Welcome to the Royal Rumble 2017!
The most star-studded Royal Rumble match of all-time is only a few hours away! Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, The Undertaker, and 27 other superstars, with no doubt a few surprises, will compete in the over-the-top Battle Royale in the hopes of headlining WrestleMania.
The main event is arguably the most exciting Rumble match in a long time. WWE has managed to keep its WrestleMania plans pretty secret this year, that or they’ve changed it so frequently that now we have no idea who is facing who. The only matches set in stone, that we know of, is Goldberg Vs. Lesnar, Triple H Vs. Seth Rollins, and a 4-Way for the Women’s Championship. The latter two are great matches and won’t affect the Rumble, however Goldberg V Lesnar almost certainly rules out both men from actually winning the big match. Who will win is anyone’s guess. My probably winner is Braun Strowman but we’ve heard rumblings this past week that it could be Randy Orton, which would be a real spanner in the works. It’s exciting to go into the show with no idea of who is winning.
Outside of the main event, we have some big profile matches. Roman Reigns challenges Kevin Owens for the WWE Universal Championship, while Chris Jericho hangs in a shark cage above the ring – a match is also no disqualification. It seemed inevitable that Reigns would win the match and take the WWE Universal Championship to WrestleMania, thus he would headline the show for the third year running. However rumours suggest Owens may actually retain, which I would love to see because I believe he and Jericho deserve to feud over the title. That could leave Y2J open for a Royal Rumble win but it all seems too-good-to-be-true.
John Cena takes on AJ Styles for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in what is likely to be match of the night. These two never fail to deliver inside the squared circle. This is an exciting one, although I do think it’s odd that WWE hasn’t put more emphasis on the fact that a potential win for Cena would equal Flair’s record – you’d think that would be a huge focal point. Once again, this match could go either way but a Cena win seems the more likely redemption story.
Elsewhere, Sasha Banks takes on Nia Jax, while Bayley challenges Charlotte for her WWE Women’s Championship and undefeated PPV streak. All four of these women are supposedly pencilled in for WrestleMania, meaning their journey’s are to be intertwined for another few months. Nia Jax will most likely defeat a valiant Sasha tonight, probably because of her injured leg, and Charlotte will probably retain by hook-or-crook. Charlotte’s reign and streak are likely to stay intact until WrestleMania.
The other big match on the card is WWE Cruiserweight Champion, Rich Swann, putting his title on the line against Neville. This should be a great match if given enough time, and it seems the time is perfect to crown Neville as the King of the Cruiserweights. The Royal Rumble starts tonight with a two-hour pre-show, which features Sasha Banks Vs. Nia Jax, a SmackDown women’s multi-tag match, and the WWE Tag Team Championship match. The tag team match should be a great affair, it’s just a shame that such a high profile match is on the pre-show, especially if Anderson and Gallows actually pull off the win!
Well that’s the preview for tonight’s show. The pre-show panel is to be hosted by Renee Young and feature Shawn Michaels and Jerry Lawler, and will be two hours long. That starts at 5 PM ET, and the Royal Rumble begins at 7 PM ET. Until then, start talking in the comments, follow All Wrestling News on Twitter, download the new Ringside News Android app, follow me on Twitter, and enjoy the show!