Well Brother, whatcha gonna do when Daniel Bryan and all his YESaManiacs run wild on you! How awesome were the Royal Rumble picks from the Legends’ Panel on Monday Night RAW? “Mr. WrestleMania” Shawn Michaels chose Bray Wyatt; the two-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair picked Dean Ambrose; and “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan picked Daniel Bryan. And notice how none of them picked Roman Reigns? Even though Reigns came out to fend off The Big Show who crashed the panel, the Legends chose the guys they did, and just image if one of them does win this Sunday’s WWE Royal Rumble?
“The Creator of War” Bray Wyatt has come a long way from his Husky Harris character on the second season of NXT. He’s completely reinvented himself, and took the wrestling world by storm with his bizarre promos and aggressive offense. The man has gone to war with the likes of Kane, Bryan, John Cena, Chris Jericho, and Ambrose. Now imagine if Bray won the Royal Rumble? Bray would be inserted into the WWE World Heavyweight championship match at WrestleMania XXXI against Brock Lesnar, Cena, or Seth Rollins – depending on who wins the triple threat match this Sunday. How would Wyatt size up against The Beast Incarnate? Clearly, Brock would have to go in as a white-meat babyface, because Wyatt is a dastardly heel.
Although, I would love to see Bray Wyatt ascend to the pinnacle of the WWE, his track record with his feuds hasn’t been astounding. He had a one-off match with The Demon Kane, came out on the losing ends of Bryan, Cena and Jericho feuds, but salvaged himself with his latest feud with Ambrose. Now, if he had gotten the upper hand throughout those feuds, then perhaps a WWE champion clad-Wyatt would be believable.
Whether you were a Tyler Black fan, or enamored by Reigns’ good looks, my personal favorite from the members of The Shield was always Dean Ambrose. I remember watching Ambrose’s final match on the independents against Austin Aries at B.B. Kings in NYC for the Evolve 7 main event. And I wasn’t sure exactly how Jon Moxley would translate in terms of WWE, but he has tremendously. Even when he was part of The Shield, Ambrose was breaking out as a singles competitor with a U.S. championship run, and main event matches on SmackDown against Kane and The Undertaker. Not even “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler can attest to being in the ring with The Deadman. And whether it’s going all out in a Hell in a Cell match, or forced into backstage segments with a psychiatrist, Dean Ambrose is someone I would like to see get that rub that comes from winning the Royal Rumble. He doesn’t necessarily have to win the big one at ‘Mania, but he would become a bigger name thanks to the Royal Rumble.
Now, if you thought Bryan’s road to WrestleMania XXX was something to make a WWE Network special about, imagine the road he is on now. This year–unlike last year–Bryan will be in the Royal Rumble, his first pay-per-view since his first and only title defense as the undisputed WWE World Heavyweight champion almost eight months ago. After relinquishing the championship due to neck and nerve issues, many believed that Bryan would be forced to retire just like “The Rated R Superstar” Edge. But his triumphant return to in-ring action still has some skeptical whether or not he is 100%.
If Bryan does indeed bypass the 29 other competitors in the Royal Rumble, his road from surgery to rehabilitation and back to the squared circle would reach a defining high point. Then to main event WrestleMania again? Bryan already mentioned in interviews that his dream opponent would be Brock Lesnar, and although his German Suplexes would certainly spell the end for Bryan’s stack of dimes he calls a neck, imagine if he won.
The Royal Rumble would be fortunate if either Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, or Daniel Bryan won. It would be a universe greater than if Roman Reigns were to take his green steps to the mountain top. Don’t get me wrong, all jokes aside from his mic work, Reigns does have the look and determination to one day be “The Guy” but his time hasn’t come.
Question: The Royal Rumble is this Sunday, who’s going to win it? Roman Reigns? Daniel Bryan? Dean Ambrose? Bray Wyatt? Someone else? What are your thoughts, people!?
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