Mike Verna

Royal Rumble 2014: Five Possible Winners


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Previewing Possible Royal Rumble Winners

The best time of the year for wrestling fans is upon us. WrestleMania season has arrived!  The WWE is giving us some things to be excited about over the course of these next few months. There’s plenty to look forward to.

Which leads me to January 26th and the 2014 Royal Rumble. Now, if I were a betting man, (I’m not) I would put my house on Daniel Bryan winning the 2014 Royal Rumble match. There isn’t anything they can do that would make more sense.

You can argue that there hasn’t been a talent more over since Steve Austin. He has more than earned his moment to not only main event WrestleMania, but win the WWE World Heavyweight Title and actually keep it.

With that being said, WWE has never shied away from doing things that make you scratch your head.  So…let’s see what other possibilities there are for the winner of the 2014 Royal Rumble Match…

pro-wrestling-batista copyBatista

For the sake of preserving credibility here, I will admit that I’ve never been a fan of Batista. And I know there are people out there that think he may just come in and win the Royal Rumble. I honestly would be shocked if he did.

I don’t believe there is any benefit having Batista not only winning the Royal Rumble, but main eventing WrestleMania.

I think Batista is much better utilized either by a) putting younger talent over or b) putting him in with another monster.  Let Batista come in and let him eliminate like 5 or 6 people.  Dominate for a few minutes and then eventually get eliminated close to the end. He doesn’t need to be in the title picture and the title picture doesn’t need Batista.

CM Punk

I will tell you that a month ago, I wanted to see the Superdome explode with a Face vs. Face main event at WrestleMania XXX. Daniel Bryan wins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the Royal Rumble beating John Cena and Randy Orton in a Triple Threat Match and Punk wins the Royal Rumble.

Punk goes to main event WrestleMania against his buddy Daniel Bryan and loses, all the while bringing the house down in the process. This obviously is a fantasy because it seems that Punk is on a collision course with Triple H that is sure to culminate in a match at WrestleMania.

braywyattBray Wyatt

This could be a “you’re pushing him way too hard way too soon” scenario.  And personally, I would agree, but am I supposed to believe that last Monday was the last we will see of Bray Wyatt colliding with Daniel Bryan?

If so, then that hurts the character extremely.  So count me as on who believes that Daniel Bryan hasn’t seen the last of Bray Wyatt. Could Wyatt win the Rumble by somehow someway sabotaging Bryan in the process?

It’s possible, but I have doubts. I expect Bryan to get the last laugh on Bray at the Rumble. I still believe Bray needs more time to establish his character before he is placed in any serious WWE World Heavyweight title picture.

Roman Reigns

Out of all the other possibilities outside of Bryan winning the Royal Rumble, this one is the one that is more likely to happen and honestly, I can’t even believe I am writing it. When Ambrose, Rollins, and Reigns came up to the main roster, I thought for sure it was going to be the Rollins and Ambrose show, and Reigns would benefit from whatever heat the other two would generate. I don’t think I was alone either. I was also dead wrong. Roman Reigns has been nothing short of a showstopper.

The guy brings it week in and week out. He’s entertaining as hell, he can work his ass off in the ring and he has already proven he can run with the top dogs of the company. He’s got plenty of charisma, and he’s slowly but surely showing his personality in the ring.

The one thing that he hasn’t really proven is whether or not he can talk on the mic. From what I’ve heard thus far though, he hasn’t been too bad. Needs some polishing, but I think in time he could be one of the top draws in WWE. With all that being said, I think it’s too soon to make Reigns a Royal Rumble winner.  Keep his momentum up for another year and make him win next year’s Rumble match.

The 2014 Royal Rumble is sure to be a great pay-per-view.  We have the potential to see not only current top WWE talent working their asses off for a shot at immortality, but we also have the potential of seeing Jake the Snake Roberts’ long awaited return to a WWE ring, the latest inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame the Ultimate Warrior and maybe, just maybe we will see Hulkamania run wild in Pittsburgh on January 26th.

So many possibilities for this event and I’m excited as hell for it.  I cannot remember the last time I was this excited for a WWE pay-per-view.

Mike Verna
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