The last few WWE PPVs have left me wanting more. The builds have been lazy, the matches hastily thrown together, and my husband and I were left wondering why we wasted over three hours of our Sunday on something so forgettable. Because of this, we have not watched a single Raw or Smackdown in 2016, hoping that avoiding the build to the Royal Rumble will make it more enjoyable. We’ve still kept up with things via social media, so we have a very basic idea of what to expect. Let’s take a look at the match card and make some predictions.
Alberto Del Rio (c) vs Kalisto – US Title Match
Hearing about Kalisto winning the title was unexpected, and hearing that Del Rio won it back the very next day was even more out of left field. I haven’t seen much out of Kalisto as far as singles matches go, so it was definitely a surprise to see him randomly thrown into the title picture (although there was quite possibly a build I just missed). It’ll be interesting to see how he does against a much larger opponent.
WINNER: Alberto Del Rio
Darren Young & Damien Sandow vs The Dudley Boyz vs The Ascension vs Mark Henry & Jack Swagger – Fatal 4-way To Qualify for the Royal Rumble Match
This is what happens when I don’t watch for a month? Why is Young with Sandow and not Titus? Who in the hell paired Henry and Swagger? I’m so confused. That aside, I am incredibly excited about Sandow being back in action; I’ve definitely missed seeing him on TV. Rumor has it that Mark Henry is making 2016 the final year that he will compete in the Rumble match, so there is a good chance that he and Swagger win. The chances of The Ascension winning are slim to none; they still haven’t found their niche on the main roster, even with the help of Stardust. I’m generally not fond of fatal 4-ways, but this should be pretty good.
WINNERS: The Dudley Boyz
Charlotte (c) vs Becky Lynch – Divas Title Match
I am over the moon about a Divas title match that doesn’t involve Paige or one of the Bella twins. Becky and Charlotte are two incredible talents; they ruled NXT and have the capacity to take over the main roster if given the chance. Unfortunately, Charlotte is still being paired with her father, who is not only overshadowing his daughter, but helping her win her matches. I’m not sure how long creative is going to keep Ric Flair by her side, but I hope it isn’t for too much longer. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that, regardless of the outcome, we get a clean win.
Dean Ambrose (c) vs Kevin Owens – Last Man Standing IC Title Match
You couldn’t pick two wrestlers more perfect for a last man standing match than Owens and Ambrose. They are two of my favorite active wrestlers and I’m happy to see either man walk away with the title. This match could honestly go on all night; neither man is one to give up. There is going to have to be some serious violence in this match to believably put either man down for the count. It’s difficult to predict how this one will go, since Owens and Ambrose are so evenly matched, but it will definitely be exciting.
WINNER: Dean Ambrose
The New Day (c) vs The Usos – Tag Team Title Match
The Usos are once again fighting for the tag titles, because creative can’t manage to build a tag title picture without them. It was rumored that the Dudleys were taken out of the title fight because the injured Uso was cleared for competition, and creative wanted the twins to regain the titles. We have four other teams fighting tonight (two of which were thrown together hastily), yet we only seem to get the same matches over and over when the titles are involved. The Usos need to learn how to fight in singles competition, and we need more tag teams fighting for the titles. Too much of the same thing isn’t what keeps fans interested.
WINNERS: New Day
30 Man Royal Rumble Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Title
Entrant one will be Roman Reigns, whose title is on the line tonight; the winner of the Rumble match will walk away as champ. This is my favorite PPV of the year, so I truly hope it isn’t ruined by having Reigns as the focal point the entire time. Brock Lesnar and Sheamus, two recent title holders, will be involved tonight, as well as The Wyatt Family, Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho, Ryback, and Curtis Axel. Rumors have Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, Sami Zayn, Triple H, and AJ Styles as surprise entrants, any of which would be awesome. I wish Seth Rollins was ready to compete, because the arena would absolutely explode at his return. Daniel Bryan has been cleared by his doctors, but not by WWE yet, so his return is up in the air. I am going into this hoping Reigns only makes it to the final 4 and is then eliminated. I also hope we see Brock Lesnar suplex someone over the top rope. As long as Reigns doesn’t win, I’m a happy lady.