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Old 11-10-2017, 10:28 AM
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So, Royal Rumble is just 2.5 months away and one of the big 4 PPVs after Survivor Series is held on 19 November.

Who should win Royal Rumble 2018?

There are bunch of options. Roman Reigns is obviously the favorite because Roman Reigns Vs. Brock Lesnar II at Wrestlemania looks set.

Brock Lesnar's contract is up after Wrestlemania if I'm not wrong. Just like Wrestlemania 31 where he faced none other than Roman Reigns. Brock Lesnar isn't losing the Universal Championship because he isn't scheduled to defend it any time before Royal Rumble. I really can't see him losing the title to anyone other than Roman Reigns.

However, there are bunch of other options. Dean Ambrose. Seth Rollins. Finn Bálor. Samoa Joe. Braun Strowman. AJ Styles. (If he actually loses the title back soon). These are the favorites, I guess. Then there are some IFs like Bobby Roode. Shinsuke Nakamura. Randy Orton. Rusev. John Cena. Kevin Owens. Sami Zayn. And some of the biggest IFs in Kurt Angle. The Undertaker. Triple H. The latter IFs seem totally impossible.

Personally, I would love to see either Finn Bálor or AJ Styles get the big win.

Another would be Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. If they aren't actually problematic, how about both Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn dominating the Royal Rumble? And then even winning the Royal Rumble together? And then in the title match at Wrestlemania, Sami Zayn actually turns back to Owens and wins the big one? Seems too unlikely, but dreaming is good. I won't mind a win for either Braun Strowman or Samoa Joe. Would be too soon for Royal Rumble to be Glorious. Can't see another win for either John Cena or Randy Orton. Bray Wyatt? He isn't even in the biggest IFs. We all know why.

Who would you like to win Royal Rumble 2018?

P.S- Royal Rumble 2018 is at the same venue as Royal Rumble 2015. Where Roman Reigns won it. Seems like he's getting it again at the same venue.
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Old 11-10-2017, 11:32 AM
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Well, the roster shakeups probably won't happen until after WM, and I highly doubt Lesnar drops the title before WM, so that pretty much stops any Raw guys from winning it. (Assuming Reigns/Lesnar is already pencilled in, because I think he'll just straight up issue the challenge. No need to piss the fans off again with a Rumble win.)

Don't see Orton getting it again. I would think Cena should be off the table too, especially if there's any chance he goes with Undertaker.

If it's someone on SD, AJ Styles seems like a reasonable bet (assuming he loses the title between now and Rumble).

The only other real possibilities I see currently would be Sami or Kevin, but that could change if they screw the SD team at Survivor Series, and somehow end up on Raw.

Otherwise, if it's not one of those 3 it would probably be someone unexpected that doesn't really need a title shot to sell a match (ex: If Lesnar starts something with Angle, and Angle wins the Rumble to face him at WM).
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Seth Rollins. He needs to win and reestablish himself as the top guy. I understand the current situation of Brock being champ and Roman already penciled to challenge him. So the only two scenarios would be for Brock to drop the title to someone else before hand. Or to have Seth jump shows to Smackdown and give them another star to cover the absence of John Cena.

Other than that if AJ drops the strap before the rumble id like to see him win the Rumble and become a 3 time champ.
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Hard to say. From a personal perspective, if we are getting Lesnar/AJ at SS then I probably don't need to see it again at Mania. If it is an unfinished story or so amazing that it needs a sequel then building it through a Rumble win could be the right way to go.

From a financial standpoint, giving Cena a Rumble win and match with Lesnar makes the most sense. It will also give us the best Raw/SD build as Heyman and WWE can build Cena as truly an underdog since Cena has a recent history of losses and the squash hanging over his head. Plus who else is going to draw with Lesnar. Reigns isn't there. Braun might be able to get there. No one else feels worthy, while Cena is becoming more and more of a mainstream star. There is also the Flair record that can give certain people the feels if done the right way. How cool would it be of Cena tried to start off the match with a spear in a similar way to how Goldberg managed to defeat Lesnar? What if Cena found a way to block Germans? These are match spots that could play well with diehards while the casuals eat up having the UFC guy battle the star of Blockers.

Otherwise, a healthy DB or The Rock makes sense. An HBK return, Stone Cold, not Goldberg again. Roman needs to stick with The Shield. At what point between the illness and suspension can Roman get the injury (i.e. absence) prone label? He has missed a lot of time suddenly over the past few years.
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I suppose it depends on the direction that WWE still wants to go in. If Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns has to happen again, I'd much prefer a SmackDown guy to win the Rumble. Say, Shinsuke Nakamura. Then he challenges AJ Styles. That would be fun. Can you imagine if Jinder Mahal wins the Royal Rumble? The crowd would go insane.

Generally though, I really can't put my finger on one guy this year. Nobody but Reigns stands out, but surely they cannot do a repeat again. The same building, the same event, the same match. They've already made that mistake once. A guy like Seth Rollins or Kevin Owens could really benefit from a Rumble win too, to propel them back to former heights.
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If Lesnar vs. Reigns is still the ultimate plan for the Universal Championship, then it'd be a massive waste of time for Reigns to win the Rumble because everyone has known that this match has been coming for months, a lot of months, so I'd rather see someone from SmackDown get the win.

As to who it should be, I wouldn't mind seeing Nakamura get the win and face off against AJ Styles for the title at WrestleMania. As for someone other than Nakamura, I think it'd be fun to have either Owens or Sayn win the Rumble, though there's no telling how long they'll be in the doghouse after being sent home from the European tour. As of a few weeks ago, the plan was for Cena to referee Jinder's match against Lesnar next Sunday with Cena accidentally costing Jinder the match, thereby leading up to a match between them for WrestleMania eventually. However, that's all up in the air given that Cena is now part of Team SmackDown due to Styles winning the title from Jinder. There's a strong possibility that Jinder regains the title next month during the India tour, which means Styles will get his rematch at the Clash of Champions ppv; if Jinder regains in India and retains in the Styles rematch at COC, then I think there's a strong chance, unfortunately, for Cena to win the Rumble so he can beat Jinder at WrestleMania and get his 17th World Championship win. IF that ultimately turns out to be the plan then, in my opinion, it's just an uninteresting main event scene all around for WrestleMania next year due in no small part to the outcome of both matches being all but guaranteed already.
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Should? Nakamura and going against Styles at Wrestlemania.

Would? Cena by eliminating Reigns last and going against Jinder to get that 17th notch.
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I'd like to see Kevin Owens or Bobby Roode win it and challenge AJ Styles for the WWE Championship at WM34.
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The word "should" is very subjective. We've heard dirt sheet rumours for a while now that the plans are for Reigns to challenge Lesnar and Cena to challenge Mahal. This would dictate that either Roman or John are winning the Rumble.

The Royal Rumble is returning to Philadelphia, the same arena and crowd that boo'd Dwayne Johnson and Roman Reigns out of the building three years ago. The Shield reunion is in its infancy, and they're finally doing the right things with Reigns.

He's been short spoken, he hasn't been the centre of attention, and he's dropped those awful brightly coloured vests. Will that be enough to have him cheered two months from now when he's been absent for a month?

Cena has been largely out of the title scene. He just put Roman over and perception of him has altered changed. Is that enough to keep his win exciting? Cena winning would put him alongside Austin as the only triple winners in Rumble history. The triple win could go along nicely with the road to his 17th world title.

Obviously it seems some plans may have changed. AJ is now the WWE champion, and Cena vs Styles in an absolute barn burner screams WrestleMania more than Cena vs Jinder Mahal.

Cena is a five star match guy with the right opponent. AJ Styles is the right opponent. Wouldn't it be better to have a memorable match coincide with the record breaking win than a forgettable average match with an average worker like Jinder?

Mahal as a character is far more interesting than the man playing him is skilled as a wrestler. WWE will have difficulty resisting the temptation of having a good old American boy challenge an evil foreigner at WrestleMania.

If Cena wins, they have to make it hard for him. Maybe he enters at 1 or 2, maybe he's got to earn his way into the match. The only challenge is there isn't anyone around to play a thorn in Cena's side. Bryan and Shane are babyfaces. The heel authority figure is played out. For Cena to win and not be met with indifference, there have to be stakes greater than the match itself.

Who should win the match? Styles vs Nakamura would be a dream match. Braun Strowman is very over. What if all three Shield guys tie ala Lex and Bret?

What about Nakamura jumping brands like Benoit to set up Brock vs Shinsuke?

I'm a huge Nakamura mark, but I don't see him working into a world title scene until late 2018 at the earliest. He's just been used to put over Mahal, he's in a multi-man match at Survivor Series, which is now basically bragging rights. He has one event to pick up a major win before winning the Rumble? I'd love to see it, but his main roster push hasn't compared to his NXT run.

Nakamura should win, it would be nothing if not fresh and the match with Styles would be a MOTY candidate. Cena most likely is scheduled to win and secure that 17th world title. Hopefully they find a way to make it feel like they're not going through the motions. Cena vs Styles would be an emphatically better consolation prize over the blandfest that Cena vs Mahal would be.

Roman can be ready come WrestleMania to at least get a Cena level mixed reaction. He won't earn the mixed reaction if he goes over in the Rumble, he'll still be booed.
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The problem is that if plans haven't change, Then you have to choose between Reigns or Cena right now because the plans for mania are Reigns vs Lesnar for the universal title and Jinder vs Cena for the WWE championship.

But if i had to change one of these too match, i would love to see AJ styles keep the title until mania and have Sami Zayn win the rumble and go to mania. I feel that it's Zayn's time to shine and this could be one of the championship match for the more hardcore wrestling fans while Reigns vs lesnar could be the title match for the more casual fans.
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