The Greatest Royal Rumble is going to be monster event. Taking place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the event boasts a massive 50 man royal rumble. It looks like most WWE superstars plus some legends are on the card for this event in some capacity. That means there is a massive amount of potential winners. Since it’s on this Friday, let’s look at some predictions.
Kevin Owens or Sami Zayn
So this first one is a carry on from last night’s RAW, since Kurt Angle basically laid out all the odds against the pair. Basically it would be a massive middle finger to the establishment (namely Kurt, Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon) if one of these two managed to beat the massive list of people who probably want to hurt them. This would also be a bit of an underdog story since Sami basically got destroyed by the team of Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley. Despite being heels this team is still over with the crowd and would no doubt raise a decent reception. Plus just imagine the promo they’d drop on RAW come Monday.
WWE loves to celebrate their legends (mostly), so much so they tend to want to put them over their main roster. Then again I feel it would be nice to see Kurt get one final big victory on WWE TV. Again this would play out more as part of the story with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. He is also one of the most popular and endearing icons of all WWE so having him win in Saudi Arabia would be a real feel good moment. Not to mention the “You suck” chants would be deafening.
If the dirt sheets are right, Bobby Lashley is set for a programme with Brock Lesnar in the near future. If that’s the case, then what better way to make an impact than by beating 50 other men in the biggest rumble ever? It would be a very big accolade to have going into a programme of that scale. Lashley is already a monster and built up to be very strong, but this would just be an extra talking point in building Lashley as even more of a valid opponent for Brock’s title. This action would also be a very big step on WWE’s part on showing that the value bringing Lashley back to the WWE by giving him a massive win.
Strowman is the most over man on WWE RAW. That would result in a massive pop if he won the rumble, meaning a very feel good ending to the show. Braun would be a very credible winner as his sheer domination of the RAW roster on the whole means that 50 other people would be the competition he desires. His entry will no doubt lead to all the little guys piling on him in predictable fashion, but the added people in the rumble means we can have more monster spots with Braun or any other monster eliminating multiple people at once.
Much in the way I can see Kurt Angle winning; it would be no surprise for WWE to give the win to Jericho as a returning fan favourite. After tearing it up in Japan for Wrestle Kingdom, it would be WWE’s way of giving Jericho a warm welcome back since it’ll be his first televised match in a long time now. Plus since it’s only a network event there would be no real harm in giving the win to a part timer of Jericho’s calibre. He may not stick around though since he spends more time focusing on his band Fozzy instead of wrestling. Since he may be on the verge of leaving soon this would be a good way of sending Jericho off.
Lars Sullivan or Killian Dain
Monsters are always popular in royal rumble matches. It would be a wise decision to throw these two into the mix. Sanity have just been drafted to Smackdown meaning Dain would have something to prove and this event would be a great way to show of some NXT superstars. Lars Sullivan and Killian Dain have been slugging it out with each other on NXT TV over recent weeks and this event would be a great place for one last hurrah. It would also make a very big statement if an NXT call up won the GRR. It would also make for entertaining viewing to see Lars and Braun get into a fight.
Now we get to the most over man in WWE period. Still only recently back, now would be the perfect time to remind audiences why they love Daniel Bryan. He is the ultimate underdog. The prospect of him fighting 50 other competitors is the stuff of underdog legend. The reception would be amazing and no doubt the crowd would be on edge every time he is nearly eliminated. It would be a constant thrill ride whilst not detracting from other stories and other superstars in the ring. Whether he wins or not in my opinion all falls on how they use Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn throughout the rumble. There will be some sort of confrontation so it makes sense to have one eliminate the other. But yes, if Bryan won it would be the ultimate feel good ending to the rumble and would be a very deserving victory and massive success for the returning Bryan.
This is purely because I love Rusev. Rusev is another fan favourite who has been woefully underused by the WWE. Constantly jobbed out and overlooked; this would be a small step in the act of penance the company owes Rusev. He is in a casket match with the Undertaker that he is likely to lose so it would be a pleasant surprise for Rusev to rise from the dead at the last-minute of the rumble and steal the victory. He is meant to be a heel despite all the fan acclaim so it would be the perfect opportunistic heel victory. Plus it would be great to leave Jeddah with Rusev day chants echoing around the venue.
So that’s my predictions for some of the potential winners of the 50 man royal rumble. There are still plenty of possible winners and there are meant to be several surprise entrants so the possibility for anyone winning is exceptionally high. It should be an interesting watch, regardless of who wins the Rumble.
Any I’ve missed, feel free to let me know @JohnDeathMatch
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