The X-Factor: Royal Rumble 2019 preview Submitted by Victor Mariscal on 01/27/2019 at 04:15 AM
Iím gonna be there at Chase Field.
Last year, they managed to avoid a major s***-storm much like the one that happened in 2015. Will they be so lucky now?
Phoenix isnít quite as passionate as Philahelphia, but we can still be pretty damn loud. Donít let us down Vinnie Mac.
Just about any of the singles title matches has the potential to steal the show.
Letís get to it.
SD Tag Team Championships
Shane McMahon and The Miz vs. The Bar (C) Iím really having mixed feelings. Shane deserves some criticism here, but I really donít want to hate him. He certainly never weighed the product down as much as his sister, who will likely make her presence felt in the show.
This reminds me of how Edge & Christian ended in 2001. Edge won King of the Ring but Christian carried the trophy around all the time.
Anyone can see where this is going. Itís disappointing that Miz isnít quite as red-hot as he was post-ĎMania season in 2016. Too bad Maryse isnít around anymore.
Winners: Shane McMahon and The Miz
Raw Womenís Championship
Sasha Banks vs. Ronda Rousey (C) Baffling, isnít it? Heís not too interested in pushing her Ė just look at her last year as proof Ė but the second Vince thinks the Boss will leave for AEW, suddenly sheís been penciled in against Ronda.
It was appropriate that the ďRowdyĒ oneís first match involved Kurt Angle who also had an amazing rookie year. Sadly his was imperfect thanks to Undertaker and Triple H. Rondaís was also imperfect in some spots, but still kicked ass.
Sasha needs to put her best foot forward here, win or lose.
Winner: Ronda Rousey
Finn Balor vs. Brock Lesnar (C) When AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan battled the Beast, both of those matches rocked because of the format. Even if Brock left as the winner, it was important for him to walk back up the ramp showing he was in a fight. Those two lost, but they went down swinging the right way. ďIf it ainít broke, donít fix itĒ.
We need to see The Demon King for this one. Will it happen? Does Lesnar need to hold the title coming into New Jersey? He will, and he has to if theyíre giving the rub to someone.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan (C) You mightíve heard that Chase Field is offering a crazy-looking Royal Rumble burger. Bryan took to Twitter to rant about it. Did he just telegraph another segment just like the recent one on Smackdown?
Betting odds or not, I want AJ to win. Who do they have planned to unseat Bryan as the champ anyway?
Winner: Daniel Bryan
SD Womenís Championship
Becky Lynch vs. Asuka (C) I can just picture the crowd now. Beckyís music will hit and sheíll likely get the biggest reaction of the night.
Weíre pretty sure whatís gonna happen at MetLife Stadium, but what will happen to Asuka going forward? I wonder if theyíll treat this as a transitional reign, but if Charlotte and Becky have other plans in April, whoís left to challenge the Empress?
Thereís also the matter of how to give The Man Ė mixed opinion on that name Ė a way out and save her credibility.
Winner: Becky Lynch
Womenís Royal Rumble Iím not gonna sit here and speculate on surprise entries for either Rumble. Whatís the point? If they happen, they happen.
Of all the NXT Horsewomen, Bayley has easily suffered the most. If only she would heed Shawn Michaelsí advice the same way Becky did. Maybe thatís her problem: sheís too nice.
They could have a single winner with either Charlotte or or Becky with the other one winning their shot between now and WrestleMania 35. Would the fans be okay with a 1994 situation? It seems too neat though. Keep the casual fans guessing.
The wheels have been set in motion. Itís only a question of whether a female ĎMania main event will happen.
1st pick: Charlotte Flair
2nd pick: Becky Lynch
Menís Royal Rumble This rumor I will talk about. A potential opponent for AJ Styles is the Heartbreak Kid himself. If heís a surprise entrant, it would go a long way towards setting that up. Donít act high and mighty and say you donít wanna see it.
Seth Rollins is the easy choice to win this, with Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman being potential fallbacks.
Some trivia here. Rollins is the only Shield member Brock hasnít actually defeated.