The annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view is always one that can throw up surprises. You may well have alliances and teams splitting up, and you will almost certainly get some shocking returns.
The first pay-per-view of 2014 is always famous for being a breeding ground for career progression, too. Strong performances and pushes at the Rumble inevitably lead to prolonged success for the rest of the calendar year.
That will no doubt be the case again this year. Let's take a look at some of the men in WWE who can expect to receive a major push at the Royal Rumble in 2014.
Cody Rhodes and his brother Goldust are scheduled to defend their WWE Tag Team Championships in the pre-show prior to the Royal Rumble going on air.
They will face the New Age Outlaws in that match, and their lengthy run as champions of the tag division could come to an end.
If it does, that could possibly mean a match between the two brothers could be in the pipeline for WrestleMania 30.
That may mean an implosion could occur between the current tag champions in the Rumble match. After all, both are booked to appear later in that match.
Cody is certainly a guy who could go far given the right character and storyline. A push would be a smart move from creative.
It may seem bizarre to include Bray Wyatt on this list. After all, he is pretty over already. However, he will be pushed to even newer heights at the Royal Rumble.
His storyline with Daniel Bryan has been encapsulating and fascinating. The two are booked to have a singles match at the Rumble, but there is still plenty of room in the Rumble match for them to both pull double duty.
The conclusion of their singles match at the Rumble will surely not be the end of their rivalry. As WrestleMania approaches, the hype surrounding Bray will continue to grow and grow.
Even if he moves on from Daniel Bryan after the Rumble, there will be another ace up the sleeve of creative for Bray Wyatt.
The inclusion of Bray Wyatt brings us nicely to the next addition to this list. Jimmy and Jey Uso have almost played a secondary role in the Daniel Bryan versus Bray Wyatt storyline, but they've played it very well.
If the New Age Outlaws do pick up the tag titles at the Royal Rumble, there will be a need for a new, fresh challenger to emerge out of the pack.
The Usos are in a perfect position to make themselves the prime contenders, since they are already over. The crowd certainly buys into their in-ring approach and their neat little chant.
They're going to be competing in the Rumble match, and you would certainly expect them to make an impact. They will be getting a push at the Royal Rumble to get them ready to push for the tag titles.
Yes, it's another Roman Reigns piece. But come on, it's almost nailed on that Reigns will be the recipient of a pretty healthy push at the Royal Rumble.
It will happen no matter what path The Shield goes down. If it does indeed show solidarity at the Rumble and stick together, then it is highly likely Reigns will continue to grow into the focal guy of the group.
If The Shield splits, it will mean Reigns will likely turn babyface and get a stack of momentum in the process. Reigns is over—with fans and creative alike—and his push will continue at the Royal Rumble.
After what he did in the ring at Survivor Series, he is bound to do something even more impressive this time around.
Yeah, Roman Reigns will indeed get a push at the Royal Rumble, but he won't be the only member of The Shield to do so.
The case of Seth Rollins is an interesting one. He was NXT champion when The Shield arrived in the WWE, but he's almost faded into the background over the past few months.
He did pick up the win for the trio on Raw this week, though—something that hasn't happened for a long time. If Reigns does go his own way at the Royal Rumble, it would be a smart move to give Rollins a push too.
This is a guy who is clearly talented in the ring and has bags of potential. It almost feels like he hasn't had enough opportunity to let the WWE fans buy into him a little bit.
That will all change at the Royal Rumble, though.