Jim Ross has posted a new Royal Rumble predictions blog at JRsBarBQ.com, and below are some highlights:
I'd expect no less than 6-8 talents to have 'memorable moments' tonight in Pittsburgh. If not, then something's wrong.
The individual matches provide what every talent seeks and that's 'opportunity.' Do you have the ability and the desire to "steal the show/PPV" when you take the ring in a non Rumble match? There are no excuses in being merely average of which most people are proficient.
Throughout the Rumble match, talents will be provided specific opportunities to make themselves stand out and become more marketable thus making them more valuable to their employer. At no time of the PPV year does 'maximize one's minutes' ever hold more true.
If, for example, Roman Reigns eliminates a dozen men, which would be one more than Kane's record of 11, then Reigns can notch his gun even if he doesn't win the Royal Rumble. Big E Langston is another young talent to keep an eye on tonight.
One of the best matches of the night will likely be on the pre game show when the Rhodes Brothers face the New Age Outlaws. I will watch this match with great interest. Cody and Dustin win…."if you weilll." The grandsons of a plumber will have a good night.
I've got Daniel Bryan beating Bray Wyatt but if it goes the other way I won't be shocked. I can see an argument made for each participant to win in this match. As a matter of fact, the more I think about it, the more I see Wyatt grinding out a physical victory.
It's official…Bray Wyatt will be the winner vs. Daniel Bryan.
Part time superstar and full time badass Brock Lesnar has to get on a roll to monetize his obvious upside so I've got Lesnar beating Big Show. Brock using a fan favorite finisher, the 'F5,' on the near 500 pounder would be impressive. Something tells me that if Lesnar wasn't aligned with the masterful Paul Heyman that the former Golden Gopher would be a MAJOR fan favorite in WWE. What is there to detest? Exactly….Heyman! (That's a compliment by the way.)
Randy Orton will retain his WWE World Title with a victory or a non finish decision over John Cena. I'd be very surprised if Orton leaves Pittsburgh without the championship. One thing about this matchup is that these two have had multiple opportunities to develop chemistry. This match should be very good.
It would be a great story for #1 entrant CM Punk to go door to door and win the Rumble match but wait, doesn't that also apply to the #2 entrant?
Punk's issues are seemingly with the authority figures within WWE which usually end up biting a fan favorite like Punk in the backside. Just remember back to many of the predicaments that Stone Cold Steve Austin found himself in back in the day with 'authority figures.'
With that said, like many others, I've got Batista winning the Rumble match especially if he enters at #20 or above.