THE GREATEST ROYAL RUMBLE EVENT:
On 5 March 2018, WWE made an announcement, WWE, and Saudi Arabia advertised a live event named “Greatest Royal Rumble”.
Since its creation in 1988, the Royal Rumble PPV has been one of the Big Four PPV’s of WWE.
Pat Patterson introduced the new version of a Battle Royal where entrants are assigned entry numbers via a lottery. Usually, there are 30 participants, but WWE announced that it is going to be a never seen before 50-men humongous Royal Rumble! Can we call it the ‘WrestleMania of Royal Rumbles’?
It seems to have a better card than WrestleMania itself had! We have a ladder match, a Steel Cage match, a rematch of the dream match, a Casket match and an overwhelmingly gigantic 50-men Royal Rumble!
Ironically, it has been 3 weeks since WrestleMania and WWE came up with something that will make us say that the Greatest Royal Rumble bettered WrestleMania 34.
There’ll be many many many people’s wearing abaya and cheering, screaming from their lungs for WWE Superstars. Have you packed your bags? Do it, fast man we got no time, it’s an unofficial PPV and you should not miss it!
This ineffable Royal Rumble has so many moments to serve as all the men’s main roster Championships will be defended at the King Abdullah Sports City’s King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
So I’m gonna have a look at the Greatest Royal Rumble match card and predict the card too.
1. GREATEST ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH (50 MEN):
The Royal Rumble match is annual and usually the main event of the Royal Rumble PPV though it has some exceptions.
Shinsuke Nakamura won the 2018 Rumble just to challenge AJ Styles for WWE Championship at WrestleMania in losing cause, but that was a 30-men Rumble and this one? Everything is in the name, Greatest Royal Rumble. 50 men will be competing in the same ring, you can assume it’s vastness. It is going to be the largest of them all,18 entrants out of 50 have been announced and they are as follows:
1. Daniel Bryan
2. Big Show
3. Braun Strowman
4. Kurt Angle
5. Apollo Crews
6. Titus O’Neil
9. Mojo Rawley
10. Dolph Ziggler
11. Baron Corbin
12. Chad Gable
13. Big E
14. Kofi Kingston
15. Xavier Woods
16. Shelton Benjamin
17. Sin Cara
18. Chris Jericho
We expect Rey Mysterio to return at the Rumble just like he did at the 2018 Rumble. The Great Khali is rumored to return as well.
There’ll be some tremendous moments having this kind of talent in the same ring, there’ll be some shocking returns and some NXT call-ups too.
As of now, a trophy has been announced to be presented to the winner of the Greatest Royal Rumble match.
Some Entrants are yet to be announced. The Royal Rumble match will be such an amazing opportunity for both the SmackDown LIVE and RAW rosters to show what they have to spare. Daniel Bryan, Braun Strowman, Chris Jericho, Big Show, Kurt Angle are some of the big names that will be fighting in there.
This is the Greatest Royal Rumble match by which means WWE will give its 200% to make it an unforgettable experience. Braun Strowman is the Monster among Men and he’ll play a major role in the Rumble match but I’ll go with someone returning after 3 years, Daniel Bryan.
He has to win this match, Bryan needs a take-off and a Rumble win can give him the push he needs to increase his confidence and boost his credibility.
YES! MOVEMENT IN JEDDAH!! DANIEL BRYAN
2. THE GUY ROMAN REIGNS VS. THE BEAST BROCK LESNAR IN A STEEL CAGE MATCH – UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP:
The whole world knew the result of WrestleMania 34’s main event months before the actual event, as we all had visualised it was going to be Roman Reigns kicking out of a dozen suplexes followed by 4-6 F5’s and pinning Lesnar with 2-3 Spears to win the Universal Championship, but the disinterest of the crowd made them go for plan B just like they had to change their plans at WrestleMania 31.
Brock Lesnar who had signed a new contract with WWE, pinned Roman Reigns after a 6th F5 and retained the Universal Title at the Grandest Stage of Them All. It was actually a hard slap by WWE on our faces, the aftermath was even more surprising as Roman Reigns got a rematch! Why? How? No one knows.
Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, Goldberg, none of them got their rematch but Reigns gets a rematch at the Greatest Royal Rumble in a Steel Cage match.
Reigns spit all his frustration on Post-Mania RAW, stating there’s a conspiracy against him.
Returning Samoa Joe warned Reigns that Lesnar will again beat him, but this time it’s not going to happen. Roman Reigns has a huge fanbase outside of the USA especially in Asia where people can connect themselves to their heroes. So WWE would like to cash in this opportunity and crown Roman Reigns as their new Universal Champion in front of a crowd that will cheer for Roman Reigns.
Both Superstars are known to make such matches more physical than obvious and they are going to do what they are the best at. Both stars will take the fight to the next level and make a Steel Cage match an extraordinarily fantastic Championship match.
Roman will kick out of 4 F5’s and Pin Lesnar with a 3rd Spear to dethrone the Beast leading to the Carnation of Roman Reigns in front of a supportive and cheerful crowd, though there are some people saying that the part-timer will win, we all want a full-timer as Champion now.
You can hate Roman Reigns, you can love Roman Reigns, but ultimately, you can’t ignore Roman Reigns! So let’s bid on the Roman Empire winning.
And yeah maybe this time for God-sakes, Paul Heyman please help Roman win and turn him heel in the process.
THE BIG DOG ROMAN REIGNS
3. THE CHAMP JOHN CENA VS. THE GAME TRIPLE H:
It’s the battle of part-timers. Both Superstars will collide after a long gap of 8 years.
Hunter got a hell of a beating at the hands of Angle-Rousey.
John was way more embarrassed by The Undertaker. He called out The Deadman for almost a month and when Taker showed up, Cena realized his mistake. Taker squashed Cena like a Pro squashes a Local wrestler.
Both Superstars need a reputation boosting win. It’s a little cloudy as of now cause we have no idea if Hunter will play in a negative light or we will see two faces fighting across the ring.
Hunter mostly has played a face at live events. John Cena, a poor guy suffering from a breakup with Nikki Bella just after almost a year after WrestleMania 32’s proposal. He must overcome this depression and give some memorable moments to millions of who will be watching the Greatest Royal Rumble.
It’s likely that Cena will win being the Face that Runs the Place, but looking at Cena’s recent booking, I would like to give my vote to Hunter. The COO will do everything possible that gets him the pin over Cena. Hunter will have a morale-boosting victory over Cena at the Greatest Royal Rumble event.
KING OF KINGS TRIPLE H
4. THE PHENOM THE UNDERTAKER VS. THE BULGARIAN BRUTE RUSEV – CASKET MATCH:
Well, the story is that Taker is ready to fight and so is Rusev, but Lana tweets and Jericho replaces Rusev immediately. For some unknown reasons after some days, it’s declared that Rusev will be joining the casket match and Jericho will compete in the Greatest Rumble match.
WrestleMania 34 was asserting Dominance of The Deadman again and there will be no difference in WWE’s planning. It’s going to be a short match and The Deadman will bury Rusev on Rusev Day, how cruel?! I mean it’s the same thing which was said by Lana. The Undertaker will win the casket match at any cost.
Taker will be competing in his first casket match since 2008 and the WWE Universe will see the first casket match since Daniel Bryan vs Kane in 2015.
The Deadman has the most casket match wins(11) to his name and stats extending in his favor.
THE DEADMAN THE UNDERTAKER
5. BRUTE DUO BLUDGEON BROTHERS VS. SKILLFUL DUO THE USOS – SMACKDOWN LIVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP:
Brute Force vs Most Talented SmackDown LIVE duo is the story of this match.
At WrestleMania 34, The Brute Force crushed The New Day and The Usos winning the SmackDown LIVE Tag Team Titles.
Harper and Rowen have shown their strong and brutal side since their return. The Usos are one of the most exciting duos on the SmackDown LIVE roster. They entered WrestleMania 34 as Tag Team champions, unfortunately, they were engaged in an impossible do.
The most dominating duo of SmackDown LIVE turned their dream into a nightmare. Post-WrestleMania SmackDown LIVE saw The Usos defeating New day, earning a shot at the Tag Team Titles. We know what these four men are capable of.
Logically there’s no clue about Bludgeon Brothers losing their titles, it has not even been a month since the start of their reign. So it’s crystal clear that we’re not going to see the titles changing their hands.
BRUTE FORCE BLUDGEON
6. CHARISMATIC ENIGMA JEFF HARDY VS. MODERN DAY MAHARAJA JINDER MAHAL – UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP:
Randy Orton earned the right to challenge for US title at the Greatest Royal Rumble event just to find out that Mahal would be drafted to RAW, dropping US title to Jeff Hardy.
WWE made it clear that Mahal will be challenging Hardy at the Greatest Royal Rumble. Orton will face the US champ at Backlash. Hardy has to carry the match on his shoulder as I don’t expect anything from Jinder. Mahal’s run as US champ lasted for a couple of days only. WWE won’t do this in the case of Jeff Hardy.
Hardy needs to have a long reign as US Champion. We expect Hardy to retain in a chorus of cheers with a Twist of Fate.
CHARISMATIC ENIGMA JEFF HARDY
7. THE BAR VS. WOKEN WARRIORS – VACANT RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy are capable of doing impossible things having each other back.
Since Ultimate Deletion, Wyatt was nowhere to be found, he later emerged during the Annual Battle Royal held in memory of Andre the Giant, shocking everyone by an alliance with Hardy. Wyatt helped Hardy to win the Battle Royal, Wyatt and Hardy then dominated in two matches consecutively.
Defeating The Revival, the Weird Duo booked a place for themselves at the Greatest Royal Rumble event competing against The Bar who were shocked and were thinking that a prank was being played by WWE on them, similar to the one of Nicolas the Kid and Braun Strowman winning the RAW Tag Titles.
Thus in records Nicolas became the youngest WWE titleholder(a record to be broken by Roman’s son, maybe). That prank was well played and accepted by the same audience who were chanting “this is awful” during the main event of WrestleMania 34, but a scheduling problem forced the duo of Nicholas and Strowman to relinquish their Tag Team Titles.
The vacant titles will find their new owners at the Greatest Royal Rumble event. The Bar has now been drafted to SmackDown LIVE courtesy of the Superstar Shakeup.
The Bludgeon Brothers and The Usos will remain on the show so we likely to see a match between the three sometime.
8. KINGSLAYER SETH ROLLINS VS. THE DESTROYER SAMOA JOE VS. LEADER OF BALOR CLUB FINN BALOR VS. THE MIZ – LADDER MATCH FOR INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP:
The kickoff match of the WrestleMania main-show didn’t go as everyone thought it would, maybe because of the often collisions between Rollins and Balor, but there is going to be a rematch with some ladders and a returning superstar, Samoa Joe(logically it’s so stupid, there’s no reason to add him in that match).
Balor and Joe had a history in between them at NXT. Rollins is one of the best in-ring performers of his generation. The Miz, one of the most exceptional talent in the match too. It’s going to be one hell of a match if everything goes as it should then the match is capable of earning 6 stars!
Rollins has just started his reign and it’s pretty clear that he will champion for a long period of time. If we look at the history of Rollins, he has injured Balor once and Dean Ambrose is seating at his home courtesy, Samoa Joe. So I mean like it is a little awkward seeing two of the greatest but not fluent wrestlers in a ladder match which can be most extreme too. So just hope everything goes well and we get to recall a great match with the addition of Joe and ladders.
THE KINGSLAYER SETH ROLLINS
9. THE PHENOMENAL ONE AJ STYLES VS. THE KING OF STRONG STYLES SHINSUKE NAKAMURA – WWE CHAMPIONSHIP:
Since WWE announced a rematch of the dream match fans all over the world has been talking about this match.
The match failed to live to expectations at WrestleMania 34 due to its bad booking, but it’s time to reinforce the dream match and fulfill the wishes of the fans. The match is capable of overshadowing the whole Greatest Royal Rumble card, the new ‘Bad Boy of Wrestling’ and ‘Face of SmackDown LIVE’ are about to brawl once again this time in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The most talented indie duo have made it to WWE, rebound the glory they achieved at the Wrestle Kingdom 10, but at the Show of Show, they came little short than what we expected. It was a slower match that went on to have an agile finish.
WWE must dodge the bad finish this time and make it as we all want it, Nakamura low-blowing Styles wherever they go won’t be able to steal the title from the Phenomenal One at the Greatest Royal Rumble event. This time there will be no drama. Nakamura won’t go on his knees giving the title back to AJ and immediately low-blowing him. This time the match will end with a Styles Clash or Phenomenal Fourarm and the show will end with a Kinshasa.
PREDICTION: PHENOMENAL ONE AJ STYLES
There are 6 days left until the Greatest Rumble of Them All event. Simply the Superdome of Rumbles. Those were my predictions regarding the Greatest Royal Rumble event.
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