Oh, the joys of fantasy booking. As I'm sure you know by now, the 2016 Royal Rumble will be contested for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. While technically it is a title defense for Roman Reigns against 29 other superstars, the title might as well be vacant like it was back at the Survivor Series. Now, I'm in the group that thinks they should have not rushed with that awful tournament that was held after Seth Rollins went down, but waited until the Royal Rumble to decide a new champion anyway. So here we are in basically the scenario that I wanted anyway, but I suppose now with Mr. McMahon involved, the storyline has somewhat evolved. Granted, it's a bit of a rehash from the Daniel Bryan saga from two years ago where it's now Roman Reigns vs. The Authority, but with a twist.
What we have now is very similar to what we had going in 1992, which turned out to be one of the best Royal Rumble matches in history (I had it no.1 in my recent countdown). If you recall, the title had been vacated after a series of Hulk Hogan vs. Undertaker had controversial finishes. Ric Flair had come to the company and he would end up walking out of that Royal Rumble as the champion in a final four that included him, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and Sid Justice.
The final four for this match will probably have a lot of star power, but obviously only one man can win...maybe (we'll get to that in a moment). There are a lot of different ways this match could go, so with the Royal Rumble only a short time away, I thought it might be fun to take a look at some of the scenarios that could play out at this historic pay-per-view. Let's get to it.
12 Roman Reigns Retains
Let's just go ahead and get this one out of the way early. Now, this is a real possibility. They've been building Roman Reigns up for a long time and the crowd reaction is finally at least getting close to where the company really wants it to be. The cheers are getting louder, the boos are diminishing, and with John Cena now on the shelf for the foreseeable future, Roman Reigns is the biggest babyface that WWE has.
11 There's A Tie
10 The Rock enters and wins the title
Okay, this may be more improbable than the Sheamus win, but we do know that he will be at WrestleMania in some capacity. There's the report that the insurance from his movie won't allow him to get physical at the show, but there's been nothing that I've seen that confirms that to be 100% true. But just for kicks, let's look at it anyway. The Rock and Reigns are legitimate family, which always makes for a good storyline.
9 Kevin Owens
8 AJ Styles makes his WWE debut
7 Finn Balor goes for a double
6 The Undertaker gets one last ride
The plan we heard most for The Undertaker at WrestleMania was a match with John Cena. Well, we know that's not happening now. So what to do with The Deadman? Why not put the belt on him going into Texas? It's no secret that 'Taker's career is coming to a close and WrestleMania may be his final match. Why not make it a title match? He looked better this past year than he did the year before and his last match with Lesnar proved to me that he can still go.
5 Bray Wyatt
4 Triple H wins it for The Authority
3 Daniel Bryan
Okay, maybe this is the longest shot of them all, but imagine the crowd pop if Daniel Bryan returns to win the Royal Rumble. I don't know if anybody knows the real truth with his medical situation at the current time. Perhaps all of this talk of a "third doctor" has been a work all along and they were waiting for the right time to bring him back. The Royal Rumble is known for big surprises, and this one would shock the world. However, putting a title on Daniel Bryan has proven to be a bad idea the past couple of years. But if there's anyone that a lot of the WWE Universe wants to see win this match, it's him.
2 Dean Ambrose turns on Reigns
Could we finally see the Dean Ambrose heel turn? I think a lot of us thought something might happen when the two met at Survivor Series in the tournament finals, but they went with the Sheamus storyline instead and put the Intercontinental Championship on Ambrose as somewhat of a consolation prize. They're obviously not opposed to putting two belts on someone (see Seth Rollins) and Ambrose and Reigns have the obvious history to make this work.
1 Brock Lesnar conquers
This is probably what they'll end up going with. Brock Lesnar is an easy call to win the Royal Rumble, especially with how he dismantled the roster, and Reigns himself, on RAW recently. I don't think too many would fuss over Reigns-Lesnar II at WrestleMania. The match last year was very physical and was very entertaining before Rollins interjected himself into it. They could use the buildup that they never got to finish what they started last year, but this could work another way as well.
If Roman Reigns retains, they put Brock Lesnar in the #1 contender's match at Fastlane (he's already advertised for the show) and he wins there. Most of the signs are pointing to a rematch between these two. It's just a matter of how they want to go about getting there.
These are just a few ideas that I had. What do you see happening at the Royal Rumble?
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