Royal Rumble 2016 – Picks + Predictions

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As of this writing, it is 12:26PM on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016. Another WWE pay-per-view will air tomorrow night. This time, it’s the 2016 Royal Rumble. As always, our predictions specialist, Robert Esposito, is here to let us know how he thinks the show is going to play out.

Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match to Qualify for the Royal Rumble
Darren Young & Damien Sandow vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. The Ascension vs. Mark Henry & Jack Swagger

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I want so badly to pick the Ascension for this match! I would also love for this to lead to some feuds, but I don’t think that’s going to happen, which is a shame. I’ll give it a pass because I understand that The Dudley Boys are the most over out of the rest of these teams.

Anyway, before I announce my pick for this match, real quick, it won’t take long….CAN I PLEASE GET THE ASECNSION/DUDLEY BOYZ FEUD I’VE BEEN BEGGING FOR?!

My pick for this match is The Dudley Boys.

Intercontinental Championship
Last Man Standing Match:
Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens

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Any way you slice it, I’m gonna be happy with the end result of this match. However, a winner must be chosen, as that is what I’m here for.

Considering his history of putting people on the shelf, you’d have to be crazy not to pick this guy…

My pick for this match is Kevin Owens.

United States Championship Match
Alberto Del Rio vs. Kalisto

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I like Kalisto, but the only reason he’s currently in this position is because his partner has a dislocated shoulder. When that’s all healed up, they’ll be back together again. Unfortunately, the man he’s up against is someone I said I would never pick. As the old saying goes, “Keep your words short and sweet, because you may have to eat them later.”

My pick for this match is Alberto Del Rio.

Divas Championship Match
Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch

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Charlotte with her dad in her corner. Do I need to share any more information for this one?

My pick for this match is Charlotte.

Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day vs. The Usos

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The New Day has been one of the greatest things going on, on current WWE television, so why wouldn’t I pick them?

My pick for this match is The New Day.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Royal Rumble Match

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Top 4 picks: Reigns, Lesnar, Bray, Triple H

I’m not going to mention every participant in this match. I would, but WWE seems to want to confuse people, saying they are in and then taking them off the list. I wouldn’t be surprised if any or all of the guys in the preceding matches end up being entrants. Instead, I will talk about 3 guys I think have a good shot at winning, followed by my actual pick.

Triple H

He hasn’t been seen on TV in quite some time. I also don’t think this Authority/Reigns feud is over. Triple H, as the past has indicated, can’t keep himself out of the spotlight. Why not be a surprise entrant and take the title from Roman Reigns?

Brock Lesnar

I was really hoping he’d come out as number one and eliminate absolutely everyone. Seeing him destroy people and throw them over the ropes like they’re nothing would be worth the price of admission, alone. I wonder how many German Suplexes we’ll get to see.

Bray Wyatt

Come on, he’s feuded with Roman Reigns for how long? You think they won’t feud again? What are you, stupid? Bray, along with the rest of the four horsemen, can definitely win this one.

Roman Reigns

The odds are stacked against the guy, as they always seem to be nowadays. With the way things are going, if you don’t even consider him winning, I’d have to question whether or not you’re new to how things go in the WWE. This is the guy, even if some of us don’t want him to be.

I’ll be happy with any of my picks winning the Rumble, except for Triple H. Overall, I think this will be a fun event and you should definitely check it out. Or not, either way is fine.


Robert Esposito