The road to Wrestlemania officially begins tonight! This is the beginning to the best part of the year for all wrestling fans. The Royal Rumble is one of the best pay-per-views the WWE puts on every year. However this year it will be different. Obviously there will be no fans due to the ongoing pandemic. Hopefully the fans will be able to return before the year is over, but for now, expect to hear the fake crowd noise. The fans reactions made the rumble more entertaining than it normally is, so, the WWE has big shoes to fill in the regard. However, here’s tonight’s matchups.
WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre (c) vs Goldberg
There’s no way Goldberg wins this… right? Please no. Goldberg already had one miracle run recently when he was able to take down Brock Lesnar on numerous occasions. That quickly became boring. Remember when he also beat “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt? That didn’t sit well with fans either. This will be Goldberg’s first match in over nine months. As for the champ, Drew McIntyre, ever since his Royal Rumble victory last year, he’s been dominating everyone. His only flaw was against Randy Orton at Hell In A Cell back in October. He quickly regained the title and hasn’t lost it since. Expect McIntyre to keep it tonight as well. Yes, McIntyre will win this. Why? Rumor has it WWE has big plans for Goldberg later on in this PPV.
Women’s Tag Team Championship: Asuka & Charlotte Flair (c) vs Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler
This potentially could be match of the night. Charlotte Flair has been the top star of the women’s division for years now. Now you add in Asuka, Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler, expect to see a lot of action in this. Jax and Baszler lost the titles to Charlotte and Asuka back at TLC (tables, ladders and chairs). This rematch has been brewing since then. This match will be an all out war. All four of these women deserve to be champions, so excpect to see them give it their all. Who will win this? Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler will. They’ve been wanting this rematch so now it’s time for them to take back what is theirs.
Smackdown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks (c) vs Carmella
This should be quick work for Sasha Banks. Just like Charlotte Flair, shes also been one of the stars of the women’s division. Sasha rises up to the occasion in these matches when she’s facing someone who (no offense to Carmella) isn’t a top star. Carmella will bring the fight to the ring, but Sasha Banks will be too much to handle. Banks has had the title since October and won’t lose it tonight. This will be the second time Carmella and Banks square off for the title. Carmella will have some help, but it won’t be enough. But, don’t expect this feud between Banks and Carmella to end anytime soon. It will eventually end with Carmella winning the title from Banks. But, that will be later on in 2021.
Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs Kevin Owens
Yeah…. Reigns isn’t losing this title anytime soon. WWE has bult Reigns into being the top star. They wouldn’t have him lose tonight, especially to Kevin Owens. Both these men are great and have lead the charge in their own ways, but, Reigns is king. It’s been a rollarcoaster for Reigns when he returned back in August. He made his presence known right away. He’s successfully retained the title in every championship match he’s had since winning the title in August. Reigns beat Owens at TLC and he will do it again tonight.
Women’s Royal Rumble
For those of you unaware here’s what a royal rumble is. 30 women in total are in this match. Every two or three minutes a new entrant will enter the ring. You are eliminated by being sent over the top rope and both feet hitting the floor. The last stadning woman automatically gets a championship match at Wrestlemania. This year, the follow women have officially entered the royal rumble match: Nia Jax, Charlotte Flair, Bayley, Bianca Belair, Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke, Peyton Royce, Alexa Bliss, Shayna Baszler, Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott, Tamina and Natalya. That’s 13 confirmed entrants which means fans are in for many surprises tonight. But who could be some of the surprise entrants?
Fans can hope to see some former talent make a surprise return like last year with Mighty Molly and Kelly Kelly. It’s rumored that there’s a huge surprise entrant for tonight so that instantly means its the return of Ronda Rousey right? Probably not. It’s most likely going to be Trish Stratus, arguably the best woman to ever wrestle. It could also mean Becky Lynch returns, but it’s very unlikely. Lynch has been away since May 11th after announcing she was pregnant with her first child. With all of that being said, who wins? The current favorite is Bianca Belair. Belair entered her first rumble last year as the second entrant and dominated. She will win this year after falling short last year.
Men’s Royal Rumble
For the men, there will be less surprises. This year, the men who have confirmed that they will be in the rumble are: Daniel Bryan, Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Otis, The Miz, Jey Uso, Cesaro, Jeff Hardy, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, Shinsuke Nakamura, Big E, John Morrison, Sheamus, Mustafa Ali, Edge, King Corbin, Rey Mysterio, Dominik Mysterio and Braun Strowman. Thats 21 in total. So, who could be the surprises?
Remember Goldberg? Potentially he’s in this match tonight and he’s supposed to win. That will send fans into rage if this happens. Someone else to keep an eye out for is Seth Rollins. Seth Rollins has been out due to his fiance (Becky Lynch) giving birth. If Lynch doesn’t return tonight, expect to see Rollins come back and win. As always too, keep a lookout for Roman Reigns. He always finds his way into this match. But, who will win this? Edge will. He’s been cleared to fully return to in ring action. The WWE will want to build him as a super human since he is a fan favorite. Let’s all hope Edge throws Goldberg over the top rope to win tonight. That would be great. Edge winning the rumble will set the tone for the 2021 year for WWE. What would the tone be? Greatness.
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