It’s around that time of the year when WWE fans finally begin to predict who they think will leave the Royal Rumble as the winner and book their ticket to the main event of WrestleMania.
At the moment, only Goldberg and Brock Lesnar are scheduled for the event, as we still have TLC and Roadblock: End of the Line to get through before the next dual-brand event in January.
ROYAL RUMBLE PLANS
However, while Goldberg and Lesnar may be favourites on paper due to being two of the biggest stars on the main roster, they aren’t expected to win, as the Rumble will supposedly be used as a platform to set up a rematch at WrestleMania 33.
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With the two of them out of the equation, The Inquisitr have reported on the two current early favourites to leave the Alamodome as the winner, with one rather surprising name, but both stars make complete sense based on the storylines they’re involved in.
John Cena has emerged as one of the favourites to win the Rumble with numerous bookmakers, despite being quiet in recent times and it could potentially mark his third victory in the stipulation.
We haven’t seen Cena on WWE television since AJ Styles retained his WWE World Championship at the No Mercy event, in a match where Dean Ambrose was also featured.
The thing that makes him a favourite is that there’s a historic championship looming, and it’s expected that he’ll equal Ric Flair’s record in 2017 at WrestleMania.
The rumoured plan is to have Styles defend his title against The Undertaker in January, before Cena will win the Rumble and then go on to challenge the champion, handing him his 16th world title in the process.
CENA OR JERICHO TO WIN?
The curveball the WWE could throw our way is a surprising Chris Jericho victory.
Bookmakers continue to fall, and it looks to stay that way the longer he stays on-screen, and the longer he remains Kevin Owens’ best friend.
It seems like the WWE are going to have a slow build-up to the eventual break-up, although it was teased earlier this week.
Owens is expected to retain his WWE Universal Championship against Roman Reigns – should the two clash at Roadblock, and it means he could keep hold of it until April of next year.
The path seems clear for the two to have a WrestleMania match; Seth Rollins is expected to face Triple H while Reigns and Braun Strowman are also rumoured to be going at it at the same event.
The only question mark in the equation is the eventual return of Finn Balor, and the role he could play in the championship picture.
For now, though, the two to keep an eye on are Jericho and Cena, with both stars involved in two feuds that make complete sense to conclude at WrestleMania, via a Royal Rumble win.
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