We’re four days away from the Royal Rumble event, which takes place this Sunday night at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion – Roman Reigns – has pretty much guaranteed that he’s walking out with the WWE Championship on Sunday.
On the first RAW of the new year, WWE chairman Vince McMahon announced that Reigns would be defending his WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the Royal Rumble match. It’ll be the second time in WWE history that the WWE Championship will be on the line in the Rumble match, and it’ll be the first time that the title will be defended in the match.
Back in 1992, the vacant WWE Championship was on the line in the Rumble match, which was won by WWE Hall of Famer, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
Vince McMahon also announced on this past Monday’s RAW that Roman Reigns will be the first entrant in the Royal Rumble match, and only two men in WWE history – Shawn Michaels (1995) and Chris Benoit (2004) – have won the match as the number one entrant.
On Tuesday, Roman Reigns did an interview with DC 101, where he talked about Brock Lesnar, and what it would take to eliminate him from the Rumble match, saying that Lesnar would have to “German me into the stands to get me out.”
“I’m not just in there with one guy, like you said. I’m in there with 29 other dudes who are trying to take what’s mine and I’ll be damned. Screw that, I’m not going to be the biggest loser. They’re going to have to knock me out and drag me out of there. Brock’s going to have to German me into the stands to get me out.”
Brock Lesnar suplexing someone out of the ring seems like it would be a great spot in the match, and it’s probably something that WWE has in their plans for the match.
It’s also likely that Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns will be the final two guys in the match, unless of course, Triple H makes his return as the final entrant in the match.
Several weeks ago, Vince McMahon did tell Reigns that Triple H would be coming for revenge, and it would be at a time where he expects it the least. So, many believed that McMahon meant that Triple H would be returning at the Royal Rumble.
According to Dave Metlzer of the Wrestling Observer, Triple H vs. Roman Reigns is the planned main-event for WrestleMania 32. That is, of course, subject to change. However, it seems unlikely that they’ll change that match due to both men not having very many options in terms of opponents for the event.
Reigns winning the Royal Rumble match seems like a lock, as it’s unlikely that WWE will want to take the WWE World Heavyweight Championship off of him just one month after he won it, and got a huge reaction from the crowd while doing so.
WWE spent all of 2015 trying to get their fans to cheer for Reigns, and finally, at the end of the year, they got what they wanted. So, to take the title off of Reigns now would be counterproductive, unless they have some major plan for him which would require them to take the belt off of him.
There is a rumor going around that Reigns will defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Brock Lesnar at February’s WWE Fastlane show. So, if that rumor is true, then Reigns will obviously end up winning the Royal Rumble match.
Win or lose, Sunday will be a real test to Reigns’ stamina, as he will probably be one of the final men in the Rumble match, which will mean that he’ll be in the ring for over sixty minutes.
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