With the Royal Rumble just days away, much of the focus of the professional wrestling world will be focused squarely on the outcomes of each and every match taking place at the highly anticipated event.
Even more important, the Royal Rumble match itself will put in place events that will continue to unfold over the next few months, culminating in the winner of the match receiving a world title shot at WrestleMania XXX.
With huge names like CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio, the Miz and the returning Batista competing in the contest, the overall talent pool continues to deepen by the day. And impressive spoils await the eventual winner.
On top of this, personal scores will be settled in matches involving some of the top stars in the company.
Men like Randy Orton, John Cena and Daniel Bryan will all go to battle over various things. In the end, scores may be settled and revenge taken.
And when the dust settles, we may all have a better idea of which superstars will pave the road to WrestleMania XXX.
Lesnar has become the resident wrecking ball in WWE. He comes in hard, and comes in strong, and basically destroys whatever is in his way.
Whether it is Triple H or CM Punk, Lesnar sets his sights on a target and more times than not, he ends up destroying it.
Just ask Mark Henry, who has been the most recent recipient of Lesnar’s brutality.
However, the Big Show is the current roadblock in Lesnar’s path.
And at his size, and with his resume, he is exactly the type of person that Lesnar has been known to annihilate when he is attempting to accomplish a goal. And as Lesnar and his best buddy Paul Heyman have stated on several occasions, his goal is to become the world champion again.
But with his limited schedule, and a logjam of talent at the top of the proverbial talent ladder, will the Beast Incarnate be able to even secure a title shot?
Probably not, which frees him up for a hotly contested feud with someone like Henry, who will be out for a huge measure of revenge on the man that severely injured him earlier this month.
At this point, it seems almost a certainty that Batista will win the Royal Rumble match. And a showdown with his former Evolution stablemate Randy Orton has already been teased, as the two had a confrontation on Raw this week.
Now 45 years of age, Batista looked to be in great shape, but is it realistic for him to be able to defeat Orton for the title at WrestleMania?
Conventional wisdom would say no, but then again, this is the same company that had a part-time competitor (the Rock) win a world title last year, only to barely appear on WWE programming for a month or so.
But there are countless other top competitors that could challenge Orton—including John Cena, who is always a safe bet for a win on a grand stage—for the title at the biggest wrestling event of the year.
CM Punk is always a championship contender. The same could be said for Daniel Bryan, Alberto Del Rio or any member of The Shield.
Though, at this point, I think the WWE Universe should be gearing up for Batista-Orton, and that match itself could be a stand-alone main event on any pay-per-view.
Instead, it will likely be relegated to a second-tier attraction, given the Undertaker’s streak likely being on the line or another part-time legend making a one-time appearance to boost the ratings of an already overhyped lineup.
Punk seems to always back himself into a corner with both his words and his actions.
However, this time around, he may have bitten off more than he can chew. Between the three members of The Shield, as well as Kane, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and now the New Age Outlaws, Punk has placed himself in a precarious position that he might not be able to escape from.
Announced as the first entrant in the upcoming Royal Rumble, he will need to squirm his way out of many a scenario in order to emerge victorious in the “every man for himself” contest.
It seems likely that the current trend of Punk getting himself into trouble with this growing group of people will continue into the spring months, and more specifically, Triple H may be his intended target.
A Punk-Triple H match at WrestleMania XXX would certainly be a huge selling point for the pay-per-view. And frankly, Punk is the only person that can pull off a long-term feud with these kinds of implications.
Normally, when a person tries to fend off the challenges of their superiors, there is a type of desperation that comes across when the person is backed into a corner and does not want to lose their job.
In Punk’s case, most of the time it seems as if he doesn’t care what happens either way, as long as he walks away vindicated in some form.
That fact alone will make this angle more and more of a must-see scenario with every passing week.
It seemed somewhat confusing when Bryan joined the Wyatt Family weeks ago after such a brutal feud with them prior to that.
Then, it was both exhilarating and even more befuddling when he quickly seemed to change his mind, attacking Bray Wyatt inside a steel cage after a match that saw them teaming with each other.
But there can be little argument that Bryan is currently the most popular WWE Superstar, which explains the company’s quick switch of his allegiance. After all, what good is cheering a hero if he’s constantly being used as a pawn of a charismatic cult leader?
It stands to reason that whatever happens with Bryan, fans will cheer. But he may not be able to handle all three members of the group on his own. The solution is fairly simple.
One man: John Cena.
Both men have common ground, as both are involved with one of the Bella twins. In addition, they seem to have quite a mutual respect for each other having teamed up in the past. Also, Cena constantly puts over Bryan’s abilities and acknowledges his popularity nearly every time he is confronted with it.
Though the odds will still be slightly skewed in favor of the Wyatts, Cena will make a huge difference in the feud.
The collective popularity of Bryan and Cena may rival that of some of the most popular teams in WWE history. And by squaring off against their incredibly popular opponents, the Wyatts will gain experience, momentum and attract even more attention than they already have.
Overall, this fictional showdown is a complete win for all parties involved.