The 2011 Royal Rumble has one thing that many of the past few Royal Rumbles have had: unpredictability. It seems the only times that we didn't know the winner of the Rumble in past years is when the winner was returning from an injury, such as Edge last year and John Cena in 2008. This year, it could be of one of five to 10 people, and I'm being generous with the 10.
Also, in past years, there have been four, even five preliminary matches prior to the Royal Rumble match. This year there are only three other matches, although there are rumors that a fourth match will be added by Sunday. That being a match for the WWE Tag Team Championship involving Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov facing Michael McGillicutty and Husky Harris of the New Nexus.
While I won't put that in my main predictions, whenever the match happens, whether it be at the Rumble or Raw the next night, McGillicutty and Harris are definitely winning.
Now, to my main predictions.
TWO-ON-ONE HANDICAP MATCH FOR THE DIVA'S CHAMPIONSHIP
Natalya(c) vs. Michelle McCool & Layla
You have got to be kidding me? I thought I was done with LayCool being in the title picture. Can't they just break up already? All right, back to being serious. Natalya has too many prospective matchups for a possible WrestleMania match. I don't see WWE taking the belt off Natalya here, but you never know.
MY PICK: Natalya
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Edge(c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
I know WWE is trying to make Dolph Ziggler look like a serious contender for the championship, but for me it's still not happening. Maybe it's because of Vickie Guerrero. Maybe it's because I still remember him as Nicky of the dreadful Spirit Squad.
Anyway, Dolph Ziggler is somehow the No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, and in my opinion, anyone who thinks Ziggler is walking out with the title has something wrong in their head because Edge is keeping the title until at least WrestleMania.
Now, there are some people that think that Ziggler would get a rematch at WrestleMania 27. I'm not so sure about that for one reason: It's been said that Vince McMahon wants this to be the most successful WrestleMania of all-time.
Now when I think of a match for the World Heavyweight Championship match at the biggest WrestleMania of all time, do I think Edge vs. Dolph Ziggler? No way, in fact the only person that Edge could face that would make WrestleMania more successful in terms of pay-per-view buys is Christian. I'm not just saying that as a fan of Christian, I'm saying it because that is the only match, with Edge as the reigning champion, that would help with the success of WrestleMania.
MY PICK: Edge
WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
The Miz(c) vs. Randy Orton
While I'm getting used to the Miz as champion, Miz is destined to lose the belt to the biggest babyface in WWE today. That's still not Randy Orton, it's John Cena. Randy Orton will have us all believing that he will be winning the title and just when he's about to get the pinfall, Alex Riley will get the Miz disqualified. That way, Miz keeps the belt and Orton will be added to the Elimination Chamber match without having to qualify the next night on Raw.
MY PICK: The Miz
40 MAN ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH
From Raw: R-Truth, John Cena, CM Punk, David Otunga, Husky Harris, Michael McGillicutty, King Sheamus, Daniel Bryan, John Morrison, Ted DiBiase Jr., Mark Henry, Darren Young, David Hart Smith, Primo, Tyson Kidd, William Regal, Yoshi Tatsu, Zack Ryder, Mason Ryan
From Smackdown: Alberto Del Rio, Cody Rhodes, Rey Mysterio, Ezekiel Jackson, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Wade Barrett, Jack Swagger, Drew McIntyre, Kofi Kingston, Kane, Big Show
Seems a little lopsided doesn't it? Don't worry SmackDown fans, your back up is coming and that's coming in the form Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, Curt Hawkins and Trent Berretta. While those jobbers are sure to make an appearance in the Rumble match, there are also possible returning superstars.
Triple H, Evan Bourne and or Christian – if the rumors that he's not going to be ready for the Rumble are not true, all could show up. I also read today that Hacksaw Jim Duggan will be in Boston this Sunday and he's bringing his ring gear.
As I wrote earlier, and in another recent article of mine, there are only five or so superstars that could win the Rumble. So with the all the unpredictably of the Rumble, I'm going to try to make my pick and prepare to be wrong.
MY PICK: John Cena
Yes, my pick is the that no one wants to see happen, although it makes sense. The event is taking place in Boston, which is Cena's "hometown." Although, I'm hoping that the rumors saying that he won't be able to show up to be false, because I really want to see Edge vs. Christian at WrestleMania. But since WWE Creative, or Vince McMahon, most likely don't want the fans to be happy. Too bad.