The Royal Rumble pay-per-view is four weeks away and many fans are speculating what level of quality we’ll get from the 2018 edition of event.
The WWE Championship will be defended in a handicap match, the Universal Championship will be defended in a triple threat match, a new United States Champion will be crowned, and the Women of WWE take their next step on their road to elevating women’s wrestling with the first-ever 30 Woman Royal Rumble match set to take place.
With a guranteed world title match and a potential main event on the line, watching 30 superstars compete for the chance at glory is always entertaining especially when you factor in debuts from NXT and former wrestlers and legends returning and making us feel nostalgic.
AJ Styles and Brock Lesnar are the current world champions and while there are a variety of superstars that fans want to get these title opportunities, there’s rarely more than 5 wrestlers with a realistic chance at winning the match.
#1 Roman Reigns
The Road to WrestleMania for Roman Reigns may be a repeat of 2015
We’ve known this was a possibility since WrestleMania 33 when he defeated The Undertaker in his third WrestleMania main event. A singles match between the two men who defeated The Undertaker seems like a logical next step and many feel that it is all but guaranteed that Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar will main event WrestleMania 34. The only question remaining is how we get there.
However, I believe that everything we’ll witness with Reigns for the next few months will be a repeat of the Road to WrestleMania 31, but on a much larger scale. So, the following is the scenario I think is the most likely for the Big Dog as his fourth main event at WrestleMania approaches.
Reigns will win the Royal Rumble, he’ll defend his newly won No.1 Contender’s status at the Elimination Chamber, and he’ll go on to face Lesnar for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 34.
#2 John Cena
Could the 16-Time World Champion tie the record for most Rumble matches won?
John Cena’s last appearance in a Royal Rumble match was in 2013 when the Face That Runs The Place eliminated four superstars to earn the right to challenge for the WWE Championship. Five years later and the similar circumstances suggest that he’s a lock to win the Rumble.
The 16-Time WWE Champion has been rumoured to win the Royal Rumble match since SummerSlam when many fans thought we were headed towards another Patriot vs. Heel Foreigner match with Jinder Mahal as the champion. Thankfully, that isn’t on the horizon but there’s still a strong chance that Cena will get his next world championship opportunity by winning the Royal Rumble.
Cena hasn’t been a factor in the World Championship picture for WrestleMania since his victory against The Rock at WrestleMania 29 and history could repeat itself if Cena wins the Royal Rumble match and beats AJ Styles at WrestleMania to break Ric Flair’s record and become a 17-time World Champion.