This Sunday, the Road to Wrestlemania officially kicks off and it begins with the Royal Rumble. 30 men and 30 women compete for the chance to challenge a champion of their choosing on the biggest stage. For the men, they can either challenge for the WWE or Universal Championship, whomever that may be. It could be Brock Lesnar or Finn Balor unless creative throws a huge curveball and gives us a new champion (which is highly needed). For the women, they’re fighting to challenge for either the Raw or Smackdown’s Women’s Championship who’s currently being held by Ronda Rousey and Asuka respectively. How we get to Wrestlemania starts with Sunday.
Regarding the men’s division, there’s a lot of talk over who’s going to win the rumble. While everybody is rooting for Finn Balor to win back his Universal Championship, smart money says Lesnar is walking away with the belt to set up his loss and possibly final run with WWE. My guess is Rollins will be winner and get his overdue push to Wrestlemania to challenge the Beast. The setup to the storyline can be easily set. Since Lesnar and Roman Reigns have some history from their past rivalry, Heyman can push the envelope and mock Roman’s current condition which can elevate the feud between Lesnar and Rollins. A strong and aggressive match between these two can push Seth to the moon. But of course, there’s still the Braun Strowman factor which Vince might still want to showcase and if the Monster’s momentum is still strong going to East Rutherford, the trigger to push him to the main event might still be pulled. But for this to happen, Rollins will have to go through 28 men and one monster.
We’re also entering the second ever women’s Royal Rumble and this year is more unpredictable than the previous, which is great for business. In 2018, everybody knew Asuka was getting that huge push to the championship scene, but this year it’s anybody’s ballgame. Some are already saying Charlotte Flair is a shoein to win the whole thing and normally I would agree. Becky, Sasha, Asuka, and Ronda are all competing in championship matches so of course that leaves Flair wide open for the w. But I think a lot of people would groan over the thought of Charlotte getting ANOTHER championship match. She’s seriously turning into the Tom Brady of women’s wrestling which won’t end well for her fanbase so it would probably be best to throw a swerve in the Rumble. Enter Becky Lynch. Becky should take the loss to Asuka, by hook or crook which SHOULD cut her out of the title scene. Then during the women’s rumble, Lynch should attack a superstar, let’s say the #30 entrant and throw Charlotte over, declaring her the winner and number one contender for the women’s Championship at Wrestlemania. This outcome will finally give us the Becky Lynch/Ronda Rousey match we’ve been waiting since October.
If there was a time for wrestling fans to get back into tuning in, now would be that time since the stars are aligning this Sunday. Not only does the Road to Wrestlemania officially kicks off at the Royal Rumble, but WWE is starting to make some big changes in the direction of their characters and their overall product. I guess you can call this a soft reboot which I’m very excited to see. I’m already going to apologize in advance because with the writing team on high alert for the next 10 weeks, my creative anxiety will be revved up.