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CB’s Slant: Ready to Rumble! 2016 WWE Royal Rumble Picks and Predictions for Results

It’s Royal Rumble time! Will they all fall down? Will Suplex City rise? Will Roman reign supreme? Or will the King of Kings reestablish HHHis authority?

So many questions – and SO MUCH SNOW – so let’s get to it!

Below are my picks and predictions for this Sunday’s 2016 WWE Royal Rumble, which will be broadcast live on the WWE Network from Orlando, Florida!

Related: 10 Royal Rumble Predictions You Have to Read to Believe

United States Championship: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Kalisto

CB’s Slant: Kalisto had a nice moment capturing the U.S. title from Del Rio on Raw, but since Del Rio won the title back on a rare SmackDown title change, I don’t think they will switch the champion again here.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

Divas Championship: Charlotte (c) vs. Becky Lynch

CB’s Slant: Other than the main event (more on that later), I think this is the best bet for a title change. I am definitely emotionally invested in Becky Lynch in this spot as the babyface, and WWE has actually done a good job establishing the clear heel and face in this women’s feud. Also, since Becky never had a chance to become the NXT Women’s Champion, I feel like she deserves this moment on the main stage even more. I might be going with my heart here, but…

Winner and NEW Divas Champion: Becky Lynch

Last Man Standing Match for the Intercontinental Championship: Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Kevin Owens

CB’s Slant: I have a feeling this will be one of those amazing brawls that becomes so vicious that Ambrose and Owens end up knocking each other out for the 10-count. I can see them both falling off the stage in a Dirty Deeds from Ambrose where he sacrifices himself to take out Owens, and they both wind up not being able to get back up. This can either eliminate them both from the Royal Rumble match or they carry this animosity into the Rumble match, where they eliminate each other there as well.

Winner: Double Knockout, meaning Dean Ambrose retains

WWE Tag Team Championship: New Day (c) vs. The Usos

CB’s Slant: Unless Kofi Kingston or Big E is going to win the Rumble, I think the New Day retains. However, if the Usos do win, it’s because the Bullet Club is coming and they will want to match them up against baby faces instead of heels.

Winners and STILL Double-U … Double-U … E … World … Tag Team Champions: New Day

30-Man Royal Rumble Match for the WWE Championship: Roman Reigns (c) as #1 entrant vs. All

CB’s Slant: I think it is pretty clear that WWE is setting up the Final Four of the Royal Rumble match to be Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Bray Wyatt, and, as the surprise final entrant, Triple H. However, for all of the talk of Lesnar, Reigns or HHH leaving the Royal Rumble with the WWE World Heavyweight Title, I actually think this moment would be the perfect time to give Bray Wyatt the huge statement victory he’s been lacking in the early part of his career. I can see a scenario where Reigns eliminates Brock and Triple H, and suddenly, the lights go out. The Wyatt Family appears at ringside, and Reigns fights them all off, only for Bray Wyatt to finally eliminate Roman … as HHH pulls the ropes and makes sure Roman falls down. This can still set up Roman vs. HHH at WrestleMania, while paving the way for a Wyatt vs. Lesnar feud for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Therefore…

Final Four: Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Bray Wyatt, Triple H

Winner and NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Bray Wyatt

WHAT DO YOU THINK will happen at the 2016 Royal Rumble? SOUND OFF in the comments section below!

That’s all from me — CB.

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