This weekend, one of the most unpredictable annual WWE events will take place. In the Royal Rumble, 60 superstars will jump into the ring between two matches for a title shot in the main event at WrestleMania 36. Everyone has their opinion on who will leave victorious, including CM Punk and some other legends, who made their picks on this week’s WWE Backstage.
Rumors have been flying around as to who will win the Royal Rumble, but it’s really difficult to try and pinpoint what information is accurate. Someone could shockingly step in and win unexpectedly, or someone who isn’t even an announced participant could come out from backstage and surprise the world.
On Tuesday evening, WWE Backstage held a panel discussion about this weekend’s big pay-per-view. Renee Young was joined by Christian, Paige, and even Punk to talk about both the men’s and women’s Royal Rumble matches and the importance that came with winning them.
The Twitter account for WWE on FOX showed a small segment of the superstars’ discussion. The clip showed Punk making his picks. In a bit of a shocking twist, Punk actually chose an NXT superstar to win the men’s battle royal. He believes Keith Lee will come out on top this Sunday.
Punk spoke of how well Lee performed at Survivor Series and his moment with Roman Reigns that the fans loved. He didn’t put down NXT, but he did say that Lee is a “big fish in a little pond, right now” and needs to move up into the spotlight.
If Lee were to win Royal Rumble, it could lead to a match against Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 36. Punk believes this is the direction WWE needs to go, thinking they should “strike when the iron is hot.”
The others on the panel made their picks as well.
For the men’s match:
- Paige – Otis
- Christian – Brock Lesnar
- Renee Young – Drew McIntyre
For the women’s Royal Rumble matches, Young did not end up giving a selection for who she feels will win. The other three panelists did make their selections, though.
- Paige – Kairi Sane
- Christian – Shayna Baszler
- CM Punk – Sasha Banks
The Royal Rumble is this Sunday and it is always one of the most anticipated pay-per-views of the entire year. WWE has to make sure that all goes off without a hitch as it sets the stage for their “Road to WrestleMania.” Although Punk has been included in many rumors surrounding the men’s match, if he doesn’t end up participating, his faith is on Lee to come out on top.