WrestleMania 37 is on the horizon, so with that, it is time to kick off the festivities this weekend with the Royal Rumble. On Sunday night time, 30 males and 30 girls will compete of their respective Royal Rumble matches with the final word aim in thoughts of difficult for a world championship on the grandest stage of WrestleMania. Essentially the most thrilling time of the 12 months to be a professional wrestling fan has arrived, so buckle up, everybody.
Along with the 2 Royal Rumble matches, there are two world title matches at present confirmed for the occasion. Roman Reigns will defend the common championship towards Kevin Owens in a Final Man Standing match, and the legendary Goldberg will return to the ring for the primary time since WrestleMania 36 to problem WWE champion Drew McIntyre.
The Royal Rumble will start at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 31, with the present anticipated to final anyplace from 3-4 hours, not counting the kickoff present, which begins one hour previous to the primary card at 6 p.m. CBS Sports activities will likely be with you the complete method on Sunday with dwell outcomes, highlights and evaluation.
For now, let’s check out how our consultants imagine the Royal Rumble will play out this Sunday.
2021 WWE Royal Rumble predictions
Girls’s Tag Group Championship: Asuka & Charlotte Aptitude (c) vs. Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax
It was ridiculous to place the titles on Asuka & Aptitude within the first place, and given that every are embroiled in separate singles storylines, it makes even much less sense to maintain the straps on them. Baszler & Jax had been working completely high quality as champions and had a pleasant storyline setup with Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke. With the muscle associates now wholesome and again in motion, it might be hysterical — albeit miserable — for WWE to flip the titles again to the heels, however I believe that is precisely what they’re going to wind up doing, utterly eliminating any worth from the champions’ present title run. Choose: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler win the titles — Adam Silverstein (additionally Brent Brookhouse)
SmackDown Girls’s Championship: Sasha Banks (c) vs. Carmella
Carmella has accomplished an excellent job in her present heel run, and there isn’t any denying that she has improved as a performer. All that mentioned, Banks is lastly having fun with a title reign the place she has managed to really defend the title. It is laborious to see her run coming to an finish towards Carmella in what has been her first actual storyline after successful the belt from Bayley. Banks is an interesting champion heading into WrestleMania, and a match that includes her within the champion position appears like an even bigger deal than one with Carmella. It would not really feel like there’s a lot thriller to this one. Choose: Sasha Banks retains the title — Brookhouse (additionally Silverstein)
Common Championship: Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens (Final Man Standing match)
As enjoyable as a swerve Owens win could be, it simply feels completely unrealistic to anticipate WWE to chop off Reings’ run forward of WrestleMania. Reigns has been the most effective attraction within the firm since returning at SummerSlam and Owens has offered an excellent foil in latest months, however he is by no means actually appeared a risk to beat Reigns for the title. A Final Man Standing match does present some outs to maintain Owens robust (interference from Jey Uso), however he isn’t leaving as common champion. Choose: Roman Reigns retains the title — Brookhouse (additionally Silverstein)
WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Goldberg
Followers had been rightly enraged when Goldberg emerged on Legends Evening to problem McIntyre, significantly given the truth that the storyline to create the match didn’t make a shred of sense. With McIntyre out two weeks as a consequence of COVID-19, the temperature of fan resentment cooled down however so did any precise curiosity on this match. Although Goldberg has defeated heel Kevin Owens and “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt for the common title twice — and WWE is constructing this championship because the lone world title Goldberg has by no means conquered — it might make completely zero sense to place him over the corporate’s high male babyface that it has spent the final 12 months constructing. This ought to be a brief match with McIntyre overcoming an early barrage of offense from Goldberg to retain the title and maintain it not less than till WrestleMania. Choose: Drew McIntyre retains the title — Silverstein (additionally Brookhouse)
Girls’s Royal Rumble match
There are many viable choices to win the match, however none that accomplish what a Belair win would. She’s an enormous time expertise who simply wants the fitting storyline to totally break via to being a foremost occasion participant. Belair exhibiting off her power and athleticism once more within the Rumble whereas outlasting each different lady instantly establishes her within the title image much better than her present awkward rivalry with Bayley. Choose: Bianca Belair wins — Brookhouse (additionally Silverstein)
Males’s Royal Rumble match
If there’s one factor WWE likes to do, it is give legends foremost spots on the largest PPV occasions of the 12 months. That is why Goldberg is dealing with McIntyre, that is why Goldberg held a world title forward of final 12 months’s WrestleMania, that is why The Rock’s title was tied to Reigns for WrestleMania earlier than the dearth of a sellout dwell crowd appeared to tank that. Edge wasn’t returning to be a full-time expertise, however it appeared he was able to be in massive spots all year long. If WWE desires to take an enormous swing on an underdog to face Reigns at WrestleMania, Edge would tick loads of the containers they’re on the lookout for. Daniel Bryan would additionally properly match the invoice, however there’s an itch at the back of my thoughts saying Edge will get the feel-good second and the Mania slot. Choose: Edge wins — Brookhouse
Edge asserting his return to WWE and entry into the Royal Rumble on Uncooked felt like a wasted shock second even when that is what we bought final 12 months at this very occasion, however it did add a degree of intrigue to the match as a result of Edge (as predicted above) would make a ton of sense as a Royal Rumble winner and future McIntyre challenger. Nonetheless, previous to Edge’s announcement, I believed that WWE would transfer in its very best reserving course, which is placing Bryan over within the match because the WrestleMania challenger of Roman Reigns. There’s a ready-made storyline between Bryan and Reigns relationship again to 2014 when Bryan made his long-awaited return on the Royal Rumble solely to unceremoniously be eradicated as Reigns went on to win the entire thing. Followers revolted, and that second was the catalyst to continued dissatisfaction with Reigns as a face.
Seven years later, with Reigns now a heel, WWE can simply attain again and play off that storyline. We noticed interactions between Bryan, Reigns and Jey Uso a few months in the past, and I imagine these had been planting the seeds for the Highway to WrestleMania. There are different official potentialities to win this match, however Bryan makes probably the most sense by far. He may nonetheless earn a shot at Reigns via the Elimination Chamber, however why waste the proper storyline? Choose: Daniel Bryan wins — Silverstein