Royal Rumble 2016 card is a light going in, with the one hour Royal Rumble WWE Title match being the only real draw. There’s only four other main card matches, with all of them being rematches.
WWE can get away with that kind of booking as Royal Rumble is the second biggest ppv of the year and the Rumble to ‘Mania season sells itself. The Royal Rumble brand is over, meaning fans buy the event based on past experiences/perceptions. The question of “who will go on to main event WrestleMania” is always an exciting one, and by making this year’s Rumble bout Roman Reigns’ title defence, the one hour contest is even more intriguing.
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In particular, Dean Ambrose versus Kevin Owens could end up stealing the show in the Last Man Standing Intercontinental Title match.
So here are the Predictions for Royal Rumble 2016 Results:-
6. The Dudleys Vs The Ascension Vs Jack Swagger & Mark Henry Vs Darren Young & Damien Sandow
The Pre-show match for the ppv is not that much attractive, but it does come with the stipulation that the winning team will enter the Royal Rumble.
Let's be honest that whoever wins this match are really only going on to get eliminated. It’s an opportunity to be a slightly more glorified jobber.
This match will be the sort of average bout you can skip, with Henry getting a World’s Strongest Slam and pin over Sandow.
Winners: The Dudleys
5. The New Day (C) Vs The Usos – Tag Titles
The tag titles are due for a change and the Usos are the best and the top babyface team in wwe right now. It would make the most sense for them to switch the belts here.
Yes, The New Day have been a lot of fun, but there really isn’t a lot left for them to do as champs. The tag scene is so light that the only way to keep it interesting is to do a switch now and again. After a five month run, the time is now for The New Day to move forward. Plus, The Usos are so talented in the ring, they deserve to carry the belts and them holding the straps opens up lots of exciting matches in the division.
In terms of match quality, this should be an entertaining ten minutes at the Rumble. Expect back and forth action, with The Usos eventually hitting their finisher for the pin on Kingston.
Winners and new tag team champions: The Usos
4. Alberto Del Rio (C) Vs Kalisto – US Title
This match has been done to death in the last few weeks, but both men are talented workers, so there’s no reason why this shouldn’t be an entertaining bout at the Rumble.
Del Rio is one of the best in the company, while Kalisto’s athleticism opens up the potential for thrilling spots. The dynamics of the bout could work really well, especially if given time to fully develop a narrative to the action. It should be the story of the underdog constantly coming close to recapturing the title, only for Del Rio to ultimately win out.
The finish should be Kalisto caught in the cross armbreaker, at first refusing to give in, but ultimately having to tap after a valiant effort.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
3. Charlotte (C) Vs Becky Lynch – Divas Title
With only a few matches on the undercard, the divas title match might get some good 15 minutes. If that proves to be the case, fans could be in for one of the best main roster women’s matches in a long time.
Ultimately, the long-term plan looks like Charlotte versus Sasha Banks, so a title change at the Rumble is doubtful. A heel Charlotte wearing Becky down, then clamping on the Figure Eight is what makes sense.
2. Dean Ambrose (C) Vs Kevin Owens – Last Man Standing Match – Intercontinental Title
Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens are two of the best wrestlers of wwe, and the last man standing stipulation would suit them perfectly.
Expect WWE to hand them a solid twenty-thirty minutes, in which they can really create some magic with the gimmick. Weapons spots and big bumps are bound to be in full supply.
The result might be a tricky one, but Ambrose continuing as the Champion will make the most sense. He’s the number two babyface in the company, yet lacked purpose for much of last year. The belt is now giving him that purpose, and a long run will also benefit the credibility of the title.
Ambrose wins after a brutal war in which he buries Owens under the ring steps for the ten count.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
1. WWE Title Match Royal Rumble
The Main attraction this week is built around Roman Reigns, with the question of whether can he retain his WWE title from the number one spot in the Royal Rumble.
Triple H, Brock Lesnar and Bray Wyatt are the top contenders to win the Royal Rumble.
However, keep in mind that Reigns is WWE’s franchise project. Putting him over this Sunday would be the ultimate way of making him. A one hour performance, from the number one spot, in which he defeats 29 other men? That’s how you make a star.
Furthermore, WWE can still do Hunter versus Reigns, or Lesnar versus Reigns at Mania. A title change this weekend isn’t essential.
Winner: Roman Reigns