Royal Rumble 2012 Predictions: CM Punk and Guaranteed Winners

T.J. McaloonContributorJanuary 28, 2012

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:  CM Punk celebrates with fans before facing Shelton Benjamin during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
Gaye Gerard/Getty Images

There is a reason why CM Punk is known as, “The Best in the World.” It's because there is no doubt that at the Royal Rumble he will easily cruise to victory over Dolph Ziggler.  

In previous years, the Royal Rumble has provided a number of twists and turns. However, this year, it is so cut and dried that you can easily see these three superstars winning their match.


CM Punk over Dolph Ziggler 

There is absolutely no chance that Ziggler walks out of the Royal Rumble with the WWE Title.  

Yes, I know that the match is going to be officiated by the Interim Raw General Manager, John Laurinaitis. And yes, he has said that he will screw CM Punk in the match. 

However, when have we seen one of these “screw plans” actually follow through?  

Ziggler will be either a WWE Title winner, or World Heavyweight Champion one of these days. However, his time atop the company is not now. Punk will retain his WWE Title in this match, and will continue his hot streak heading into the Road to WrestleMania XXVIII. 


Daniel Bryan over Big Show and Mark Henry 

This match is easy to predict because of the injuries to both Big Show and Henry. Both of the challengers in this match are suffering either from a back injury (Show), or a bad groin injury (Henry).

Plus, with the hot streak that Bryan is on, it is hard to see him dropping his World Heavyweight Title at the Royal Rumble in his Steel Cage match. Bryan has looked impressive since winning the World Heavyweight Championship at Tables, Ladders and Chairs.  

Plus, Bryan has developed a little dark side to him, as he has recently shown that he is willing to do anything to keep his title. That mentality will help Bryan exploit Show’s back injury and Henry’s bad groin to escape the cage with his title still around his waist. 


John Cena over Kane 

Kane has been trying to get Cena to accept the hate and go against the fans who tell Cena that he sucks. However, Cena has been "rising above the hate," to go against Kane in their short-lived feud.  

At the Royal Rumble, Cena will fight Kane in a brutal match where both men will beat the hell out of each other.  

However, because Cena needs to move on from Kane and focus on his WrestleMania XXVIII match with The Rock, he will prevail in their match. Cena cannot afford to look weak heading into his main event match at the biggest show of the year for the WWE.  

Cena will hit two Attitude Adjustments on Kane to finally put the big man down for a three-count.

These three superstars will be victorious in their Royal Rumble match. And, when you think about it, they're all smart decisions.