Early Royal Rumble 2019 Predictions

The Royal Rumble is a little over two months away, and then we are once again on the road to Wrestlemania. The Royal Rumble is my favourite pay per view of the year, mainly because of the Rumble match, but also because we start to see the Wrestlemania card take shape.

I thought while we’re still some time away from the Royal Rumble it would be interesting to give my predictions for match ups or announced matches and see how I fare after the event on Sunday 27th January.

Finn Balor and Bayley will enter the Rumble’s at #30

Starting with a fairly easy one, the mixed match challenge draws to a close very soon. Balor and Bayley are the most logical winners of this event which would guarantee them the number 30 spot in their respective Rumble matches. However, I would not recommend putting money on either Bayley or Balor to win the Royal Rumble matches, even from the coveted number 30 spot.

Brock Lesnar will defeat Braun Strowman once again

Braun Strowman is currently out of action due to a shoulder injury. It is now touch and go whether he will be able to compete at December’s pay per view event ‘Tables, Ladders and Chairs’. However, it is highly likely the Monster Among Men will be back in action and ready for his sixth, yes sixth attempt at the Universal Championship within 18 months.

You have to feel that the time has passed for WWE to pull the trigger and have Braun Strowman beat Lesnar and become Champion. Disappointingly they continue to put him in this position where he will either lose cleanly or be cheated out of the win once again.

The heavy rumours of Seth Rollins winning the Royal Rumble and going on to dethrone Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 35, things don’t look too good for the Monster. Maybe he’ll give Nicholas a call and go after the Raw Tag Titles again!

NXT has a heavy presence in Men’s and Women’s Rumble

Let’s start off with the Men’s Royal Rumble, there are a number of people who could take a place in this years event. I would not expect Adam Cole or Roderick Strong to take part, as they both took part in last years Rumble matches, one at the Royal Rumble and one at the Greatest Royal Rumble.

If I were a betting man, and I am, I would be looking at EC3 and Velveteen Dream to make an appearance. EC3 was heavily rumoured to be getting called up to the main roster around Summerslam. However, due to suffering a concussion the night before Summerslam, his call up was postponed. If EC3 makes the jump I would expect him to stay up after the Rumble.

Velveteen Dream is immensely popular in NXT, but we’ve seen from the past that doesn’t guarantee you a good creative run when you are on the main roster. I selected Dream as I am thinking Gargano, Ciampa and Black will all be in feuds on NXT the night before. That has not stopped people being part of the Rumble before, but Dream after failing in his attempt at the NXT Championship must be close to finishing up his run in the WWE developmental brand.

On to the second ever Women’s Royal Rumble, and just like last year trying to predict the participants is very difficult. Last year’s event had 10 former wrestlers returning and only 2 appearances from NXT.

I’m going to stick my neck out and say once again there will only be two NXT call ups, one being the winner of the Mae Young Classic, Toni Storm. She has had main roster pay per view exposure on WWE Evolution back in October. It would make sense that not only does that promote a show on the WWE network, but would also bring more attention to NXT UK.

As far as picking a second woman, I originally thought of Bianca Belair. I have a feeling she will be taking on the feared Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship, and will not come out the other side of that match well.

I will have to pick the Champion Shayna Baszler, as this helps build a link to the four horse women of UFC with Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir and Ronda Rousey. For over a year now the heavily rumoured match of the four horsewomen vs four horsewomen it would seem the ideal time to start this build.

The Royal Rumble Winners

For the Women’s Royal Rumble, there can be only one option. The most popular superstar, robbed of her big moment at Survivor Series, Becky Lynch. Becky will win the women’s Royal Rumble, and go on to face Ronda Rousey at Wrestemania for the RAW Women’s Championship.

That was a nice and easy start to things. The men’s Rumble is where the field is more open, with three possible men stick out in my mind. Before I select my picks, I am assuming that both the WWE Champion and the Universal Champion retain their titles all the way to Wrestlemania.

Firstly, The Miz has to be in with a great shout of winning. The man who each year gets better and better has become one of the best acts in WWE, and with rumours of a face turn around the corner, this would set up a WWE Championship match between Daniel Bryan and The Miz.

The heavy favourite has to be Seth Rollins, the story writes itself. Rollins gets to beat Brock and do it for his friend and Shield brother Roman Reigns. With Roman being out of action for quite some time, I would expect this to be the direction. So that even though Reigns is not at the event, he will be heavily featured through out the build up. Expect this match to main event Wrestlemania.

Finally, and a bit more out there is the Scottish Psychopath Drew McIntyre. The man has has proven since his return to WWE that he has everything that is needed to become a top guy in WWE, and a a win at the Royal Rumble would cause a massive shock, but lead to a highly sort after match between Brock Lesnar and Drew McIntyre.

A lot can change in two months and I might be sitting here in February talking about how Kevin Owens makes a shocking return earlier than expected and wins the Royal Rumble. Only time will tell.

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