Is it just me, or does the Royal Rumble not have the same hype as it usually does? It could be due to the multitude of injuries the WWE has had to endure over the last six months. If they include John Cena, Seth Rollins and Cesaro, then the Royal Rumble match looks entirely different. Roman Reigns may not be WWE champion right now and Triple H wouldn’t be rumored to wrestle in the main event of WrestleMania 32.
Injuries changed literally everything for the WWE and the Royal Rumble will probably go something similar to the following hypothesis. There are two very-likely outcomes to the Rumble match. Roman Reigns could keep the WWE World Heavyweight championship, but enter an altercation with Brock Lesnar or Triple H by the end of the match. That would lead to a big match with one of them.
The other, and more predictable outcome, lies with Triple H coming in at No. 30 and winning the WWE World Heavyweight championship. In a much-less exciting outcome, the two would face-off at WrestleMania 32 where Reigns would overcome all the odds and win his title back. Nobody else is reportedly entering this fray. It’s all about Reigns.
Like it or not, Reigns is going to be in the main event at WrestleMania, unless the WWE pulls another huge swerve that nobody’s expecting just like Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins the past two years. Moving ahead to WWE Fast Lane, it doesn’t appear that the WWE will change any of their plans. According to PWMania.com, Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar are rumored to be involved in a controversial finish at the Royal Rumble match.
“For the first time in WWE history, the reigning WWE World Heavyweight Champion must defend his title in the 30-Superstar Royal Rumble Match when champion Roman Reigns enters the annual contest on Jan. 24. It appears likely that the match will end in controversy.
“Current creative plans call for the 30-Superstar Royal Rumble Match to end in a controversial manner, with Reigns and Brock Lesnar as the final two participants. This would lead to Reigns facing Lesnar at Fastlane on Feb. 21, with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at stake.”
As of this writing, this is the latest report on who will go over at the Royal Rumble. Usually around this time, reports are swirling around the Internet about who’s going to win. Unfortunately, it’s going to be the three people mentioned in this report. There won’t be a surprise winner this year. In fact, the last few years were too predictable, that it had WWE fans tune out and not get hyped for the show.
Prior to 2014, the Royal Rumble match was always the most-exciting hour in all of the WWE. This is exactly why WWE officials need to reach and take a big risk. In a rather surprising update, it appears that AJ Styles may not debut at the Royal Rumble. Styles is now rumored to show up on the following night, Monday Night Raw.
WWE should make use of Styles and let him shock the WWE collectively by having him win the Rumble match. Even though it sounds completely irrational and irresponsible, pro wrestling needs swerves and shocks to keep the fans invested. Keeping the belt on Reigns or having HHH win the title isn’t something the WWE Universe wants to see.
Believe it or not, Reigns isn’t even over enough to be considered a top guy in the company. Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens get a bigger reaction from a casual WWE audience than Reigns. It’s time for Vince McMahon and WWE officials to listen to the fans and make something happen. Just like the sports adage says, “Go big or go home.”
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