It’s that time of year again where wrestlers suddenly become obsessed with pointing at signs and there will be no bigger moment for said sign pointing than the Royal Rumble.
For the first time in a long time the potential winners of the Royal Rumble match aren’t incredibly obvious. Previous years it became very apparent that the likes of Batista, Roman Reigns and Triple H were going to win the match. Which made watching an hour-long event seem kind of pointless. To make matters worse, if you didn’t like the particular participant who was going to win it made the match rather infuriating. This year though there are a number of names being thrown around that all seem plausible. Now granted the closer we get to the event the more obvious it will become and I’m sure everyone who goes out of their way to read spoilers and rumours will find out before me. Personally I like to avoid those as much as possible around big events though. If we can get to the event with a handful of names still possible, that will do the whole show a world of good.
The problem is some of the names being thrown around seem like great ideas, others not so much. In this, Part one, of my opinions on the Royal Rumble I’m going to go through 5 names I’ve heard for potential winners of the match. That definitely shouldn’t.
Now granted this is all an opinion piece and I’m sure some people will disagree if I happen to say that their favourite wrestler shouldn’t win. However, I’m trying to remain unbiased and I’ll give (hopefully) legitimate reasons for each of my selections. Or rather, non-selections.
#5 Braun Strowman
Straight away I’m almost torn for including Strowman on this list. On the one hand, he’s a new talent who could really appreciate a Royal Rumble victory to continue to get him over as an unstoppable dominate force. Braun is also currently very entertaining on Raw and is has improved leaps and bounds over the past year.
However, if he wins the Royal Rumble what does that mean for him storyline wise? Most likely it would mean a showdown with Roman Reigns for the Universal Title at Wrestlemania. I have 3 reasons why I don’t want that to happen.
Firstly, Roman would probably win, officially making him the new John Cena by destroying unbeatable monsters. Secondly, I can’t see the match itself actually being that entertaining. Now granted I’m not a Roman fan so I could just be being biased here. But the way I see it is that Strowman needs someone to help him have a great match, as does Roman Reigns. If you don’t have a leader out in the ring the match will suffer. Third and finally, that would mean Kevin Owens would have to lose the Universal Championship making him one of the worst transitional Champions ever. Despite being so bloody entertaining.
#4 Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns has a Universal Championship opportunity at the Royal Rumble, which he will probably win. Which I’m not to happy with. Yet on the off-chance he get’s cheated out of winning the title by Owens and Jericho once more, he could enter the Royal Rumble later on in the evening.
Remember that ‘de-push’ Reigns was going to suffer when he got suspended for breaking the wellness policy. It last a month maximum right? Then he won the US Title, forgot he had it, and spent the last few months chasing the Universal Title. While WWE are ready to push Reigns to the moon again. The fans (myself very much included) are not. If Reigns was to win the Royal Rumble for a second time. I imagine the fans would not respond to kindly to that fact.
#3 John Cena
Another one I’m slightly torn on. Much like Roman Reigns, John Cena has a match for the WWE Title against AJ Styles earlier in the night. If he doesn’t win that match (which he very well might) he could also enter the Royal Rumble match.
Rumour has it that The Undertaker versus John Cena match is now off, which is fine because I’m all for a big storyline of John Cena chasing the record tying 16th title reign of Ric Flair. I just don’t really think he needs to win a 3rd Royal Rumble victory under his belt to get there.
Instead, how much better would it be for him to lose to AJ Styles early on in the show. Enter the Royal Rumble only to be eliminated anyway. Sure he can eventually get himself into the match against Style at Wrestlemania another way. In which he could finally beat Styles for the first time and tie the record. Potentially with that long-awaited John Cena heel turn!
If the plan is still for John Cena versus The Undertaker, that match is big enough not to involve a World/Universal Title and still be huge. My point is you can get to either of his potential stories without him winning the Royal Rumble, leaving it open for someone younger to grab the glory.
This ones far less likely than the other names on my list. It’s most likely that Goldberg is scheduled to continue his program with Brock Lesnar but Vince McMahon is crazy so anything could happen.
The fans might have been blisteringly hot for Goldberg on his return and subsequent victory over the beast, but moving a 50-year-old into the World/Universal picture is everything that’s been wrong with WWE over the past 5 years. Old, part timers taking up to much of the spotlight.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to see more Goldberg (never expected to say that) but he’s a bigger enough draw on his own without needing any gold. So keep it away from him and available for the youngsters. Giving Goldberg a Royal Rumble victory would be very wasteful indeed.
#1 The Undertaker
Finally, the number one person on my list of people who should not win the Royal Rumble. The Undertaker himself.
I don’t care how much of a legend he is. I don’t care how much you want to put the title on him one last time because he ‘deserves it’. He doesn’t need it. If he is to go one on one with John Cena. That’s all you need. That is a monster match, especially if it’s ‘Takers retirement match like it has been rumoured. Although, it’s rumoured every year to be honest…
He doesn’t need to win the Royal Rumble to cement his legacy. Hell he doesn’t even need to win his final match. He’s a one-off. No one will come close to doing what he has done in his career. He’ll forever be a legend. So let’s take a step back and start building new talent for the future! That’s what Undertaker would want to happen.