It’s been said countless times: anything could happen at the Royal Rumble. Could Jack Swagger make a surprise return, eliminate 29 superstars, and headline Wrestlemania against Brock Lesnar? Absolutely not. But he might. That’s the beauty of the event. It’s what’s so great about the Rumble.
Since all eyes will be on the eponymous 30-man match, the rest of the card can be overlooked. After all, no one really talks about how Braun Strowman interfered in a Universal Championship match between Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns. Or how Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows became Raw Tag Team champions. Or how Charlotte retained her Raw Women’s Championship against Bayley. And that was all just last year.
In order to avoid wasting potential or creating forgettable booking decisions, here are three things that must happen at the Royal Rumble.
Kane Gets Pinned
I respect Kane. Really, I do. His run with Hell No was awesome. He’s had so many great matches, and he’s easily a Hall of Famer. All that said, I really hope Kane is the fall guy for this Universal Championship match.
If you had told me a year ago that Kane would be challenging for the Universal Championship, I don’t know what I’d do. I’d probably laugh. Alas, here he is, fighting Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar in a “Beast v. Machine v. Monster” match.
WWE has done so well booking Strowman. His “face turn” was wonderfully executed. He’s pretty much the same guy, but now he wrecks the heels. He’s white hot right now, but it’s highly unlikely that he beats Lesnar for the title. It’s amazing how WWE managed to heat him back up after his snoozer of a match against Brock at No Mercy last year, but the momentum might be wasted again. If WWE wants to damage Strowman as little as possible, then Kane should be the guy to eat the pin.