Posted January 28th, 2017 by 1Wrestling News Team

Jermaine Royster Reporting

This years Royal Rumble airs from the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas. As one of the original WWE shows, the Rumble is the first step towards WrestleMania. This year the Royal Rumble match has the likes of The Undertaker, Braun Strowman, Brock Lesnar & Goldberg. Comebacks and surprise entrants are a few reasons why this one of the significant shows in pro wrestling, below are my thoughts on what I think will play out to be a good show.

Kick off Show

Nia Jax vs Sasha Banks

Look for Sasha to take quite a beating from Jax in this one. Still think Banks will come out on top but this feud won’t be settled in this one match, Jax/Banks will be the equivalent Bliss/Lynch on Smackdown Live.

Royster Prediction: Sasha Banks

6-Woman Tag Team Match
Natalya, Mickie James & Smackdown Live Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss vs Nikki Bella, Naomi & Becky Lynch

For a kick off match this might be pretty damn good. All six women have beef’s with one another and this will surely fuel the fire for future shows. Nikki Bella has been at odds with Natalya, Natty believes Bella isn’t deserving of what she has as well as thinking Bella is out to get her. Bella wants the comments about her boyfriend(John Cena) to stop. Naomi recently returned to Smackdown Live and immediately had words for Alexa Bliss. Look for Mickie James & Becky Lynch to lock horns but my money is on the Heels in this one.

Royster Prediction: Mickie James, Alexa Bliss & Natalya get the win.

WWE Tag Team Championship Match(Raw Tag Titles)
Cesaro & Sheamus© vs Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson

Don’t know why this is part of the pre show for one, but with that said I have to go with the champions retaining the Titles. My heart wants Karl Anderson and Gallows to win the straps solely because I think these two are being held back. Karl Anderson is an amazing talent and both guys are excellent talkers, I think they fit the WWE style more than they did in New Japan.

Royster Prediction: Cesaro & Sheamus retain the Tag Titles.

Main Card

Cruiserweight Championship Match
Rich Swann© vs Neville

As much as love watching and following Swann through the various Indies promotions, it just makes sense for Neville to be the one holding the title. When the whole Cruiserweight movement took place this past summer I figured Neville would be part of the tournament. Now calling himself the “King of the Cruiserweight’s”, Neville looks to be poised for a run with the title and run through the challengers of 205 Live.

Royster Prediction: Neville walks away with the Cruiserweight Title.

WWE Women’s Championship Match(Raw)
Charlotte© vs Bayley

This going to be the first of many meetings between these two now that Bayley is on the main roster. The history surround these two speaks for itself. I don’t like that these two are having this Championship Match on the Royal Rumble card, I feel like this is a big match with two people with a storied past. Charlotte never loses on Pay Per Views but I think Bayley will have a strong showing in defeat. One thing to keep in mind is that the Raw Women’s Title has flip flopped in the past so I won’t be shocked to see it happen again.

Royster Prediction: Charlotte Retains the Raw Women’s Championship

WWE Universal Championship Match(Raw)
Kevin Owens© vs Roman Reigns
Chris Jericho will locked inside the Shark Cage high above the ring

I think this match is clearly going to go one way, Kevin Owens will lose the Universal Championship and heres why. Everyone knows the Rumble Pay Per View is very important because it sets the stage for the biggest show of the year, WrestleMania. Many fans have speculated that a Owens/Jericho program is in the works. There’s been a slew of moments since Owens won the Universal Title where we saw Jericho and Owens blow up on each other signifying a breakup but they always come back. Reigns will go over in this one, look for Jericho & Owens to feud over the United States Championship. I think Reigns/Owens will be a brutal match and say what you will about Roman Reigns, he will be up for this match and with the agility that Owens has this one should be a good match.

Royster Prediction: Roman Reigns wins the WWE Universal Championship

WWE Championship Match
AJ Styles© vs John Cena

This is a hard one, its tough because you can make an argument for both wrestlers. Since about this time last year, AJ Styles has done wonders for the WWE with great matches with anyone he’s stepped in the ring with. John Cena back from his other ventures seems like he really wants the title back and with Cena you never know what can happen. Styles has been WWE Champion for a good while now and while Styles has beaten John Cena three times it seems like a fourth victory is unlikely. I believe Cena will win the match but not the WWE Championship, I think this rivalry will see another match at WrestleMania 33.


Royster Prediction: John Cena wins the match by disqualification, AJ Styles is still the WWE Champion.

Royal Rumble Match

Being that the Rumble match always has it’s share of surprises and storylines. Here’s my top 3 scenarios for this years Royal Rumble.

1.) Goldberg wins the Rumble and has a title run in the WWE.
2.) Randy Orton wins the Rumble, the Wyatt’s then feud over the WWE Championship.
3.) Long shot but we all know there will be a surprise entrant and I believe the surprise will be Samoa Joe. Joe wins the Rumble then rekindles his history with WWEbChampion AJ Styles.

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