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WWE Royal Rumble 2019 Preview

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Are we ready to rumble?!?!?!?!

The first big event for the main roster of 2019 is here as the Royal Rumble takes place for the first time ever in a baseball stadium, Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Royal Rumble event is the first stop on the road to WrestleMania and it helps set the stage as to what direction WWE will be going in terms of their main event players. The winner of each rumble match will give us an idea as to which pieces will go where and what kind of domino effects could possibly occur because of the rumble event’s happenings.

I am lucky enough to be attending my first ever Royal Rumble event and can’t wait to see my favorite match in WWE live and in person.

So, without further ado, here is your Royal Rumble preview:



Buddy Murphy vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto vs. Hideo Itami – WWE Cruiserweight Championship Fatal 4-Way Match (Kickoff Show) – 

The Cruiserweights do not get the attention they deserve. Buddy Murphy has been one of the best in-ring performers over the past six months and yet, a lot of WWE fans do not even know who he is to a degree. 205 Live is doing alright on the WWE Network, but it just isn’t the same as being incorporated with the regular roster on Raw or Smackdown. Look at Mustafa Ali. He has been a hit on Smackdown Live ever since he became a regular over there.

In regards to this match, Itami could be the one superstar who desperately needs a victory. He has done pretty much nothing since his run in NXT and there are some that just assumed he was gone from the company. Kalisto and Tozawa are in this match just as filler.

Murphy will figure out a way to retain.


United States Champion Rusev vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Kickoff Show) – 

You have to give Rusev some credit, he is getting over as the compassionate babyface.

Shinsuke Nakamura’s “not a care in the world” attitude after Lana was struck by Rusev accidentally helped escalate this feud even more. Nakamura’s run as U.S. champion didn’t really ever get to the point of must see matches, which is a disappointment across the board. Don’t get me wrong, Nakamura as a heel can be good, but there just isn’t anything here for him and I am starting to believe the writing is on the wall for him and he will be in AEW before we know it. I could very well be wrong, but ever since Nakamura won last year’s Royal Rumble, it has all been downhill for him.

Rusev retains.


SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bar vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon – 

One of the more entertaining story lines on the Smackdown Live brand, the ever-growing friendship between Shane McMahon has landed themselves a tag team title match. The Miz has been trying for months to get Shane McMahon on board to form this team, as they are both considered Best in the World due to Shane’s victory at Crown Jewel as Miz’s injury replacement in the final match. Even though many fans were disgusted with Shane winning the trophy and tournament, seeing the evolution of this story play out the past few months has given that victory more meaning than anything else that had happened at Crown Jewel. There has to be some sort of heel turn or back stabbing in the coming weeks to set up a WrestleMania match. There’s no other avenue to go unless Miz gets a WWE title shot as a face against Daniel Bryan but that seems rather premature given the WWE title picture currently.

As far as The Bar goes, they have been rock steady (see what I did there?) as the top tag team on Smackdown Live. However, their run seems to be coming to a close to help further the McMahon and Miz story line. This especially seems true due to The Bar laying out Miz and Shane McMahon this past Tuesday.

Miz and McMahon win the tag team titles. The reign will be short lived, however. Hopefully, SAnitY will be the team to take it away from them when that time comes.


Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks – 

It was a surprise to many that Sasha Banks became the next opponent for Ronda Rousey. It seemed as if Nia Jax would get one more match against the undefeated champion, but Banks earned her way to a title match and we now have ourselves an interesting title match.

Rousey is a near sure fire bet to retain the belt here, but it will be interesting to see what kind of match is wrestled here. Rousey has been able to adjust her style of match based on the opponent she faces in the ring. She also has shown that she can go with the likes of Charlotte Flair, proving that she can go with the best of them. Banks’ injury history has some worried when it comes to hard hits or a little bit too aggressive styles of offense from her opponent, but Banks is tough and is willing to take the bumps and potatoes with a smile.

Rousey will retain, but this match could be a sleeper as match of the night.


SmackDown Women’s Champion Asuka vs. Becky Lynch – 

As great of a match this will probably be, there has to be some sort of interference to screw Lynch out of the title.

There is just no way Lynch wins here. We need to be able to get to Lynch vs. Rousey at WrestleMania or something of the sort. We could also get a battle of the Four Horsewomen at WrestleMania too. How could we get to that launching point though? Could Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke interfere here and cost Lynch the title? It’s surely possible. Plus, we need to think if they do not interfere, Lynch will most likely be in the rumble match through some sort of bullying tactic or assault. To my knowledge, Lynch is not in the rumble, meaning she would need to assault another competitor in the back in order to get into the match. Carmella at the number 30 spot seems like the most logical for her to attack.

Asuka retains the title.


Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Bálor – 

Due to Braun Strowman’s inability to compete, there had to be an emergency substitution. Enter Finn Balor. Balor won the qualifying fatal-four-way match to earn the right to face Brock Lesnar.

Balor has been on a little bit of a roll as of late and one can’t wonder but think the reasoning could be due to the rise of All Elite Wrestling. To avoid losing Balor, push him to new heights so he is satisfied. That could very well be incorrect reasoning, but not out of the question.

Lesnar seems to have better match-ups against smaller competitors. His best two matches in the past few years would be against Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles. Both smaller guys.

There is no way Balor will get a victory here, but hopefully this is a solid match that can replicate the magic Bryan and Lesnar had back at Survivor Series. That match was one of my favorites in 2018.

Lesnar retains.


WWE Champion Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles – 

Heel Daniel Bryan may be more over than babyface Daniel Bryan.

The arenas may be silent in regards to YES! chants, but the audience is more invested in the “new” Daniel Bryan than they ever were with the old Daniel Bryan. Calling fans fickle, pointing out their consumerism ways, throwing hot dogs at them, it’s fan interaction at its finest. The WWE Universe being involved in any kind of story line will always get over in some way, but Bryan’s innovative approach that has never been seen before is working like a charm. AJ Styles has benefited from this as well. Styles, who had been champion for nearly a year, seems like a refreshing character due to him now being on the chase instead of being the person chased.

Expect a technical wrestling masterpiece as Bryan retains the title. Not sure if we will witness any dirty tactics, but I would not bet against it.


Women’s Royal Rumble Match – 

The second ever women’s rumble match is the one match that is probably feeling the most pressure to deliver.

Last year’s inaugural match was well booked and entertaining throughout. From the surprises to some cool eliminations, the match ended up being so good that it is now a yearly staple. That means this year’s must deliver in some way.

It’s hard to decide who really SHOULD win this match because those who had the most going for them (Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks) are in title matches on the card. Lynch as I said earlier could bully her way into the match if she loses to Asuka, but that’s not a guarantee.

As of right now, the only logical choice would be Charlotte Flair.

It would be the most sensible option to get us to the Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch match, even though fans would prefer Becky vs. Ronda one on one.

Becky could earn her way into the match through the Elimination Chamber event or Fast Lane as well if she doesn’t enter the rumble.

We could always end up with a tie like in 1994 with Lex Luger and Bret Hart or a similar finish to 2005 with Batista and John Cena. It would be kind of funny to watch Vince McMahon tear his quad again after his over the top strut to the ring.

So, expect Charlotte to win the rumble match unless Becky ends up in it, then it would be a pure toss up between the two. I can’t see any other superstar winning this match.


Men’s Royal Rumble Match – 

For the men, it’s a little bit tougher to predict who will emerge victorious. WWE likes to bounce back and forth between the logical choice and the hated choice every year. It’s very rare we get a surprise winner (Randy Orton in 2017) that actually is a surprise. For example, Triple H was a “surprise” entrant in the 2016 rumble and won the match, but I called that before it even happened. So it wasn’t a surprise.

This year’s match will most likely focus on the person who will be the one to take down Brock Lesnar for his Universal title at WrestleMania, giving that person some legitimate momentum as the Road to WrestleMania truly begins.

I am going to pick Seth Rollins to win the rumble match and further build upon the notion of him being “the fans choice” to right all wrongs. Since he was the one to rant to Baron Corbin, the one who went face to face with Triple H, and has overcome plenty of obstacles to regain his spot at the top of the mountain. Other choices who could win can range from Drew McIntyre to a returning Kevin Owens or Bray Wyatt.

There’s always a shot John Cena wins and goes for his 17th world title reign, even though he is “injured” and his status is in question.

We also have to wonder which legends and NXT superstar surprises we are going to witness. Christian was spotted at the talent hotel on Friday night, while a majority of NXT talent are staying past Takeover to do Royal Rumble Axxess, meaning we will see at least a few good surprises.

You just never know when it comes to the most exciting match in professional wrestling, the Royal Rumble.


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