WWE Royal Rumble 2014: Full Predictions for Each Champion at Event
The Royal Rumble pay-per-view is fast approaching later this month, and the attention is—as it often is—on the main event of the evening—the Royal Rumble match.
However, there are still a number of issues away from the event to be decided, with the majority of the championships in the WWE likely to be defended at the show.
Who will prevail in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match? And who will emerge as the next challenger for the Intercontinental Championship?
Let's take a look at how each champion will fare at the 27th edition of the Royal Rumble.
Divas Champion AJ Lee
AJ Lee has been on a phenomenal run as Divas champion in the WWE. That is down to several factors—there is a worrying lack of top talent in the division at the moment, and Lee is far superior both on the mic and in the ring.
She has been the champion since June last year, and the run does not look like ending anytime soon. Her lock on the championship has been further enhanced by the departure of Kaitlyn from the WWE this past week—one of her few credible contenders.
Lee is without doubt the star of the division, and it is hard to envisage her dropping the belt at the Royal Rumble.
Lee will defend her Divas Championship at the show but against who is a bit of a mystery. Perhaps one of the Bella Twins will again step forward to enable the creative team to throw a slapdash rivalry together.
United States Champion Dean Ambrose
Unfortunately, since the U.S. title has been caught up in such a huge storyline, it is has been hard for Dean Ambrose to actually defend it.
First, he was acting as a prominent role in The Authority's feud with Daniel Bryan, with The Shield acting as enforcers for Triple H.
Now, The Shield are on a collision course with themselves, with the culmination of that likely to appear at the Royal Rumble.
How can Ambrose possibly be expected to defend the title? Well, unless WWE has him pulling double duty at the Rumble, it probably won't happen.
The United States Championship will again be in a state of limbo at the Royal Rumble. Expect Ambrose to be heavily involved with the Royal Rumble match itself, meaning his title will not be defended once again.
However, if The Shield do split at the Rumble, you would expect the title to return into the picture at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston
Big E Langston's reign as the Intercontinental champion seems to have stalled over the past few weeks. That is slightly bizarre, because it should now be going from strength to strength.
With the unification of WWE's two championship belts, the IC title should now be restored as the true secondary title in the company. However, Langston has been in a bit of limbo over the past few weeks.
Sure, he had a title match on Raw against Fandango, but does that really matter? It was almost inevitable he would get the win.
If the likes of Fandango are the only real contenders for Langston's belt at the minute, then it is a bit of a waste throwing a match together for the card. Langston would be of far more use in the Royal Rumble match.
With the Rumble match taking up such a long period of time at the pay-per-view, the IC belt may get a night off at the Royal Rumble.
Langston may well be in the Rumble match instead, and he will no doubt have quite a big say in the match.
If he does defend the title, an educated guess would be someone like Damien Sandow stepping up for the shot. Which, of course, Langston will win.
Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust
Is time almost up for the Rhodes brothers in their spell as tag team champions? Perhaps, but the real problem is there doesn't seem to be anyone in the spotlight to step up as contenders.
The champions have had the belts for a considerable amount of time, and a change is perhaps needed to freshen up the division after a stale couple of months.
Could The Real Americans be the guys who get their shot at the Royal Rumble? Or will the tag titles be again overlooked on a pay-per-view card in favour of singles competition?
It would be a crime for the tag team champions to not be actively defending their titles on the second biggest pay-per-view show of the year.
It seems too bizarre to leave Cody and Goldust off the show at the Royal Rumble, and I would expect them to defend their championships at the show.
You would also imagine it is The Real Americans who will get the title opportunity. And they may well win—not because they are deserving of it but because the division is in dire need of a change.
Of course, the other alternative is that the brothers participate in the Rumble—just as they did last year.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton
The Royal Rumble is always a special moment for the champion in the WWE, as we find out one-half of the WrestleMania main event.
This year, it takes on added significance, as there is only one champion for the Rumble winner to choose from. However, will it be Randy Orton whom the winner of the Royal Rumble faces at WrestleMania?
With an Elimination Chamber pay-per-view on the horizon, it may well not be. There is even a chance Orton may not get out of the Rumble with the belts—as John Cena gets his rematch from Tables, Ladders and Chairs.
It is always impossible to dismiss Cena in a championship match—purely because of his track record.
The match may well feature twists and turns—as well as a big swerve—but Orton will still get the job done over Cena.
He really does seem to be the face of the company at the moment, and Cena may well likely retreat from the title picture after the show to begin working on his WrestleMania program.
It seems illogical to have Cena heading into WrestleMania as the champion—his appearance further down the card would boost the ratings for WrestleMania.