Jay's Ways - Greatest Royal Rumble Preview Submitted by Justin Watry on 04/26/2018 at 03:10 PM
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WWE Greatest Royal Rumble Ever
Cedric Alexander vs. Kalisto: Cruiserweight Championship Match - I don't watch 205 Live. Since the show started, I have seen maaaaaaaybe two or three episodes. Just not interested. What I am interested in is seeing a high quality bout that has an invested live crowd. Hoping to see that on Friday with these two. My prediction is the champ retains.
Seth Rollins vs. The Miz vs. Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor: IC Championship Ladder Match - No doubt has the best chance to steal the show. With all of four wrestlers more than capable of having the best match on the card, I feel good in saying this will be awesome. With no ladder match at WrestleMania, it makes sense to do one here. As for a winner, it all depends on if the company wants to move the mid card titles around or not. Joe and Miz are Smackdown Live. Rollins and Balor are Raw. The result here will also give away the United States Championship bout and vice versa. My gut is we don't get a big shakeup but with everybody wanting to impress in Saudi Arabia, it would not shock me in the least if there were a bunch of new champions crowned.
Jeff Hardy vs. Jinder Mahal: United States Championship Match - As noted above, I am just going to play it safe and say nothing major happens. Jeff wins, and all is kept the same. Not too confident though. Have to believe some kind of "surprise moment" is coming on Friday...
The Bludgeon Brothers vs. The Usos: Smackdown LIVE Tag Team Championship Match - I would prefer The Usos still hold the belts. However, that was not meant to be at WM34. Since The Bludgeon Brothers are the dominant duo in WWE right now it is not wise to pick against them. Maybe a brawl/funky finish?
Bray Wyatt/Matt Hardy vs. The Bar: RAW Tag Team Championship Match - Well, The Bar are now on the blue brand, soooooooo yeah. Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt will win to keep everything on Monday nights. Logical but also the correct call. Sheamus and Cesaro had done it all as a pair on Raw. It was time for them to get a fresh start. They will lose on the way out though. Give the shine to the WOKEN fellas.
The Undertaker vs. Rusev: Casket Match - Not going to be a pleasant DAY for the Bulgarian Brute. Taker is winning and stuffing Rusev in a casket. This entire show is about presenting the biggest and best talents available. As had been reported, both Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold were asked to appear too (both declined). Make no mistake - WWE wants this to be as huge as possible. A lot is riding on this partnership with Saudi Arabia. If that means showcasing The Undertaker, then so be it. Whether it was Rusev or Jericho, the outcome was always going to be the same.
John Cena vs. Triple H - Same with The Undertaker wrestling, WWE wants their top top top top top top guys featured. Exactly why Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler and others were requested to make the trip. Cena vs. HHH is a classic match we have not seen in years and actually has always delivered in the past. For newer fans, I suggest watching their battles. Good, good stuff and was outstanding in the WM22 main event. The winner here really doesn't matter. Both are super part-time, and this match has not even been promoted on television as having any stakes whatsoever. Just kind of the special attraction added. I will pick Cena just to please the fans with a feel good victory, but my guess is Triple H will also be cheered. Total coin flip honestly.
AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura: WWE Championship Match - I have seen a lot of talk on Twitter about Nakamura winning the WWE Title on Friday. Truth be told, there is nothing off limits these days. We just saw a shocking heel turn from Nakamura at Mania and live in a world where Roman Reigns lost AGAIN at Mania. Do not tell me things are predictable. Seriously. That is pure garbage. While I am not thinking we get a new WWE Champion here, it would add fuel to the feud and give Smackdown Live some new life after the Superstar Shakeup. AJ Styles is going to be my prediction, but I don't know if that does much for the future of this story line. Perhaps a quick roll up is best, followed up by more low blows?
Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns: Universal Championship Steel Cage Match - Well, so much for everybody who KNEW Reigns would defeat Lesnar at Mania. That year long plan was flushed down the toilet in 15 minutes. I have gone on record that Roman should have won regardless of if Brock has decided to stick around in WWE or not. A short-term extension should not have altered a 12 month plan. Whether The Beast stays through this weekend or Summerslam...does it matter? Mania is where we get our moments. Reigns should be the Universal Champion now. Winning it inside a steel cage via escape or whatever is not the same as pinning Brock Lesnar clean in the middle of the ring. I threw my hands up at Mania and will do the same here. Reigns should be champ and then have a title showdown with Samoa Joe at Backlash. Brock can then take time off, lose to Lashley at Summerslam and head to UFC. Or Brock retains once again...who knows?
50 Man Royal Rumble Match - Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle, Mark Henry, The Great Khali, and countless other former World Champions are being brought in for this. I love it. The current roster, plus surprise entrants and legends will make this a memorable match. I don't care if it is two hours long or not; I love the Royal Rumble and everything about it. While it may just be for a trophy and nothing real, I am going to enjoy the spectacle of 60,000 fans in a giant stadium watching wrestling. Just so cool. I really only have three predictions: Lashley, Braun Strowman, or Daniel Bryan. If we are headed for a Lesnar/Lashley clash, it makes sense to give that a nice boost. If Braun is due for another main event run, he gets the nod...but if Bryan is ever going to win a Royal Rumble in his career, this is the time. Any of those three. It comes down to who WWE wants to show off to a new audience and grab headlines. My gut says Braun.
SUMMARY: I will not be able to watch the WWE Network live special as it airs but will be home around 3-4pm to catch it all. Spoiler free. From the beginning. I am jacked. Let's do this!