Anticipation for the WWE Royal Rumble is heating up, with just a short time remaining before the event. Each year, this pay-per-view officially kicks off the road to WrestleMania and oftentimes sets the tone of the feuds leading to the big event.
Right now, the two major championship matches are WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens defending against Roman Reigns and WWE Champion AJ Styles defending against John Cena. The next few months present some interesting theories of who the champions and Royal Rumble winner will be.
As of now, the winner of the Royal Rumble match is The Undertaker. This is very realistic, as he has been the favorite to win based on numerous reports.
There are other very interesting parts to this Royal Rumble match that could set up the WrestleMania card.
One of the matches solidified for quite some time is the third installment of Goldberg versus Brock Lesnar. According to recent predictions, Goldberg will be eliminated by Brock Lesnar during the match, which would make Goldberg seek retribution for his elimination. This sets up the match for WrestleMania.
Braun Strowman is another person who could be a dark horse to win the Royal Rumble, and face the winner of Owens vs. Reigns at WrestleMania. While there have been rumblings that Strowman could headline the biggest stage of the year so early in his career, those chances are very slim.
Another feud that could be brewing is Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt. Wyatt and Orton are both expected to be in the Royal Rumble, and Orton could predictably eliminate Wyatt, even if it is by accident. This would further develop their match that is predicted to occur at WrestleMania.
Ultimately, the winner of the match is favored to be The Undertaker, and he will most likely have a late appearance in the match to protect his character. His fellow finalists may very well be Strowman, Orton, and Wyatt, which would certainly excite the capacity crowd at the Alamadone.
Although Undertaker stated that he is not devoted to a particular brand, the Goldberg vs. Lesnar feud, as well as whatever feud Roman Reigns will be in, will be featured on Raw. Therefore, he will most likely compete against Cena.
The Undertaker winning is also assisted by the concept that Fastlane has presented over the past two years. In 2015, the main event was a No. 1 contender match for the WWE World Heavyweight Champion between Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan. Another No. 1 contender match occurred the following year, in a triple threat contest comprising of Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, and Dean Ambrose.
From the looks of it, since Fastlane is a Raw-exclusive event, either Reigns and Owens will compete in a rematch or another No. 1 contender match will happen this year to compete against the champion at WrestleMania.
Just two weeks after the Royal Rumble, the Elimination Chamber SmackDown Live-exclusive event will happen. So far, there has been very little talk about who will compete in the match, or who will be the champion. If AJ wins at the Royal Rumble, he may end up losing it at the Elimination Chamber event. This is due to the latest predictions that Styles will not be included in the championship picture come WrestleMania, but will instead be competing against Shane McMahon.
Regardless of it being the Royal Rumble or Elimination Chamber, Styles looks to be celebrating his last moments as WWE Champion.
[Featured Image by WWE]