Royal Rumble 2016 is a high point for many wrestling fans, it's a unique event which tells several interesting stories, while 30 mans competes in a battle royal match. Royal Rumble is the official beginning of the road to Wrestlemania.
Regardless of what happens this sunday, wwe will make history when the WWE heavyweight championship will be defended first time in the royal rumble match. The royal rumble match typically crowns the #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. In that regard, the Rumble is a critical part of the success of WWE’s biggest event of the year.
With four other title matches on the card, let’s take a look the big questions facing WWE that need some answering before the Royal Rumble goes off the air Sunday.
10. Can WWE Break Streak Of Bad Rumbles?
One of the biggest drawbacks of Royal Rumble match in the past year, is that the pool of wrestlers who could legitimately, conceivably win the match is extremely small. When the Rumble is smartly booked and well-executed, that fact often does not detract from the quality and enjoyment of the event.
But when the winner is obvious and the Rumble sucks? Oh boy.
In the past three years, we have got exactly the same thing, with the winners being pretty clear and the rumble being itself being lackluster at best and boring at worst. The Rumble used to be one of the easiest matches to count on for an enjoyable hour of wrestling, but now we have to ask if the 2016 edition can break that streak.
So in a year when the list of potential winners can be counted on two, maybe three fingers, can WWE deliver a good Rumble on Sunday?
9. Will Becky Lynch Get Revenge?
In the recent times Becky Lynch has really emerged as one of the heroine's of the women's divison in wwe. Whereas she formerly felt like an afterthought who was going to be cast aside after Charlotte turned on her, she now has managed to get fans on her side, chanting her name a couple times on Raw.
With Sasha Banks sidelined and Paige returning only to participate in a Total Divas angle, maybe Becky is the best hope right now.
8. Will New Day Hold It Together?
It's been a tough 2016 for the New Day. The trio was immediately mocked by veteran wisecracker Chris Jericho and bestowed with a new insult, a sophomoric one that has failed to catch on but still causes them consternation: “rooty, tooty, booty.”
With rival tag team the Usos already holding the Slammy Award for tag team of the year – an award New Day feel they deserve – you have to wonder whether the tag champs can calm down and get through Sunday. The last thing they need right now is to fall victim themselves to a distraction and thus lose their titles.
7. Can Kalisto Win The Rubber Match?
WWE had an opportunity on there hands to create a new star a couple weeks ago when Kalisto surprisingly won the United States Championship on Raw. Not many would expect someone who is in a mid-card tag team to suddenly receive a title shot and actually win.
When Kalisto won the title , it was a huge deal. But then the WWE creative team pulled its favorite gimmick, 50/50 booking. Alberto Del Rio immediately challenged for his title on Smackdown and won the U.S. title back, ending Kalisto’s reign at three days (or one day, if you look at when Smackdown was taped). This then set up the creative team’s other favorite tool: the rubber match.
The U.S. title can again change hands this sunday, but the question is can kalisto pull it off?
6. Will Ambrose And Owens Steal The Show?
Ambrose-Owens feud is one of the most fierce feud in WWE right now. Both are the talented superstars and has created a lot of buzz for the Intercontinental championship. Unlike the United States Championship feud, Ambrose and Owens haven’t traded the title back and forth in a short span.
Simply, Ambrose beat Owens at TLC last month, and Owens went on the warpath afterward, attacking Dean repeatedly. Both men have taken turns pummeling the other, putting his adversary through the announce table. It’s angry, aggressive and just a very simple feud. And it works.
Throw in the fact that both men are insanely talented and you have the potential for the IC title bout to be the best match on the card. Sounds familiar, reminding you of the days when the Intercontinental Championship was held by and defended against some of the best workers in the company. That would be a great trend to restart.
5. Who Enters At #2?
We are already aware that Roman Reigns will be entering the Royal Rumble match, forcing him to go the distance if he really wants to retain his WWE World heavyweight Championship. But one thing that bears mentioning is that whoever enters second is going to have to last just as long in the match if he wants to be world champ.