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Seasonal creep. In late August 2014, I strolled into a store to see they were unpacking their Christmas decorations. Earlier than that (and perhaps more importantly), I was buying cases of fall beer during mid summer just to ensure I had some for when the leaves started to turn. In a few months. It seems like the world can’t wait to get to what’s next, meaning we all must adjust our timetables and expectations accordingly.
Take solace in this, my fellow marks – in the WWE Universe, the Road to Wrestlemania begins with the Royal Rumble. Not Survivor Series, not January 1. This has been the order of things since 1993, when Yokozuna last eliminated soon to be HOFer Randy Savage to guarantee his main event spot at Wrestlemania IX. This will be the case tonight, this will be the case next year, this will be the case until the sun burns out.
And so, for the first time in 2015, someone’s going to end a show by staring at a large WM31 sign hanging in the rafters.
The 2015 30-Man Royal Rumble
Thirty men will enter, one man (or two) will head to Wrestlemania. As per usual, less than a quarter of the field has a realistic shot of winning. Of that field, a mere few remain the odds-on favorites. Those favorites include Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan, and Randy Orton, rumored to be making his long-awaited return. The gentleman less likely to win, but still worth watching, include Dolph Ziggler, Rusev, Dean Ambrose, and Bray Wyatt.
Louis Tully detailed various scenarios based on potential winners of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, so be sure to check that out.
Note that, unlike in past years, nearly half of the Rumble field remains unannounced. One could take the glass-half-empty approach, and use this as confirmation that the Rumble will be “predictably” won by one of the aforementioned men. This ignores the viewpoint that watching the heavy favorites is only half the fun of the Royal Rumble. There’ll be a few comedy spots to shake up things, Kofi Kingston will perform his annual aerobatic save, there may be an NXT call-up or two (dare I hope?), and possibly a boatload of surprise entrants. You can Google the rumored names, but I would fully expect to see the two runners-up of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship throw their hats over the wall.
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