Friday, 6 January 2017

The Undertaker To Win WWE Royal Rumble 2017?

Posted by BAD MAN
We are just three weeks away from Royal Rumble 2017 and the WWE universe is awash with rumors as to who might win the WWE’s mass brawl. We are aware that recent weeks have seen a number of WWE stars confirm that they will compete at the 2017 Royal Rumble, but information has been coming in at a trickle rather than a flood. As previously reported in the Inquisitr returning WWE hero John Cena has been front and center of Royal Rumble rumors.


We know that John Cena will face off against AJ Styles at the first big PPV event of 2017, they signed the contract on this week’s SmackDown Live. The official WWE website lists those stars who have already confirmed that they will appear at the Royal Rumble, they include Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, Dolph Ziggler, and last year’s Royal Rumble winner Roman Reigns.

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Whilst there is plenty of Royal Rumble speculation, one man has remained quiet, and he is arguably the biggest name of them all. When the Undertaker made a return to WWE in November, he said he was back to “take souls and dig holes,” but then he disappeared again. The Deadman said that he “refused to be defined by Wrestlemania” before helping the blue team to win the Survivor Series against their WWE Raw rivals.

The Undertaker is yet to confirm that he will compete at the 2017 Royal Rumble but chances are that announcement will come on the next issue of WWE SmackDown live.

As Sports Keeda points out, The Undertaker has only emerged from his crypt around Wrestlemania time in recent years. At SmackDown Live 900, the Deadman said he would be back “sooner than usual” in 2017. The Undertaker hasn’t won the Royal Rumble for a decade, so an appearance, and a win, at this year’s event might well set up a huge match with John Cena at Wrestlemania 33.

By the time Wrestlemania 33 comes around The Undertaker will be 52-years-old and it has been rumored that this may be the Deadman’s final year in WWE. If that is to be the case, then the WWE Universe would love to see The Undertaker Vs. John Cena as the Deadman’s final bout.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Royal Rumble 2017: Finn Balor Unlikely To Return

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Finn Balor the former WWE Universal Champion could appear at the Royal Rumble 2017 pay-per-view but it will take a miracle for him to do so. Finn Balor is still recovering from shoulder surgery, the last thing he may need is to return in an untimely fashion.



Bleacher Report acknowledges rumors that Finn Balor, who emerged as the first-ever winner of the WWE Universal Championship but is currently on a hiatus due to an injury, could return to the ring at the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania 33. But the website cites Cageside Seats’ Randall Ortman, who insists that it is unlikely fans will see Balor at the Royal Rumble next month. Fans will have to wait for WrestleMania 33, or even later next year, to see Balor in action once again.

At any rate, Balor may still be working on his comeback trail. His appearances show him in high spirits. But realistically, the earliest is WrestleMania 33 and not the Royal Rumble taking place next month, Bleacher Report reported.

While nothing has been made official, it is likely that he will immediately set his sights on the Universal title. Kevin Owens is the current champion, but there are rumblings that Roman Reigns could eventually become Universal champion.

Seeing a Reigns vs Balor title-match could be fitting seeing how these two met before. Recall that it was Balor who cost the “Big Dog” the title opportunity at SummerSlam so there is a bit of beef there.

Against Owens, it remains to be seen how the creative team works this one out. Two former NXT stars going at it could be everything will still boil down to the script.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Top 10 Early Candidates To Win The 2017 Royal Rumble

Posted by BAD MAN

Royal Rumble is a yearly pay-per-view organised by WWE that started back in 1988. It has been won by all different performers, from the Rock to Brock Lesnar to Hulk Hogan to Shawn Michaels to Stone Cold to John Cena – the list goes on with legendary performers.

It is also one of the most exciting, popular and unpredictable events that the WWE put on, and more importantly is the start of the Road to WrestleMania, making the winner of the royal rumble match vital to the buildup and excitement for the greatest event that WWE have.

Also Read:- WWE Royal Rumble 2017 Will Be the Most Unpredictable Rumble Ever

But if you take a look back at the past few years rumble matches they have been complete disaster and the unpredictable feature was missing. The winner has become pretty obvious a few months out from the event, or the rumble even become a single person rumble, where no-one else appears to have a chance.

This year it is even more important in picking up the right winner, which will make sense for both the story line and the fans. Everyone from NXT to RAW to Smackdown Live, even those who aren’t under WWE contract are possibilities, but here are the top 10 candidates as of now to win the Royal Rumble in 2017.

Also Read:- WWE Royal Rumble 2017 Live Stream Online

10. BOBBY ROODE

It would be the best way to capitalize on the few years left in Booby Roode in his prime and let him surprise everyone by winning the royal rumble match. Roode has everything that wwe look for in a star, he even has a dedicated fan following from his time in TNA. This may be unlikely, but WWE have softened on former TNA stars (see: AJ Styles, Samoa Joe & Austin Aries), and Roode would make a top heel in the company and would be right at home in the main event picture.

Smackdown seriously needs some heel superstars, as they lack heels beyond AJ Styles. Don’t expect this one to happen, but if Triple H really is gaining more and more influence, don’t count it out as a possibility, at the very least, we could see Roode as a surprise entrant, and that would be exciting for long time fans of his anyway.

9. CESARO

Cesaro has gotten over with the fans with his amazing in-ring capabilities, but the company has never truly recognized his ability and given the Swiss Superman a push, but letting him win the royal rumble 2017 match could be a great way to capitalize on his popularity.

Cesaro is too talented in the ring to stay out of the main event for much longer after his predictable comeback win, and expect him to be around the main event one way or another come WrestleMania. The easiest and most effective way to do this however is by having him win the Royal Rumble, so he can tease which World Championship he is going after, as he stated in an interview post draft that he felt he was best suited for Smackdown, and seeing AJ Styles defend against Cesaro on the grandest stage WWE has to offer would be a treat for all fans.

8. SAMOA JOE

It is the best time to capitalize on Samoa joe's prime by letting him win the royal rumble match, joe will come up as a truly credible, monster heel who could be a main event player for several years, as well as one the fans respect, especially longtime fans of his work from Ring of Honor and TNA.

His reign as NXT Champion was ended by Shinsuke Nakamura, and following a rematch should be cleared to work on the main roster (hopefully), and with the wrestling ability and pure tenacity to match, Joe could go on a monster run that solidifies him as one of the greatest talents of this era.

7. BRAY WYATT

Bray Wyatt has been criminally under used by WWE thus far in his career, as he has star power written all over him, with a character like no other in the entire company, yet they have neglected to take advantage of this and book him to lose more often than not, making most of his seemingly powerful words meaningless.

Many won't predict bray wyatt to even have a chance as coming the sole survivor in the royal rumble match, due to his poor booking.

This must happen without a deep main event roster on Smackdown, as it consists mainly of AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton, and Wyatt winning the Rumble with a face turn and stalking both heel Champions (AJ Styles and Kevin Owens if I was booking) would make for must see television.

6. BROCK LESNAR

Brock Lesnar's last appearence in the ring was at Survivor Series 2016 when he lost to Goldberg in a squash match. Lesnar winning the rumble match could surely be a possibility, as he needs to gain his credibility back and winning the rumble match could be the best for him.

While many hardcore fans may disagree with Lesnar winning his second Rumble, as he was barely around on TV during his last title reign, there is no doubt that it’s a path WWE would love to go down. Lesnar’s ‘Suplex City’ may have run its course for many fans, but seeing the carnage in the Royal Rumble always looks good, and the potential of a Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins or Roman Reigns rematch at WrestleMania 33 would sell many fans on the event.

5. ROMAN REIGNS

After the debacle that was the 2015 Royal Rumble, you would think WWE would be hesitant to give Reigns a Rumble win so soon, but it could be used perfectly as a catalyst for a Roman Reigns heel turn, and would set him up as the company’s top heel for years and years to come.

I know that like John Cena, a heel turn may not ever come like the fans want, but Reigns isn’t as polarizing or talented as Cena, and would be best suited in a heel role where they could capitalize on true fan displeasure, while cheering for true fan favorites like Seth Rollins and Cesaro.

Whether the turn happens at the Rumble or is set up before hand, Reigns will be a good bet to win the historic match, whether you or I like it, only what Vince McMahon thinks matters. Main eventing three straight Mania’s has only been done three times (Hulk Hogan 5 straight, John Cena and the Rock), so if Roman does get that honor, it better be worth it with a great story and a hot heel turn.

4. AJ STYLES

Aj Styles is the wwe champion currently on the blue brand, but on the odd chance someone else on Smackdown holds the title come late January, Styles should be a lock to win the 30-man battle royal.

This would mark exactly a year since the Phenomenal One made his way to WWE after an illustrious career elsewhere, and a victory would show just how amazing he is, as he was only intended to be a mid card performer in the company, where he is now the best performer.

Whether Styles features in this match or a title match on the PPV, expect to see the New Face that runs the Place around the main event, if not the last match of the night come WrestleMania 33 in Florida.

3. SHINSUKE NAKAMURA

Shinsuke Nakamura is having only a half year's experience working with wwe, the King of Strong Style is the most charismatic performer in NXT, and is already being touted a future World Champion, and one who could quite possibly become the best Japanese star in WWE history.

Royal Rumble 2017 could be the best possible way to introduce the King of Strong Style to the wider wwe audience who haven’t seen much of him (if that’s you, please go to the WWE Network and watch his matches with Sami Zayn, Finn Balor and Samoa Joe) than bringing him in for the Royal Rumble, and having him survive until the end?

Some might complain that similar to Finn Balor, he would be pushed too fast too soon, but after his career in NJPW and NXT, there is no doubting that he’s not only ready for the main roster, but ready to be the best performer in the entire company.

2. SETH ROLLINS

In his short wwe career, Seth Rollins has seemingly done it all: WWE World Champion, U.S Champion, Tag Team Champion, NXT Champion, main event of WrestleMania, Money in the Bank winner, , Seth Rollins has seemingly done it all: WWE World Champion, U.S Champion, Tag Team Champion, NXT Champion, main event of WrestleMania, Money in the Bank winner, but the one thing that he has not done yet is winning the royal rumble match.

Royal rumble victory might be coming his way at the royal rumble 2017 event in january, is he is not battling for the universal title at the event.

While many may be fed up with seeing Rollins in the main event scene, since he carried the company on his back in 2015 and new stars like KO and Finn Balor have stepped up, but with a simple baby face turn, Seth could now reinvent himself and become the biggest star the industry has today, and the best way to achieve this is to overcome the odds (Triple H’s interference) and win the Royal Rumble.

1. FINN BALOR

This one has been thrown into doubt due to the confusion of Balor’s recovery time from his shoulder injury, but bringing him back as a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble would be an amazing way to show that Finn is still a top guy, but winning it would prove he truly is the main event star they believe in.

Also Read:- Finn Balor Still Among Royal Rumble 2017 Winner Favorites

It is pretty clear to all fans that Finn will return in the main event regardless, as he was given a World Championship after less than 2 months on the big stage, but the Royal Rumble would be perfect to stir up fan excitement again, and would give the fans who still don’t know much about the demon to get to know him better.

Goldberg To Return On Raw Episode Before Royal Rumble 2017

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In the recent news, Goldberg is expected to make another appearance on WWE’s Monday Night Raw before heading into Royal Rumble 2017.



He was last seen live in the ring the night after Survivor Series 2016, discussing his quick victory over Brock Lesnar the evening before. From there, instead of announcing a retirement, he indicated he was going to be the first superstar to enter the big 30-man match scheduled for January. It looks like he will now make at least two appearances to help hype the big event.

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As reported by Media Outlets, Goldberg is now scheduled to show up on the episode of Raw for January 23, 2017. The show will take place in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Quicken Loans Arena, and is the final Raw show before the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. That adds to his previously reported appearance of January 2 which will be in Tampa, Florida. As of this report, there are no other advertised appearances by the legendary pro wrestler.

For the most part, Bill Goldberg’s appearances have been brief on episodes of Raw and at the Survivor Series. On his Raw episodes, he gave promos in the ring or had a near confrontation with Brock Lesnar. It’s possible that Brock may also show up on one of the two scheduled dates for Goldberg to help really drive home the pay-per-view. WWE could also go with their previously used concept where a large number of superstars from the locker room area rush to the ring and have a “mock Rumble” ahead of the real one, throwing each other out of the ring.

Also Read:- WWE Royal Rumble 2017 Will Be the Most Unpredictable Rumble Ever

Goldberg’s top rival right now, Brock Lesnar, has not made any appearances on Raw since his humiliating defeat at Survivor Series.

As it stands, Goldberg remains the top betting favorite at numerous sportsbooks that offer WWE bets. This doesn’t necessarily point to any results spoilers that he’ll win the match but shows that he’s being heavily backed by bettors. Goldberg announced on Raw that his intentions were to make another championship run and that, after discussing it with Stephanie McMahon, he realized he’d need to enter the Royal Rumble. His current odds to win are different depending on the sportsbook, but he’s a 6 to 4 favorite at Paddy Power, followed by Finn Balor who has 7 to 2 odds to win.

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Nonetheless, two Raw appearances by Goldberg may still give fans in those particular regions something worth checking out. There won’t be any likely matches involving the 50-year-old superstar, but an encounter with Brock Lesnar and a bunch of other superstars could help set the stage for the week leading up the big Royal Rumble match.

WWE fans, do you think Goldberg and Brock Lesnar will cross paths on either of the two Raw episodes that Goldberg is scheduled for? Will Goldberg win the Royal Rumble match in January?

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Finn Balor Still Among Royal Rumble 2017 Winner Favorites

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On the speculations going over the possible winners of royal rumble match, the major speculation among them all is Finn Balor to make his return at Royal Rumble 2017 in January. However, recent reports indicate that Balor won’t be ready for a return to the ring by January 29, and will instead be making his comeback around the time of WrestleMania 33 in April. Despite the conflicting information, it appears that “The Demon” is still one of the top favorites to win the Royal Rumble match when it arrives next month.

Also Read:- WWE Royal Rumble 2017 Will Be the Most Unpredictable Rumble Ever

Balor is listed as the second favorite in the betting odds to win the royal rumble match next month in San Antonio, Texas. As of this report, Balor has moved from 6/1 odds up to 4/1 odds to win at Ladbrokes and only trails Bill Goldberg (5/4) on their listing. There’s been plenty of WWE rumors regarding Goldberg’s participation in the match as he was the first superstar to officially enter following his quick victory over Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series.


Chris Jericho has been involved in a entertaining angle with his best friend , the WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens. For weeks the two palled around on WWE Raw, but just recently the friendship seems to have come to a halt. Jericho walked off on Owens during one episode, only to get attacked in the parking lot by Seth Rollins. Just this past Monday, Jericho was involved in a match against Roman Reigns, but lost due to Owens thinking he was helping out. That would seem to indicate these two former friends are on a collision course, possibly over the championship at WrestleMania 33.

That brings up the concept of Finn Balor winning the Royal Rumble. According to Wrestling Inc, Balor recently said his hard target to return to the ring is closer to WrestleMania. However, there’s been smoke screens thrown out by WWE and its personalities before in order to prevent surprises from being leaked.

Also Read:- WWE Royal Rumble 2017 Live Stream Online

It's possible that Finn balor may enter the rumble match late and somehow win it. That would set up some sort of championship clash for The Demon at WrestleMania 33. Some of the early speculation has been Finn Balor vs. Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens in a Triple Threat or Balor challenging Roman Reigns for the title.

Basically, there’s a major surprise element right now and fans will get a clearer picture as to what the big WrestleMania 33 card holds after the Royal Rumble dust has settled.

Right now, it seems the smart money on a Rumble winner goes with John Cena, Chris Jericho, and yes, even Finn Balor.

WWE fans, which superstar do you think will leave as the 2017 Royal Rumble winner: Goldberg, Finn Balor, John Cena, Chris Jericho, or someone else?

Friday, 9 December 2016

WWE Royal Rumble 2017 Will Be the Most Unpredictable Rumble Ever

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If you take a look back at the past few rumble matches over the years, majority of them lacked the uncertainty feature the winner has become pretty obvious a few months out from the event, or the rumble even become a single person rumble, where no-one else appears to have a chance. Examples of this include the three-year stretch of horrible Rumbles between 2013 and 2015 where John Cena, Batista and Roman Reigns were all clear-cut favorites.



Last year rumble was a little more unpredictable, but the closer we got to the event it was clear that Triple H was gonna make his return and win the royal rumble match. In an age where keeping secrets in wrestling is almost impossible, especially the main-event of WrestleMania, the WWE have be unable to keep much suspense for the Rumble match because the winner is almost always known beforehand… until now?

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This year the Royal Rumble 2017 match is a month away and there is no logical winner. Goldberg and Brock Lesnar have been announced for the match, but you’d assume (whether we want it or not) they’re going to culminate their rivalry at WrestleMania, removing them from the equation. Even if they don’t face each other, Goldberg in the title picture doesn’t really make much sense considering he won’t be a full-time guy, and we’ve already seen a Brock title reign and it wouldn’t work well with the angle they created at Survivor Series.

Finn Balor might return arround the time for Royal Rumble match, but he already has a contractual rematch pending for the WWE Universal Title so he doesn't need to win the Rumble anyway. Kevin Owens and AJ Styles will probably still be their brand’s respective champions, with the only exception being if The Undertaker takes the title off of AJ – assuming that match even happens. Seth Rollins will face Triple H at WrestleMania in all likelihood, removing them both from the equation too… So who is even left?

Roman Reigns is never going to win the Rumble match again, they’re simply not going to let that happen, John Cena is probably facing Undertaker, and even if he isn’t, the odds of him being given a third Rumble victory seem quite low. He’s definitely not a favourite, that’s for sure. Dean Ambrose has just fallen out of the title picture and Chris Jericho will probably return to Fozzy. If he doesn’t, he might be the guy to bank on, assuming he isn’t facing Owens at this exact pay-per-view. Bray Wyatt in a heel versus heel match against Styles seems like long odds and he’ll probably be tied up with Randy Orton regardless. They’ll never be favourites for the Rumble, but it might be the year where someone like Cesaro or Sami Zayn do the impossible and headline WrestleMania.

If you’re thinking NXT, Samoa Joe is ready to come up, but with both champions heel, that diminishes the likelihood of Joe winning. Shinsuke Nakamura winning and setting up a dream match with AJ Styles or Kevin Owens would be amazing, but since he’s the NXT Champion it seems we’ll have to wait. Could we see a massive return like Kurt Angle or Jeff Hardy? Who knows, it’s all surprisingly hard to predict.

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You could make an argument for most of these guys winning the match, but you could also make one against all of them. This is genuinely an open field. Let’s see if we can narrow down the candidates.

We know that WWE is bringing back the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view early next year and once we know which brand is hosting it, we can probably be sure the OTHER brand is winning the Royal Rumble. Early speculation suggests it will be a RAW exclusive event. With Finn Balor likely to be back by WrestleMania, the odds of SmackDown winning the Rumble seem to be better than RAW. AJ Styles as the WWE Champion also means it will probably be a babyface that wins it.

As we’ve already stated, it won’t be Ambrose because his feud with Styles is over and Cena winning the Rumble for a third time, even though another Styles/Cena match would be amazing, seems unlikely. Who does that leave? James Ellsworth – obviously.

So who’s winning next year’s Royal Rumble – I don’t have a bloody clue.