NBA First Half Awards
With the season just over halfway done, let's look at the major awards. Feel free to disagree but it's James Hardens world right now and we're just living in it.
The Royal Rumble is one of the best pay-per-views the WWE puts on. We always seem to get surprise entrants and legends making a comeback. There will be 30 men in the men’s Royal Rumble and 30 women in the women’s Royal Rumble and they will each come out 90 seconds after the first two competitors start. The winner of the match will get a title shot at WrestleMania. I will discuss some candidates that have a good chance to win the men and women’s Royal Rumble.
Men’s Royal Rumble
Drew McIntyre has all the potential to be a star in WWE. He is built like a truck and has the in-ring skills to compete at the highest level. He is poised to have a major push in 2019 and what a great way to start that push by winning the Royal Rumble. With Braun Strowman likely facing Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at Royal Rumble, McIntyre seems like a favorite to win this match. McIntyre could be the future of the WWE and with a win at the Royal Rumble, it will cement him as one of the top guys.
Seth Rollins was the hottest superstar in WWE for the first half of the year but has really cooled off. He will defend his IC Title at the TLC pay-per-view against Dean Ambrose. Whether he enters the Royal Rumble as the IC Champion or not, he should still be in the Royal Rumble match and a win here will elevate him right back up. I don’t think he has as good of a chance as Drew McIntyre but Rollins is still capable of winning the Royal Rumble match and headline WrestleMania.
With Daniel Bryan winning the WWE Championship and will likely keep the title till WrestleMania, having Miz win the Royal Rumble makes all the sense in the world. The feud between him and Bryan was the best feud in the summer but now with Bryan a heel, this would be a great twist. Imagine how much fun it will be seeing Bryan play mind games with Miz instead of the other way around. I think Miz has to be considered a serious contender to win the Royal Rumble and go on to face Bryan at WrestleMania.
With AJ Styles losing the WWE Title, he will likely be an entrant in the Royal Rumble. Styles had a historic run as WWE Champion and put on some fantastic matches. Styles vs Bryan would be a great match at WrestleMania for the WWE Title. I do not think he has a higher chance as McIntyre or Miz to win the match but I would not be surprised if Styles pulls it off.
Yes, I know, how on earth can The Rock be listed as a candidate to win the Royal Rumble? Well, according to oddsmakers, The Rock is one of the favorites to win the Royal Rumble. The rumors are Rock will headline WrestleMania against Brock Lesnar. I do not want to see this match because I would like someone like McIntyre to battle and defeat Lesnar at WrestleMania. While it is still iffy, I would not be surprised at all if Rock wins the Royal Rumble.
Women’s Royal Rumble
The women’s Royal Rumble match is a very difficult one to predict as I only see three possible winners. If Charlotte enters the match, she should be considered one of the favorites to win the match. She may face Ronda Rousey at the Royal Rumble, so whether she is in the Royal Rumble match is a toss up. Charlotte’s attack on Rousey went over great at Survivor Series but the following SmackDown kind of ruined it for her. If Charlotte is indeed in the match, she should be considered a favorite to win it.
Becky Lynch is currently the SmackDown’s women’s champion, so how can she enter the Royal Rumble match? Well, thanks to a punch from Nia Jax, Becky suffered a broken face and a concussion. I have a feeling if she is not cleared soon, they may decide to strip her of her title. If that does happen, this sets up perfectly for her return at the Royal Rumble and to win it. Lynch is the best thing going in WWE right now and the most over superstar. I hope it does not come to her forfeiting her title but if it does, I expect Lynch to win the Royal Rumble.
Finally, the only other woman I see winning the Royal Rumble match is Alexa Bliss but she is also in concussion protocol and seems much worse off than Becky Lynch. If Bliss gets cleared, Becky Lynch keeps the title, and Charlotte Flair faces Ronda Rousey and does not enter the match, Bliss has to be the favorite to win the Royal Rumble match. There are rumors WWE may make Bliss the acting General Manager of Raw because she may not be cleared any time soon but that is just a rumor for now. Flair, Lynch, and Bliss are the only three candidates I see winning the Royal Rumble match.