Royal Rumble 2010 Preview

Posted by Grey Sunday, January 31, 2010

After a much-needed six week's hiatus, The Daily Zombie's WWE PPV Preview returns, for the big one. It's Royal Rumble, baby.

The first pay-per-view (PPV) of the year, Royal Rumble, in its twenty-third iteration, will be taking place on January 31, 2010. At times even more interesting than the so-called "Showcase Of The Immortal", WrestleMania itself, Royal Rumble, with its wild and highly unpredictable signature main event, is indeed one hell of an event to watch out for. Commonly known as the official start of the WWE's Road to WrestleMania, Royal Rumble is the second-most important pay-per-view in WWE, bearing the responsibility of setting the tone for the upcoming extravaganza, kicking off the build-up of several potential feuds, and providing us with the name of the one wrestler that will be headlining WrestleMania.

Anyway, The Daily Zombie's WWE PPV Prediction for WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, stumbled quite an upset, with a hit rate of 50%, with three out of six match right on the money. Well, if there is indeed money involved, I'm pretty sure many people would have gotten themselves bankrupted with Sheamus's victory over Cena last month.

Let see how we shall fare this time round?

30-Man Royal Rumble Match

Royal Rumble Match: Consisting of thirty men, beginning with two in the ring. At regular timed intervals, one of the remaining 28 wrestlers enters the ring, with the objective of eliminating all other opponents. When all others have been eliminated, the winner of the event will get an one-way-ticket to headline WrestleMania, being the number one contender to the title of his choosing.

Everybody's favorite match of the year seemed almost like a Year End Annual Dinner & Dance for the WWE employee, and the fans. This is where past feud got reignited, future feud gets started and current feuds intensified. And for crying out loud, all I'm hoping is that whoever wins to belong to the first fifteen to appear as opposed to last fifteen, or even worse, entrants #28 to 30. For the simple reason that this is simply cheap, like Cena's "surprise return" two years back, or Undertaker's similar victory few years back.

One of the most interesting, everlasting feature the Rumble would be its unpredictability and the potential character drama that might occur. We are always in awe, watching tag-team partners turning on each other (for example, the Brothers Of Destruction and, well, the Hardys, a scene that will unfortunately never be repeated) and the usual feud extending across the match.

There are so many ways the match can go, given WWE's direction for the upcoming three months. While Shawn Michaels (HBK) is currently the hot favorite to win the rumble due to his renewed obsession to face the Deadman, Undertaker at WrestleMania, there are many factors that can yet deter the events. Should HBK eliminates Triple H, intriguing storylines or even feuds might happen. Should HBK gets eliminated by HHH, likewise, and an added bonus will be seeing HBK, kicking and screaming in order to get Undertaker into the rematch. However, should Undertaker loses his championship to Mysterio (however unlikely that can be), would HBK redraw himself from the Rumble? That, in fact, is the problem, when the characters becomes the primary focus instead of the title. And we are just scrapping the surface of just one out of the thirty participants.

With some of the most star-studded confirmed roster participating in the match, this year's Rumble promised to be one of the most unpredictable Rumble ever. Therefore, allow us to break some tradition in our predicted winners below, by rounding a number of five potential winners in the order of their likely chance of winning. Nevertheless, we are predicting that the last four in the ring will HHH, HBK, Cena and Batista. Cena and Batista, will likely cancel each other out, to build up for a likely cross-brand promotional match at WrestleMania, leaving HHH and HBK to the scenarios mentioned in our first two choices below.

Predicted Winners: 1) Triple H
As much as you moan at the mention of the name up there, be assured that we, moan at it, as well. As good as HHH has been, with his game, we tend to think that he doesn't need this now. However, it is still most likely for this to happen, in order for HHH to face his gym buddy, Sheamus, at the WrestleMania main event. As with HBK's case above, should Orton wins the title instead, things are likely to be change here. We sure as hell hoped that we are wrong here.

Predicted Winners: 2) HBK
This is what our hearts are screaming for. One more time. One last champion reign by the Showstopper. And what better way to do it than at the WrestleMania, for Mr. WrestleMania himself?

Predicted Winners: 3) Cena
Should this happen, Cena will likely be challenging Undertaker to continue the purported feud angle set up earlier on a 3-hour RAW special, and in turns might cause the feud angle breaking up DX.

Predicted Winners: 4) Edge
Yes, Edge, the much-rumored returning superstar. If he indeed participate and win, this is likely to be one of those #30 entrant instances. However, this angle is not likely, as appearing and attacking or even eliminating Chris Jericho, would be enough impact from the Rated-R Superstar.

Predicted Winners: 5) Ted Dibiase
What better time to complete the inevitable, often-teased break-up of Legacy by having Ted to face Orton for his newly-won title (should he defeat Sheamus)? Again, not as likely as the first three choice, as I don't really see WWE putting its big money match on a relatively untested young man.

WWE Champion Sheamus vs. Randy Orton

I was dead, dead, dead wrong when I predicted the defeat of Sheamus at the hands of Cena last PPV, is "just like what happened to Umaga back then". Sheamus, while still untested in his champion reign, faces a genuine roadblock in his path. And an interesting heel-vs-heel booking at that.

Predicted Winner: Sheamus
Ok, I'm not overcompensating my grave mistake last PPV, but I don't really see the point of building a new heel champion over the number-one face and then making him lose the title to the number-one heel.

World Heavyweight Champion Undertaker vs. Rey Mysterio - World Heavyweight Championship Match

The bizarre love triangle between Batista, Mysterio and Undertaker continues, with CM Punk taking the stable highway, along with his newly-born Straight Edge Society, complete with a recovering retard (damn, is there such a thing) and a voluptuous skinhead diva, and Chris Jericho shifting down midcard to feud with R-Truth.

Nonetheless, this will be a pretty decent match, in fact, this is most likely to be the best match of the night, other than the Rumble itself.

Predicted Winner: Undertaker
All signs lead to this result. There's no other way about it. Sorry, Rey, but DX was right about their prediction.

ECW Champion Christian vs. Ezekiel Jackson

While ECW's future remains to be unclear, the ECW title (yeah I'm not pretending to treat it like a genuine World Title now) has been firmly held by Christian for, like six hundred years by now. A good thing, for the title, for the show, and for Christian, the consistent performer who should really escalate to another level. And the only way to do it, would be by dropping this title. However, I don't see how Jackson can be the next torch-bearer of the dying brand.

Predicted Winners: Christian
Christian is more likely to drop the title next month, in the Elimination Chamber.

Women's Champion Michelle McCool vs. Mickie James

The part where I should be just skipping past. However, I just want a release from the godawful "Piggie" storyline where I'm forced to take an extended toilet break, in order to spare the pain.

Predicted Winners: Mickie James
Mickie...James...Must...Win. Just so that this angle can just end. Hands up, who wanted to see pseudo high school mean girls plot over the "prestigious" Woman's Title?


The Rundown
If there's two PPV you watch every year, one of them got to be this one. While the side distraction... I mean midcard matches are relatively short on star-power and quality, the Rumble itself, will be something to look out for.


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