Tossing Salt Presents:
2019 WWE Royal Rumble
Thoughts & Predictions
January 26, 2019
Coming up tomorrow from the great city of Phoenix, AZ, the home of the greatest music entertainer of all time, Alice Cooper, as well as the home of my favorite Vice-President of all time, Dan Quayle, it’s WWE Survivor Series 2019. This is where WWE officially begins the “Road To Wrestlemania” and it’s a wild and stacked card that should present much action, drama, comedy and a little bit of everything else as well. But the biggest question remains. Will we see the WWE debut of the Disco Inferno? I doubt it, but one can only hope.
So with the Rumble this weekend, that means thoughts and predictions. Time to break out the Sister Cleo outfit and once again realize, I look lousy in drag. So let’s put away the Sister Cleo outfit and I’ll just channel my inner Grand Wizard of Wrestling instead. A turban and glasses. Way cool. Let’s get busy and do this.
Thoughts and Predictions for the 2019 WWE Royal Rumble matches…
Men’s Royal Rumble
I’m looking forward to this one to see who will challenge either the WWE or Universal Champion at Wrestlemania. There are plenty of name announced, but the fun part will be to see who they haven’t announced yet. Surprises? I’ll go for Bray Wyatt, Big Show, Hornswoggle and Matt Hardy, which would be WONDERFUL. As far as the winner goes, it comes down to one of three in my opinion. Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman or Drew McIntyre. My personal favorite of these three is most definitely Drew, but I’m not the one doing the booking. The winner will be the man coming in at #30, R-Truth. Bwah-ha-ha-ha. Just kidding. My bad (but wouldn’t that be cool?) Look for Seth Rollins to “burn it down” and come out on top.
Winner: Seth Rollins
30-Woman Royal Rumble
23 women have been named so far as being entered so I guess the big question is who will be used to fill out the rest of the match and make the big total to 30? Neither of the Bellas have been confirmed, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see either one or both show up and participate. Maybe a couple of women from NXT too and as for legends / alumni, the women I’d like to see would be Victoria, Michelle McCool (she’s there with Undertaker), Maryse (there with the Miz) and maybe Molly Holly or Ivory. As for the winner, the most obvious choices are Becky and Charlotte, both of who have scores to settle with both Asuka and Ronda Rousey. We have to get to Becky versus Ronda somehow, but I’d like to see a swerve happen and let’s see a third woman win the Rumble and enter the title picture. Then, we could do a triple threat with Charlotte and Becky both fighting Ronda at Wrestlemania and this new person facing Asuka for her Smackdown Women’s Championship. But who should it be? How about NXT Women’s Champion (but will she still be after tonight and Takeover?) Shayna Baszler. Baszler versus Asuka? I’d pay to see that.
Winner: Shayna Baszler
Universal Championship — Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Finn Balor
So will there be a title switch here? I really can’t see Brock dropping the title here and missing out on Wrestlemania. I think we’ll get a great match and Finn will hold his own against the “Beast”, but unless Brock is finishing up with the company, he should stay and remain the Champion for at least a few more months.
Winner and STILL Universal Champion: Brock Lesnar
WWE Championship — Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles
Daniel Bryan has been amazing thus far as a heel and as the WWE Champion and normally, I’d say it’s too soon to have Daniel drop the title. But (and you knew there would be one), it’s AJ Styles and I would love to see AJ and Bryan face off at Wrestlemania and steal the show as only those two can do. The only way I can see to get there would be to have AJ get the belt back and since there are no automatic rematches, then have Daniel win at the Elimination Chamber event to get his rematch at Wrestlemania for the belt. Losing the title won’t hurt Daniel at all, especially if AJ is the one who takes it from him. Both of these men are so damn good and at the top of their game that they could flip-flop the title several times between them and it wouldn’t matter or hurt the title. I’m thinking that AJ will be having a great night on Sunday.
Winner and NEW WWE Champion: AJ Styles
Raw Women’s Championship — Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks
Sasha is good about winning the titles, but she never makes it past her first defense of the belt before dropping it again. I don’t think that this one is even the slightest bit in doubt. Ronda isn’t losing the title this soon. Becky will give a good match, but in the end, she’ll tap.
Winner and STILL RAW Women’s Champion: Ronda Rousey
SmackDown Women’s Championship — Asuka (c) vs. Becky Lynch
This one may end up being the match of the night as I expect to see Becky and Asuka kick butt and put on a match for the ages. While there is a chance that Becky could win the belt back here, I don’t think it’s time or would be the best move for WWE. She needs to lose to be free to face Rousey and thus, I think we’ll have Ronda come out and either get involved or provide a distraction and Asuka will take advantage and get the win to retain.
Winner and STILL Smacdown Women’s Champion: Asuka
SmackDown Tag Team Championship — The Bar (c) vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon
So do we have Miz & Shane win and put off their inevitable feud a few weeks until they lose the titles or do we have The Bar win and retain and have Shane and Miz play the “blame game” leading to their breakup as a team that way instead? And how does the Big Show fit in all of this? After all, he was part of the Bar team for a while and then had a falling out and left, not being seen since. So is he still alligned with The Bar or will he get involved and cost The Bar their titles? I absolutely do NOT want to see Shane holding a title belt and as a champion so of course, Shane and Miz will end up winning the Smackdown Tag Team Championships and carrying the gold home.
Winner and NEW Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions: Miz & Shane McMahon
United States Championship — Rusev (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Kickoff show)
It’s too soon to take the title off of Rusev and Nakamura just seems to have fallen so far down the ladder anyways. I think it’s pretty safe to say that Rusev wins and keeps the United States Championship. After all, Sunday is Rusev Day, right?
Winner and STILL United States Champion: Rusev
Cruiserweight Championship — Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Kalisto vs. Akira Towaza vs. Hideo Itami (Kickoff show)
And finally, a four-way dance to determine the top guy over at 205 Live. Murphy is doing a great job as the champion and really looks good in that ring. I’d hate to see him lose the title, but I think that in this match, that’s a very strong possibility. It won’t be Kalisto, but there are good arguments that can be made for both Towaza and Itami. I like Akira, but he doesn’t really strike me as a brand leader. Itami though, he does. I think that this will be the night that the title reign of Murphy comes to an end and the new Champion, who will win by pinning someone else besides Murphy, will be the original master of the “Go To Sleep” (more effective than the MyPillow), Hideo Itami.
Winner and NEW Cruiserweight Champion: Hideo Itami
And there you go. Thoughts, comments and any questions welcome. What are your predictions for the show? Who do you think will win the Rumble matches? Let me know. And with that, I’m out of here. Have a great one and thank you for reading. Until the next time, stay safe and I’ll see you at the matches.