As always, here are some bonus questions for our readers:
Which match will steal the show?
Eric Kanes: Every year, I buy the Royal Rumble PPV solely for the Rumble match itself. WWE rarely puts any effort into booking any of the other matches. This year is different and the other three matches are actually somewhat anticipated. Nonetheless, the Royal Rumble is the most unpredictable match of the year and ultimately, the one I am looking forward to the most.
Geddy Cahoon: Probably a little bout called The Royal Rumble. It's WWE's most consistently entertaining match, and I don't think I've ever not enjoyed a Rumble. Everyone's going to be saying this, but it's true.
Liam Hindmarsh: The Rumble is always good but Punk and Ziggler will almost definitely be the match that steals the show. These two have shown on Raw that they have decent chemistry and if they get 20+ minutes, we're all in for very nice treat this Sunday. The crowd will be hot for Punk. The odds are stacked against Punk. This match has the perfect ingredients for something special. I'm not usually one for star ratings but this match could easily achieve a four star level (out of five). This match could certainly happen again later in the year, maybe even with Ziggler as WWE champion.
Dave Scott: Royal Rumble match by far. The spectacle of it alone makes it the most interesting match of the year, every year. I've been watching the Royal Rumble every year for as long as I can remember and I can honestly say that it never gets boring!
George Cushnie: There’s only one choice with four matches on the card: Punk/Ziggler all the way. It’s got all the tools to be an excellent match and it's Dolph’s chance to show he belongs in the main event for the long-term. It’s time for him to drop Vickie Guerrero, though. He’s at the stage now where his in-ring work is up there with Punk & Bryan and his promos have improved so much that he’s able to draw heat on his own. He doesn’t need her anymore and it’s time for him to fly on his own. I’d say this match will be ***+ and the feud will continue on past the next PPV.
Ace Brunswick: Triple Threat World Title match between Big Show, Mark Henry, and Daniel Bryan. It's so easy to just say Ziggler vs. Punk but the thing is, going into the event, we already know and expect a great match from them to the point that if they just perform "okay/good", we'll be disappointed. On the other hand, people know Henry and Big Show aren't the best out there when it comes to in-ring performance so some might have lowered their standards for this match but we've never seen those three in the ring yet so perhaps the addition of Bryan will greatly impact the dynamics between Show and Henry enough for their match to be considered good or even borderline great. They just need to be solid on all aspects and they can steal the show IMO.
Adam Behan: For the PPV card we currently have, Dolph Ziggler, CM Punk, and Mr. Laurinaitis will be the highlight of the Rumble for me. The build up around this match has been paramount on Raw for the last few weeks. I see a thirty minute match of technical wrestling, charisma, and showmanship where two wrestlers will give it their all. This will be the match we remember at the end of the Royal Rumble. Saying the Rumble match will be the best match is a 25 year trend, it always is the best match, I can just see Ziggler stealing the show, that big show off.
Nicholas McConnaughay: Every match on the card has potential, although I can't shake the feeling that the World Heavyweight Championship match will be disappointing. Obviously though, the match that will steal the show is the match that steals the show every year and that is the Royal Rumble. The match is usually filled with a compilation of returns and hard-fought attempts at capturing the brass ring, but it never fails to be entertaining.
Gregory Bitetzakis: The Royal Rumble match will always be the main attraction but I am extremely interested in the cage match between Daniel Bryan, Mark Henry, and Big Show. The cage brings more intrigue, especially with the different styles of the competitors. Also, they can do a lot of things with this match including finishes and spots so I feel like given time, this match could steal the show.
Which match should be added to the card?
Eric Kanes: I'll have to go with Primo & Epico vs. The Usos vs. Hunico & Camacho in a Triple Threat tag team match. The tag titles won't mean anything if they aren't defended at every pay-per-view, like the main titles.
Geddy Cahoon:Something with Cody Rhodes or Swagger. The titles don't get defended frequently enough. It doesn't even need to be a title match. Maybe they could've had Cody and Swagger team up and face two guys from their respective shows. If the opposing team wins, they get future title shots. That took me 30 seconds to come up with.
Liam Hindmarsh: Since both the US and IC champions will probably be in the Rumble, WWE should put their new tag champions on the show. Give some PPV time to those belts which have very little prestige right now. Let Primo and Epico go at it with The Usos. Give them ten minutes and see what happens. The tag team division can't get any worse that it already is so you might as well work with what you have and put them on the show. If anything, just so the fans can see The Usos' awesome entrance. It's a sad thing when you want to see a tag team just for their entrance.
Dave Scott: Zack Ryder vs. Jack Swagger for the US title should have been added to the card with a stipulation. Something like a ladder match which could be a potential show stealer.
George Cushnie: Was there anything worth adding to the card? I suppose Primo/Epico vs. The Usos or Cody Rhodes vs. Goldust, but other than that, there’s nothing that I can think of. That’s the problem at the minute. There’s no undercard feuds building that anyone really cares about. Cody vs. Justin Gabriel could've been really good, as would R-Truth vs. Jack Swagger. Other than that, I’m really struggling to see what the undercard’s gonna be like on the road to WrestleMania.
Ace Brunswick: Any announced midcard title match be it for the Intercontinental, United States, or Tag Team titles. I just feel that having the midcard titles featured on the card adds more importance to those titles.
Adam Behan: For the Rumble, I have been thinking recently about the lack of quality matches for Sunday. With only four matches leading in, I can see the PPV revolving around the Rumble match itself and therefore is a weak starting card. I would have been very contempt to see a Tag Title match between Epico and Primo against Drew McIntyre and Santino. Now it might seem a bit odd that I would say this match, but I so could see Teddy Long making this match backstage. It could be a huge face turn for Drew on PPV, it would make the tag champs credible, and actually lead to something story wise.
Nicholas McConnaughay: I wouldn't be surprised if we saw one or two filler matches decorating the night, but there isn't really anything crucial to be added. I would say that we should see Air Boom challenge for the straps again, but we all know why that can't happen.
Gregory Bitetzakis: I feel like the Royal Rumble is a big event so I would have liked to seen all the belts being defended, but since we know how the WWE hates the tag team and women's divisions, I wanted Wade Barrett vs. Sheamus. You could have very easily held off Orton's return till the Royal Rumble match and put these two together in an incredible match. For one, they have a rivalry developing and also would have made Orton's return all the more special. So put this match in there but knowing WWE that will be a FAIL!!!
Will you be ordering this PPV?
Eric Kanes: Hell yeah, I'm ordering this PPV. The Royal Rumble match itself is one I cannot miss.
Geddy Cahoon:I want to. I really do. I'm still iffy though. I might be too busy with school and stuff, but if I find the time, of course I'll be getting it.
Liam Hindmarsh: I won't be ordering it personally but I'll be watching with a group of friends at one of their houses. We all chip in to save on money. Rumble, beer, and pizza all at 1am. I swear people will think I'm crazy. This year the under card is good and the Rumble, like always, sells itself. I actually want to raise a point about ordering a pay per view. Over here in the UK, A WWE pay per view costs £14.95. I used a money conversion tool which told me that £14.95 came out at about $23.50. I think it's so unfair that the American fans have to shell out almost $50 a month for a pay per view, when technically, it's costing me half the amount. I do think that is one thing that is damaging the buy rates of pay per views. They are way too expensive.
Dave Scott: No. I'm attending a Royal Rumble party at one of my mate's flats. Booze, gambling, more booze, and wrestling...Perfect!
George Cushnie: Yeah. I only order four PPVs a year (Rumble, Mania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series). If there’s another during the year, it’ll depend on the card. Otherwise, I’m happy to pick and choose which ones I watch.
Ace Brunswick: I don't have to order anything. The PPV will be televised for free in my country.
Adam Behan: I am working through the PPV sadly, and will not be able to watch it live (being an Aussie does have its downfalls) and have not ordered it. I will watch it on a later date, but I will be keeping track through live feeds on the net. The Royal Rumble PPV is always strong; I just wouldn't take the day off of work for it this year.
Nicholas McConnaughay: This is one of the few pay-per-views that I'll actually go out of my way to witness as it is happening. I'll be watching, one way or the other.
Gregory Bitetzakis: Yes, got the friends ready, Domino's Pizza on speed dial, and beers on tap (or in my friend's case, Pepsi). Plus, this PPV has always been my favorite so I have to order it...no doubt!