5 Likely Winners Of The 2022 WWE Men’s Royal Rumble
The Royal Rumble match is fast approaching and we have two huge 30-person matches to call. Last year’s event saw a returning “Rated R Superstar” Edge pick up his second Rumble victory, setting up WrestleMania’s triple threat main event a few months later.
This year’s lineup is already shaping up to be quite impressive with Rey Mysterio, AJ Styles and former WWE Champion Big E confirmed for the dance, so with that in mind, let’s take a look at 5 potential winners of this year’s Men’s Royal. Rumble match.
1. Big E
New Day’s Big E has had one hell of a run over the past few months, winning his first WWE Championship and competing in main event matches against the likes of Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley. Unfortunately, at the top of the year, Big E was dethroned in a chaotic Fatal 4 Way match, with Brock Lesnar leading.
Fans weren’t too thrilled to see Big E’s reign end so abruptly, but he Is it that means he’s set for another big win in this year’s Men’s Rumble match. It’s hard to say he’s one of the pre-game favorites as his booking hasn’t exactly been brilliant since day one, but he could very well be the one to take the win nonetheless.
It would be such a shame if Big E didn’t get at least one singles rematch against Lesnar, Rollins, or Reigns at WrestleMania this year, because there were some pretty exciting feuds going on towards the end of 2021, and fans were placing themselves consistently behind Big E as the top guy.
I’d say it’s definitely more of an underdog pick than an absolute certainty, but either way, keep an eye out for Big E throughout the Rumble match.
I can already hear the moans. Despite his many accomplishments, Goldberg has yet to win a WWE Royal Rumble match, which I’m sure WWE would love to rectify. It’s also been a few months since Goldberg’s last WWE Championship challenge, having feuded with Bobby Lashley in a non-title competition after their match at SummerSlam.
Even though Goldberg is not expected to participate in the Royal Rumble match this year, WWE could place him among the surprise entrants near the end of the match, allowing him to hit a few spears and possibly walk away with the win.
WWE has yet to follow up on a Goldberg/Roman Reigns match at WrestleMania, so if ‘The Tribal Chief’ were to walk away with the title still around his waist, then a Goldberg Rumble victory could be the perfect basis for that. this confrontation ends up falling.
3. A.J. Styles
“The Phenomenal One” had a bit of a rocky run in 2022, shot down by his former partner Omos, then sent to NXT for a cup of coffee. AJ is in desperate need of a career boost, and a big win at this year’s Royal Rumble could be a great way to get him back on track for championship competition.
Styles of course made his WWE debut as part of the 2016 Rumble match, but has yet to go the distance and earn any of his subsequent Rumble appearances. I’m sure fans wouldn’t mind Styles being the last man standing this year and then taking on one of the brand’s two great champions in a big WrestleMania-worthy fight.
On the contrary, it would be a good way to add a last feather to AJ’s cap before ending his career in the ring.
4. Austin Theory
It’s no secret that Vince McMahon and the Powers That Be are extremely high on relative newcomer Austin Theory. Not only has the young stallion been featured in high-profile matches against Finn Balor, Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio, but he’s also been used heavily behind the scenes with the boss himself.
Dave Meltzer has already confirmed that Theory will likely make it to the final four or five, making it the perfect time for Austin to have his breakout performance, proving to the last doubters that he has what it takes to to be a big WWE star moment.
Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean he has to be knocked out in these, as if WWE were serious about making a new star out of the rookie, then an upset win on Theory’s behalf could be a massive statement at this point in his career. .
5. Roman reigns
This assumes that “The Tribal Chief” actually relinquished his title to Seth Freaking Rollins before the Men’s Rumble match, and if that happened, there would be nothing stopping the bigger dog from entering the Men’s Rumble and continuing his run. domination. .
Reigns has been in tears since winning the Universal Championship from ‘The Fiend’ in 2020, it would be doing this race a disservice if he were to just lose to Rollins and move on to a less meaningful feud as we head on. to WrestleMania. Naturally, many fans suspect that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson might sidetrack everyone and actually show up for a cousin vs. cousin feud at WrestleMania, but instead I imagine we’ll see another Roman/Brock match scheduled for the main event of this year. .
For this to happen, Roman needs to win the Rumble match and punch his ticket to the main event the old-fashioned way. There will also be some serious heat behind Roman as he heads into one of the biggest WrestleMania matches in recent memory.
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