Joel Embiid Should be Considered an MVP Candidate
It is only January and a lot of people are talking about either James Harden or Giannis Antetokounmpo to win the MVP, but what about Joel Embiid?
The Royal Rumble is one of the biggest pay-per-views the WWE puts on. The winner of the Men’s and Women’s Royal Rumble get to challenge a champion of their choosing and get a title shot at WrestleMania. This is my favorite PPV of the year. Below, I will predict each match result but the card is subject to change.
WWE SmackDown Women's Championship Match: Asuka (c) vs. Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch won a triple threat match to get a number one contender match at the Royal Rumble. She is currently the hottest superstar in the WWE. Asuka won the title at TLC, thanks to Ronda Rousey. She deserves the title as she is one of the best female wrestlers in WWE. This match will be one of the best of the night. I do not see Lynch winning the title here and I think she enters the rumble match, so somehow Asuka will retain.
Prediction: Asuka wins and retains
WWE Raw Women's Championship: Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks won a number one contender match on RAW and will face Rousey for the Raw Women’s Title at the Royal Rumble. This will be a fantastic match as they are both great wrestlers. Sasha has been one of the best wrestlers for quite some time. Rousey has been a great champion since she won the title and unlike Brock Lesnar, defends the title constantly. Rousey will head to WrestleMania with the title and will defeat The Boss but this match will be one of the best of the night.
Prediction: Ronda Rousey wins and retains
WWE Championship Match: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles
AJ Styles won a fatal 5-way match to win a title shot against Daniel Bryan at the Royal Rumble. This is kind of disappointing as I wanted Styles in the Royal Rumble match. Heel Daniel Bryan has been fantastic and I think he has the title till at least WrestleMania. This should be another great wrestling match between the two. Bryan will retain his WWE Championship.
Prediction: Daniel Bryan wins and retains
WWE Universal Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman
Brock Lesnar may be the worst Universal Champion of all time. He never shows up and never defends his title but for some reason, Vince loves him. Strowman would make a great champion. He is always on RAW and would defend the title constantly. It would be surprising if Strowman defeats Lesnar here and wins the title as the WWE likely wants Lesnar champion for WrestleMania. Lesnar will keep the title here somehow.
Prediction: Brock Lesnar wins and retains
Women's Royal Rumble Match
The women have taken over WWE and are the brightest spots of each show. I only see a two women having a legitimate shot at winning the Women’s Royal Rumble.
If Charlotte enters the match, she should be considered one of the favorites to win the match. Charlotte should always be considered a favorite whenever she is in a match. If Charlotte is indeed in the match, she should be considered a favorite to win it.
Becky Lynch is currently challenging for the SmackDown’s women’s champion, so how can she enter the Royal Rumble match? Well, she can still enter the Royal Rumble match even though she has another match. Lynch is the best thing going in WWE right now and the most over superstar. It would get a huge pop if Lynch enters the rumble match and wins it.
Prediction: Becky Lynch wins the Royal Rumble
Men's Royal Rumble Match
The men’s rumble match seems like it can go one of many ways, with a lot of superstars being good candidates to win.
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 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 2018 but has really cooled off. Rollins has entered himself in the Royal Rumble match and becomes an instant favorite to win the match. He could go on to face Brock Lesnar by winning the match at WrestleMania, which is currently a rumor. Rollins could use a win here to gain the momentum he had at the start of 2018.
With Daniel Bryan winning the WWE Championship and will likely keep the title till WrestleMania, having The 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.
Those are the three strong candidates to win the Men's Royal Rumble. I have a feeling The Miz is a bit of a surprise winner and faces Bryan at WrestleMania.
Prediction: The Miz wins the Men’s Royal Rumble match