WWE Fastlane 2019 Predictions

We’ve reached the final pit stop on the ‘Road to WrestleMania,’ and it has certainly been shaken up. Kevin Owens is back and he’s fighting for the WWE Title. This pay per view is going to give us a basis as to what the feuds going into WrestleMania are going to be, and what concerns me is that this show hasn’t really gotten a decent build, outside of the WWE title match. Let’s get rolling on the home stretch, with my predictions for WWE Fastlane 2019.
Preshow: Rey Mysterio vs Andrade
Once again, Rey Mysterio takes on Andrade in what will definitely be a show stealer, and this match is on the preshow. This is unbelievable. After taking part in a good fatal 4 way US Title match on Smackdown Live (including a Canadian Destroyer spot), this match was announced. I’m going to pick Andrade to pick up the win, and get some momentum for his appearance in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal at Mania.
Prediction: Andrade
Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos (c) vs McMiz
At Elimination Chamber, The Usos unsuspectingly got a roll-up win over McMiz, and are join the New Age Outlaws, and Edge & Christian as six time tag team WWE Tag Team Champions. Miz apologized to Shane for eating the pin and letting their team down, and after The Usos insulted them, Shane O’ Mac scheduled a rematch for the tag team titles at Fastlane. This is going to be where this time, Miz blames Shane for their team losing, and turns heel. They gotta set up Miz-Shane for ‘Mania, and this is the best time to do it.
Prediction: Usos retain
Smackdown Live Women’s Championship Match: Asuka (c) vs Mandy Rose
Why is Mandy Rose getting a title match? Yes, she rolled up Asuka, but there could be a better challenger to Asuka’s title. But here we are. I really want Asuka to just murder Mandy Rose in like 20 seconds, but I’m sure that it’ll be at least 8 minutes. I’m picking Asuka to retain her title because it’s Asuka and she needs to be strong going into WrestleMania.
Prediction: Asuka retains
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match: The Boss N’ Hug Connection (c) vs The Samoan Slaughterhouse
Again, I wanted the tag titles to be won at WrestleMania, but that’s beside the point. Tamina and Nia taunted Sasha about not being able to defend her title, and now the Boss N’ Hug Connection are defending their titles against the Samoan Slaughterhouse. I’m sure Nia and Tamina are going to dominate most of the match because they have to look strong, but I’m going to pick The Boss N’ Hug Connection to retain their titles, and head into WrestleMania as the champs.
Prediction: Boss N’ Hug retain
Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair: If Becky Lynch wins, she will be added to the RAW Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 35
I’m gonna be honest. This whole Becky-Ronda-Charlotte storyline has been f*****g dumb. Becky should be in the match anyway since she won the Royal Rumble Match. Being suspended and replaced shouldn’t really nullify her title win. The RAW Women’s title was also vacant for like 2 hours on the go-home RAW, before Ronda came out and got her title back. Now, it looks like we’re getting a heel Ronda Rousey and it was the Ronda we should’ve gotten all along. A heartless killing machine, and essentially the female Brock Lesnar. She whupped Becky Lynch’s ass, stacking the deck even higher against ‘The Man.’ She’s on one good leg, and will have one good arm, but Becky’s gonna fight her way into WrestleMania main event. It’ll be culmination to a long story, and this is going to make Becky’s title win all the more sweeter at Mania.
Prediction: Becky wins
Six Man Tag Team Match: The Shield vs Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, and Drew McIntyre
Thanks to Dean’s WWE status being unclear, The Shield are getting one final ride at Fastlane now that Roman Reigns is back. And what better opponent for The Shield’s potential final ride than 3 midcard heels. Honestly, i know this was rushed because of Roman Reigns’ sudden return, but I feel like The Shields’ last ride should feel special. We all know The Shield are going to win this match, and if this is truly their final ride, Thank you Shield for the memories and great six man tag matches. Continue to kick some ass as singles stars.
Prediction: The Shield triumphantly ride off into the sunset
Triple Threat Tag Team Match for the RAW Tag Team Championships: The Revival (c) vs Chad Gable and Bobby Roode vs Aleister Black and Ricochet
Since Tommaso Ciampa is injured, now WWE are putting Black and Ricochet together? That is so dumb. How are the casual fans supposed to believe that these guys are supposed to be big deals, if they wrestle in nothing but tag team matches? My anger aside, This has the quality to be a show stealing tag title match. This is a triple threat because Chad Gable and Bobby Roode came out and got the Revival a DQ win over Ricochet and Aleister Black. While I feel like Aleister Black and Ricochet are going to win, I’m going to pick The Revival to win and have Roode and Gable eat the pin.
Prediction: The Revival retain
WWE Championship Match: Daniel Bryan (c) vs Kevin Owens
Fun Fact: This is the first time Daniel Bryan will be defending the WWE Championship without AJ Styles being involved in any sort of fashion
A match we all thought we were getting at Wrestlemania is happening at Fastlane. Honestly, while everyone is upset over Kofi getting replaced, they’re overlooking what is honestly a WWE dream match. These two indie legends haven’t fought each other one on one since 2008 in PWG. When Kevin Owens got to WWE, Daniel Bryan was retired and yes, he fought Bryan in his return match, but that was a tag team match. Although Shane McMahon named Kofi #1 contender, Vince made a surprise appearance and replaced Kofi with a returning Kevin Owens, just like how he replaced Becky Lynch with Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania. This means that it’s very likely that Kofi Kingston will be getting a WWE Championship Match at WrestleMania 35. I’m going to be honest, I love a babyface Kevin Owens, and before he got injured it seemed that a double turn was happening between Kevin Owens and Bobby Lashley. And speaking of, it looks like Kevin Owens has a new finisher. In paying homage to WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, KO tossed away the pop-up powerbomb, and is now using the “Stone Cold” Stunner. This match is sure to be an easy MOTY candidate and a great main event. I’m going to pick Daniel Bryan to retain his WWE Championship, and go into WrestleMania as the WWE Champion.
Prediction: Daniel Bryan retains

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Where is the Next Stop for Le’Veon Bell?

Last year I wrote a post on where Kirk Cousins is going to end up, and I thought I’d do the same for superstar running back Le’Veon Bell. Le’Veon is one of the best running backs in the NFL, running for 800+ yards every year (except for 2015) and was one of the team leaders in both rushing and receiving. Le’Veon was a dominant force in Pittsburgh, and he is one of the top free agents available in 2019. However, his character could be a damper into his value. He sat out of the entire 2018 NFL season after a contract dispute, and rather than report to the team, or ask for a trade, he partied in Miami and made crappy rap tracks. Although he isn’t the best teammate, he’s still one hell of a football player and could help a team make a playoff push.
Le’Veon Bell’s Career Statistics
2013: 244 Carries, 860 Yards, 8 TDs. 45 Catches, 399 Yards, 1 Fumble (played 13 games)
2014: 290 Carries, 1,361 Yards, 8 TDs. 83 Catches, 854 Yards, 3 TDs, 0 Fumbles (played all 16 games)
2015: 113 Carries, 556 Yards, 3 TDs. 24 Catches, 136 Yards. (only played 6 games)
2016: 261 Carries, 1,268 Yards, 7 TDs. 75 Catches, 616 Yards, 2 TDs, 4 Fumbles (played 12 games)
2017: 321 Carries, 1,291 Yards, 9 TDs. 85 Catches, 655 Yards, 2 TDs, 3 Fumbles (played 15 games)
Total: 1,229 Carries, 5,336 Yards, 35 TDs. 312 Catches, 2,660 Yards, 7 TDs (played 62 games)

Like last year, I’ll be using https://overthecap.com/salary-cap-space/ to look at a team’s salary cap, and I’ll be using a 1-10 scale to rank the odds of them taking a chance on Le’Veon Bell, and their chances of winning should they sign him.
Baltimore Ravens
2018 Record: 10-6
Cap Space: $20,493,514
Chances of signing Bell: 3
Chances of Winning: 9
This is where I’d love to see Le’Veon go because it’d add more fire to one of the NFL’s best rivalries. In this scenario, Bell wouldn’t necessarily be chasing a paycheck but more of a personal want of revenge. The Ravens do a committee, mainly splitting between Kenneth Dixon, Javorius Allen and newly acquired Ty Montgomery. However, the latter two are unrestricted free agents. And Le’Veon would fit in Baltimore’s power run system, and he would make the options even more dangerous for defenses alongside dynamic quarterback Lamar Jackson. If the Ravens were to coax Le’Veon to the Charm City, then they could be Super Bowl contenders. They already have the NFL’s top defense, but have several key players that are free agents. Terrell Suggs, CJ Mosley, John Brown, Za’Darius Smith and others. They have too many key players that are leaving to go out and pursue Bell, but man would it be entertaining to see.
Kansas City Chiefs
2018 Record: 13-3
Cap Space: $26,172,985
Chances of signing Bell: 5
Chances of Winning: 9
I know this would be stupid, but the Chiefs don’t really have a running game after the whole Kareem Hunt debacle. Spencer Ware is not the dude who can carry the reigns, so they might as well sign arguably the best running back in the game. The idea of Le’Veon Bell on the same team as Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce would be a dream scenario for phenom Pat Mahomes. Bell would not only resurrect the Chiefs’ run game, but give the League MVP yet another pass catcher to his disposal. Bell could fit in Andy Reid’s system, being a power runner and being a dangerous pass catcher. Although it’d be smarter for the Chiefs to invest in defense, it wouldn’t hurt to try to sign Le’Veon, albeit he’d have a ludicrous asking price. Plus, they’re trying to make Pat Mahomes a $200 million man, so I can’t really see Bell going to KC, although that offense would be virtually unstoppable. The only thing stopping them from winning a Lombardi Trophy or two would be their bad defense.
Green Bay Packers
2018 Record: 6-9-1
Cap Space:$36,329,260
Chances of Signing Bell: 6
Chances of Winning: 5
Now, the Packers have a lot of things to fix after the disaster that was the 2018 season. They tanked WITH A-ROD. The Packers should use all of their salary cap and draft to invest in an offensive line, but the Packers haven’t had a 1000 yard rusher since Eddie Lacy. Aaron Jones has potential, but the thought of Le’Veon Bell on the same team as Aaron Rodgers should send chills up the spines of defensive coordinators. Now, the Packers need more than Le’Veon to get the NFC North back from the Bears, who were completely transformed by Khalil Mack. Bell would be a game changer on offense, but if the Packers want to get back to where they want to be they need to invest heavily in defense. With that in mind, I don’t really see the Pack signing Le’Veon, but it would certainly make the NFC North a lot more interesting.
San Francisco 49ers
2018 Record: 4-12
Cap Space: $69,293,622
Odds of signing Bell: 8
Chances of Winning: 6
The Niners have a lot of cap space to work with after completely tanking once Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL. They have a lot of money at their disposal, and they need to invest in a defense, a line, and weapons for their golden goose in Jimmy G. Why not make a huge splash in Free Agency by signing one of the biggest names in the market? Don’t get me wrong, Matt Breida played pretty good this year, but
Le’Veon could be a perfect weapon for Jimmy G both as a runner and receiver. I think it’d be better for the Niners to invest in defense and receivers, but the Niners could feasibly do both of those things and nab Bell. The Niners would have a much better offense with Le’Veon and a healthy Jimmy G, but they wouldn’t be good enough to get to the playoffs. They’d contend with Seattle for second place.
Oakland Raiders
2018 Record: 4-12
Cap Space: $74,220,680
Chances of signing Bell: 9
Chances of Winning: 6
The Raiders have a notorious reputation of signing free agents for a stupid amount of money. The Silver and Black have almost $75 million at their disposal, and they could potentially make some noise, and even try to solve that pass rushing problem they have. On offense, they not only need receivers, but a reliable running back. Doug Martin and Marshawn Lynch are free agents, and they’re also old. Bell would give Carr someone to dump the ball off to and help carry the load. Bell would most likely have a Saquon Barkley like season, in that he would get a ton of carries, as well as a ton of catches. If the Raiders do somehow sign Le’Veon, they’ll need to invest the rest of their salary cap into a D-Line, and an offensive line. They won’t be immediate contenders with Le’Veon, but they will be once they move to Vegas as long as they have solid draft picks.
Buffalo Bills
2018 Record: 6-10
Cap Space: $81,786,112
Chances of signing Bell: 9
Chances of Winning: 6
The Bills have Shady McCoy, but he’s slowing down and getting hurt. He is entering his 11th season in the NFL, and is turning 31. He ran for 514 yards in 13 games. Now, the Bills don’t really need to get rid of Shady, I think that they’d have more of a run game if they invested some of their $80+ Million in an offensive line and receivers for Josh Allen. Last year they had the league’s #2 ranked defense, and they could spend some cap space on signing some DBs or linebackers, but the bulk of Buffalo’s free agency spending should be on offense. The Bills have the money for Bell, and he’d certainly make the Bills a better team. Maybe they’d slip in the wild card, but they could be a force to be reckoned with once Brady and Belichick are gone.
New York Jets
2018 Record: 4-12
Cap Space: $98,084,882
Chances of signing Bell: 10
Chances of Winning:5
Signing Le’Veon won’t solve all of the Jets’ problems, but they could get some reliable weapons for Sam Darnold. Hopefully the Jets don’t give up on Darnold after only a year, because the Jets were pretty bad last year. They ranked 25th in defense, 29th in offensive yards, and 23rd in scoring. The Jets need a better secondary, better coaching, and a better offensive line. The Jets are considered to be the favorite to gain Le’Veon, although they have Isaiah Crowell, and a freshly ruined Bilal Powell. However, the Jets could fill a ton of holes that they have. They have almost $100 million at their disposal, and could sign a pass rusher and Le’Veon, sign a linebacker or two, then draft some receivers and lineman. As long as the draft picks pan out, the Jets could be a wild card team. Then again, this is the Jets. They’re probably gonna sign a couple of big names, then continue to tank. Le’Veon should avoid the Jets like the plague.
Indianapolis Colts
2018 Record: 10-6
Cap Space: $108,314,835
Chances of signing Bell: 10
Chances of winning: 9
The Colts are the best team out of all of these that Le’Veon would go to. Not only do they have the most cap space to give Bell that massive extension he wants, but they also have a GREAT offensive line. They gave up only 18 sacks last year. Although he’s been vastly overlooked, Marlon Mack actually had an alright year. In 2018, he ran for 908 yards in 12 games. It’s not exactly world beater numbers, but they’re still nothing to shake a stick at. Indy would be a match made in heaven for Le’Veon Bell, with a phenomenal QB in Luck, a solid offensive line, and a young, good defense. They’re his best chance if he wants to win a championship, and I imagine winning a title or two would help his legacy. If Le’Veon goes to Indy, he’d give Luck another great weapon to throw to, vastly improve the run game, and would even make the Colts a potential Super Bowl dark horse.

WWE Elimination Chamber 2019 Review

There were three new champions crowned tonight, and the complexion of WrestleMania is starting to look clearer. I can honestly say that I’m a believer in Kofi Kingston, and am all for him being the WWE Champion. Unlike most pay-per-views, this didn’t have a bamillion matches on it, and actually finished before 11. Now there’s only 1 pay-per-view left between now and WrestleMania, and I hope that it’ll be a good one. Did you guys miss Elimination Chamber? I’ll get you up to speed with my review for WWE Elimination Chamber 2019.

Prediction Score: 5-2

Preshow Cruiserweight Championship Match: Buddy Murphy (c) def. Akira Tozawa to retain the Cruiserweight Championship

Once again, te Cruiserweights had a pretty solid match on the preshow. Murphy shrugs off Tozawa’s chops, but the challenger uses his speed to counter the power of the champion. Tozawa quickly flies through the middle rope, but quickly gets caught by Buddy Murphy and suplexed down. Tozawa gets back in at a count of 7, but Murphy uses his power to wear down the challenger. Then in mid-match it cuts to an interview with New Day. During the interview, Tozawa locks in a submission, but Murphy powered out. During the interview, Xavier and Big E call Kofi a living legend and guarantees a Kofi victory. Murphy and Tozawa traded abdominal stretches before the champion got chucked out of the ring. The champion got kicked in the face, and Tozawa hits a missile dropkick, then immediately hits a Helluva Kick. Tozawa hits a Shining Wizard but the champion kicked out. Murphy rolled out of the senton, but ate another kick for his troubles. Tozawa countered a midrope powerbomb from the champion with a hurricanrana but the champ kicked out. Murphy caught a crossbody, then hit a sequence of knees. The two exchange a series of strikes, and Tozawa hit a German Suplex, but the champ kicked out again. Tozawa hits an inverted spike hurricanrana then flew through the middle rope twice. Tozawa hit the senton onto Murphy while he was hung up in the ropes, but the champion kicks out yet again. Murphy hit a jumping knee, then after a sequence Tozawa locked in a submission, which was transitioned into Murphy’s Law for the win.

Tag Team Elimination Chamber Match for the Inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Boss N’ Hug Connection def. The Riott Squad, The IIconics, Fire and Desire, the Samoan Slaughterhouse and the Fabulous Glow to win the Women’s Tag Team Championships

Again, I really wish that this could’ve been at WrestleMania. It would’ve made “Mania more historic. Mandy hits Sasha with a cheap shot, the Fire & Desire double team Bayley before Boss N’ Hug quickly try to eliminate Mandy and Sonya. With some help from Bayley, Sasha takes out Rose and Deville with a crossbody. Sonya almost eliminates Sasha, but Bayley broke up the pin. Fire and Desire take control of Sasha and Bayley, throwing them in the wall of the Chamber. Mandy’s foot gets stuck in the chamber, but Boss N’ Hug take them down before the Riott Squad enter the match, and pick Sasha & Bayley apart. The Riott Squad then fight the remnants of Absolution, with Liv and Sonya exchanging haymakers. Bayley tried to get a quick elimination before going on a tear. The Riott squad powerbomb Absolution, who superplex Bayley before the IIconics come in and pick the bones of everyone to no avail. Then the IIconics destroy everyone in the match with double team maneuvers. Peyton tried to cover Bayley, but Sasha saved her partner. The IIconics continue to dissect Boss N’ Hug, but they keep kicking out regardless of what they do. Fabulous Glow come next and take it to the IIconics. Billie Kay tried to powerbomb Carmella off of the chamber wall, but Mella countered with a hurricanrana. Everyone takes each other out before Naomi finally gets her chance to pummel Mandy Rose, before the IIconics eliminate the Fabulous Glow with a rollup from out of nowhere. The other teams were about to pounce on The IIconics, but then in come the Samoan Slaughterhouse. Everyone dies, except for the IIconics who hid in a pod. Nia and Tamina pry the pod open, and destroy Peyton and Billie. Samoan Slaughterhouse hit a double Samoan Drop and eliminate Mark Henry’s pick, The IIconics. The Riott Squad take it to Nia and Tamina, while Mandy and Sonya try and cop down Nia Jax. Boss N’ Hug take everyone out, and almost eliminate the Riott Squad. Then Nia and Tamina run over Sasha and Bayley, before noticing Morgan and Logan went up on a pod, and took out Tamina, Nia, Mandy and Sonya with double crossbodys. Nia hits a midrope Samoan Drop, then Tamina hits the Superfly Splash onto Liv and Logan to eliminate the Riott Squad. Nia tried to spear Bayley through a pod, but Bayley stepped out of the way. Ten everyone teamed up on Tamina, with Bayley eliminating her with an elbow from the top rope, leaving only the two teams that started the match. Mandy and Sonya take control of Bayley and Sasha, but the Boss N’ Hug hit the backstabber-Bayley to Belly combo, but Mandy broke up the pin. To hint back at last year, Sasha helps Bayley to the top of the pod, but Sonya quickly climbed up herself, only to get kicked down by Bayley. Sonya sends Sasha spine first into the pod, then Mandy almost won the titles after hitting The Fairy Tale Ending onto Sasha. Sonya accidentally speared her partner, then Sasha locked in a modified Band Statement to be the first Women’s Tag Team Champions in 30 years. After the match, Sasha and Bayley cut a very emotional promo saying that the tag titles are only the beginning.

Entrants 1 & 2: Boss N’ Hug Connection and Fire & Desire (Confirmed)

Entrant 6: Samoan Slaughterhouse

Most Eliminations: Samoan Slaughterhouse, Boss N’ Hug Connection (2 Eliminations)

Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship Match: McMiz (c) def. The Usos to retain the Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships

Miz comes out and cuts a promo congratulating Sasha and Bayley, and dedicating the match to his dad, daughter and Maryse, before she came out to announce that she’s having another baby. Corey said that once Miz and Shane step in the Uso Penitentiary, they’ll want to be in witness protection like 6ix9ine. Ouch. Miz and Jimmy Uso start out the match, and the Usos take control. Jimmy made the tag and Miz narrowly avoids a double superkick. Jey elbows Miz in the face, before Miz finally makes the tag to Shane. Shane quickly takes it to the Usos, taking out Jimmy on the apron before quickly tagging in The Miz. McMiz mock the Usos again before Miz hits Jey with the ‘IT Kicks,’ but a quick double team puts the Usos back in control. Jimmy and Jey take turns destroying The Miz, keeping him from his corner. Miz almost makes the tag to Shane, but Jey throws Miz across the ring, and rips off Miz’s baseball jersey. Miz took advantage of Jimmy being cocky, and finally made the tag to Shane McMahon, who goes to town on The Usos, and hits Jey with a Brogue Kick. Shane puts both Usos into opposite corners of the ring, and hits a coast to coast to Jimmy, but runs right into a superkick from Jey. Before the Usos could capitalize, Miz broke up the pin. Shane made the tag to Miz, who springboards his way into the match, before getting Samoan Dropped by Jey. Miz hit a baseball slide from the bottom rope, and cleared off an announce table. Jimmy took out Jey after he flew through the air, and Shane jumps from the top rope through the announce table, taking out himself and Jey Uso. After a rollup sequence, Jimmy hits Miz with a superkick, then a frog splash, but Miz had his knees up. Miz hits the skull crushing finale, but Jimmy Uso rolls up Miz to become 6 time Tag Team Champions. After the match, Miz helps up Shane McMahon and they walk to the back together, arm in arm.

2 v 1 Handicap Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship: Finn Bálor def. Bobby Lashley (c) and Lio Rush to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship

Lio immediately tags in Bobby Lashley, and he takes down Finn with his overwhelming power. Bálor sent Lashley to the outside, but Lashley continues to pummel Finn’s ribs. Lio Rush prevented Finn from going for the Coup de Grace, and Lashley continued to annihilate the Bullet Club founder. Finn tried to fly, but Lio Rush grabbed his foot, and lured the challenger right into the clutches of the ‘almighty.’ Lashley made the tag to Lio Rush, who picks Finn Bálor’s bones, before making another tag to Lashley. Rush is back in and he locks in an abdominal stretch, before Lashley gets the tag and continues to dominate Finn. Lashley was going for a spear, but Rush tags himself in and misses a frog splash. Finn corners Lio Rush, and demolishes the Hype Man and levels the champion with a slingblade. Finn takes both men out with a suicide dive, and hits Rush with a coup de grace to win the Intercontinental Championship. After the match, a vey irate Bobby Lashley manhandled Lio Rush.

RAW Women’s Championship Match: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey def. Ruby Riott to retain the RAW Women’s Championship

Ronda Rousey came out dressed in homage to Mortal Kombat character Sonya Blade, and Ruby starts out aggressive before Ronda hiptosses Riott out of the ring. Riott tried to bring the fight to the champion, but Ronda quickly hit Piper’s Pit, locked in the armbar and tapped out Ruby Riott, then has an intense staredown with Charlotte Flair. After the match, Charlotte stepped into the ring and mocked Ronda Rousey, then out comes Becky Lynch on crutches. Becky rolls into the ring and gets mocked by Charlotte, before Becky pummels Charlotte with a crutch while Ronda sits by and watches. Becky goads Ronda into grabbing a crutch, but Becky wallops Ronda with a crutch when the champ’s back was turned, before getting dragged out by security.

No Disqualification Match: Braun Strowman def. Baron Corbin

Corbin threw a vest at Braun before grabbing a kendo stick and proceeding to chop the monster down. Corbin puts the kendo stick into the corner, but Braun snaps it, saying “I don’t need a kendo stick to whip your ass!” Corbin throws a chair at Braun before sidestepping a charging monster into the steps. Corbin grabs the steps and hits Braun over and over again, before getting Braun back in the ring. Braun swats Corbin down before hitting Corbin with a boot and Braun must have heard Bully Ray, because he grabbed a table. Braun powerslams Corbin through a table before Drew McIntyre comes out armed with a chair before Lashley attacks him from behind. Braun manages to briefly fight off McIntyre and Lashley, but they take the monster down, and grab the steps. Braun tried to hit a double chokeslam, but Corbin and Lashley grab tables while McIntyre hits a Claymore Kick. Corbin, McIntyre and Lashley hit a triple powerbomb through two tables stacked on top of each other, and wins the match.

Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan (c) def. Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy to retain the WWE Championship

Before Bryan gets inside the Chamber, Bryan cuts a promo lambasting the fans for being first in the Chamber Match, and the gauntlet match before complaining that Rowan is being sent to the back. Now, for the Chamber match itself, we get a WWE dream match, in Daniel Bryan starting off against Samoa Joe. Bryan immediately runs outside the ring and avoids Samoa Joe, while the Samoan Submission Machine goads him to get in the ring. Joe kicks Bryan in the hamstring before locking in a heel hook. Bryan tried to chop Joe in the corner, but it made Joe angry, and he chops the champion to the ground. Joe it’s a powerbomb, then a Boston Crab, and transitions into n STF and Crossface before Bryan targets Joe’s knee, and takes control. Joe continues to light Bryan up with chops and kicks, but Bryan trips Joe into the turnbuckle before Kofi enters the match, who goes to town on Joe and Bryan. D-Bry takes down Kofi, but doesn’t eliminate him. Joe floors the champion before Bryan sits on top of the pod watching Samoa Joe and Kofi fight. Joe whips Kofi into the corner, but Kofi jumps onto the pod and chases Bryan on the wall, then Joe drags him down, and Kofi took everyone out. Bryan and Kofi pick up the pace, before Samoa Joe continues his dominance. In comes AJ at 4, and he goes ham on everyone in the match before going after Daniel Bryan. AJ hits Joe with a forearm smash while the WWE Champion climbs the Chamber, and AJ takes Bryan out with a Phenomenal Forearm. Kofi counters the Clash, but gets an Ushigaroshi to the spine for his troubles. Joe gets Kofi in the Clutch, and Kofi breaks out of it with a jawbreaker, then AJ hits a Phenomenal Forearm from out of nowhere and Samoa Joe is eliminated right before Brother Nero enters the fray. Once Jeff comes in, he goes on a tear, and flies everywhere. Jeff went for a Twist of Fate, but AJ countered with a Pelé kick. AJ and Jeff fight on the top rope, but AJ lost his footing and ate it off the top turnbuckle while Bryan dissects Kofi. Hardy hit a Swanton Bomb onto AJ Styles from the top of the pod to the turnbuckle, then Bryan eliminates Hardy with a running knee. Bryan hangs AJ in the tree of woe, then AJ delivers a German Suplex to both Bryan and Kofi mid superplex. In comes Randy Orton, and he dissects everyone else in the match. Randy tried to RKO Bryan, but the champion countered with a backslide. AJ tried to go for a Phenomenal Forearm, but Randy Orton came from out of nowhere and hit an RKO and eliminated AJ. Randy hit Kofi with the draping DDT, then hit Bryan with the powerslam. Kofi hit Orton with Trouble in Paradise and eliminated The Viper. Now there are only two. Kofi Kingston and Daniel Bryan. The two men start exchanging kicks. Kofi went for Trouble in Paradise, but Bryan ducked and kicked Kofi’s leg out from under him. Bryan hit the YES kicks, but Kofi countered with SOS and it wasn’t enough to beat Bryan. Bryan dropkicks Kofi in the corner, but Kofi won’t stay down. Kofi exploded from the corner, but Bryan kicked out. Kofi was about to hit a Trouble in Paradise, but Bryan ducked outside. Kofi throws Bryan into the wall about 6-7 times before Bryan throws him into the pod. Bryan hit the running knee, but Kofi kicked out. Bryan stomped Kofi’s face a bunch of times, but Kofi won’t stay down. Kofi hit the Trouble in Paradise, but Bryan rolled out of the pin attempt, and locked in the LaBelle Lock. Fueled by the WWE Universe, Kofi got to the rope and kicked Bryan down when he went up top. Bryan went to the top or the pod again, but Kofi meets him up there, slamming Bryan into the glass. Kofi went for a superplex off of the top of the pod, but Bryan counters. Kofi kicks Bryan off the top rope, then crashed and burned off the top of the pod. Bryan hits the knee again and finally eliminates Kofi Kingston, retaining his title. After the match, Kofi received a much deserved standing ovation from the Houston crowd and was carried out by his New Day brothers.

Entrants 1 and 2: Samoa Joe and Daniel Bryan

Entrant 6: Randy Orton (Confirmed)

Most Eliminations: Daniel Bryan (2 Eliminations)

Match of the Night: Men’s Elimination Chamber

Honestly, I could’ve totally given it to the Women’s match, but I’m going to give it to the men’s simply because of how incredible Kofi was. This match proved that he could easily be a main event guy, and will hopefully get that opportunity soon.

Overall Review

The Preshow match pretty decent. The action picked up as the match progressed, but it once again proved that the cruiserweights should be on the main show. Then out came Mark Henry who endorsed the IIconics and said that if he was fighting, more people would be in the Hall of Pain. Pointless, but it’s good to see Mark Henry. The opening video package was also weird, with the voiceover in the perspective of the Chamber itself. The Women’s Tag Title Match opened the show, and it was a fantastic opening match, and I was thinking that it could’ve closed the show. Every team in the match got a chance to shine. Although The Boss N’ Hug Connection won the match, the team that impressed me the most are the IIconics. They proved that they are worth more than getting squashed by Asuka or Becky Lynch. They could be the frontrunners of the Women’s Tag Team Championship Division, and should get a run with the belts. Miz and Shane had yet another fantastic match against The Usos, and The Usos winning was unexpected. I expected Miz and Shane to hold the titles for at least another month before they’d lose. Maybe the implosion will happen at Fastlane. The IC Title handicap match was hot poopy. It was just a match you’d see on RAW. However, we got the very satisfying result of Finn Bálor winning the Intercontinental Championship, and Lio Rush getting his ass kicked. It’s about damn time that Finn Bálor has another title, and I hope that he has a lengthy reign, and brings the IC title to relevance. All Ronda’s title match served was to build for her “Mania feud with Charlotte and Becky, with the Rumble winner decimating Ronda and Charlotte with a crutch. Ruby Riott deserves so much more than getting squashed, because she’s one of the better workers on the roster, and the Riott Squad are one of the best acts on RAW. The show takes a huge dive during when Braun fought Corbin. The match was just a reversal of their TLC match, and was a retread of RAW for the past couple of months. I understand keeping McIntyre strong, but he needs to be in the IC title picture, or the Universal Title picture. Not running around with Baron Corbin. There was a segment with Shane getting treatment and The Miz being very irate, with Shane telling him to head home and chillax. The seeds of a breakup are being sown. Then Lacey Evans walked down the entrance ramp, then walked right back up before a WrestleMania commercial played. The night finished with the men’s chamber. I don’t like that Joe got eliminated first, it was still a solid match and Joe didn’t look completely weak in the match. While everyone did well, and Bryan predictably won, the true MVP of the night was Kofi Kingston. He perfectly carried on his momentum from the gauntlet match on Tuesday, and came within a hair of winning the WWE Title. Honestly, I don’t see anyone on Smackdown more deserving of a title match right now than Kofi. Put him in the match Vince. He deserves it after his monster performances. I’m going to rate Elimination Chamber at a 7 out of 10. It wasn’t a great show by any means, but it wasn’t completely crap either. The Chamber matches and tag title matches were all very good, but the show took a bit of a dive with the handicap match and the elongated squashing of Braun Strowman. What did you guys think of Elimination Chamber? Let me know by replying to this tweet, Facebook post, or wherever you saw this at.

WWE Elimination Chamber 2019 Predictions

This will be a historic pay per view because for the first time since the 80’s, WWE will crown brand new Women’s Tag Team Champions. This isn’t shaping up to be a very strong pay per view, which is concerning because this is on the ‘Road to WrestleMania.’ Also, where in the hell is Asuka? One of the biggest stars in WWE isn’t even on the card because she has nobody to defend her title against. Even with the title, Asuka is still being mistreated. Anyway, let’s see who will walk out of the Chambers holding some gold with my predictions for WWE Elimination Chamber 2019.
Preshow Cruiserweight Championship Match: Buddy Murphy (c) vs Akira Tozawa
After beating Lio Rush, Humberto Carillo, and Cedric Alexander in a Fatal 4 Way, Akira Tozawa gets another shot at Buddy Murphy’s Cruiserweight Championship. And once again it’s on the preshow, despite the Cruiserweights doing insane flippy stuff, they’re still relegated to the preshow. No offense to Akira Tozawa, he ain’t going to be champ again anytime soon. I’m picking Buddy Murphy to retain his title, and go into Fastlane as the Cruiserweight Champion.
Prediction: Buddy Murphy retains
Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship Match: ‘The Best Tag Team in the World’ (The Miz & Shane McMahon) (c) vs The Usos
At the Royal Rumble, the ‘Best Tag Team in the World’ pulled off an amazing upset over The Bar and won the tag titles. Instead of Sheamus or Cesaro coming out to get a rematch, The Usos beat The Bar, New Day, and Heavy Machinery to get a shot at the titles. Although Shane isn’t fully trained, he’s had some fantastic matches. This is going to be a great match, and I’m sure Shane is going to do something crazy, like a shooting star press or an elbow through a table. Hell, maybe both.While the implosion of Miz and Shane could happen here, I think that they’ll retain the titles one more time, and lose them at Fastlane.
Prediction: Miz and Shane retain the Tag Team Championships
Handicap Match for the Intercontinental Championship (If Finn pins Lio Rush, he wins the title): Bobby Lashley (c) and Lio Rush vs Finn Bálor
I think it’s dumb that it’s stupid that this is a handicap match. They should not be a championship match stipulation because the other person could cost the champion his title, but can’t win the title for himself. It makes 0 sense. But here we are. Finn gets a chance to kick the crap out of the annoying hype man Lio Rush, and I’m sure he will. So far, Bobby Lashley has done nothing with the Intercontinental Championship, and the IC title has been a huge afterthought after Seth Rollins dropped the title to Dean Ambrose. I’m going to pick Finn Bálor to win the Intercontinental Championship, and bring some prestige back to the belt.
Prediction: Finn Bálor wins the Intercontinental Championship
RAW Women’s Championship Match: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (c) vs Ruby Riott
After Ronda tapped out Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan, now it’s Ruby Riott’s turn. This match was just announced randomly on twitter, and it makes sense considering basically the entire women’s division is in the tag title chamber match. And although I like Ruby Riott, I can’t really buy into her as a contender for Rousey’s title because of how random this match got thrown together. I think she can be a contender, but there has to be a better reason for her to get a title shot rather than making Ronda look strong going into ‘Mania. I’m going to make the easy choice and pick Ronda to retain.
Prediction: Rousey completes the trifecta and retains her title
Braun Strowman vs Baron Corbin
Before the go-home RAW, it was announced that Braun Strowman will once again face Baron Corbin. I don’t need to go further into this because we’ve seen it so much. We all know how it’s gonna go down, Braun is going to squash Baron Corbin, end of story.
Prediction: Braun Strowman
Tag Team Elimination Chamber Match to crown the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions: The Boss N’ Hug Connection vs The IIconics vs Nia Jax & Tamina vs The Riott Squad vs Fire and Desire (Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville) vs Naomi & Carmella
30 years and 3 days after they were disbanded, WWE are bringing back the Women’s Tag Team Titles. I’m going to be honest here, although it’s an awesome thing to have a chaotic Elimination Chamber Match, I think it would’ve been better for WWE if they were to do an 8 team tournament that culminated at WrestleMania. It would’ve made for one hell of a ‘Mania moment. But thanks to Vince and Alexa Bliss, it’s happening here. This is going to be frantic match, and could steal the show. Let’s see how this groundbreaking match is going to go down.
Entrants 1 & 2: The Boss N’ Hug Connection & Fire and Desire (confirmed)
This further paints Sasha and Bayley as the underdogs in this match, and I love that. I think that they’ll have an okay start to the chamber match, but Corey’s gonna be in for a rough night when Mandy eats the pin for her team.
Entrant 6: The IIconics
I feel like that the IIconics would be perfect at 6, they’d try to pick the scraps for a quick elimination, but then would sit on the outside while everyone else beats each other up.
Most Eliminations: Nia Jax and Tamina
Nia has to look like a monster, maybe eliminate a couple of teams before they get eliminated in the ‘Samoan Slaughterhouse.’
Prediction: The Boss N’ Hug Connection become the inaugural Women’s Tag Team Champions
Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan (c) vs Randy Orton vs Samoa Joe vs Jeff Hardy vs AJ Styles vs Kofi Kingston
Daniel Bryan is defending his WWE title in an Elimination Chamber match, which is actually the first time he’s done so since he was the World Heavyweight Champion (Remember when that title was around?). Speaking of the WWE Championship, I’m a big fan of Daniel Bryan’s ‘Hempyweight’ title. Now for the third pay per view in a row, Daniel Bryan will be facing AJ Styles in some capacity. Mustafa Ali was injured and had to pull out of the Chamber match, and was replaced by Kofi KIngston. Kofi had a monster performance in the gauntlet match Tuesday, wrestling for an hour, just like Seth Rollins did last year. We all know that this performance was supposed to go to Ali, but this was a blessing in disguise for vastly overlooked Kofi Kingston. Many fans on Twitter are saying that Kofi should be winning the WWE Championship, but we all know that ain’t happening. Just like any Elimination Chamber match, it will be a brutal affair. Let’s see how this Chamber Match will go.
Entrants 1 & 2: Jeff Hardy and Kofi Kingston
Hardy and Kofi will have an electric start to this match, with lots of high flying. I’m sure that Jeff will do something insane like a Swanton Bomb off of one of the pods.
Entrant 6: Randy Orton (confirmed)
Randy makes the most sense to be at 6, because he’d come in and pick everyone apart, maybe get an elimination or two before he goes.
Most Eliminations: Samoa Joe
It seems tailor-made for Joe to wreck a lot of people in the Chamber. He’ll get maybe 2-3 eliminations before he gets eliminated himself.
Prediction: Daniel Bryan retains the WWE Championship last eliminating Kofi Kingston

Super Bowl LIII Preview

17 years to the day after Super Bowl XXXVI, the Rams will be playing the Patriots in the Super Bowl once again. Not only that, but it’s a renewing of a legendary rivalry between two of America’s premier sports cities: Boston vs Los Angeles. The last time these two teams played each other on the grand stage, Tom Brady was a young up and comer against the ‘Greatest Show on Turf.’ This time, the up and coming Rams are taking on a juggernaut in the New England Patriots, who are now going to their 11th Super Bowl. This should be a good game, and will likely be an offensive shootout. Let’s look at the two teams that are still standing when the dust has settled.
AFC Champion: New England Patriots (11-5)
Super Bowl Wins: 5 (36, 38, 39, 49, 51)
Super Bowl Losses: 5 (20, 31, 42, 46, 52)
For the fourth time in five years (and third time in a row), the New England Patriots are in the Super Bowl once again. Since 2001, this is their ninth appearance. Nine appearances in 18 years literally gives the Patriots a 50/50 shot. Despite all the talk that the Patriots were looking weak, and that Tom Brady was washed up, the Patriots once again earned a first round bye, and looked as dominant as ever in the playoffs. This season, Tom’s had a very quiet year, throwing for 4300 yards, but he’s been overshadowed by Drew Brees, Jared Goff, and Pat Mahomes. The Patriots went 11-5 this season, which is the worst record they’ve had in a decade. Once the playoffs hit, they’ve been nothing short of dominant, and they’ve done that by controlling the clock and pounding the football with Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead, and James White. Let’s look at New England’s road to the Promised Land. The Patriots demolished the LA Chargers, with Tommy throwing for 300+ yards and Michel getting 3 TDs. Next week, the Patriots played a very close shootout against the upstart Chiefs. There were two different stories in the game. In the first half, the Patriots dominated, going up 17-0. Then after a slow start, the Chiefs scored 31 second half points to force OT, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Pats’ juggernaut. It proves that even with one of the weakest rosters in years, Belichick is dominant enough of a coach to take them to the Super Bowl. And Tom Brady has 0 intention of retiring, which means that we could be seeing his dominance for another few years. Maybe he’ll make a couple of more Super Bowls.
NFC Champion: Los Angeles Rams (13-3)
Super Bowl Wins: 1 (34)
Super Bowl Losses: 2 (14, 36)
The Rams certainly believed in the mantra ‘Super Bowl or Bust’ this year. The Rams acquired plenty of stars in the offseason: trading for Brandin Cooks, Aquib Talib, Marcus Peters, and Dante Fowler, as well as signing Ndamukong Suh, AND giving Brandin Cooks, Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald monster contracts. My question is, how in the hell do the Rams have the cap space for all these dudes? Aaron Donald, Todd Gurley, and Brandin Cooks have a combined $182.5 million in guaranteed money. The Rams have scorched the NFL this season, going 10-1 going into the bye week, including a shootout win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football, which is the greatest game ever played. Then after their bye week, the Rams looked like a completely different team. Jared Goff started throwing a bunch of picks & they lost 2 very ugly games to the Eagles and Bears. Then the Rams picked up CJ Anderson and became a power run offense, running for 167 yards in his first game with LA, then 132 the next week. Let’s look at the Rams road to the Super Bowl. They had a dominant divisional round performance against the Dallas Cowboys, with both Anderson and Todd Gurley getting 100+ rushing yards. Now I have to talk about their tainted NFC Championship win. Thanks to a blatant missed PI call, the Rams forced OT and got the win over the white-hot New Orleans Saints. Many fans (myself included) believe that the Saints were robbed out of that game, and we were right in saying that it shouldn’t have gone to overtime. Although this win was tainted, some people (mainly Colin Cowherd) bring up the point that the Rams had more yards, yards per play, and time of possession. In theory, the LA Rams should have won, and they did win. But if the refs made the PI call, the Saints would’ve won. It will go down as one of the biggest officiating blunders of all time. Also, there are many fans on twitter and other forms of social media saying that the league needs to change their overtime rules, similar to college football in that the other team gets a shot to score, regardless if they scored a TD or not. More on that in another post. The point is, the Rams are in the Super Bowl, and this is their first trip since the Brady-Belichick empire got its start. Can the Rams avenge their last Super Bowl loss to the Patriots? We’ll have to see.

Let’s get into some of the factors for each team in Super Bowl LIII.
Offense
Los Angeles Rams: Pound the rock and get the ball out to your playmakers
Jared Goff Stats: 364-561, 4,688 Yards, 32 TDs, 12 INTs, QBR of 101.1
Todd Gurley Stats: 256 Carries, 1,251 Yards, 17 TDs, 59 Catches, 580 Yards, 4 TDs
CJ Anderson Stats: 67 Carries, 403 Yards, 2 TDs, 5 Catches, 41 Yards, 1 TD
At the first half of the year Jared Goff was throwing the ball everywhere, with Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks each getting 1200 yards receiving. Todd Gurley was nigh unstoppable on the ground, getting a league leading 17 rushing TDs. Then after Cooper Kupp tore his ACL, Goff started to look like his rookie self again, playing very bad, and then Todd Gurley got hurt, so the LA Rams signed reborn cannonball CJ Anderson. With the last couple of games in the regular season, as well as the postseason, the Rams shifted from a spread offense to more of a west coast overnight. I’m getting a real early Joe Gibbs Redskins vibe from the Rams, with them pounding the rock and passing only when necessary. The Rams have a red-hot offense, and had one of the top scoring offenses in the league. The Pats have one of the best scoring defenses, and the Rams NEED to get points on the board. TD, field goal, something. If the Rams are going to win this game, they need to pound the rock, keep the ball out of Tom Brady’s hands, and minimize whatever mistakes Jared Goff may make.
New England Patriots: Control the Clock, and Pound the Rock
Tom Brady Stats: 375-570, 4,355 Yards, 29 TDs, 11 INTs, QBR of 97.7
Sony Michel Stats: 209 Carries, 936 Yards, 6 TDs, 7 Catches, 50 Yards
James White Stats: 95 Carries, 425 Yards, 5 TDs, 87 Catches, 751 yards, 7 TDs
The New England Patriots haven’t given up a sack at all this postseason, going up against Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, Chris Jones, Justin Houston, and didn’t give up one sack. The Chiefs defense may have ranked 31st in yards, but they were tied with Pittsburgh for the most sacks in the league with 52. That, along with controlling the clock have been the keys for New England’s offense. The standout on the Patriot offense this year wasn’t any of their receivers, but rookie running back Sony Michel. Sony Michel missed a few games and almost ran for 1,000 yards, and proves that despite being in a committee, he can be an every down back. He could be the consistent runner the Patriots have been lacking, and has quickly been a huge part of New England’s gameplan. The Patriots just played efficient football, and it’s hard to beat New England when they play efficiently. The Rams’ defense may have a lot of star power, but haven’t played exactly ‘lock-down.’ The Rams have ranked 19th defensively, giving up 358 yards per game. Their weakness is their linebacking corps, and they’ve been exposed time and time again by the likes of Drew Brees, Pat Mahomes, and even Nick Foles. Tom Brady shouldn’t really have a problem picking their defense apart, but Sony Michel could be in store for a huge day on the ground, with the Rams giving up 122 yards per game. In order for Brady to get a ring for his other hand, he just needs to continue to be efficient, and run the ball down people’s throats.
Defense

Los Angeles Rams: D-Line raises Hell
While the Rams have loaded DBs, the strength of their defense is in their D-Line. Dante Fowler, Aaron Donald, and Ndamukong Suh have a combined 26.5 sacks, with Aaron Donald leading the NFL with 20.5. All the Rams have to do is let Suh and Donald bull-rush every single play, and put Brady on his ass. If they are able to not only hit Brady every play, but manage to sack him a few times (which hasn’t happened in the playoffs this year), then they’ll have a chance. The Rams D-Line also have the daunting task to stop the Patriots running back committee, who have been gashing defenses in the playoffs. Sony Michel in 2 games has almost as many rushing TDs as he’s had all year. Suh and Donald can plug up the middle, but the outside linebackers and D-Ends need to cover the outside and do their best to stop the outside zone runs and underneath passes. The Rams defense has a tough task ahead of them, but they’re everyone’s last hope in keeping Brady from getting a ring for his other hand.
New England Patriots: Bend don’t Break
Just like always, the Patriots mantra has been just keep the opposition from scoring. The Chargers didn’t stand a ghost of a chance in Hell of beating the Pats, despite all the talent they have. In the first half of the AFC title game, the Patriots shut the Chiefs out in the first half, but they started to give up a bunch of points in the second half, and Brady had to bail them out. If the Pats defense lets the Rams score, it could open the floodgates. They need to keep doing what they’re doing, and just keep the Rams out of the endzone. If they do that, then they’ll get the record tying Lombardi.
Final Analysis and Prediction
Just like all of the Tom Brady Super Bowls, this could very well be a close matchup. This game will most likely be a shootout, and whatever mistakes are made in this game will be fatal. I’m going to pick the New England Patriots to win their sixth ring, because it’s hard to bet against Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in the Super Bowl. The Pats have been here 8 times before, and know what it takes to win the big one, and it’s hard to outcoach the ‘Lord of Darkness.’ The Rams are a very good team, and will put up one hell of a fight, but it won’t be enough to stop Tom Brady’s wrath en route to lifting a sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Prediction: Tommy Boy gets a ring for his left hand

WWE Royal Rumble 2019 Review

Once again, the ‘Road to WrestleMania’ starts off with a bang thanks to another stellar Royal Rumble. We know who is going to headline WrestleMania, and some new champions were crowned. Including Shane McMahon, and yes it’s 2019. For the second straight year the Rumble Matches were both fantastic, with the right people winning in each of them. Let’s see who’s going to WrestleMania with my WWE Royal Rumble 2019 Review.

Prediction Score: 8-1

Preshow Tag Team Match: Chad Gable & Bobby Roode vs Rezar and Scott Dawson

During the Tag Team Champions’ entrance, the camera man fell, and we got a comedic start to the Rumble. The tag champs got started off early, quickly taking control of Scott Dawson. The two quickly exchange some near falls, and Dawson finally makes a tag to Rezar, who quickly starts to demolish everyone with clubbing blows, and quick tags to Dawson. Gable makes the hot tag to Bobby Roode, and he goes on a tear. Dawson almost rolls up Bobby Roode, then accidentally dropkicks Rezar. Alter a countered rollup, Team Roode Gable hit their moonsault neckbreaker, and picked up the win. Nothing of note happened here, so this match was literally pointless.

Preshow United States Championship Match: Shinsuke Nakamura def. Rusev (c) to become the new United States Champion

Rusev started the match hot, but Nakamura took over once the action went outside, and gave Rusev some knees for a pre-rumble snack. Nakamura locked in a guillotine on Rusev, but the champion powers out and even hits a dropkick. Rusev hits a fallaway slam, then his trademark spinning heel kick. Nakamura hits Rusev with a kick before the Bulgarian Brute could fly, but Rusev kicked Nak in the back of the head. Nak hits some knees to Rusev, but Rusev countered a Kinshasa with a Machka kick. Nakamura locked in a triangle choke, and transitioned with a guillotine after Rusev tried to power out. Rusev countered the guillotine with a suplex, but Nak kicked out at 2. Nakamura hits a varied Michonoku Driver, then Lana tried to rat Nakamura out for taking off the turnbuckle. Rusev accidentally knocked Lana off the apron, which let Nakamura to hit the Kinshasa and win back the United States Championship.

Preshow Fatal 4 Way Match for the Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy (c) def. Hideo Itami, Akira Tozawa, & Kalisto to retain the Cruiserweight Championship

Hideo Itami ducked outside the ring, then everyone else quickly tried to roll each other up, but Buddy Murphy used his power to establish early dominance. Kalisto started to quicken the pace, but Murphy’s power keeps everyone down. Hideo Itami gets in the ring and now Murphy and Itami square off with stiff strikes and kicks to the spine. Kalisto hits a hurricanrana onto the champion thanks to a suicide dive from Tozawa. Itami beats down Tozawa and Kalisto, who then launches Akira Tozawa into Buddy Murphy. Kalisto catches steam, quickening the pace to keep Hideo Itami off his toes. Then this was the point when the insane spots break out. Murphy counters a Salida del Sol by chucking Kalisto into Itami, then Akira Tozawa’s incredibly high screams take effect as he takes it to Murphy. Tozawa counters a GTS and hits a suicide dive to the outside. Murphy threw Kalisto outside, then takes flight. Kalisto almost won the belt after spiking Buddy Murphy with a hurricanrana. Tozawa hits a crossbody, but Murphy caught him, and got spiked. After a quick exchange of pins, Kalisto hits a Salida del Sol but Hideo Itami kicked out. Murphy and Itami start battering each other with strikes, then everyone started kicking each other in the face. Murphy and Itami have an exchange of strikes, but Murphy hits Murphy’s Law and retained the belt.

Smackdown Live Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) def. Becky Lynch to retain the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship

Asuka and Becky started out aggressive, with the champion hitting a dropkick. Becky hits a right and runs the champ over. Becky tried to go for the Disarm-Her, but Asuka kicked Becky’s hamstring, but Becky retaliated with forearm smashes and a shoulder tackle. The action goes outside, with Becky repeatedly smashing Asuka into the apron, before Asuka threw Becky into the barricade, and the apron. After breaking the count, Becky hit a Becksploder from out of nowhere. Just like “Stone Cold,” Becky stomps a mudhole in the corner before hitting the champion with clubbing blows. Asuka went for the hip attack, but Becky dodged, and got put into the Asuka lock in the ropes. Becky locked in the Disarm-Her in the turnbuckle, then got kicked in the face by Asuka. Asuka hits a couple of strikes before trying to take Becky to Suplex City. Asuka went for a dropkick, but Becky rolled out of the way and hit a Uranagi. Asuka locked in an armbar, then transitioned into the Asuka Lock. Asuka and Becky fought on the apron, with Asuka trying to hit a German Suplex. When that didn’t work, Asuka hit a DDT from the apron to the floor, and both women are down. Becky gets back in the ring at a count of 9. Both women exchange haymakers, but Becky almost locks in the Disarm-Her, but Asuka countered it and hit a kick to the head. Becky hits a Becksploder from the middle rope, but Asuka kicked out. Becky went for a top rope leg drop, but Asuka countered into an Asuka Lock, transitioned into a Disarm-Her, before Becky locked in the Asuka Lock. Becky locked in the Disarm-Her, but Asuka went for a roll-up, before locking in the Asuka Lock. Asuka bridged into a Cattle Mutilation, and Becky tapped out. This was a great opening match, and although Becky lost this match clean, she more than made up for it later on in the night.

Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship Match: The Miz & Shane McMahon def. The Bar (c) to become the new Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions

The Miz and Shane O’ Mac came out wearing matching baseball jerseys. Shane starts out the match against Sheamus, and he immediately takes him down and rains punches. Both teams make a tag, and Miz tried to get a quick rollup on Cesaro. Miz tried to lock in the figure four, but The Bar quickly take control before Shane came to take out Cesaro. Sheamus hits Shane with a cheap shot, then Miz starts to pummel Sheamus with kicks before more shenanigans from The Bar allowed them to gain control. Shane saved Miz from getting slammed through a table, then Shane jumps on Sheamus from the top rope, only to eat an uppercut for his troubles, then got chucked in the barricade. The Bar dissect Miz, although he’d try to fight back, their power was too much for Miz to overcome by himself. Sheamus taunts Shane, but after a rollup by Miz, the Bar continue to demolish Miz with quick tags and double team moves, but Miz won’t stay down. Miz finally made the hot tag to Shane, and he goes on a tear, with quick punches and a DDT. Shane went for a coast to coast, but got picked out of the air by Cesaro, who took him on a swing, but Shane countered the sharpshooter with a triangle choke. Sheamus dropped a knee from the top rope, then Miz gets dropped by Sheamus. The Bar hit the double team White Noise, but Shane kicked out. Sheamus accidentally Brogue Kicked Cesaro, then Miz hit a Skull Crushing Finale onto the Sheamus. Shane O’ Mac hit a Shooting Star Press to get the win for the ‘Best Tag Team in the World’ in what was a very entertaining match.

RAW Women’s Championship Match: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey def. Sasha Banks to retain the RAW Women’s Championship

Sasha is a heel once again, and the crowd loves it. Sasha countered Ronda’s arm drag with an arm drag of her own, and both women are being arrogant. Ronda pays tribute to Eddie with the ‘Three Amigos,’ but Sasha hits a backstabber before Ronda countered. Ronda kicked Sasha out of the ring (literally) then pummeled Sasha with some right hands on the outside, before Sasha dodged and Ronda killed the ring post. Sasha begins to pummel Ronda in the corner, and continues to target Ronda’s right arm. Ronda went for ‘Piper’s Pit’ then locked in a variation of the armbar, and pried at Ronda’s fingers. Ronda countered with a pinfall attempt, but Sasha countered with a Bank Statement, but quickly rolled out of it. Ronda locked in a submission of her own on the ropes, but Sasha quickly escaped. Sasha hit a superplex, but Ronda kicked out, and Sasha immediately went back to Ronda’s arm. Banks went for a suicide dive, and Ronda caught her, then locked in the armbar on the outside. The champion fired some lefts and rights, and then both women are down. Ronda gets up, and Sasha throws Ronda into the turnbuckle onto her hurt arm. The Boss went for the backstabber, but Ronda almost countered into an armbar. Ronda went for Piper’s Pit, but Sasha counters with a Bank Statement (with some assistance of her ring gear), then into a Fujiwara Armbar. Ronda counters with a gutwrench, then hits Piper’s Pit to pick up the win and retain her women’s title. Ronda and Sasha had a showing of respect after the match.

Becky Lynch wins the 2019 Women’s Royal Rumble Match

Lacey Evans came out at #1, and she came out like a sailor straight from the 40’s, and cut a heel promo saying that she’s the only real lady in WWE. Then out comes Natalya at #2. Lacey and Natalya showed some great athleticism, including flips and kip-ups. Natty hits a hurricanrana whenever Mandy Rose comes out at 3, and goes right after Natalya. Natty locks in a double sharpshooter onto Lacey and Mandy, then Liv Morgan skips her way into the Rumble. Then gets immediately eliminated by Natalya. It was nice seeing you Liv. Lacey gains control, then out comes Mickie James, and she goes right after Natalya. Mandy takes control of Mickie, but almost gets eliminated. Out comes the War Goddess (who I had pegged at #2), and she wrecks everyone in the match. Mickie tries to eliminate her but fails. Out comes Billie Kay, who sits on the outside of the ring until Peyton Royce comes out. Then at #8, out comes the ‘Twisted Sister’ Nikki Cross who wipes out everyone with a crossbody. Then out comes Peyton Royce at #9, and the IIconics go after Nikki Cross. Tamina comes out at 10, and wrecks shop, but then gets kicked through the ropes by Nikki. Tamina hits a splash, and Mickie got eliminated. At #11, comes out first surprise entrant, Mae Young Classic alum Xia Li. She goes right after Tamina, and kicks everyone down. Sarah Logan comes in at 12, then at ‘Lucky 13,’ out comes the favorite to win the Rumble in Charlotte Flair. And Corey, Ric didn’t enter at #1. He entered at #2. Nice try though. Charlotte cleans house, and then Lacey eliminated the IIconics. Charlotte kicked Xia in the face, and she’s gone. The second surprise entrant comes out in 2017 Mae Young Classic Winner Kairi Sane, who gets into a chop battle with Charlotte after the Queen eliminates Tamina. Kairi hits the InSane Elbow, then with Natty’s help, eliminates Sarah Logan. When we get to the halfway point of the match, Maria makes her return to WWE while Charlotte and Lacey stare each other down. Then they kick the crap out of Maria. Naomi comes in at 16, and eliminates Mandy Rose, who then tried to eliminate Naomi. Thanks to some Kofi style shenanigans, Naomi avoids elimination by walking the barricade, onto the steps, but Mandy eliminates Naomi anyway. Lacey Evans is finally eliminated by Charlotte. Then out comes the third surprise entrant in the past 4, Candice LeRae. Candice goes after Ember Moon, then comes #18 Alicia Fox, who hits some dropkicks, teams up with Maria, then Maria stomps Alicia’s hat and Fox eliminates Maria. Out at #19, comes former American Ninja Warrior champion Kacey Catanzaro. Zelina Vega comes in at 20, and starts to fight LeRae. Ruby comes in at 21, alongside Logan and Morgan, and they destroy everyone from the outside. Meanwhile, Vega goes under the ring. Foxy gets eliminated, then Ruby eliminates LeRae. Ruby gets her third elimination when she tosses out Kairi Sane. Io Shirai takes out the Riott Squad before getting in the match, including a moonsault to the outside. In at 24, is the first ever NXT UK Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. Kacey Catanzaro pulls a Kofi and handstands her way back to the match. But gets caught by Rhea Ripley and gets eliminated. Sonya goes on a tear at 25, then Ripley eliminates Dana. Hornswoggle coaxes Vega out of the ring before Ripley throws her out, and Swoggle chases Vega to the back. Alexa Bliss makes her return at 26, to a massive pop. Alexa gets beaten down by Sonya Deville, and Alexa eliminates Sonya. Bayley comes out at 27, and goes on a tear, eliminating Ruby Riott and Rhea Ripley. Lana comes out at 28, but she is unable to fight since she has a bad ankle. Nia Jax comes out at 29, and destroys Lana. Jax goes on a tear, quickly eliminating Io Shirai and Natalya, who was in the Rumble for 55:58. Carmella comes out at #30, no R-Truth with her (thank god) and gets run over by Nia Jax. Out comes Becky Lynch, who gets Fit Finlay’s blessing to take Lana’s spot in the Rumble, and Chase Field exploded. Becky makes a beeline for Nia, but almost gets eliminated by both Charlotte and Nia. Alexa grabs Ember by her hair and eliminates the Shenom. Mella goes after Alexa Bliss, and Bayley eliminates Alexa Bliss. Charlotte eliminates Carmella, who then almost gets tossed out by Bayley. Then we’re down to the final four: Nia, Bayley, Charlotte, and Becky. Three of the four horsewomen. Then Bayley gets eliminated, and Bayley had a great performance in this year’s Rumble. Maybe she’ll have a great 2019. Nia fights Charlotte, and Becky eliminates Nia Jax, leaving it down to only Charlotte and Becky. Nia destroys Becky on the outside, with ‘The Man’ landing awkwardly on her knee. Becky climbs inside the ring on a bad leg, and Charlotte immediately hits Becky with a chop block, and destroys Becky’s leg. Becky throws Charlotte on the apron, but Charlotte attacks Becky’s leg once again. Becky eliminates Charlotte Flair, punching her ticket to WrestleMania, to the loudest pop of the night.

Entrants 1 & 2: Lacey Evans and Natalya

Entrant 30: Just Carmella. No R-Truth

Most Eliminations: Charlotte Flair (5)

Surprise Entrants: Xia Li (#11), Kairi Sane (#14), Maria Kanellis (#15), Candice LeRae (#17) Kacey Catanzaro (#19), and Io Shirai (#23), Rhea Ripley (#24) Becky Lynch (technically #28)

Winner: Becky Lynch

WWE Championship Match: ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan (c) def. AJ Styles to retain the WWE Championship

It’s a shame this match got the ‘piss break’ slot, because it honestly wasn’t that bad until the end. They start out swinging, before quickly transitioning into chain wrestling. Styles hits a deep arm drag and Bryan goes outside the ring for a breather before Bryan and AJ exchange strikes and chops. Bryan slams AJ onto the top of the ring post, and Bryan capitalizes, targeting AJ’s left arm and chest of AJ. Bryan locks in a submission, but AJ gets to the rope, and continues to dissect the former IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Styles fights back with one good arm, even hitting a pump-handle backbreaker. AJ went for the clash, but Bryan countered, and now AJ is targeting Bryan’s left knee. Bryan hit the YES kicks, then took a page out of Kenny Omega’s playbook with the Dragon Suplex. Bryan went for a top rope hurricanrana, but almost got caught in the Clash, and kicked AJ to the outside. AJ went for the springboard 450, but Bryan got his knees up and locked in the LaBelle Lock, which AJ countered into a pinning attempt then the Calf Crusher. D-Bry got to the ropes, and hit the YES kicks yet again. AJ locked in the Calf Crusher yet again, but Bryan kicks out of it. Styles hit a brain buster, then Bryan kicked AJ down while in midair when he went for the Phenomenal Forearm. Then for some reason, Erick Rowan showed up for some damn reason and hit AJ with a chokeslam after Styles hit the Clash and gave the win to Bryan. Then, Rowan picks up AJ Styles and Bryan hits AJ with the knee.

WWE Universal Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (c) def. Finn Bálor to retain the WWE Universal Championship

I was thinking that ‘Demon Bálor’ was going to show up for his match against ‘The Beast,’ but I was wrong. Finn goes right after Brock, with punches in the corner and kicks to the head of ‘The Beast.’ Finn gets caught, then Brock hits a belly to belly throw, and now Lesnar uses his freakish power to throw Bálor around. Brock clears off a table, but Finn throws Brock into the corner of the announce table twice, then floors Bálor with a knee to the gut. Finn goes back on the attack, but Brock throws Finn into the corner of the ring. Lesnar buries his shoulder into the ribs of Bálor, and hits another Belly to Belly throw. Then hits a third suplex. Finn hits a slingblade, but still gets floored by Brock with a huge clothesline. The champ tried to go for a German, but his midsection is in too much pain. Brock goes for an F5, but it got countered into a DDT, and Finn stomps away at Brock’s gut. Finn hits three over the top rope suicide dives, and Finn hits the Coup de Grace, but Brock kicks out and locks in the Kimura, and Finn had to tap out. After the match, Brock takes Finn to Suplex City and hits an F5. This was not what you’d expect rom a Brock Lesnar match, and Finn Bálor was put over incredibly strong in defeat. He’ll get his time soon enough.

Seth Rollins wins the 2019 Men’s Royal Rumble Match

Hey, JBL and Maggle Cole are back together! All is right in the world, it feels so good to hear Maggle and JBL together again. Elias was the #1 entrant in the Royal Rumble, and before he treated us all with song, out came TNA founder and WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett. Before Elias and Jeff Jarrett could sing together, Elias attacked Double J, and even hit Jarret with a guitar before eliminating him. Then out comes new United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura, who won last year’s Royal Rumble. Elias walks across the top rope, but Nakamura pulls him down. Out came Kurt Angle at #4, and he takes Nakamura and Elias to Suplex City. Big E comes out at 5, and also starts suplexing everyone. Angle hits Big E with an Angle Slam, but Nakamura eliminates Kurt Angle with a Kinshasa. Johnny TakeOver comes in at 6, and goes on a tear. Jinder Mahal comes in at 7 and cleans house, but gets quickly eliminated by the NXT North American Champion. Everyone teams up on Nakamura when Samoa Joe comes in at #8. Joe goes right after Big E, and demolishes everyone in the match, and eliminates Big E. Curt Hawkins come in at 9, and quickly gets put to sleep by Joe, but Hawkins went under the ring. Seth Rollins comes in at 10, and quickly goes on a huge tear. Seth Rollins eliminates Elias, then goes right after Johnny Gargano. Titus comes in at 11, and doesn’t slide under the ring this time. He chases after Curt Hawkins instead. And gets eliminated by Curt Hawkins, and then Hawkins gets eliminated by Samoa Joe. Kofi enters his 12th Rumble at #12, and goes after Samoa Joe. Mustafa Ali comes in at ‘Lucky 13,’ and he makes a beeline for Samoa Joe, and Ali even eliminates Nakamura. Ali gets thrown in the corner as Dean Ambrose comes in at 14. Dean and Seth start fighting, and Kofi avoids elimination yet again, by rolling across the apron with his feet. Dean eliminates Johnny Gargano as No Way Jose comes in at 15 and gets eliminated immediately. Drew McIntyre comes in at 16, and demolishes No Way Jose and his stupid conga line, and hits everyone with Claymore Kicks. Xavier comes in at 17, and Kofi gets another spot where he lands on Xavier, and Woods drags Kofi to the stops, and they both get eliminated by McIntyre. Pete Dunne came in at 18, and immediately takes it to everyone in the match. Out comes Andrade, and he starts fighting Pete Dunne and Dean Ambrose. Apollo Crews shows his athleticism at #20. Aleister Black enters the Rumble at #21, and immediately goes HAM on everyone, including a midair knee to Ali. Aleister Black eliminates Dean Ambrose with a Black Mass Kick. Shelton Benjamin comes back at 22, and then Samoa Joe is locking in the clutch on everyone, before Ali eliminates Samoa Joe. Baron Corbin is #23, and he goes right after Seth Rollins. Corbin eliminates Apollo Crews before “Brother Nero” shows up at 24. Pete Dunne and Aleister Black start fighting before Baron Corbin eliminates Black, then McIntyre eliminates Dunne. Rey comes in at 25, and rekindles his rivalry with Andrade. At 26 comes Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley, who gets immediately eliminated by Seth Rollins. Lashley drags Rollins from under the bottom rope, and put Seth through an announce table. Then out comes Braun Strowman at 27. Everyone dies, and Baron Corbin gets eliminated in seconds. Braun throws Shelton out, and then Jeff Hardy gets eliminated as Dolph Ziggler comes out at 28, and eliminates Drew McIntyre. The Viper comes in at 29, and immediately gets powerslammed by Braun. Rey hits a crossbody while Andrade and Ali were on Braun’s shoulders. Then as R-Truth comes out, he gets attacked by Nia Jax, which made me really happy. Nia eliminates Mustafa Ali, then has a stare down with Randy Orton. He went for an RKO and Nia ran him over. Nia gets superkicked by Dolph, and then gets hit with a 619, and an RKO. Nia finally gets eliminated by Randy and Rey Mysterio, but Rey turns around into an RKO and gets eliminated. Then Andrade eliminates Randy Orton which means we have our final four. Dolph Ziggler, Andrade, Braun Strowman, and a still incapacitated Seth Rollins. Dolph and Andrade have a fantastic sequence before Braun runs them over. Then Braun runs Seth Rollins over on the outside, then throws him back in the ring. Seth escapes a powerslam, then everyone teams up on Braun, but Strowman bullrushed Andrade all the way over the top rope. Braun runs over Dolph Ziggler, but hits Seth with a chokeslam. Rollins and Braun fight it out on the apron, and Seth Rollins hits a stomp on the apron to win the Royal Ruble, and settle some unfinished business with Brock Lesnar.

Entrants 1 & 2: Elias & Jeff Jarrett

Entrant 30: Nia Jax (who attacked R-Truth)

Most Eliminations: Braun Strowman (6)

Surprise Entrants: Jeff Jarrett (#2), Kurt Angle (#4) NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano (#6), WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne (#18), Aleister Black (#21), Shelton Benjamin (#22)

Winner: Seth Rollins

Match of the Night: Women’s Royal Rumble Match

The Men’s rumble was great, but the Women’s Rumble was out of the park. The match was high octane from bell to bell, and everyone got put over. This year, there surprisingly weren’t any legends, with all of the entrants on either the main roster or NXT. And to top it all off, Becky won. Yes, it came at Lana’s expense, but she was the only person that made sense.

Overall Review

The preshow tag team match got thrown together seemingly at random, which is a sad state of affairs for Raw’s tag team division. The United States Championship Match was alright, and while Rusev had a dud of a title run, maybe Shinsuke Nakamura will have an actual title reign this time. Once again, the cruiserweights over-delivered and put on one of the better matches of the night. Hideo Itami may not have won, but Buddy Murphy needs o continue to be the juggernaut of 205 Live. The night opened up with the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship Match, which was a great match. The action was stiff and crisp, and although Asuka won clean, it was the right call because Asuka needs to begin to rebound from the abhorrent year that was 2018. Plus, Becky won the Rumble, so I think it worked out for both parties in the end. The Smackdown Tag Title match was very entertaining, and everyone carried their weight in this match, even Shane McMahon. Props to everyone in that match for competing in a solid match. It wasn’t Match of the Night, but it was still a fun match. The RAW Women’s title match told a good story of Sasha trying to pick apart Ronda’s arm, but Ronda overcame and retained in what was a fantastic match. Once again, Ronda proves to the world how great of a wrestler she is. The Women’s Rumble didn’t have a lot of surprise entrants this year, but it was still a fun Rumble. As a matter of fact, there wasn’t a single legend in this year’s Women’s Royal Rumble. The show took a bit of a dive in the WWE Championship Match. The match wasn’t bad. It was actually good. It was just the piss-break match and it had a really stupid finish. Then, to sap out all investment, Rowan showed up and laid AJ out with a chokeslam. I can get Bryan having a heater, kind of like Kevin Nash was, but of all the people you could’ve picked, WHY IN THE HELL WOULD YOU PICK ERICK ROWAN?! It’s because he has a beard isn’t it? The Universal Title match was very good, and Finn took Brock to his limits, but we all knew that Lesnar was going to retain his Universal Championship. Finn was closer than we all thought he would be. It was a great match, with Finn dominating most of it shockingly enough. It’ll make Seth’s victory all the sweeter at Mania. The Men’s Rumble had 3 big surprises right out the gate, with Jeff Jarrett, Kurt Angle, and Johnny Gargano. The Men’s Rumble match was great, just like last year’s, and I hope that this could be a common trend for Royal Rumble Matches. It just had lots of fun moments. Like Jeff Jarrett and Elias, Ali and Joe continuing their feud, Drew McIntyre kicking everyone in the head, and best of all, Seth Rollins winning. AND Becky Lynch won. Two of the hottest acts in WWE are going to headline WrestleMania this year. Ronda and Seth haven’t picked who they’re fighting, but we all have a general idea as to who they’ll pick. All in all, the Rumble was a great show, and every match on the main card delivered, and even the cruiserweight title on the preshow was good. AJ-Bryan may have gotten put in the piss break spot, but they still put on a good match. Outside of the random tag match on the preshow, there wasn’t an inherently bad match the entire night. Overall, I’d rate the Royal Rumble at an 8.5 out of 10. It lost a point with the bad placement of AJ-Bryan, and the random tag team match. Let’s hope that we don’t have a bumpy ride of the ‘Road to WrestleMania’ this year.

WWE Royal Rumble 2019 Predictions

Live from Chase Field in Phoenix Arizona, we’re on the ‘Road to WrestleMania.’ The Rumble is a fan favorite, and is usually the place where WrestleMania feuds begin. Just like last year, we’ll have two Royal Rumble Matches. What’s cool about this year’s Rumble, is that it’s the first time it’s ever been held outside. The record attendance at Chase Field is 49,826 that was set in 2007, so I’m sure WWE is going to break that record. There will be 60 men and women vying for a shot at glory, but only two will stand tall. Let’s see who is going to headline WrestleMania with my Royal Rumble 2019 Predictions.

Preshow: United States Championship Match: Rusev (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura
We all had a very merry Rusev Day, as the Bulgarian Brute captured his third United States Championship on a tape delay episode of Smackdown Live. On New Year’s’ Day, Nakamura attacked Rusev, and Lana accidentally got hit in the crossfire. Two weeks after that, it was announced that Nakamura would get his rematch against Rusev at the Rumble. This is an example of how criminally underutilized both Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev are, because Nak did nothing with the US belt, and Rusev until now has been an afterthought in WWE (except a thrilling WWE title match against Styles). With the rumors about Nakamura possibly leaving to go back to New Japan, or even go to AEW, WWE needs to start to utilize Nakamura better. Unfortunately, Nakamura is going to lose this match at the Rumble, and help put Rusev over.
Prediction: Rusev Retains
Preshow: Fatal 4 Way Match for the Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy (c) vs Akira Tozawa vs Kalisto vs Hideo Itami
Fun fact about this match: There are three people in this match who have held the Cruiserweight Championship at some point, but only one has done anything worthwhile with the purple strap. These three men each qualified by beating Cedric Alexander, Drew Gulak, and Lio Rush. I’m glad that Hideo Itami is getting an opportunity at the belt, because he’s had to go through so much to get to this point. Akira Tozawa has been an afterthought after Titus Worldwide fell through, and it’s nice to see him back in the limelight, and I guess Kalisto has to do something other than cheat out the Revival. It’s a shame that this match is on the preshow, because this is most likely going to be an electrifying bout, and one of the better matches of the night. Personally, I’ll be rooting for Hideo Itami, but I’m going to pick Buddy Murphy to retain his title, and prove that he is the master of 205 Live.
Prediction: Murphy retains
Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship Match: The Bar (c) vs The Miz & Shane McMahon
This is actually going to be a thing. Thanks to Shane O’Mac filling in for an injured Miz, and winning the ‘WWE World Cup,’ The Miz tried ceaselessly to form a tag team with Shane, calling themselves ‘co-besties,’ and the Best Tag Team in the World. The Miz oddly enough turned babyface, even tearing up saying that he only wants to make his dad proud, and the only way to do so in his eyes is to team with not fully trained Shane McMahon. The Miz came out and challenged The Bar to a match at the Royal Rumble, which they gladly accepted. That next week Miz beat Sheamus, who then got a cake dropkicked into his face by Shane. The Bar responded by pummeling Miz and Shane, with a very stiff Brogue Kick to the face, and putting them both through a table. Although people are laughing this match off because Shane McMahon is in it, I think that they’re going to win. It won’t be 100% clean, I’m sure that there’ll be some sort of shenanigans that play out. It’s pretty much confirmed that Miz will fight Shane at Mania, and I’m sure the implosion of their tag team after winning the belts will be the cause of it.
Prediction: The Miz & Shane win the Tag Team Titles
RAW Women’s Championship Match: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (c) vs Sasha Banks
On the debut episode of Alexa’s “A Moment of Bliss” talk show, Ronda Rousey said that she wants to face Sasha Banks at the Royal Rumble. Sasha came out to accept, but was interrupted by Nia Jax. Sasha beat Nia to defend her match, and oddly enough, she turned heel for this match with Rousey. That’s a personal pet peeve of mine where everyone turns heel to fight Ronda, but it is certainly a breath of fresh air to see heel Sasha again. She eviscerated Ronda Rousey, saying she’s gonna teach Ronda how to lose with class. Rousey laughed it off and continued to be the smiling champion rather than the destroyer we all want her to be. But this could easily be the best match of Ronda’s young career, and Sasha’s best match in a long time. I can’t wait to see this match, and as much as we all love Sasha Banks, we all know that Ronda ain’t losing yet. Ronda’s going to retain in a very thrilling match.
Prediction: Rousey retains
Smackdown Live Women’s Championship Match: Asuka (c) vs Becky Lynch
Thanks to Ronda Rousey, Asuka is finally Smackdown Live Women’s Champion, which should’ve happened at WrestleMania. Now, ‘The Man’ comes back around to try to regain the championship she never lost after beating Charlotte Flair and Carmella in a triple threat match. The build is interesting, with Asuka quickly making Billie Kay tap out to the Asuka lock, then locking in the Disarm-Her while looking directly at Becky, was a really intense moment. That’s how Asuka should be built, as this destroyer of the Smackdown Women’s division. This match could be one of the best on a stacked card, and I’m going to pick Asuka to retain her Women’s Title, for a reason I’m going to explain here in a second.
Prediction: Asuka retains
2019 Women’s Royal Rumble Match
This year’s Women’s Royal Rumble Match has a big expectation to live up to, because last year’s Rumble was not only well booked, but it was really fun, with loads of surprise returns.. There’ll be a lot of those around this year, as they don’t have enough women on the main roster for a 30 Woman Rumble. Also, Alexa Bliss will be competing in her first match since October. Hooray! We missed you Alexa. Right now, Charlotte Flair is the favorite to win the Rumble, but we’ll see if she actually wins. Let’s see how this year’s Women’s Royal Rumble Match will play out.
Entrants 1 & 2: Bayley and Ember Moon
I think Bayley could be a perfect #1, a plucky babyface who could be this year’s “ironwoman.” WWE need to do something with Ember Moon. She’s a badass with a cool finisher and even cooler entrance. I think Ember starting out at #2, lasting for a little while and going on the occasional rampage could really help in building up the shenom.
Entrant 30: Carmella (confirmed)
I think R-Truth is going to try to be the #30 entrant in this rumble match because he’s an imbecile, but Carmella will get her moment. She won’t last long, maybe 5-10 minutes.
Most Eliminations: Nia Jax
She’s going to be the ‘monster’ of the rumble & eliminate like 6-7 people before getting eliminated herself.
Surprise Entrants: Trish, Lita, Baszler, Becky Lynch, Michelle McCool, Beth Phoenix
Winner: Becky Lynch
To me, Becky makes the most sense to win the rumble. She’s the biggest thing going in WWE right now and there’s no better time to capitalize on her momentum than having her hijack someone’s spot, then go on to win the Royal Rumble.
WWE Championship Match: Daniel Bryan (c) vs AJ Styles
After losing his rematch at TLC, AJ Styles defeated Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, Mustafa Ali, and Rey Mysterio to earn another shot at the ‘new’ Daniel Bryan. This really should be Mustafa Ali instead. It seemed like him and Bryan were building toward a feud, but I’m happy with another Bryan-Styles match. When they’re given time, they can craft absolute magic. It’s been a weird build to this match, with lots of hot dogs, and Daniel Bryan making fun of the fans. Oddly enough, the Smackdown side of WrestleMania isn’t really set in stone. However, I don’t think that Daniel Bryan is going to lose the WWE Championship until WrestleMania, so that means that I’m picking Bryan to once again defeat AJ Styles. He can win by shenanigans, but Bryan is walking out of Phoenix with his WWE Championship.
Prediction: Daniel Bryan retains
WWE Universal Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Finn Bálor
This is certainly a pleasant surprise. Braun Strowman earned a shot at the Universal Championship, but got the boot by Vince after Braun destroyed his limo trying to find Baron Corbin. Maybe Braun isn’t cleared, or according to Bleacher Report, Lesnar reportedly wants to wrestle Finn. John Cena, Baron Corbin, and Drew McIntyre each staked their case to face Brock Lesnar. When Finn Bálor came out, he told Vince that he didn’t believe in him, but the fans did. After a scuffle, Vince scheduled a Fatal 4 Way, but Finn had to defend his spot against Jinder Mahal. Finn went on to beat Jinder Mahal and win the Fatal 4 Way in order to FINALLY get another shot at the title he never lost, but he has to slay ‘The Beast’ in order to get it. As of this Sunday, Lesnar will have held the Universal Title for 86 days, and 590 combined days. I wish this match got some build to it, but we’re still going to get “The Demon King vs The Beast,” and it’s going to be one hell of a match. Although people are optimistic that Bálor can finally regain his title, I’m going to pick Brock Lesnar to retain. Now isn’t the time to slay ‘The Beast,’ that’s someone else’s job at WrestleMania.
Prediction: Lesnar retains
2019 Men’s Royal Rumble Match
Weirdly enough for the Men’s Rumble Match, there hasn’t been much build to it besides everyone saying “I’m gonna win the Rumble. “ This year’s Men’s Rumble has a massive expectation to live up to, with last year’s being regarded as not only one of the best Rumbles in years, but one of the greatest Royal Rumble Matches of all time. Right now, Seth Rollins is the odds on favorite to win this year’s Royal Rumble Match, and he’s one of only a few men that could feasibly win the Rumble Match. Seth, The Rock (if he even shows up), Drew McIntyre, or maybe even Andrade “Cien” Almas could all feasibly win. Here’s how I think things will play out in this year’s Men’s Rumble Match.
Entrants 1 & 2: Apollo Crews and Mustafa Ali
These guys are very underrated, but I feel like these two guys could have an electrifying start to this year’s Rumble Match. Crews is unbelievably athletic and Ali is getting a big push on Smackdown Live. I could easily see Ali being this year’s iron man, lasting around 50-55 minutes or so before getting chucked out.
Entrant 30: R-Truth (Confirmed)
I honestly hope he gets immediately eliminated by someone like Braun Strowman or Lars Sullivan.
Most Eliminations: Lars Sullivan
There’s no better way for the “Mountain Man from Denver” to make a strong impression than to eliminate a whole bunch of people in the Rumble. His debut has been hyped for months, and he’ll most likely debut at the Rumble. He’ll likely eliminate around 7-8 people before getting eliminated.
Surprise Entrants: The Undertaker, Aleister Black, The Rock, Kane, Braun Strowman, Lars Sullivan, EC3, Kenny Omega (just for kicks)
Winner: Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins was the best wrestler in WWE last year, and it looks like he’s being built up to slay Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. As stated earlier, according to Forbes.com and other betting sites, Seth Rollins is currently the odds on favorite to win the match. And to be honest, he’s the only person that really makes sense to win IMO. He’s consistently put on RAW’s best match at pay-per-views, and the fans love him (just ask my brother). Monday Night Rollins is about to ‘Burn it Down’ in Phoenix, and cash his ticket to the main event of Mania.