Welcome everyone back to WNW Predictions! The Royal Rumble will be held in Philadelphia, PA. We have predictions coming from Kieran Walker, Zachary Stallings, Zack Kransey, Brendan Wahl, and Ryan McClure.
(Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship)
Uso's vs Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin in a Two- Out- Three Falls Match
Zack: It’s funny how many people think the Uso's are going to drop the titles because of Jey’s DUI. It’s possible, but I don’t think very likely. The Usos have kind of become the faces in this rivalry with Benjamin and Gable, which is odd, but not unwelcome. I think the Usos are going to hold the titles until WrestleMania and possibly through it.
Zack's Prediction: The Uso's
Zachary: The match will be close, but the Uso's will come up victorious. Gable and Benjamin will put the Usos over in a great match, but my hopes are for after the match. With a tired and beaten Uso's, The Authors of Pain will make their debut, and pick apart the Uso's, putting SmackDown Live on notice.
Zachary's Prediction: The Uso's
Ryan: This match has all the potential to be the match of the night. I expect to see a fast paced, hard hitting wrestling match. Even with the recent arrest of Jey Uso, I expect them to still hold onto the tag team titles. Besides, this feud is awesome. Prediction wise, Uso's win here, even though I'd like to see Gable and Benjamin win.
Ryan's Prediction: The Uso's
Kieran: Gable is picking up a head of steam and can see a strong singles run coming for him so would go with an Uso's win and then a similar break up scenario to the Rollins/Jordan proposed angle.
Kieran's Prediction: The Uso's
Brendan's Prediction: The Uso's
(Raw Tag Team Championship)
Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan vs The Bar
Zack: I think WWE needed to regroup after Ambrose’s injury and so they went with Seth and Jason because the plan was for Seth and Dean to win. Now that they’ve had time to think a bit, they’ll put the titles back on The Bar and start something new with Seth and Jason.
Zack's Prediction: The Bar
Zachary: This match should be used to turn Jordan heel. I suspect at some point in the match Rollins will need to make a tag, and Jordan will leave. Which will lead to Rollins eating a Brouge kick, making Cesaro and Sheamus, new Raw tag team champions.
Zachary's Prediction: The Bar
Ryan: I think most people are expecting a Jordan heel turn, but I don't see it here. Yeah, the past few weeks we have seen corruption between him and Rollins, but I don't see that exploding up here. Maybe in another month, but it's too early. They will drop the titles to Cesaro and Sheamus soon though.
Ryan's Prediction: Rollins and Jordan
Kieran: The Bar benefit more with the titles than they do on Rollins and Jordan. Rollins and Jordan can go on to do whatever program it is they're doing following on from this.
Kieran's Prediction: The Bar
Brendan's Prediction: The Bar
( WWE Universal Championship)
Brock Lesnar vs Kane vs Braun Strowman
Zack: Okay, there is a chance I’m going with my heart instead of my mind on this one. However, a man can dream. If you haven’t checked out my article on my four top choices to win the Royal Rumble with Fantasy Booking, check it out. I’m going to go in a different direction here. Have Braun pin Kane, so that Lesnar can say he never LOST a match for the title. That will set up a match with Lesnar at the next PPV that ends in confusion or DQ. Meanwhile, Roman wins the Elimination Chamber and it sets up a triple threat at WrestleMania.
Zack's Prediction: Braun Strowman
Zackary: Brock Lesnar is the obvious choice here, but that’s no fun. Strowman will win this match to set up a feud with the winner of the Royal Rumble (my prediction on that later). Strowman beating Kane and Lesnar in the same night will establish him as the most dominate force in WWE. The Universal Title also needs a boost, and having a champion that’s on Raw ever night would go a long way to doing that.
Zackary's Prediction: Braun Strowman
Ryan: I don't need to go into too much for this match. It's written on the wall, Brock wins.
Ryan's Predictions: Brock Lesnar
Kieran: Lesnar wins, because he's Lesnar and there isn't a bigger name for Reigns to beat at Mania. Kane gets pinned. Kane/Braun at Mania? Potentially.
Kieran's Prediction: Brock Lesnar
Brendan's Prediction: Brock Lesnar
AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
Zack: I don’t think WWE would know what to do with “Co-WWE Champions” even if they wanted to. I am more interested to see what happens AFTER this match. Will KO and Sami move on to a feud with Shane himself? Will Shane pick someone to wrestle with him or on his behalf? I think there is a lot of story left to tell. However, I don’t think for a second that the WWE Championship is coming off AJ’s waist.
Zack's Prediction: AJ Styles
Zachary: AJ Styles will win this match, but it will be because of a Sami Zayn face turn. Probably during a pin, or at some point when AJ looks done, Sami will turn on Kevin. This I believe could lead to a Sami Zayn and Kevin Owen’s match at WrestleMania.
Zachary's Prediction: AJ Styles
Ryan: I don't see WWE taking the belt off of AJ. They know what they have in him, and a big match for Wrestlemania will bring in good money. I also don't see the "Co-WWE Champions" thing. WWE would drive that into the grave. I see Owens and Zayn move into a tag team match against Shane and a partner at Wrestlemania.
Ryan's Prediction: AJ Styles
Kieran: AJ retains, goes on to fight the Rumble winner.He will have the best match at Mania, while "Kami" are left in obscurity. Obviously, I see Shane shenanigans in this one.
Kieran's Prediction: AJ Styles
Brendan's Prediction: AJ Styles
Women's Royal Rumble Match
Zack: I know, I know. She’s not even in the country, blah blah blah. People are capable of lying, and with her being the literal odds on favorite to win, I’m positive WWE told her to send out some “fake news.” I think WWE is going to go big for this one, and Ronda is as big as it gets.
Zack's Prediction: Ronda Rousey
Zachary: Now I know Charlotte is SmackDown Lives women’s Champion, right now, but at some point before the Women’s Rumble Carmella will cash in. Now a lot obviously would have to happen for this prediction to come true, but I can see WWE making it work. At some point in the show Charlotte will get attacked (probably by the Riot Squad), and that will allow Carmella to cash in her contract. Now with no title, Charlotte will enter the Rumble (at 20), and she will make history again winning the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble.
Zachary's Prediction: Charlotte Flair
Ryan: This is a toss up for me. I have two predictions, based off of knowing how WWE can be. I'll start off with my gut instinct, and I say we see a Ronda Rousey debut and win. I'm not a fan of this at all, just because of Ronda not competing in WWE before. This is a history making moment, which I strongly believe one of their female competitors should get the win. Maybe Bayley, or Nia Jax. I think Asuka should be the winner, because of her streak. I do have to say, an Asuka/Rousey face-off would be a spectacle to see. My second, but least prediction would be Stephanie McMahon. I know she's doing commentary for this match, but I don't put it past WWE to have Stephanie enter at #30 and win it all.
Ryan's Prediction: Ronda Rousey
Kieran's Prediction: Nia Jax
Brendan's Prediction: Asuka
Men's Royal Rumble Match
Zack: I’ve gone back and forth on this one like 10 times. I called Bryan winning the Rumble a WHILE back. I’m really hoping he enters and wins. However, I’m going to take the safe route for my predictions and say Balor. Balor wins, jumps ship to Smackdown with Gallows and Anderson and challenges AJ at WrestleMania.
Zack's Prediction: Finn Balor
Zachary: Finn has been in a sort of limbo since returning from injury, and has been booked very poorly since his return. He’s worked with the Miztourage, had an uneventful feud with Bray Wyatt, and put over Kane, after beating AJ Styles. This could all change with Balor winning the Rumble. A Rumble victory will give Finn direction, and an actual storyline to work with. A storyline that will lead to the Universal Championship.
Zachary's Prediction: Finn Balor
Ryan: I really do have high expectations for this match, as I do every year. Since 2014, this match has let me down. I can look past it though, as this is a new year. My out the window (doubtful) prediction would be Daniel Bryan, as he should have won it back four years ago. Coming back to reality, I see Finn Balor winning it all, with help of The Club. At that point, it sets up for a match between him and AJ at Wrestlemania.
Ryan's Prediction: Finn Balor
Kieran's Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura
Brendan's Prediction: Roman Reigns
- And there you have it everyone! Our thoughts and predictions of this year's Royal Rumble show. Make sure you leave your predictions down below, as we would love to hear everyone's thoughts on the show that begins the Road of Wrestlemania!