s big match.
Hardcore fans of WWE have been clamoring for this match for quite some time as it makes perfect sense. But with the rumors that John Cena and Roman Reigns could win the match, it seems like quite a bold prediction. Sure, Shinsuke hasn’t been as hot as he should be, especially after the underwhelming rivalry with Jinder Mahal, but he’s still over and still very talented, and this could get him back on track. The two met back at Wrestle Kingdom 10 before coming to WWE, and the match was amazing. After their confrontation at Money in the Bank 2017, it’s hard to imagine that WWE doesn't know that this is a dream match. Nakamura is my choice to win the Royal Rumble, and a traditional stare down with AJ Styles to send the show off air would just be a perfect way to end the PPV event.
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