One of the grandest events of the year, Royal Rumble will officially kick off the PPV schedule for WWE in the new decade, and will also serve as the start of the much-anticipated WrestleMania season in the company.
Royal Rumble is usually a PPV packed with surprises and major moments, with WrestleMania implications. This year’s PPV promises to be the same, with major uncertainties over the possible winner of both the Rumble matches.
Apart from the traditional Rumble matchup for both male and female superstars, WWE has also put forth a card filled with intriguing battles, involving rivalries that could possibly reach their conclusion on the show.
Royal Rumble is just under a week away, and WWE is keeping their cards close to their chest at this point of time. We look to drill down the WWE Royal Rumble 2020 match card and give our thoughts and predictions on the stacked card for the event.
Event: WWE Royal Rumble
Date: January 26, 2020
Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Pre-Show Time: 5 PM EST
Main Show Time: 7 PM EST
Shorty G vs. Sheamus
The only non-title, non-stipulation matchup on the card will see the recently-returned Sheamus go one-on-one with Shorty G. Sheamus made a huge statement in his return by attacking Shorty G, following weeks of teasing with his intense promos.
Sheamus’ current character of hating on short people is a shtick which has been employed by several superstars in the past, including Sheamus himself. This matchup doesn’t have a whole lot of story behind it, but could easily be a sleeper hit considering the talents of the two gentlemen involved.
Although G is a highly talented individual who should be in a much better position, he is bound to take a loss in this matchup.
Prediction: Sheamus wins with the Brogue Kick.
United States Championship: Andrade(c) vs. Humberto Carrillo
On his way to the WWE United States Title, Andrade won the gauntlet match and became the number one contender. Later, El Idolo injured Humberto Carrillo by hitting a DDT on an exposed floor, thereby putting Carrillo out of action for weeks. He went on to defeat Rey Mysterio for his first Championship victory in the main roster.
This week on RAW, Andrade tried to injure Mysterio when he went for a DDT on an exposed floor, but Carrillo made his return and took the fight to the Champion.
As per the latest rumors, Vince McMahon is looking for the next Eddie Guerrero and both the Mexican superstars are getting a solid push but it’s too early for Carrillo to hold the title. Zelina Vega may play a role so Carrillo doesn’t lose clean.
Prediction: Andrade retains.
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Lacey Evans vs. Bayley(c)
The matchup finally will take place at the Rumble event, after several weeks of tension between the two parties. Bayley along with her best friend Sasha Banks has been a real headache for the Sassy Southern Belle, who has surprisingly been dominant in her new babyface persona.
Evans will once again contest in a Championship match, after failing to overcome Becky Lynch on several occasions last year on RAW. It is highly unlikely to imagine Evans defeating Bayley right now, although she has tremendous momentum and crowd-support behind her.
WWE could be building towards a Bayley-Sasha Banks feud heading into Mania, and hence, Bayley should retain the title, although it won’t be a comfortable victory.
Prediction: Bayley retains with help from Banks.
RAW Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch(c) vs. Asuka
In a rematch of last year’s SmackDown Women Championship matchup, Asuka and Lynch will continue their entertaining rivalry with a battle inside the squared circle. Asuka, who also holds the Tag-Team titles with Kairi Sane, will look to become Asuka 2 Belts at the Rumble event.
Asuka has been booked quite strongly against Lynch, who herself has held the title for almost nine months at this point. Both the ladies are physically incapable of producing a bad match with each other, which makes this encounter a possible MOTN contender.
Lynch should retain her title, as losing it to Asuka doesn’t make much sense this close to WrestleMania.
Prediction: Becky Lynch retains.
Falls Count Anywhere Match: Roman Reigns vs. Baron Corbin
The feud between these two superstars seems to be going for eternity at this point, and should most likely reach its conclusion at the Rumble event. After weeks of humiliation at the hands of Corbin and his lackeys (Ziggler and Roode), Reigns finally found support in the form of his cousins Usos.
Reigns lost to Corbin at TLC, which ensured their feud continued, although Reigns has already set his eyes on the Universal Championship, a title which he never lost.
The added stipulation to this match will make it a perfect recipe for a highly entertaining bout and expect the Usos and Ziggler-Roode to get heavily involved in this matchup.
Reigns is rumored to be the next challenger for Bray Wyatt’s Universal Title, which means this could be the final chapter in his rivalry with King Corbin.
Prediction: Roman Reigns spears his way to victory.
Strap Match for WWE Universal Championship: ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Daniel Bryan
After Daniel Bryan was converted into his old persona by Bray Wyatt, the former WWE Champion challenged the Fiend to yet another title match, and last week, upped the ante with the added stipulation of the Strap Match.
Wyatt and Bryan’s rivalry has been terrific throughout, with some top-class storytelling. Wyatt forcing Bryan to bring back the YES Movement, revisiting his former self, the involvement and eventual heel turn of The Miz, Kane returning to help Bryan, etc. have made this feud one of the best feuds in WWE in recent times.
The yet-to-be-conquered Fiend should come out on top in this battle and put an end to this rivalry once and for all.
Prediction: The Fiend retains.
Women’s Royal Rumble Match
The Women’s Royal Rumble match will see its third incarnation this year after Asuka and Becky Lynch emerged as the first two winners of the Rumble event for the female superstars. As of writing, only four superstars, Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross, and Sarah Logan have announced their participation in the Rumble event.
The thin Women’s Roster ensures that we get a plethora of surprise entries in the Women’s Rumble each year, and this year won’t be any different. Injured superstars like Nia Jax and Ruby Riott could return, while we are sure to get a ton of NXT Women involved in the matchup.
Former NXT Champion Shayna Baszler is one of the front-runners to win the matchup, and face off against Becky Lynch at WrestleMania.
Prediction: Shayna Baszler wins.
Men’s Royal Rumble Match
The most-anticipated matchup of the year and the official start of the WrestleMania season, the Men’s Royal Rumble match will determine who gets to main-event WrestleMania this year. The winner of the matchup will get to face off against Brock Lesnar or Bray Wyatt, although Lesnar shocked the world by announcing his own participation in the match at #1.
Nineteen superstars from RAW and SmackDown have already announced their entry into the Rumble, and more names should join the fray this week. WWE Hall of Famer Edge is highly rumored to return for the event, while there is a possibility of CM Punk showing up as well.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding the winner, Roman Reigns from SmackDown and Drew McIntyre from RAW look the frontrunners to win the whole thing, and it will be interesting to see who ends up eliminating the Beast Incarnate.
Prediction: Roman Reigns wins his second Rumble.