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WWE Royal Rumble 2017 PPV Predictions & Spoilers of Results

Posted by Anthony Mango Monday, January 25, 2016
The 2017 Royal Rumble pay-per-view will take place January 29, 2017 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Follow along here for spoilers and information on the event's card, lineup of matches and news regarding the pay-per-view.

Here are my predictions for the WWE Royal Rumble 2017 PPV event. Check back for Royal Rumble 2017 results and review coverage here.

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2017 Royal Rumble Match

This is the only match that we know for sure will take place, even though we don't have any of the specifics. Is it going to be a 30-man like normal, or will it be a 60-man now that there's a wider roster and you can include NXT stars and the like? Maybe there will even be two with a separate one for each brand? Who will be in it? Who will be champions around this time?

My original prediction from the 1-year-away mark was a babyface Seth Rollins, and I still think he has one of the best shots, but that all depends on the plans for the Triple H feud. If that's happening at WrestleMania, Rollins isn't winning this. If they take care of it at Survivor Series or earlier than that, Rollins is my #1 pick.

Second to him, though, is Finn Balor. That entirely relies on the timetable for his return from injury. If he's able to pull it off, he could easily win this and take it easy for the next few months to build to a match against Kevin Owens at WrestleMania.

The list of big players that I don't think stand much of a chance right now are Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton, Sami Zayn or Dean Ambrose. I also wouldn't put a lot of stock in Samoa Joe or anybody from NXT.

Brock Lesnar will be booked in a non-title match, and I almost think John Cena will be facing The Undertaker as planned last year instead of having him go into a title match, too, but I could see Roman Reigns taking that spot if Cena is in the SmackDown title hunt. A lot of this hinges on injuries that happen over the next few months, but right now, if I had to put my faith in anybody....

PREDICTION: Finn Balor wins.

PREDICTED MATCHES (as of 9/24/2016)

Let's take a look at some of the potential matches that seem as though WWE will be adding...

WWE Universal Championship Match: Kevin Owens (c) vs. Cesaro

I wouldn't be shocked at all to see Kevin Owens still the champion and facing someone who was basically fed to him. Cesaro is supposed to get a title shot at some point and it might be around Survivor Series rather than in January, but even if that isn't the case, maybe he's the one who fits the mold of being good enough to lose a title match but not good enough that they need to rely on him to be one of the biggest players in the Royal Rumble. That's what they used to do back during the brand split by having Bob Holly against Brock Lesnar and whatnot, and I think that's going to carry over into this new era as well.

PREDICTION: Kevin Owens wins.

WWE World Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Randy Orton or Dolph Ziggler

I firmly believe AJ Styles will still be champion in January, but I have no idea how WWE will utilize the roster. There's two potential options that stand out to me and those are Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler. In either scenario, Styles retains, but really, who else is it going to be? They've done John Cena and Dean Ambrose against him and we still have a few months to go.

PREDICTION: AJ Styles retains.

WWE Raw Women's Championship Match

It's so hard to tell, as we're still months away, but obviously the five biggest contenders are Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Dana Brooke and Nia Jax. I wouldn't be shocked at all to see this be something like Charlotte vs. Dana if they haven't done that already, but I could see Bayley against Nia Jax here as well. It all depends on when someone dethrones Charlotte, as I doubt she'll still be the champion heading into this event.

PREDICTION: Too early to call.

WWE SmackDown Women's Championship Match

Becky Lynch against Nikki Bella, perhaps?

PREDICTION: Too early to call.

WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match

T.J. Perkins could very well still be champion here and going up against anybody. It's pretty much impossible to predict, but what the hell, for shits and giggles, let's just say he's going up against Jack Gallagher.

PREDICTION: Too early to call.

This page will be altered to reflect newer opinions whenever new information about this and surrounding events takes place.


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