Royal Rumble 2012 Predictions: Weekly Dosage of Pro Wrestling in Fisher's Corner

Jon FisherCorrespondent IIJanuary 26, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  Alberto Del Rio is introduced during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Welcome to the second edition of Fisher's Corner, a weekly piece containing my deep and articulate thoughts on Internet paper. Whether my opinions on weekly topics are out of this world, crazy or belligerently wrong, these are just some of the things I ponder about week by week.


Who's Going to Win the Royal Rumble?

Going through multiple rumor reports, pondering to myself about a justifiable answer to each wrestler's claim to winning the big dance and contemplating the previous winners, determining this year's highly possible guys was a daunting task from the beginning.

Every year, each avid fan of wrestling picks a man who they feel will represent the field of 30 and rise above all to win the Royal Rumble.

Here is the tricky thing about the Rumble:

  1. It kicks off the most exciting time of the year for professional wrestling: the road to WrestleMania.
  2. More often than not, the winner is a future main-event player in the business. Last year, Alberto del Rio took the prize and went on to challenge Edge at WrestleMania 27.
  3. Sometimes, a surprise entrant can be the favorite.
  4. It is the most unpredictable event (besides Money in the Bank) that WWE has. Granted, that is not always the case.

Earlier this month, I finished a piece looking back at each wrestler who has the best chance to claim the title "Royal Rumble winner." Chris Jericho, Sheamus, Wade Barrett, Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and even Dolph Ziggler came across my mind.

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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It seems plausible to believe that Jericho will win it, because of his little (and I mean little) speech on Monday. Vince McMahon is no fool when it comes to the Internet predicting a winner before it happens.

Will each of those men have an impact? Absolutely. Could a surprise guy come through the realm of bizarre outcomes and steal the show? Wouldn't doubt it. As for my pick....

I have Sheamus. Reason being, he needs that certain "oomph" to push him over the edge. The same could be said about Barrett, but he can do it on his own. Jericho and Rhodes will be tied to other engagements and Orton is just returning from an injury. Winning it wouldn't make sense.


Where Does WWE Go with Kane and John Cena?

A question like this requires time, patience, respectable analytical response and logic. I am not here to discuss a heel turn of any kind. The question I'm more curious to know is how they tie everything together for a good emotional feud.

Zack Ryder is written off TV to give Cena a more passionate and "hateful" edge. Kane continues to instigate Cena to release the hate. The two have a match on Sunday and I'm eager to watch how the story intertwined within the match plays out.

Do they tie someone else into the feud, other than Ryder? That remains unseen at the moment. Given all that has happened, The Rock must become relevant. They are supposed to have a memorable match at WrestleMania and build-up has not become paramount.

The feud internally is missing something. Maybe it is the lack of a good match to extend it. That could be the missing piece to the puzzle.

I will end with this: Triple H and CM Punk could have been a memorable feud. It ended shortly, without any intent to continue. If WWE wants to evolve Cena's character in one way or another, long and extensive planning must be done. Otherwise, we could have a month-long feud that means nothing.

Absolutely nothing.


They say one thing and mean another. I don't say; I do.