WWE Royal Rumble 2012: Predictions, Analysis and Minutiae

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WWE Royal Rumble 2012: Predictions, Analysis and Minutiae

Yes, it really is that time of year again.

Fans of the WWE sweat with eager anticipation as the "Road to WrestleMania" lays open. The opening leg routes through St. Louis in the form of the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.

On the docket are two World Title matches, a grudge match and the 30-man Royal Rumble match itself.

Normally headlining any wrestling pay-per-view is a World Title match, but not this time. The name sake of the event this Sunday looms large like a Game 7 Conference Championship game in the NBA or NHL.

Aside from the morass of flying bodies in the namesake match, CM Punk defends the WWE Championship against the WWE's resident "Show Off," Dolph Ziggler. As if the antics of Ziggler weren't enough, the match will have a special guest referee with a glaring personal grudge against the "Voice of the Voiceless."

Daniel Bryan won't have it any easier. The "American Dragon" gets to defend his World Heavyweight Championship against the twin behemoths of Big Show and Mark Henry in a Triple Threat match. To add more resistance to an otherwise slippery champion, the match will take place in a Steel Cage.

Another match places John Cena against the "Big Red Monster" Kane.

In any case, certain progressions in the storytelling of both Raw and SmackDown come to a head in less than 24 hours. And like a Meteorologist, I will try to make sense of forthcoming chaos.

Shall we?

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