Can you pick the one man out of 30 that will win the Royal Rumble? If so, you could win immortality on our Rumble Reaction Cheap Popcast! Read on for Dave’s picks and then make yours!
Hey all! If you haven’t heard on Cheap Popcast lately, I’m made a monthly tradition of predicting the results of a pre-determined event! The reader who makes the most correct predictions gets to pick the song that plays at the conclusion of next month’s episode of Cheap Popcast! First, though, a recap of TLC’s predictions. After notching an el perfecto for Survivor Series, I abrupbtly fell back to earth with TLC, going 3-for-7. Yeesh! The readers fared a little better, with two commenters picking five correct outcomes. However, while former Laser Time guest Chinspired picked five, he neglected to predict a running time for the main event (or a song for that matter). By just picking a match time, TheMantista wins (and becomes the first multi-time winner). Let that be proof that picking a main event running time matters! He picked Tyson Kidd‘s theme to close our first 2014 Cheap Popcast. But you can have your favorite wrestler theme at the end of February’s episode! Here’s how:
I’m going to make my picks in this here article, and then open up the replies to you awesome listeners. You will then pick a winner (or if you’re feeling risky a rare draw/double DQ) for each match (don’t worry about getting the finish right, I’m just looking for winners), and then, just in case there’s a tie for correct predictions, pick a running time for the final match listed (the presumed main event) as a tiebreaker. With the Royal Rumble offering tons more prediction options, it will count just a tad more; if you pick the winner, you get THREE points.
What does the winner get? Well, you can make your mark on the next Cheap Popcast episode by choosing the next show’s closing theme. Pick the wrestler theme and include a YouTube URL to a wrestler’s theme alongside your predictions (including the running time of the final match listed) and I’ll give you a shout-out before throwing to our episode-ender for next month’s Elimination Chamber episode. Let’s kick off the predictions!
TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: THE RHODES BROTHERS (CHAMPS) VS THE NEW AGE OUTLAWS
I’ve not had good luck picking tag champ match winners. While a part of me thinks the NAO will go over, it wouldn’t be right on the pre-show. I’m still hoping we get Cody-Goldust at WrestleMania (and The Usos finally getting the titles there), so I saw The Rhodes Brothers win, but with a bit of animosity in the process.
DANIEL BRYAN VS BRAY WYATT
Like most, I was really hoping that Bryan would be in the Rumble match, just because the crowd is so firmly behind him that it would make for a great story, win or lose. However, this is definitely the non-Rumble match I’m looking forward to most, as Bray still needs a strong singles match to establish himself as a near-main-event talent. He doesn’t necessarily need a win, just a good match, so I say Daniel Bryan wins.
THE BIG SHOW VS BROCK LESNAR
I’m not sure anyone can get a good match out of modern-day Big Show, but if anyone’s gonna have an interesting fight with him, it’s Brock Lesnar. Plus, Lesnar has to look dominant to build up hype for his upcoming title shot and inevitable WrestleMania match, so this one’s easy; Lesnar wins.
ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH
Even though there’s thirty men in this match, you can count the true contenders with one hand most years. With only one title for the winner to challenge for, the field is even thinner. Of the announced 20 competitors announced thus far, only CM Punk and Batista seem to have any realistic chance of main-eventing WrestleMania. It’s possible a returnee like Undertaker, Jericho, or Sheamus could pull it out, but even then it’s pretty unlikely. Batista seems to be such a lock that I think the WWE will attempt to surprise us just slightly and have CM Punk win the Royal Rumble.
WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: RANDY ORTON (CHAMP) VS JOHN CENA
This has to be it for these two, right? I mean, they could both potentially take part in an Elimination Chamber match with a batch of other wrestlers, but the buildup seems to indicate this no-DQ, no-countout, no-interference match will be it. Boy, I hope so. While they’re both good performers, I think they’ve had far more fights than necessary. I think Orton’s eventual loss needs a few more months of buildup to really explode (probably at WrestleMania), so I say Orton wins in 22 minutes.
Alright, there’s my picks. Sound off below with your match predictions, (including the Cena-Orton running time) as well as a YouTube link to your wrestler theme pick. Good luck, everyone!