Hello ladies and gentlemen, I am your host, the Baumeister. Welcome back to the WWE Network Special Breakdown. In this case, it’s going to be the on-ramp to the Road to WrestleMania, the Royal Rumble. And this year, the stakes couldn’t be higher, as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is going to be defended inside of the Rumble match. But, more on that later. Let’s dive right on into the Royal Rumble Breakdown.
Kickoff Fatal 4-Way Match to Qualify for the Royal Rumble: Darren Young (0-1 (0-1)) and Damien Sandow (0-5 (0-3)) vs The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley (2-4 (0-1)) and D-Von Dudley (2-3)) vs The Ascension (Konnor (1-0) and Viktor (1-0)) vs Jack Swagger (1-5 (0-1)) and Mark Henry (0-9 (0-7))
Well now. Maybe this is to draw interest to the kickoff show, or maybe just to get some more announced names into the Rumble match, but here it is. Now, out of all of the names on this list, the Dudley Boyz seem like the obvious choice. However, there’s a team on this list that we haven’t seen much of on the main shows, and that’s Swagger and Henry. I don’t know about you, but this looks like a formidable team. Swagger and Henry are going to walk out of the pre-show match and right on into the Rumble match…
WWE Divas Championship: Charlotte (26th champion, 6th defense) (Debut) vs Becky Lynch (Debut)
I always love it when the heel’s mouthpiece makes the match for the competitor. Especially just after the heel talks up a big game about how their opponent isn’t ready to face them, or doesn’t deserve a championship opportunity. However, I really don’t like the fact that WWE has to use Ric Flair to get Charlotte over. I’m pretty sure she can do it on her own, but then again, this is the main roster creative team we are looking at here. I’m expecting Becky Lynch to pull out the win here, by counteracting the presence of Ric out there with someone.
WWE Tag Team Championship: The New Day (Big E (0-3 (0-2)); Kofi Kingston (0-8 (0-7); Xavier Woods (Debut)) (56th champions, 7th defense) vs The Usos (Jey Uso (1-2 (0-2)); Jimmy Uso (1-1 (0-1)))
Probably my least looked forward to match of the evening. I love the New Day. They are entertaining. Wildly so. But, they just don’t have a whole lot of competition. Fresh competition anyway. We’ve seen New Day vs Usos before. We’ve seen a lot of the New Day vs various tag teams before. It doesn’t help that the constant injuries are breaking up tag teams (just look above at who Darren Young is teaming with…certainly isn’t Titus). That being said, I’m going with The New Day, cause I feel the power.
WWE United States Championship: Alberto Del Rio (44th champion, 1st defense) (2-1 (1-1)) vs Kalisto (Debut)
I was extremely excited about having Kalisto winning the United States Championship on RAW almost two weeks ago. But, WWE just had to go and ruin it by having Del Rio win the title the next night at the Smackdown tapings. I really do think that Kalisto needs an extended reign with the United States Championship, while letting Del Rio focus on bigger battles as a part of the League of Nations. I’m going with the high-flying Kalisto to walk away a two-time United States Champion.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Last Man Standing Match: Dean Ambrose (155th Champion, 3rd defense) (0-2 (0-2)) vs Kevin Owens (Debut)
The main event of the undercard. And quite possibly the best match of the night. These two are going to hell and back with each other. This match is the perfect for Owens’ character of a prize fighter who does whatever it takes to win. After all, look at what he did in NXT with Sami Zayn (and yes, I know that part of it has to do with Zayn’s injury). But, he’s going up against one of the most resilient…and craziest superstars that have ever stepped into the ring. But, I think that Ambrose won’t be resilient enough against the former champion. Owens will walk out of the Rumble with the Intercontinental Championship.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Royal Rumble Match
30 men. One championship. And for Roman Reigns, it’s One vs All. As in previous years, the Rumble seems to be the most predictable part of the show. Especially when it comes to the amount of star power in the match itself. Besides Reigns, we have Brock Lesnar and Chris Jericho as two of the biggest names in the very short list. Of course, going off of WWE’s list on their webpage, there are only 13 names confirmed, plus the addition of the two pre-show match superstars. Even if the statements are true about The New Day making it into the Rumble (and pulling double duty), that still leaves room for 1o men or women to enter the Rumble. The Rumble is also known well for it’s surprises as to who will walk through that curtain. This year, who knows who it could be. It could be someone coming back from injury. It could be someone returning for one night. It could be a NXT superstar’s debut. Heck, it could be someone like Triple H. Only the bookers know. But, I’m looking at the final four, in which Lesnar, Sheamus, Wyatt and Reigns will be standing tall, with Lesnar winning the Rumble match and going on to the main event at WrestleMania.
That’s all I’ve got for you folks. Thanks for enjoying. Until next time, I am the Baumeister.