There are two superstars who stand a “realistic” chance of winning the Royal Rumble, and they are Finn Baylor and Shinsuke Nakamura. Both men have a ton of star power but NOTHING going on in their WWE careers. Nakamura is teaming with Randy Orton and Baylor has reformed the Baylor club and can’t stop smiling about it.
Baylor winning would mean a match against Brock Lesnar (who I assume is keeping his title). It wouldn’t be an interesting WrestleMania match against the Beast Incarnate, UNLESS they add Roman Reigns and make it a triple threat match.
But more on that later.
Nakamura winning would mean he would be taking on AJ Styles, his long-time nemesis. There was a preview of that at Money in the Bank, where the two exchanged an epic stare down followed by a lot of elbows and knees. Nakamura is 37 years old and has a lot of miles on those legs. He doesn’t have a very long WWE career in store for him, so they have to give him his title run now before his age starts to show more.
I really can’t see anyone else having a real shot at winning. Baron Corbin lost his chance when he went on a Twitter crusade, Randy Orton won last year, Bray Wyatt’s character is flat, and Elias does more guitar playing than actual wrestling these days. I don’t see a surprise entrance superstar winning either. CM Punk is always rumored to come back, but I would rather see him fight Aleister Black than compete for a title.
Baylor would be the favorite to win the Royal Rumble, but, either way, I predict that both men would have some kind of title shot at WrestleMania. Tune in January 28th and see how close I am to predicting a winner.