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    Royal Rumble 2017 Preview and Predictions

    Ready to Rumble.

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeyOnEarth, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

    Cesaro and Sheamus vs. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows for the Raw Tag Team Championship on the kickoff show

    Joey:

    I love the chemistry between these two teams. My hopes are they’ll get enough time to top the prior Raw match. I’m expecting the breakup of Sheamus and Cesaro to start here and in the Royal Rumble match. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows are the pick to win and start a tag title run into WrestleMania.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows win.

    Tim:

    The Sheamus and Cesaro dynamic has been a real fun thing to watch and this is the most I’ve been into Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows since their WWE debut. These two teams are pretty damn good together. While I do think they should move on from this feud after this match I am all for seeing these guys go at it again. I assume they will want to get back to the Sheamus and Cesaro feud by WrestleMania (because they have to have some pre-show matches for that show too) so I can see them taking the belts off of them here. Also, I am going to use this time to pitch Anderson and Gallows add some blonde to their facial hair like old NWO members to spice things up.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows win.

    Tom:

    I feel like I’ve seen enough of this already. The two teams are a decent combo, but WWE has a horrible habit of running tag feuds into the ground in record time. Hopefully we get a Cesaro flurry, that’d be alright.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Cesaro and Sheamus win.

    Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax on the kickoff show

    Joey:

    I always forget these two are feuding and was a bit surprised to see this on the show. Sasha was just walking with crutches on Raw last week, right? Nia Jax is definitely getting the win with the injury story playing the factor. I don’t have high expectations for the match.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Nia Jax wins.

    Tim:

    I’m not into this at all but at least they’re using another member of the women’s roster on Raw in Nia Jax. She has never impressed me outside of having one of the catchiest theme songs around. Sasha Banks is very talented but I just don’t see this amounting to anything. I could see them letting Jax get the win here.

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: Nia Jax wins.

    Tom:

    This feud has been kind of lame! And it being on the preshow is also kind of lame! Sasha hasn’t been particularly sympathetic and there’s just a hokey air to it all. Nia Jax should relinquish her music to Dana Brooke.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Sasha Banks wins by DQ.

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    Royal Rumble 2016 Preview and Predictions

    Who will get booed this year?

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeyOnEarth, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

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    The Dudleys vs. The Ascension vs. Mark Henry and Jack Swagger vs. Darren Young and Damien Sandow in a pre-show match for guaranteed two spots in the Royal Rumble

    Joey:

    Anyone but Bubba Ray.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Devon and motherfucking Bubba Ray wins.

    Tim:

    This seems like the most underwhelming pre-show match ever. I’m pretty apathetic towards everyone involved except those damn Dudleys. I really can’t stand them so of course they’ll win.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: The Dudley Boys win.

    Tom:

    This whole deal is kind of bullshit because I believe it’s for a “guaranteed” two spots in the Rumble, so I’m sure we’ll see some of the losers show up. I, for one, will be fucking furious if we don’t get Mark Henry show up.

    Anyway, The Dudley Boyz are winning this because fuck everything.

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: The Dudley Boyz win.

    The New Day vs. The Usos for the WWE Tag Team Championship

    Joey:

    The irrelevance of RAW these days has made this feud come off overexposed and boring. I don’t imagine there’s a lot of excitement for the match but these guys are all extremely talented. This is their first true big match against each other and I am expecting a huge performance by both teams.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: The Usos win.

    Tim:

    The New Day have had a rough month. I’m expecting them to debut a new musical instrument. Maybe a mandolin or a recorder. The possibilities are endless. ANYWAY, this match will be fine. You can usually expect a solid performance by The Usos. The New Day will be acting wacky like they’re popular Vine stars or something. I say it nearly every month but WWE really needs to work on the tag division.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: The New Day wins.

    Tom:

    Fucking Chris Jericho, man. His return and mini-feud with The New Day was absolutely dreadful and detracted from this match to the point that I forget this was even a current feud. I like both teams a good amount and think this should be fun – Usos are weird, they’re a team that I have a habit of taking for granted but they always pleasantly surprise me when they end up being pretty great. Those leggings they’re wearing are weird though.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: The New Day wins.

    Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch for the WWE Divas Championship

    Joey:

    This is one of the better WWE diva programs in quite some time. Becky Lynch is firing on all cylinders and is one of the most compelling performers on WWE television right now. Charlotte is also hitting her peak with the new character hiding some of her flaws. I’m all on board for this and I’m hoping it goes for another month.

    Interest Level: 10/10
    Prediction: Charlotte wins.

    Tim:

    This feud has been one of the very few good reasons to watch WWE programming this month. Becky Lynch hit a whole new level with her mic work. Charlotte being a heel  makes her so much more watchable. This feud has been the most exciting main roster Diva’s feud in a long time and it’s definitely the most interesting feud on WWE TV at the moment. They should really put the belt on Lynch but they seem pretty dedicated to Charlotte holding it. WHATEVER.

    Interest Level: 9/10
    Prediction: Charlotte wins.

    Tom:

    They finally figured out that having a likeable character clash with an unlikeable character might make for a compelling Divas Championship feud, as opposed to just having them all be varying shades of unpleasant! Who would have thought?!? Becky has been doing a tremendous job lately, both on the mic and in the ring, and Charlotte is MUCH more effective in a heel role. Even mad old Ric has been a decent presence! The Divas Revolution is REAL!!!! WE DID IT!!!

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Charlotte retains.

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    WWE Royal Rumble 2015 Preview and Predictions

    Boo Roman Reigns.

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeySplashwater, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

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    The New Day vs. Cesaro, Tyson Kidd and Adam Rose in an elimination match

    Joey:

    Five talented wrestlers and Adam Rose. Imagine if they threw him off the stage before the match?  But really, why is this goof with Cesaro and Tyson Kidd? Any time you start to take them seriously, you see that clown and get a reminder that this doesn’t really matter.

    A New Day being a stereotyped gimmick of gospel and preaching has already killed any legs they would have had. That being said, the match should be decent with all the talent involved not named Adam Rose.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Cesaro and Tyson Kidd wins.

    Tim:

    If Tyson Kidd and Cesaro have to be in a tag team I’m glad they are in one together. A New Day is filled with nothing but talent. These five guys deserve so much more but alas, here they are in a match with Adam Rose. In a better world I’d be way more excited for this but should still be solid.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Cesaro and Tyson Kidd win.

    Tom:

    Guess what, trolls – I am prepared to give old Adam Rose another chance, if only because Cesaro and Tyson Kidd are solidly good fun and it’d be a bummer if he were to drag them down a bunch. As openers go, this should be decent. Likely better than a bunch of the other undercard matches, at least.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: The New Day wins.

    The New Age Outlaws vs. The Ascension

    Joey:

    I think the New Age Outlaws have too much respect from the fans for this to turn into a heckle match so I can’t see much to look forward to personally. The Ascension will win.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: The Ascension wins.

    Tim:

    Hey, The New Age Outlaws don’t spike my interest and even though I never had any hope for The Ascension and think they are goons, WWE ruined them from the get-go when they moved up to the main roster. This will be forgettable and nothing but a waste of time.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: The Ascension win.

    Tom:

    Are we just getting an Outlaws reunion every winter now? As if the season wasn’t bleak enough.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: The New Age Outlaws win because whatever.

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    This Or That (1/20/2015)

    Everybody loves binary decisions, especially wrestling fans! In This Or That, we’ve forced ourselves to choose between two options that relate to wrestling.

    Over four questions, @TimWelcomed, @JoeySplashwater and @TomBlargh will have to choose one of two options and give their reasoning on each of their choices. You can then vote on which one you’d choose, giving you the false impression that you’re somehow involved and we care about your opinion chance to join the conversation!

    Before we start, here’s last week‘s results:

    Worse Royal Rumble moment?

    Batista’s 2014 Royal Rumble win – 60%, The entire Royal Rumble 1999 match – 40%

    What will be more successful in 2015?

    NJPW World – 66%, WWE Network – 34%

    Who will have a TV show with more viewers at the end of 2016?

    TNA – 91%, Global Force Wrestling – 9%

    Better food?

    Chinese – 68%, Thai – 32%

    More likely to have a great match at Wrestlemania 31: Sting or Roman Reigns?

    Which unlikely feat is more likely?

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    Tim:

    I feel like Triple H is more likely to bring a decent match out of Sting. I’m not sure anyone can do that with Roman Reigns at this point. Even his match against Rollins was not very entertaining to me and Rollins very rarely has matches that don’t draw me in.

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    Joey:

    Sting is facing Triple H and Triple H has been on fire over the last year. Great matches with Daniel Bryan and The Shield. Excellent promos. Getting fruit baskets from the internet wrestling community. (That’s what they signed the card as.) In Triple H I trust.

    Also, Roman Reigns sucks.

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    Tom:

    There was a Bound For Glory a few years ago (2011, maybe?) where my main man Sting “The Steveman” Borden had a decently fun match with the mostly immobile Hulkster so I’m confident he’ll be able to pull out another **1/2 classic with Triple H. Sadly, I can’t say the same for “The Powerhouse” Roman Reigns.

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    More likely to have a great match at Wrestlemania 31?

    • Sting (80%, 43 Votes)
    • Roman Reigns (20%, 11 Votes)

    Total Voters: 54

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    Alternate Timelines: The Royal Rumble

    Ever wondered what would have happened differently in the world of wrestling if one small thing would have changed? Welcome to Alternate Timelines.

    The Royal Rumble takes place this Sunday. We decided to expand our minds into other dimensions and the alternate timelines of what would have happened if the last 20 years of the Royal Rumble had ended differently. What would Wrestlemania and beyond have been like if the last person eliminated managed to hang on and win the Rumble match? Would the Wrestlemania main event(s) have been better?

    Starting in 1993 when the Rumble winner would begin to get the Championship title shot at Wrestlemania, these are the alternate timelines of what would happen if the last person eliminated somehow won the Royal Rumble:

    1993 Royal Rumble winner Randy Savage?

    What happened:

    Yokozuna won the Rumble in a dominating performance eliminating seven men. The last man eliminated was “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Yokozuna went on to defeat champion Bret Hart for the WWF Championship at Wrestlemania IX….. before losing it seconds later to Hulk Hogan. Randy Savage would not have a match as he was a commentator for Wrestlemania IX.

    What would have happened:

    If Randy Savage won the Royal Rumble, he would have faced Bret Hart at Wrestlemania IX. Two of the best wrestlers of all time, it was unfortunate that they never had a high profile match or angle together. Savage replacing Yokozuna vs. Bret would have improved the show by miles. Unfortunately, even in this timeline, Hulk Hogan would still have politicked his way into being WWF champ by show’s end.

    Would Wrestlemania IX have been better?

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    WWE Royal Rumble 2014 Preview and Predictions

    The Royal Rumble is on Sunday. We talk about it. Because in the words of a sexual chocolate being, that’s what we do!

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    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @typicalROHfan, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlackett.

    Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The New Age Outlaws for the WWE Tag Team Championship (Pre-show match)

    typicalROHfan:

    The Attitude Era is back!!!! Suck it, PG nerds. Jokes about the match featuring 75% 90’s superstars aside, it should be really cool. I honestly wish this was on the actual show as an opener and Daniel Bryan/Bray Wyatt wasn’t happening at all. The match should be fun and entertaining.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Cody Rhodes and Goldust win.

    Tim:

    I am pretty tired of The New Age Outlaws by this point but I think this should be a fun match. Billy Gunn can still work pretty well and the team of Goldust and Cody Rhodes are always a good watch.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Cody Rhodes and Goldust win.

    Tom:

    Wow, this is a weird one. I think the Outlaws might have just about worn out their welcome, especially now they’re in that strange place where they’re supposedly heels but they have the nostalgic factor, catchphrases and t-shirts hiding their old man tummies that make it hard to really get invested in hating them.

    However, assuming this is their last appearance with WWE for a little while then it could be a fun time. The spotlight’s been off Cody and Goldust for a while, but they’re still just quietly having really good matches, so hopefully they’ll give us another good one here.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Cody Rhodes and Goldust win.

    Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt

    typicalROHfan:

    Since re-debuting in WWE, Bray Wyatt’s PPV singles matches have been a train wreck to the point where the guy rarely ever participates in actual matches. Can Daniel Bryan further cement himself as one of the best in-ring wrestlers of all time by changing this? I think so but my hope is Bryan destroys him in 2 minutes, proclaims he’s not done for the night and enters himself in the Royal Rumble match. Or perhaps he takes out the other two Wyatt dudes opening two spots in the Rumble; one for himself.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Daniel Bryan wins.

    Tim:

    I really don’t want to see Bray Wyatt wrestle. I don’t have good memories about his other matches but at least he’s working against Daniel Bryan so maybe it’ll be entertaining. I feel like I’ve already seen the pay-off to this feud when Bryan annihilated Bray Wyatt in the cage. At least they can move Daniel Bryan on to something else after this.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Daniel Bryan wins.

    Tom:

    Man, does this need to happen? Whining about a Daniel Bryan PPV match is a bit mad, but as relatively short as this feud has been, it does feel like it’s already culminated – Bryan tricked Bray, beat the shit out of him and that was that.

    I guess they need to keep him busy if he’s really not going to be in the Rumble (which I refuse to believe because that would be SUCH a shame) and Bray could really use a great singles match to cement him as a wrestler as well as a character, but… look, I just really want Bryan in the Rumble.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Daniel Bryan wins.

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    Seven Things: 7 Favorite Non Rumble Royal Rumble Matches

    Welcome to Seven Things, a list that will run weekly and consist of very eclectic topics. These are of my opinions and doesn’t express the views of others on WrestlingOnEarth.

    This week, we have the excitement building for the Royal Rumble on Sunday. Every wrestling fan loves the Royal Rumble match but the Royal Rumble PPV as a whole tends to be among the best events most years. I decided to look through the history of the event and re-watch some of my personal favorite matches. Considering I write a column listing things, why not bring out the time relevant Seven Things?

    Reminder: If you have any suggestions for future lists, feel free to share them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter: @typicalROHfan.

    7. Yokozuna vs. The Undertaker Casket Match (Royal Rumble 1994)

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    My childhood jackpot was getting to record PPV’s onto VHS tapes so I could keep them forever and have the ability to watch them whenever I felt the need to as opposed to the usual renting of whatever shows the local video place would have available. The Royal Rumble 1994 VHS lasted the longest into the new millennium and this is the match that stands out most to me.

    Still in my memory bank are the emotions of anger and sadness caused by this match! It was a basic casket match until the entire heel roster came out to beat up The Undertaker, steal his urn and all put him into the casket. Guys like Adam Bomb, The Great Kabuki, Jeff Jarrett and Bam Bam Bigelow came out each time ‘Taker would make his comeback before the urn was stolen and the group got the better of him.

    This match perfectly captures what wrestling was to me as a kid and how much I lived with every twist and turn. The sillier and more convoluted content that the 1990’s offered, the more I would care. P.S. Jeff Jarrett was a little too excited helping another person win a match. Relax, J-E-Double F.

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