The 2015 Royal Rumble pay-per-view takes place in under two weeks at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and all eyes will be on the winner of the 30 man Royal Rumble and one of three men who will walk out as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Brock Lesnar will be defending his WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a triple threat match, taking on the man he destroyed for the gold at SummerSlam in John Cena, whilst Seth Rollins also wormed his way into the main event by bringing back The Authority.
The plan for the championship has been well documented and speculated amongst wrestling fans, that Brock Lesnar would be walking out with the gold but dropping to the eventual Royal Rumble winner in Roman Reigns. Those plans could and possibly will change as the WWE could throw another huge curveball and have Rollins defend the gold at WrestleMania, but this pretty much confirms that John Cena will not walk out of Philadelphia as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
This will then kick off different programmes for all three men, Brock Lesnar could still go at it with Roman Reigns, with or without the championship involved whilst unlikely opponents also include Daniel Bryan and The Rock. Seth Rollins could compete in a match the fans desperately want in a triple threat match against the former Shield members whereas a title match with Daniel Bryan would also go down a treat for wrestling fans.
JOHN CENA VS RUSEV
At this moment in time it looks as if there is only one option for John Cena and the WWE might go ahead with triggering the feud as early as the Royal Rumble main event.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter notes that Rusev vs. John Cena has been a match which has been discussed for months and its set to begin during the main event. This feud is backed up by the fact that Randy Orton and John Cena are being advertised to team up at WWE live events in February and they’ll be taking on Seth Rollins and Rusev – which suggests Randy Orton could finally get his hands on Seth Rollins upon his return – whether it’s for a title remains to be seen.
The feud between Rusev and John Cena is set to be one that runs a number of months, especially since the main event for Fast Lane has supposedly been revealed, but this is because of the fact that a shorter feud would be too similar to what we saw exactly a year ago when Bray Wyatt cost John Cena the chance to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
Right now the talk is to have Rusev cost Cena the championship in the main event. This means the traditional Royal Rumble match won’t be the main event and Rusev could come close to winning the match and taking out his frustrations on John Cena and stopping him from becoming a 16 time World Champion.
The two men are yet to cross paths which is a great way to build up the excitement, much like we saw with Bray Wyatt and John Cena. It remains doubtful that John Cena could lose back-to-back WrestleMania matches again like he did at WrestleMania 27 and 28 against The Miz and The Rock, which is bad news for Rusev.
Rusev is the current United States Championship so it’ll be interesting to see what the WWE do with the gold, whether they put it on the line and elevate the status of the championship title, have Rusev drop the gold without losing or not defend the title at all.
If the WWE want Rusev to continue being a monstrous heel then he needs to defeat Cena and move into the World Championship picture as the year goes on, but can fans really see John Cena submitting to Rusev’s Accolade at WrestleMania?