The Royal Rumble is less than two weeks away and the event is set to be the biggest in its 30 year history. Not only are we going to have the regularly scheduled Royal Rumble match which gets fans excited enough as it is, but there will also be the first ever all female version of the match on the very same night. Only three women have ever competed in Royal Rumble matches before and on January 28th there will be 30 of them all in one over the top epic. While we don't know what to expect from the women's Royal Rumble we do know one thing for certain, whoever wins it will be winning their first ever Royal Rumble match.
That certainty can't be said for the men's version of the match. Of the handful of Superstars that have already declared their entry into the match we have some former Rumble winners. John Cena and Randy Orton have both won the match twice and there will likely be some other former winners in there also. Sheamus may very well make an appearance, Triple H could enter himself into the match, Batista could make a comeback, and WWE being the way that they are it is almost nailed on that Roman Reigns will be in the match. Let's just not enter him at number 30 again please.
In our eyes having any of the above Superstars, or anyone else that has won the match in the past for that matter, would be a mistake. Somehow the Royal Rumble match has conjured up the image for itself of being a night where a breakout star begins their big push. Someone who hasn't quite made it to the big time yet breaking through and becoming a top star in the space of one match. That's what it should be but in reality that definition couldn't be further from the truth. Just take a look at the recent winners. 13 time World Champion Randy Orton last year, Triple H the year before, the disaster that was a Reigns win the year before that, and Batista all the way back in 2014.
You can go back even further than that if you like but we won't bore you with a simple list of Royal Rumble winners. What we're trying to say is it's time for a change. The recent list of Rumble winners is making the match feel like something of an old boys club. Despite that it does still have the feel of a match that can boost a deserved star into the big time, and it's time for that belief to become a reality. There are going to be a number of talented Superstars in this year's men's match and one of them, someone who has never won the match before, has to be this year's winner.
Let's run down a couple of the names already announced for the match that could be selected as this year's winner. How about Finn Balor? Many fans were hoping the Irishman was going to make his comeback from injury during the 2017 Rumble and win the thing but unfortunately he obviously wasn't quite ready yet. With the Balor Club behind him now is the time to re-push Balor. Plus he is still owed that Universal Title rematch and this is a way of him bypassing the bookers backstage and earning the match off of his own back.
Another man that could be shot to the moon with a Royal Rumble win is Shinsuke Nakamura. A man with more charisma than anyone else in pro wrestling right now and he is floundering in WWE. There aren't many matches that can make somebody a star in the space of one night but the Royal Rumble is one of them. Have The King of Strong Style win the thing and set up the dream match between him and AJ Styles at WrestleMania 34 that so many fans are dying to see.
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There will be any number of names in this year's men's Royal Rumble match that have never won the bout before, in fact the two men mentioned will be competing in the match for the first time in their respective careers. The non-winners will far outnumber those who have won it before. In spite of that we will still likely see somebody from WWE's old boys club winning it once again. Worryingly Roman Reigns is a likely candidate as WWE will soon begin to set the wheels in motion for his WrestleMania match with Brock Lesnar, and that could begin in the Royal Rumble match. It also wouldn't be a huge surprise to see Cena win it as now the 16-time World Champion is a part-timer, and WWE will want to have him break Ric Flair's record as soon as possible. Don't do it Vince McMahon! Have a fresh winner in the Rumble and don't give those fans in Philly a reason to boo.