WWE Royal Rumble 2017 matches: Predictions, card, entrants, winners, date

January 26, 2017 - WWE

For WWE, a Royal Rumble is an eventuality to drastically change storylines and start a annual Road to WrestleMania with fans eager for a company’s premier uncover any year. The 2017 book of a Jan pay-per-view will be no opposite with one of a many star-studded Royal Rumble matches in story categorical eventing a four-hour show.

It is all set to go down Sunday 7 p.m. ET live worldwide on a WWE Network. A special two-hour Kickoff Show will start during 5 p.m. ET featuring guest Shawn Michaels.

Before we here during CBS Sports get to a predictions for a event, let’s take a demeanour during a full Royal Rumble label along with a entrants for a 30-man, over-the-top-rope conflict stately set to tighten a show.

Royal Rumble matches

Participants Match / Title Stipulation(s) 30 entrants* Royal Rumble Over-the-top-rope eliminations Kevin Owens (c) vs. Roman Reigns Universal Championship No disqualifications, shark cage^ AJ Styles (c) vs. John Cena World Championship Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Bayley Women’s Championship (Raw)
Rich Swann (c) vs. Neville Cruiserweight Championship Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella, Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, Natalya Cesaro Sheamus (c) vs. Luke Gallows Karl Anderson Tag Team Championship (Raw) Two referees (Kickoff Show) Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax (Kickoff Show) * The Undertaker, Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Dean Ambrose, The Miz, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, Braun Strowman, Big E, Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, Cesaro, Sheamus, Big Cass, Rusev, Mojo Rawley, Baron Corbin and 8 unannounced entrants
^ Chris Jericho will hang in a shark enclosure above a ring during a match.

Past winners

Jim Duggan (1988), Big John Studd (1989), Hulk Hogan (1990-91), Ric Flair (1992), Yokozuna (1993), Bret Hart Lex Luger (1994), Shawn Michaels (1995-96), Steve Austin (1997-98, 2001), Vince McMahon (1999), The Rock (2000), Triple H (2002, ’16), Brock Lesnar (2003), Chris Benoit (2004), Batista (2005, ’14), Rey Mysterio (2006), The Undertaker (2007), John Cena (2008, ’13), Randy Orton (2009), Edge (2010), Alberto Del Rio (2011), Sheamus (2012), Roman Reigns (2015)


Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax (Kickoff Show)

With this not even on a categorical uncover and Banks carrying her injuries as a built-in excuse, there’s small reason for her to go over here. This sets itself adult as a argument that can continue over a subsequent dual months and presumably outcome in Banks earning herself a possibility opposite Charlotte Flair during WrestleMania. Prediction: Nia Jax wins — Adam Silverstein

While both need this — cruise Banks keeps losing to Charlotte on pay-per-views — we consider a Nia squish is a track here. She hasn’t won a categorical register compare over any of a large 3 nonetheless and this is a top-four PPV with a outrageous audience. Sasha’s already got a damage anyway, so it’s not like they’d be creation her demeanour overly diseased while during a same time creation Nia demeanour like a legit championship threat. Prediction: Nia Jax wins — Matt Snyder

Tag Team Championship (Raw) — Cesaro Sheamus (c) vs. Luke Gallows Karl Anderson (Kickoff Show)

Gallows and Anderson are commencement to miscarry from a awful comedy gimmick bearing on them, and this is an eventuality for WWE to have them kick good wrestlers for a titles and build some movement streamer into WrestleMania. Consider this: Cesaro and Sheamus are in a Royal Rumble as singles competitors; Gallows and Anderson are not. A break-up and showdown during Fastlane, maybe for a shot during a Intercontinental Championship, would make a lot of sense. Prediction: Gallows Anderson win a titles — AS

On one hand, we unequivocally adore a Cesaro and Sheamus organisation dynamic, and they are unequivocally clever champions. On a other, they can’t unequivocally keep carrying Gallows and Anderson remove championship matches and say any fragment of credit as a championship-level tab team. Maybe keep Cesaro and Sheamus together and argument over a pretension streamer to WrestleMania, where they could presumably loop in New Day, nonetheless we consider they have to chuck a titles on a challengers. Prediction: Gallows Anderson win a titles — MS

Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss, Mickie James Natalya

I’m a large fan of what WWE has finished with a women’s multiplication over a final integrate of years, nonetheless bursting a register has harm a relevancy of some of a performers. This compare was announced reduction than a week before a uncover nonetheless is somehow on a categorical label (likely due to series of competitors) instead of Banks vs. Jax? Talk about irrelevant. This should be a 1-2-3 for James. Prediction: Alexa Bliss, Mickie James and Natalya win — AS

I’d design any of a 6 to get in a decent descent method to uncover off what they can do, quite Bliss (she’s a champion, after all) and James (since he’s behind after a prolonged interregnum and a fans could use a refresher). Because of this, I’ll go with a heels and possibly Bliss or James removing a pinfall. Prediction: Alexa Bliss, Mickie James and Natalya win — MS

Cruiserweight Championship — Rich Swann (c) vs. Neville

Swann is a fun to watch, nonetheless Neville is a best cruiserweight WWE has right now, and his new heel spin creates him a ideal chairman to lift a multiplication while everybody tries to take him down. we hatred that this belt has switched hands so most in a brief resurgence, nonetheless this is a inestimable change. Prediction: Neville wins a pretension — AS

Bad Neville is a timber and will be an comprehensive wrecking turn in a cruiserweight division. He has to be a one carrying that pretension into and out of WrestleMania. Prediction: Neville wins a pretension — MS

Women’s Championship (Raw) — Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Bayley

WWE has been compelling Flair as carrying now left 15-0 fortifying a women’s pretension during pay-per-views, a extensive feat. It would make small clarity to have that come to an finish during a Royal Rumble when it could occur during WrestleMania during 17-0, possibly to Banks, Bayley or someone else. Prediction: Charlotte Flair retains a pretension — AS

Bayley is overwhelming and positively deserves her time to shine, generally both here and during WrestleMania. She’ll eventually win a title, nonetheless they’re unequivocally pulling tough during this “Queen of a pay-per-view” angle with Charlotte. If that PPV winning strain is broken, it won’t be here with ‘Mania closely down a highway and wanting that storyline. Prediction: Charlotte Flair retains a pretension — MS

World Championship — AJ Styles (c) vs. John Cena

I’ve left behind and onward with a prophecy on this compare for weeks. On one hand, Styles could continue his year-long run of prevalence — he finished his entrance during a 2016 Royal Rumble — with nonetheless another feat over Cena as he takes a tag into WrestleMania. On a other, Cena has finally returned to WWE full-time and appears rejuvenated. Whether Cena fails or succeeds in winning a belt, WWE can continue pulling him towards being usually somewhat reduction of a babyface. Outside of possibly Styles or Cena going adult opposite a Royal Rumble leader during WrestleMania, is there any other compare for a universe pretension that would make clarity during a WWE’s biggest uncover of a year solely these dual confronting any other? It is to that finish that we consider we possibly see a rematch or Cena vs. a Royal Rumble leader in April, that would meant Cena restraining Ric Flair on Sunday. Prediction: John Cena wins a pretension — AS

Styles was a best thing that happened in a association in 2016, maybe save for a Team Kevin and Chris matrimony and a indirect comedy factor. He’s been an superb champion, and let’s wish he gets a big-time compare during WrestleMania. But we consider Cena’s slated for bigger things streamer to a biggest eventuality of a year. Prediction: John Cena wins a pretension — MS

Universal Championship — Kevin Owens (c) vs. Roman Reigns (No disqualifications)

The hatred for Reigns is not justified. Is he bad on a mic? Absolutely. But he’s a damn engaging wrestler who is stranded with a bad gimmick and no instruction from WWE. No matter what we consider of him, Reigns walking into WrestleMania with a pretension is not a answer, nonetheless we see a approach it could happen. With Seth Rollins not participating in a Royal Rumble and Chris Jericho in a shark enclosure above a ring, Rollins takes it on himself to meddle in a compare and assistance Reigns win — possibly this happens after Jericho gets out of a enclosure or if he never does is of small importance. Rollins would be costing Triple H’s hand-picked champion a belt, instigating him even further. But now that I’ve laid this out for you, concede me to note that we don’t trust it happens. Ultimately, Owens finds a approach to win and winds adult confronting a Royal Rumble leader during WrestleMania. Prediction: Kevin Owens retains a pretension — AS

It’s unimaginable how most WWE (Vince McMahon, surely) definitely refuses to listen to a throng greeting on Reigns and spin him heel. We’ve already seen him win a Royal Rumble to boos and afterwards win what was afterwards a World Heavyweight Championship to boos during WrestleMania while confetti fell from a sky. Talk about being tinge deaf. My sight of suspicion here is it seems unavoidable that Reigns will once again win this pretension again to another turn of boos. For weeks, it has seemed unavoidable that he’d win during this event, including him losing a United States Championship to transparent a way. Instead, I’m removing a feeling that WWE hears a “everyone knows Roman is going win” feverishness and changes course, withdrawal a tag with Owens during slightest until a center of February. Prediction: Kevin Owens retains a pretension — MS

Royal Rumble — 30 entrants in an over-the-top-rope conflict royal

WWE has finished a good pursuit building adult this Royal Rumble with some critical star power. It seems transparent that Braun Strowman will be a widespread performer in a match, nonetheless a face-to-face showdown with Big Show should be his undoing. Booking him to win, presumably to go on and face Reigns, would be awful. Similarly, Goldberg and Brock Lesnar will outcome in any other’s eliminations, approaching with one going out initial and afterwards distracting a other, who gets separated by a organisation of superstars. Finn Balor creation his lapse is expected, nonetheless with usually 8 open slots, we could see that entrance Monday night on Raw instead.

The ideal unfolding would be Balor vs. Owens during WrestleMania, after all. What keeps bugging me is what reason WWE would have for putting The Undertaker in this compare if he’s usually going to be eliminated. He’s not going to face Goldberg or Lesnar, after all, and Strowman doesn’t need to discharge Taker to get some juice. Predictions: Samoa Joe is a warn entrant, The Undertaker eliminates Randy Orton or Dean Ambrose to win — AS

I’m over vehement for this one. So many vital players and outrageous bodies. we consider Braun Strowman gets in early and has his impulse where he cleans house, maybe about 10 eliminations, nonetheless he’s not prepared to win (yet). Obviously we’ll get Goldberg vs. Lesnar during some point, and I’ll peril they discharge any other simultaneously, environment adult a final hitch during WrestleMania. Triple H and Seth Rollins have to be concerned somehow, right? we can’t figure out how, nonetheless Rollins certainly won’t skip a eventuality (maybe Triple H interferes to assistance Owens and Rollins gets concerned there?). Ultimately, a trail has been privileged for The Undertaker vs. Cena during WrestleMania for a title. Predictions: Finn Balor is a warn entrant, The Undertaker enters during 30 and eliminates Baron Corbin to win — MS

Editor’s note: Either a Royal Rumble is impossibly predictable, or we did not try tough adequate here deliberation we’re accurately in unison with a picks. It will be engaging to see how it plays out.

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