Royal Rumble 2011 - The Preview

Morrison is a favorite to win. 


From 30 superstars they added ten more to make Rumble a little interesting. The Royal Rumble is an important part of WWE programming because Wrestlemania storylines are supposedly made here. Last year’s winner Edge shocked fans with his win since before the Rumble, he was in the organization’s injury list. 




For the WWE Championship held by The Miz, I can see The Awesome One retaining over Randy Orton to set a John Cena versus The Miz match in Wrestlemania. For the World Championship, Edge would likely win against Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler is on roll as of late and with the help of Vickie Guerrero, he is getting over with the fans.

However inside the Rumble, there are a bunch of superstars that has the chance to win the prized event. The winner goes on to headline Wrestlemania. The Rumble is WWE’s chance to instantly make stars out of their wrestlers. Past winners who won the Rumble to become top draws are Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Chris Benoit, and Rey Mysterio. The win either catapulted them to superstar status or made their superstar status a little bit greater.

Here are my ten picks that can benefit in the Royal Rumble and will likely win the event.

Oh and by the way, since there is no such thing as “brand extension” I’m not going to really restrict my choice depending on brand! 

Game starts now!


10 REY MYSTERIO / In terms of fresh feuds, pitting Reyrey against Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton, or Edge could be a beautiful sight to see. However, Mysterio winning the Rumble for a second time remains dim. Add his injuries to his woes also. The only thing going well for Mysterio is his star power in which if you look at the current main event scenario, is not that praiseworthy.
LIKELY SCENARIO (or in this case, my wish list scenario): RANDY ORTON vs REY MYSTERIO for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP


9 CM PUNK / Perhaps inside the Rumble Cena and Punk’s program will end, Punk will become Rumble winner, and Punk will brag about it. Enter Randy Orton – the new WWE Champion. You see, this is the only way Punk can break to the Wrestlemania main picture without the name John Cena attached to him. Another likely scenario is inserting Punk’s name to a possible Cena vs Miz encounter but the storyline they’ll do for that battle would be problematical and complicated. Edge is another superstar he can face but they really need to strengthen their angle to make this matchup fresh.
LIKELY SCENARIO: RANDY ORTON vs CM PUNK for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP


8 WADE BARRETT / I guess more than CM Punk, I can see Barrett getting the Rumble victory. Barrett has taken swipes on Edge as well as Teddy Long and Barrett would likely forget about Punk’s existence once he’s inserted in the main event picture. Plus, this will make The Corre an even more credible alliance in Smackdown... but then a Cena/Punk/Barrett match in Mania remains a possibility.
LIKELY SCENARIO: EDGE vs WADE BARRETT for the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP


7 SHEAMUS / The fact that Sheamus has done nothing since winning the King of the Ring bugs me. While Triple H may attack Sheamus and this will lead to a grudge match in Wrestlemania, Sheamus has yet to have a program with Edge. This is a fresh match if you look at it. However, Sheamus better not face Randy Orton for the WWE title again! You hate to see it happen... but there’s a possibility that you will!
LIKELY SCENARIO: EDGE vs SHEAMUS for the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP


6 ALBERTO DEL RIO / The guy is pimping left and right that it is his destiny to win the Royal Rumble. I don’t really buy what he’s been advertising for the fact that unless Orton wins and Edge retains, I can’t see Del Rio become a face. While he has the mic and wrestling skills to become big in the business (and we already know that) he can also change the landscape of the main eventers in Mania once they announce him as the winner.
LIKELY SCENARIO: EDGE vs ALBERTO DEL RIO for the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP


5 TRIPLE H / The man is WWE’s go-to-guy in terms of buyrates but he was virtually absent in the whole of 2010. Sure, he’ll likely come back to destroy Sheamus, who was the one that injured him (in reality he is taking care of WWE’s backstage as well as taking care of his kids), but he can make a superstar credible for the mere fact that he is facing The Game in wrestling’s biggest stage.
LIKELY SCENARIO: THE MIZ vs TRIPLE H for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP


4 THE UNDERTAKER / Welcome to “streak” season. Expect Taker to brutalize people when he is inserted to the Rumble mix. There are a lot of unresolved issues that needs to be answered and one of those is Kane’s betrayal. However, we don’t need to see another Undertaker versus Kane match in Wrestlemania. While Barrett has been the name dropped to face Taker (since the original Nexus had a hand in disposing of the Taker), I can see The Miz as a worthy foe to try to break his streak.  Remember the line The Miz said about him being 17 wins away in breaking the Undertaker’s streak? MAKE HIM PAY DEADMAN!
LIKELY SCENARIO: THE MIZ vs THE UNDERTAKER for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP


3 JOHN CENA / The clamor for a Miz versus John Cena match in Wrestlemania is interesting. I believe that this match is like the second coming of Hulk Hogan versus Roddy Piper (with Alex Riley acting as Bob Orton). Sure, Cena in the main event is somewhat mandatory but you can discount the fact that his storyline with The New Nexus and The Corre hasn’t really ended yet (I see this as a triple threat match with CM Punk and Wade Barrett). Also, they’ve hinting on a possible Cena versus Orton match! Plus, Cena has been in the title picture for like... forever now. Give chance to others!
LIKELY SCENARIO: THE MIZ vs JOHN CENA for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP


2 CHRISTIAN / Here’s my sentimental pick to win the Rumble. WWE has shown no faith in Christian as a main event player but you can discount the fact that Christian is over with the fans. I believe he was the only person to make the WWE version of the ECW belt credible and a win in the Rumble would not only benefit Christian but WWE as well. Sure, an Edge versus Christian match can be in the offing but WWE has a chance to replace the video where Benoit and Eddie Guerrero hug it out after Benoit won the title with Christian and Edge prevailing against their foes and showing it to the people as the event closes.
LIKELY SCENARIO: EDGE vs CHRISTIAN for the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP or
THE MIZ vs CHRISTIAN for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP


1 JOHN MORRISON / This is my logical pick to win the Rumble. Who saw his January 3 title bout against The Miz? That match was fucking sick and it was so good that it made the two credible threats for the championship. He was originally scheduled to face Miz but they thought Morrison can do better in the Rumble. He has the wrestling skills and while people think he doesn’t have the mic skills, it’s insane to not think that he isn’t ready to become the face of the WWE. I also think Miz and Morrison should have a rematch and what better way to do that than in Wrestlemania.
LIKELY SCENARIO: THE MIZ vs JOHN MORRISON for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP


I can see The Miz dropping the belt but I can’t really see Dolph Ziggler winning it. I like Dolph’s style but when will Ziggler drop that ugly stage name?

Guys like Jack Swagger, Daniel Bryan, Drew McIntyre, Ted DiBiase, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Dashing Cody Rhodes, The Big Show, Kane, Santino Marella, Vladimir Koslov, Alex Riley, Tyson Kidd, Mark Henry, Zack Ryder, Evan Bourne Heath Slater, David Otunga, Justin Gabriel, Mason Ryan, Michael McGillicutty, Husky Harris, Ezekiel Jackson, Michael Tarver, DH Smith, Darren Young, Yoshi Tatsu, William Regal, Chavo Guerrero, Primo, JTG, Trent Baretta, Jackson Andrews, and other names that fail to pop up in my head right away are more than likely to be mere face value in the match.

Hopefully they’ll have a good showing in the Rumble.

And hopefully this Royal Rumble wouldn’t look like a bust.

Game over.

2 Awesome Critics:

hallo....nice post

February 4, 2011 at 6:31 AM comment-delete

thanks soccer. i was wrong in my choice but maybe i can still be right in some aspects.

maybe one of those people will be added on the edge vs adr match because if this match will end up last, i can't really see this as main event material.

February 4, 2011 at 12:17 PM comment-delete

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