Obviously, there’s Rumble talk going on all over the forum, but I’ll break this off in its own thread.
Men’s Royal Rumble Match
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Runner-Up: Roman Reigns
Iron Man: Finn Balor
Shot In the Dark: A pissed off Braun Strowman is #30 (after Lesnar pins Kane to retain) and cleans house to win
I wanted to go against the grain here. But I know Shinsuke is considered the favorite, and I have no reason to dispute that. Then again, is Roman winning in Philadelphia just so WWE that they won’t be able to help themselves?
Women’s Royal Rumble Match
Runner-Up: Nia Jax
Iron Woman: Becky Lynch
Shot In the Dark: Shayna Baszler eliminates 5+ entrants
This match is kind of booked into a corner. Either they go with the obvious choice and Asuka wins or they have her get eliminated, which puts some measure of an asterisk on the undefeated streak. It’s like having a 21-0 Undertaker in the Andre Battle Royal at Wrestlemania 30.
WWE Universal Championship Match
Brock Lesnar d. Kane and Braun Strowman
I have an inkling of an idea that this match is set up for Strowman to win the strap if Brock hasn’t extended his contract. But my better judgment still knows that the plan is Reigns/Lesnar at Mania until further notice.
WWE Championship Match
AJ Styles d. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
The Owens injury, the fact that AJ has done the favors several times and the chatter that we’re looking at Styles/Nakamura for Wrestlemania all point toward AJ retaining.
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship Match
Rollins and Jordan d. Cesaro and Sheamus
Meh. I’ll go with Rollins and Jordan.
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match
Gable and Benjamin d. The Usos
I didn’t pick a title change anywhere else. So here it is. Also, there could be some “punishment” involved from the office for recent events.