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Posted by Victor Mariscal on 01/20/2017 at 02:34 PM

You have not made it easy these last few years. How much whining is gonna happen this time?

Daniel Bryan was insanely over in 2014. When he was left out of the Rumble the Pittsburgh revolted big time. Roman Reigns would suddenly become everyone’s hero when he and Batista were the final two.

A lot can change in a year. Bryan was only in the Rumble for 10 minutes. Roman would win, but being backed up by The Rock was not enough to placate the Philadelphia fans. It wasn’t an indictment on Reigns. NO ONE was gonna be happy unless it was Bryan.

There are several things I won’t forgive Triple H for. What he did to Roman in 2016 is one of them. Reigns had actually turned things around but Triple H kept coming off like the babyface in the build-up. Amazing that the Authority spent most of three years damaging the product but Reigns was public enemy #1.

What about this year? Only three matches have been set in stone in Orlando:

Seth Rollins vs. Triple H
Shaquille O’Neal vs. The Big Show
Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg

Only concern I have is with the third one. Why is this match going on last? Could it be for a belt?

Let’s run down what we know.

The Undertaker will have a match with a Raw superstar but it won’t be for a championship. Roman Reigns losing the US title could be setting up for a Universal title win.

Let’s say Reigns goes over at the Alamodome. That would mean he’d have to face either Lesnar or Goldberg at Fastlane and lose the red belt to that opponent. If that’s so, my pick is Brock to win the Rumble and Goldberg to face Roman at Fastlane. They both played football in Georgia and have the same finisher. So, yeah.

The Beast vs. Da Man could happen sans title. There’s also the matter of the WWE Championship.

It’s looking increasingly likely that John Cena will tie Ric Flair soon enough. Question is, where? Either San Antonio or Orlando would be prime locations to do it. AJ Styles has already beaten Cena three times with the latter only pinning him in a six-man tag. Styles would be fine losing to Cena.

There’s an X-Factor potentially in play here: Samoa Joe. He’s going to get the call soon and there’s talk of a “monster push.” Defeating Cena for the WWE Championship – in Orlando of all places – would be the perfect way to do it.

That’s all I got, for now.

Don’t mess with the X.







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