Predicting winners and losers is one thing Royal rumble, but what about guessing the match order of the event?
Royal rumble Taking place tonight (January 29) from The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri, the main card starts at 8 PM EST on Peacock.
WWE has announced six different main card divisions for this event. Here is my personal view on how important it is to rank each of these six parts, ranked from most important to least important.
- Men’s Royal Rumble Match
- Women’s Royal Rumble Match
- Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley
- Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins
- Edge and Beth Phoenix vs. The Miz and Maris
- Becky Lynch vs Dodrop
The main event
Like most Royal Rumble events, the final match of the night will likely be one of the honorary matches. However, there is at least a slight chance that Brock Lesnar or Roman Reigns can top the card if WWE has a big angle planned to finish their respective bouts.
I’m going to play it safe and stick to a Rumble match in the main event. But the trickier question is, will the men’s or women’s game wrap up tonight? Men have an inherent advantage by default. The inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble was the main event in 2018, but this is the only time it has taken first place over the men.
I think the answer depends on Ronda Rousey. If she’s in the building and plans to win the Women’s Rumble, her match will be the main event. Otherwise, the men’s Royal Rumble match will be the main event. I think Rossi will refer to that WrestleMania It happened towards the end of the night, so I’m going with the Women’s Rumble match for the main event.
Two Royal Rumble matches
This will be Year 5 with two different Royal Rumble matches on the card. These matches last longer than 50 minutes and are for a different card than any other card in the calendar.
The 2018 main card included 6 total matches. The Rumbles are set as the third and sixth matches of the night.
The 2019 main card included 7 total matches. The Rumbles are set as the 4th and 7th matches of the night.
The 2020 main card included 6 total matches. The Rumbles are set as matches 2 and 6 of the night.
The 2021 main card included 5 total matches (excluding the 24/7 title cheats). The Rumbles are set as the third and fifth matches of the night.
WWE still has to open a card with one of these matches, and I’m not going to do that this year either. Given that I have the Women’s Rumble in the main event, I think it makes more sense to split the card into two equal halves by putting together a men’s Rumble match in Part 3.
This gives me the following card:
Part 3: Men’s Royal Rumble Match
Part 6: Women’s Royal Rumble Match
Any match that falls in Part 4 is misleading, and you have to go through a Rumble match that is over 50 minutes long. This is where I put Becky Lynch against Dodrop, because it’s the least important match of the night.
I think we could see Lesnar and/or Edge and/or The Miz doing double duty at the men’s Royal Rumble match. In Lesnar’s case, I expect he’ll be a surprise entrant and win the men’s rumble race. In Edge’s case, he won last year’s game and it would be strange not to enter this year’s game simply because he is busy feuding with a mid-card player. So I’ll put Brock and Edge on the first two games of the night, it’s just a matter of which one unlocks the card. I think Brock goes first, just to increase the amount of time that has passed until we see him again at the men’s Royal Rumble.
Either way, that leaves Reigns and Rollins for Part 5.
So this is my last prediction for the ranking of the match in Royal rumble, along with guesses about match times from bell to bell:
Part 1: Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley (7 minutes)
Part 2: Edge & Beth Phoenix vs.Miz & Maryse (15)
Part 3: The Royal Rumble for Men (57)
Part 4: Becky Lynch vs. Dodrop (9)
Part 5: Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins (20)
Part 6: Women’s Royal Rumble Match (54)
This is my prediction for the match when Royal rumble. Which one is yours?