WWE Royal Rumble 2014: Biggest Question Marks as the Show Approaches

Sharon GlencrossContributor IJanuary 24, 2014

WWE Royal Rumble 2014: Biggest Question Marks as the Show Approaches

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    Triple H and Orton, are they allies?
    Triple H and Orton, are they allies?from WWE.com

    There are numerous lingering questions heading into this week’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view. In fact, it’s shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable and compelling WWE events of the year.

    There are big question marks surrounding the card and its results—we genuinely don’t know what’s going to happen in many of the matches.

    So, in order of priority and long-term importance, let’s have a close look at just what questions will (hopefully) be answered this Sunday.

5. Will Jake Roberts Be an Entrant in the Royal Rumble?

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    Jake Roberts, with Diamond Dallas Page.
    Jake Roberts, with Diamond Dallas Page.from WWE.com

    As Cageside Seats notes, WWE legend Jake Roberts has made no secret of his wish to participate in this year’s Royal Rumble. The notoriously troubled star has managed to turn his life around over the past few years—with the help of Diamond Dallas Page and his famed DDP Yoga, of course.

    And wouldn’t making an appearance at the pay-per-view be the perfect culmination of the wrestler’s comeback? Notably, Roberts looked fantastic during his cameo at the end of the “Old School” edition of Raw three weeks ago when he ran down to help an outnumbered CM Punk take on The Shield. Will WWE give him one last chance to shine at the pay-per-view?

4. Will Sheamus Be a Surprise Return?

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    Sheamus at a recent PR event.
    Sheamus at a recent PR event.from WWE.com

    In an interview last year with Brian Fritz of Between the Ropes, former WWE champion Sheamus indicated the rehab for his shoulder injury was taking longer than expected and there was no current timetable for his return to the main roster.

    However, is it possible these claims are merely to camouflage the fact that Sheamus will be a surprise entrant at this Sunday’s Royal Rumble? He could even win the event again if management feels like stunning everyone.

3. Will Bryan Be an Entrant?

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    Bryan has recovered from his concussion.
    Bryan has recovered from his concussion.from WWE.com

    Having been cleared to wrestle after he suffered a concussion according to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, Daniel Bryan is currently scheduled to face Bray Wyatt at the pay-per-view.

    WWE hasn’t mentioned yet whether or not the former ROH star will be an entrant in the Rumble, but it’s hard to believe the company’s most popular star won’t make some sort of appearance in the bout. Indeed, apart from Batista or CM Punk, he may be the only wrestler with a credible shot to win.

2. Will the Authority Help Orton Retain His Title?

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    Orton clashes with Stephanie and Triple H...again.
    Orton clashes with Stephanie and Triple H...again.from WWE.com

    WWE World Heavyweight champion Randy Orton has had a tumultuous relationship with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon over the past few months. Orton bickers with the married couple constantly, is rarely on the same page as them and, on Monday's Raw, the pair even informed "The Viper" he was on his own when he defended his title against John Cena.

    Of course, Triple H and Stephanie—who seem to turn heel or babyface on an almost weekly basis these days—also distanced themselves from Orton right before the Survivor Series pay-per-view last November, only to come to his aid during the match and help him defeat The Big Show.

    Can we really trust anything they say anymore?

1. Is Batista Winning Too Obvious?

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    Batista powerbombs Del Rio.
    Batista powerbombs Del Rio.from WWE.com

    Heading into the Rumble, Dave Batista is, far and away, the favorite to win the event and go on to WrestleMania XXX as the No. 1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

    In fact, the bigger shock may be if the 45-year-old doesn't emerge from the show victorious. Reports from PWI (via WrestlingInc) that claim Orton and Batista are scheduled to fight for the title at WrestleMania XXX seem to seal the deal.

    Predictability isn't always bad, of course, but it is possible WWE bookers might decide to script a swerve at the end of the show and have someone shocking win just to keep everyone on their toes.