Men's Royal Rumble Preview
Thursday, January 11, 2018
The WWE Royal Rumble is less than three weeks away and although everyone is talking about the first-ever Women's Royal Rumble match - and with good reason, today we'll focus on the Men's Royal Rumble.
In case you don't know already, the match starts with two participants, with new superstars entering the ring every 90 seconds. This will continue until all 30 superstars have entered and the only way to be eliminated is to be thrown over the top rope, with both feet touching the ground. The last man standing will be declared the winner and go on to challenge the Universal or WWE Champion at the main event of WrestleMania.
BetOnline will have odds, make sure to check it out before placing some action. For now, Elias, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, John Cena, Finn Balor, Baron Corbin, Woken Matt Hardy and Samoa Joe are the confirmed entrants.
Looking at the list of confirmed participants for this match, I just don't see Elias, Randy Orton, Finn Balor, Baron Corbin, Woken Matt Hardy or Samoa Joe winning it. Elias is awesome, you can tell he's getting over with the fans and he can be an incredible heel for years to come, but it's just too early for him to get that kind of push.
Randy Orton has won the Royal Rumble two times already, including last year's edition, but he's been a midcarder most of the time since and also keep in mind that is not usual for WWE to make a superstar win this match in consecutive years.
Baron Corbin lost the United States Championship a few weeks ago and I don't think he should be pushed into the main event just yet. I do expect Corbin to have a great showing in this match, looking strong, but I can't imagine a scenario with him going over 29 other superstars. He has all the tools to main event one day, don't get me wrong, but he still needs to improve in the ring and get more comfortable with the mic.
Finn Balor is an insanely talented superstar, that can't be denied, and his in-ring skills are solid, but he hasn't been able to leave a mark on Raw after coming back from the unlucky injury that forced him to relinquish the WWE Universal Championship.
Balor didn't lose that championship in a match and he never got a rematch, so it makes sense to make him win the Royal Rumble to challenge Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. That being said, for some reason WWE management doesn't trust him completely, which is why he won't win this match on January 28. If it was up to me, he would win, especially now that he has reunited with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.
As for Samoa Joe, his case is exactly the same as Balor, he's extremely talented and popular with the fans and he's more than ready to be in the main event of WrestleMania but WWE management still hasn't given him a solid push.
Woken Matt Hardy is over with the fans and his credentials are as solid as anyone's, but he's in the middle of a feud with Bray Wyatt and they'll probably eliminate each other in the Royal Rumble so they can continue their rivalry.
John Cena and Shinsuke Nakamura can win the 2018 Royal Rumble for the following reasons, Cena's time in WWE is likely coming to an end soon, right now he's mostly a part-timer and it's inevitable that he'll win his record-breaking 17th world title at the showcase of the immortals, whether in 2018 or next year.
Nakamura was the face of NXT for a long time but he needs an unforgettable moment on the main roster to cement his status as one of the main stars in the company.
Winning a Royal Rumble does just that, not to mention that it can potentially set up a dream match with AJ Styles, with the WWE Championship on the line, something that WWE fans have been wanting to see since it was known that both superstars would join the company. Styles and Nakamura faced each other in New Japan Pro Wrestling and their match was unforgettable, so making them clash at WrestleMania would be phenomenal (pun intended).