40-Man Royal Rumble Match: Winner receives a championship match at WrestleMania XXVII
The thing about the Royal Rumble match even though it is one of the most exciting matches of the year implementing an old school mentality of tossing opponents over the top rope, past Rumbles have been littered with filler lower to midcard wrestlers. And making this year’s Rumble a 40-Man match just means more fillers. And Raw’s tease of disqualifying both Nexus and Corre from the match would have left a major gap forcing WWE to start plucking developmental talents from FCW (or worse… NXT) to fill it in.
As for who will win the Royal Rumble there are many potential superstars that could win. Alberto Del Rio has been rumored to win, and his exposure on Raw, NXT, and Smackdown suggests that it could happen. He just needs to stop wasting his time feuding with R-Truth.
Wade Barrett is another viable option to win the Rumble. It has been reported elsewhere that Undertaker wants to work with Barrett hopefully at WrestleMania and extend the program even after. The man not only has the size and athleticism, he also has fantastic mic skills that would work great in a program with The Phenom.
Another superstar who has tremendous interview skills to the point that he was given free reign to speak his mind on commentary is CM Punk. His excellent performance at last year’s Royal Rumble had fans pledging (with a beer in hand) to Straight-Edge. Imagine the testament to Punk’s career and leadership qualities if he were to win this Sunday’s Royal Rumble?
Triple-H could make his expected return and go on to headline WrestleMania since WWE failed to procure the likes of Goldberg and Brock Lesnar, and its uncertain whether Taker would be up to competing this year. But having The Game headline WrestleMania, though a quick fix to the star power issue, would not be good overall for the development of the company. New stars have to develop even at the expense of some viewers. Hence why Del Rio, Barrett, and Punk would make great candidates.
WWE Championship Match: [C] The Miz vs. Randy Orton
With Raw’s major storyline focusing on The New Nexus and John Cena, The Miz is considered an afterthought despite holding the WWE Championship. He needs to regain his killer instincts that he had when he was the United States Champion. His recent wins over Randy Orton and Jerry Lawler have not showcased what Miz is truly capable of. A clean victory over “The Viper” would elevate Miz’ status from paper champion to World Champion.
World Heavyweight Championship Match: [C] Edge vs. Dolph Ziggler
Many have not given Dolph Ziggler his dues and have quickly written him off from winning the “Big Gold Belt,” but he has come a long way from his Spirit Squad days. Ziggler may not have won the most matches or have had the best taste in girlfriends (aside from fooling around with Kaitlyn) but Dolph has given main-event superstars something to talk about. Randy Orton, John Cena, Kane, these guys are all multi-time world champions and Ziggler went toe-to-toe with them. The biggest knock against Ziggler is his failure to put away his opponents in big matches either due to over confidence or frustration. Before Ziggler can control the two a reign seems out of the question for now.
WWE Divas Championship 2-on-1 Handicap Match: [C] Natalya vs. LayCool (Michelle McCool and Layla)