If you've watched WWE programming leading up to the Royal Rumble, you've already been briefed on a few details surrounding the year's first pay-per-view.
We know Dolph Ziggler will start at either No. 1 2 in the Royal Rumble, thanks to Vickie Guerrero. We also learned that CM Punk will be stripped of his WWE title if the Shield interferes in the WWE Championship Match.
Thanks to an unimaginative group of wrestling fans, we will be forced to witness Alberto Del Rio take on the Big Show in another Last Man Standing match for the World Heavyweight Title.
WWE nation has no one to blame but themselves as the WWE left the choice to fans to pick the stipulations. A rerun was the best those polled could come up with.
Oh well, hopefully the program is changed up and we actually feel like we're seeing something fresh.
Now that we've talked about the obvious, let's look at a few other things we're guaranteed to see. Although these happenings haven't actually been discussed in the lead up to the event, they are still locks to occur.
When Ric Flair passes his signature maneuver down to you, you had better be using it. The Miz has either done away with the Skull-Crushing Finale or put in on pause in favor of the legendary submission hold.
He's been working it in matches leading up to the Rumble, and I guarantee you'll see the Miz slap that bad boy on Antonio Cesaro during the YouTube pre-show.
Since the WWE probably isn't finished with Cesaro's anti-American run with the US title, he won't tap out from the hold.
Don't be surprised to see the Shield make one of their many appearances on the night. The threesome have already targeted the Miz, and I expect them to take another shot at all of their rivals on Sunday night.
There is no doubt Brad Maddox has a special quality onscreen. He's like a cross between Eric Bischoff and Shane McMahon.
The WWE is smart to include him in major story lines moving forward.
I thought he was excellent as a commentator on Smackdown and Raw, but his real appeal lies in his versatility. He's athletic enough to make his appearances in the ring more than a farce.
Maddox could prove to be behind the Shield as many have speculated but, whether or not that proves to be the case, expect to see Maddox play a significant role at the Royal Rumble.
The Team Hell No comedy angle has been entertaining and both Daniel Bryan and Kane have added some juice to the tag team division. But it's time for both men to move on.
I'd love to see Kane get a legitimate shot at winning the WWE title one more time, and Bryan should be elevated to main event status.
Damien Sandow is ready to take the next step in his career and ultimately Cody Rhodes will turn face, but not before the two hold the tag team titles for a while.
Their reign will begin on Sunday night.
I know John Cena guaranteed he'd win the Royal Rumble, but I'm afraid that won't happen. Actually, I'm quite pleased with the thought.
I don't hate Cena, but I don't want to see him win the Rumble. For once, the WWE would be better off leaving Cena out of the major storyline heading into WrestleMania.
Cena's popularity can certainly withstand an absence from the spotlight this once. Even if the WWE creative team doesn't agree with that concept, it is doubtful Cena wins the Rumble.
The Rock will likely be involved again this year and it makes no sense to pit Cena against the Brahma Bull again.
It's time for the WWE's next megastar to win big at a pay-per-view. He's been screwed in every opportunity thus far, and there is no doubt the WWE will want him involved in the main event of WrestleMania.
He'll get a decent draw in the Rumble—probably in the teens—which will allow him to make a great showing in the match.
Ryback has the strength and size to go over well as a Rumble winner and placing him in the Main Event at WrestleMania leaves a ton of options open.
As an added bonus, expect to see Ryback Shell Shock someone out of the ring for an elimination.