The road to WrestleMania starts Sunday January 25 at the Royal Rumble and there are many scenarios that can play out that would paint a clear picture of what matches we will likely see at the big event. The matches we need to keep an eye on for Sunday is the triple threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the Royal Rumble match itself. Below are some of the scenarios that could play out and the likelihood they would happen.
The Most Heavily Rumored
The most heavily rumored and likely situation would be Roman Reigns winning the Royal Rumble and Brock Lesnar retaining his world title. This would effectively put the young guy over at WrestleMania and give him the big push he needs to be the future of the company. WWE has been on the hunt for the next Rock or John Cena and it looks like they’ve put all their stock into Reigns. If there were anyway to do this the fastest and most predictable way, it would be to have this story play out. Here’s the problem, though, Reigns has been out for a big chunk of 2014 and has returned with some of the most uninteresting and cringe-worthy promos. That says to me Reigns isn’t ready. Also, Brock Lesnar should be going head to head with the biggest and best names in WWE. Reigns seems to be getting over with the crowd nicely, despite his missteps, but to the mainstream world, no one knows who he is. I think it’s best if someone else gets the championship from Lesnar and you can hold off on the Reigns and Lesnar match until SummerSlam.
The Fan Favorite
This scenario also includes Lesnar retaining his title, but instead has Daniel Bryan winning the Royal Rumble. WWE made a huge mistake not going with Bryan last year at the Royal Rumble and the backlash to what should have been a happy moment for Batista was catastrophic. The same may happen again if WWE ignores the crowd’s desire to see their man Bryan winning the Rumble and shoving down another babyface down everyone’s throats. It was so bad last year to the point where Batista was forced into a heel role and Bryan was slotted into the WrestleMania main event anyway. Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan would also have much bigger drawing power since Bryan is a more recognizable name, plus he was the man who was shelved and stripped of the title due to an injury and is also the WrestleMania 30 main event winner; his redemption win would be a great story to tell at WrestleMania 31.
Odd But Possible
There’s the wild scenario where Seth Rollins wins the match or at least comes out of the Royal Rumble event with the title. Seth has been thrown into what was a one-on-one match and he also has the Money in the Bank briefcase. He could lose the match, but still somehow sleaze his way to winning the title by cashing in his title shot right after the match. This would set up the possibility of both Seth Rollins vs. Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns, both of which would be great matches. Bryan and Rollins would have a very good back and forth match due to their tremendous ringwork and Rollins vs. Reigns has the history of The Shield to gain some interest. This is the least likely of all the scenarios, but it can happen.
Finally, you can never count John Cena out, which is why Cena winning the title is very possible at the Royal Rumble. Cena winning the title could force something like a Seth Rollins cash-in between now and March 29 to set up one last Cena vs. Lesnar match at WrestleMania. The match itself wouldn’t need the title and it would be a good way to keep the title out of the picture if John Cena wins. Cena winning can also set up a John Cena vs. Roman Reigns match at WrestleMania and much like the first scenario, it would be a good way to pass the torch to the young guy. The problem with this situation is also the same as the first scenario.
My dream card as of right now that is in the realm of possibility is with the second scenario. Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship would be the most interesting and best match to happen at WrestleMania. What’s cool about this year is that there is a lot up in the air and everything is not as obvious as last year’s Road to WrestleMania. The good thing is we won’t have to wait much longer for answers and we’ll have a good idea of what will happen very soon. Have fun watching the Royal Rumble!