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Posted by Andy Sullivan on 01/27/2017 at 06:15 PM

This is not a review of the terrible WCW movie. Sunday is the 29th annual Royal Rumble headlined, of course, by the 30-man Rumble match. First off, why are there three kickoff matches? Of course, there will probably be four for WrestleMania.

Sasha Banks and Nia Jax in a kickoff match. Not too long ago, Banks was Raw women's champion. To be fair, this card is the most stacked a Rumble has been in years. I say Nia destroys Sasha. Gallows and Anderson get yet another shot at the tag titles. If they don't win this time, what are you doing, WWE? You can't have a good rivalry if it's one-sided.

Becky, Nikki and Naomi face Alexa, a returning Mickie James and Natalya. I pick the heels, specifically Mickie pinning Becky. a Mickie/Becky feud as a roadblock to Becky getting the title back is the way to go.

Rich Swann v Neville is on the main show. Neville will win the cruiserweight title here. Unfortunately, most fans will either be in the bathroom or concession stands, probably. Charlotte defending the Raw women's title against Bayley, I see going like this: Bayley, who I really like(I'm partial to the "geek girls") won't be winning the title tonight.

Most people might think Roman Reigns will finally win the Universal Championship. They will tell you, "Chris Jericho is a non-factor. There's no way Owens beats Reigns straight-up". Is that so? It's a no disqualification match. That means, if he so desired, Triple H could come down and help KO like he helped him win the title in the first place. Maybe Owens won't need help. Either way, Owens retains here.

AJ Styles defending the WWE Championship against John Cena. Cena is on the hunt for 16. Actually, it isn't as much a hunt as a waiting game: not if but when. He will break Ric Flair's record. I know that runs all over a lot of people.

Cena will beat Styles for the title, tying Flair's record. Undertaker will win the Royal Rumble, setting up Undertaker vs John Cena at WrestleMania for the WWE Championship. I think that's a match that everybody wants to see but nobody wants to sit and watch. Does that make sense?

There you have it! My Royal Rumble predictions. There's a lot for WWE to live up to, given the massive hype they've given the event this year. I say it lives up to said hype. Enjoy the Rumble!

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