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WWE Royal Rumble 2018 PPV Predictions & Spoilers of Results

Posted by Anthony Mango Sunday, January 7, 2018
The WWE Royal Rumble 2018 pay-per-view is scheduled for January 28, 2018 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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 2018 WWE Royal Rumble PPV. Check back for Royal Rumble 2018 results and review coverage here.

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30-Man Royal Rumble Match

Confirmed entrants so far (13) = Aiden English, Apollo Crews, Baron Corbin, Bray Wyatt, Elias, Finn Balor, John Cena, Matt Hardy, Randy Orton, Rusev, Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura, Titus O'Neil

I really think this is a two-person race between Roman Reigns and Shinsuke Nakamura.

Reigns will definitely challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship, which puts him at a slight advantage for being a guarantee. However, the Elimination Chamber event is a Raw-branded one, and I'm holding out hope that that means the chamber match will be to determine the No. 1 contender instead of having the title be defended in it like they've done quite a bit. Make Alexa Bliss defend the Raw Women's Championship in a second EC match instead. Give me Reigns, Joe, and a few others in the EC for the No. 1 contender's spot.

As such, I think with SmackDown having Fastlane, it makes sense for Shinsuke Nakamura to win and to challenge AJ Styles at WrestleMania. He needs the Royal Rumble win much, much more than Reigns does.

The only other option I can think of is John Cena if there's a scenario where The Undertaker somehow takes the WWE Championship from AJ Styles at Fastlane. Then, in that scenario, John Cena wins the Royal Rumble and challenges him and likely defeats him for his 17th world title reign at Mania.

Unless...and this isn't something I'm in the slightest bit confident on...but maybe, just maybe, Daniel Bryan wins the Royal Rumble and faces AJ Styles for the title.

PREDICTION: Roman Reigns, Shinsuke Nakamura or John Cena. Any other option would be utterly shocking, even Daniel Bryan.

Universal Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Kane vs. Braun Strowman

I would have preferred just Kane, since this means Strowman loses yet again, but maybe they did this specifically to avoid having Strowman get eliminated from the Royal Rumble match itself. I really, really hope they don't make the mistake of having Strowman take the pinfall or something. We'll see how they handle it...

PREDICTION: Brock Lesnar wins.

30-Woman Royal Rumble Match

Note: I don't have a "confirmed entrants" section right now because there are less than 30 women on the main roster and all of them, save for Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss, need to be in the match, essentially. We can also rule out Maryse and Maria Kanellis for their pregnancies, and there's a chance Nikki Bella doesn't appear here (but I'd bank more on her or Brie Bella returning, if not both).

Those 10 extra spots or so need to be filled with women from NXT, the Mae Young Classic outsiders, or legends who are returning. With some kind of combination of those elements, I'm really curious who will be popping up. Could we see Michelle McCool, Molly Holly, Beth Phoenix, Ivory, Victoria, or maybe even Lita or Trish Stratus? Will The Iconic Duo be called up, or Ember Moon?

Another rumor surrounds Ronda Rousey, who will be one of the two favorites to win along with Asuka, depending on what WWE's plans for WrestleMania are. I can definitely see Rousey winning in order to challenge Flair, where the other three horsewomen will be ringside in each of their corners. However, if Asuka loses this, then that counts as a loss, and I sincerely hope this isn't the first loss handed to her.

It's great that they're doing this and I hope they pull it off really well.

PREDICTION: Asuka has this locked down...unless Ronda Rousey is in it.

WWE Championship Handicap Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

Considering how things will get incredibly confusing if two people are holding the title at the same time, I imagine this has to be Styles retaining. Then again, maybe they have some kind of weird plan going on.

PREDICTION: AJ Styles retains.

Raw Tag Team Championship Match: Jason Jordan and Seth Rollins (c) vs. The Bar

Meh. To be honest, this is total filler and the bathroom break of the event. I don't really care one way or the other. this Jordan/Rollins combo does nothing for me and The Bar regaining the titles would be status quo, basically. I'm assuming the champions retain, but I doubt anything important will be discussed until the week before WrestleMania.

PREDICTION: Jordan and Rollins retain.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship 2-out-of-3 Falls Match: The Usos (c) vs. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin

This should bring about the definitive ending of this feud before The Usos move on to a different tag team, be it The Bludgeon Brothers, Rusev Day, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, The New Day or maybe even The Authors of Pain. I don't see Gable and Benjamin winning at all.

PREDICTION: The Usos retain.

Cruiserweight Championship Match: Enzo Amore (c) vs. Cedric Alexander

Since the original plan wasn't for Cedric Alexander to even be in this match, let alone for Enzo Amore to get sick and drag things out, I can't help but feel that this is all leading nowhere and Enzo will just retain before moving on to either Hideo Itami (which I can't see people being super excited about, given the snoozing that goes on when he's out) or someone else as the next challenger. Alexander is someone I want to see with this belt, but I don't feel like it's his time right now. WWE probably values Enzo's character more than anything else.

PREDICTION: Enzo Amore retains the title.

PREDICTED MATCHES (as of 1/16/2018)

Intercontinental Championship Match

This will all depend on if Roman Reigns is still the champion or if The Miz regains the title on Monday Night Raw. More on this later...

PREDICTION: Frankly, I don't know...

United States Championship Match

Since Bobby Roode has won the title earlier than originally planned, there's definitely a possibility we see him defending the title against either Jinder Mahal or Dolph Ziggler. Then again, maybe the reason they took it off the card is because they realized they didn't have enough time for it, and it was simply bumped up and cut for time constraints.

PREDICTION: Frankly, I don't know...

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


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