Royal Rumble 2011 is upon us – my first one too – so I thought it an idea to go with who I think has been picked to win each match.
Currently WWE seems to be pushing the new young guns, the likes of Wade Barrett, Albert Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler, preparing them for when all the old superstars start retiring or are invalided out.
Smart move. If they were really bold they would use the Royal Rumble to continue that. More than likely though they’ll go with the safe bets, the established stars.
Natalya vs Laycool
This one is a 50-50 in my mind. Natalya is the better worker and currently has it over Laycool, but Laycool are going 2v1. It is expected that a ‘surprise’ will turn up at some stage.
The Miz vs Randy Orton
Safe Bet: Randy Orton
Bold Bet: The Miz
Smokey: Alex Riley takes out The Miz (with the briefcase) so he wins by DQ.
Orton is the established one, very big with the crowds, while The Miz is the one being established. It could go either way, but my money slightly favours Orton.
World Heavyweight Championship
Edge vs Dolph Ziggler
Safe Bet: Edge
Bold Bet: Dolph Ziggler
Dolph is a big improver, one of the best workers going around, and should take the title if WWE is being bold, but that is a long shot. The odds are being stacked against Edge, so that makes it almost foregone that he will win.
Safe Bet: John Cena
Bold Bet: Wade Barrett or Alberto Del Rio
Smokey: John Morrison.
This promising to be an exciting one, now with 40 competitors. Throw in two factions (New Nexus and The Corre) who have issues with each other, John Cena, who has issues with both factions, and all the other rivalries and things get interesting. Once more I expect WWE to play it safe and go with Cena, given the odds are stacked against him. The bold move would be to give the two new heels, Wade Barrett or Albert Del Rio, both who are working well, a shot. A long shot would be JoMo – they’ve given him a big push of late. For it to go nowhere would seem a waste.
Tomorrow I’ll be back to see just how bad my predictions were.