The road to WrestleMania officially begins on Sunday with the Royal Rumble. It’s the second biggest Pay-Per-View of the year, and a few matches for the big event in April could become much clearer.
Other than the match for the World Heavyweight Championship being revealed, the seeds for other WrestleMania matches will be planted. The breakup of The Shield has been hinted at for a few weeks, and that potential feud may escalate in the Rumble match. The same could happen with the tag team champions.
Below is the entire match card for the PPV, as well as predictions for each match.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton vs. John Cena
It’s very rare that Cena ever losses a match with no stipulations, but it looks like that will be the case in Pittsburgh. Considering there aren’t many heel candidates to win the Rumble, it only makes sense that Orton will hold the belt all the way until WrestleMania.
Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show
Lesnar has won both of his matches since WrestleMania 29, defeating both Triple H and CM Punk. It’s very likely that his winning streak will continue on Sunday. Lesnar will get the victory so he looks strong heading into his WrestleMania 30 match, which will probably be with The Undertaker.
Prediction Brock Lesnar
Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt
If it’s true that Bryan won’t be in the Royal Rumble match, he is the favorite to defeat Bray Wyatt. There is a chance that the WWE could be keeping his appearance in the 30-man match a secret, and if that’s the case, Wyatt could come out on the winning end. Otherwise, look for 15,000 fans to be chanting “Yes” at the end of this match.
Prediction: Daniel Bryan
WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. The New Age Outlaws
Since Goldust came back after the summer, it’s been suspected that he and his brother were headed to a match at WrestleMania. If the two are set to face each other at the year’s biggest event, their split could begin this weekend. Breaking up the tag team champions would likely begin with a loss to Road Dogg and Billy Gunn.
Prediction: The New Age Outlaws
Royal Rumble Match
Every rumor suggests that Batista will win the Rumble and go on to face Orton for the title at WrestleMania. If Bryan enters the Rumble as a surprise, there’s a chance that he could be the last man standing. However, Batista is the heavy favorite to win the main event spot at Wrestlemania. CM Punk might end up being one of the last men in the ring, but his feud with Triple H will probably keep him from winning on Sunday.