WWE Royal Rumble 2015 Predictions

Welcome to the Geeks Under Grace predictions of WWE’s first PPV of 2015, the Royal Rumble.

The Royal Rumble continues to shine as one of WWE’s most entertaining PPVs of the year and those of us at GUG feel that this year will be no different. The show is named after the Royal Rumble match itself, consisting of upwards of 30 participants, where the winner gets to headline Wrestlemania.

Our like-minded group of Christian geeks continues to grow as we recently added Steven Kuhn to our staff as a dedicated writer for wrestling articles. He’s not to be confused with Steve Schoen who will also be joining in the predictions today along with Mike Pyatt.

Speaking of the “Resident Irritator,” Mr. Schoen was otherwise occupied this week and was unable to submit full predictions. However, he did give me permission to expand on his predictions for him. And I quote: “Feel free to jazz up my predictions with fabricated explanations if you so choose.” Fair warning!

So begins the “Road to Wrestlemania.”

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The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E, and Xavier Woods) vs. Cesaro, Tyson Kidd and Adam Rose: 6-man Tag Team Elimination Match

Steven K.

The New Day is a stable because the WWE did not know what to do with Kofi, Big E, or Xavier Woods. Now Cesaro, Tyson Kidd and Adam Rose are teamed together because the WWE does not know what do with them. What is the point of a developmental program like NXT if WWE Raw and Smackdown writers do not know what to do with them once they are a part of their brand? I pray Sami Zayn never gets moved to Raw because he matters more in NXT then Bo Dallas does on Raw.

Winners – The New Day

Thomas

I like all six guys in this match. The New Day stable represents a new hope for three wrestlers that have never really made it big in WWE. Unfortunately, the grouping of Cesaro, Kidd, and Rose makes little sense. It is because of this that I feel New Day will take the win. With so many different types of wrestlers represented in these participants (power hitters, high flyers, and technicians), I look forward to an entertaining match.

Winners – The New Day (I said NEW DAY!!!)

Steve S.

Where is the bunny?! Without the bunny, Adam Rose is northing! He will hold the team down leading to a loss. Maybe the bunny should join The New Day and hop around with Kofi Kingston.

Winners – The New Day

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The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gun) vs. The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor): Tag Team Match

Steven K.

The New Age Outlaws have not been brought to WWE TV just to beat the Ascension. However after that terrible segment we saw on Raw involving The Ascension and the NWO, I am starting to think the burying is intentional.

Winners – The Ascension

Thomas

The tag team of the past clashes with the tag team of the future. I know that many are opposed to the way The Ascension has been treated since debuting on the main roster, but I quite enjoy their quirkiness. Perhaps it is because of my love of lame dialog—the same reason I currently love Roman Reigns. The men who were “born and bred to rip and shred” will keep up their undefeated streak here and hopefully start gaining some credibility with the rest of WWE’s fans.

Winners – The Ascension

Steve S.

Road Dogg and Billy Gun have come out of the retirement home to put over the future jobbers known as The Ascension. I will never know why The Ascension is getting a push of any kind. You could paint The Great Khali to look like the Ultimate Warrior, but that won’t make Khali run any faster. What makes WWE think painting up The Ascension to look like the Legion of Doom will have any different results? I begrudgingly pick the only logical choice at this point, but that doesn’t mean I’m happy about it.

Winners – The Ascension

Mike

Am I supposed to believe that an old tag team is going to best an up and coming heel tag team that WWE has spent weeks on trying, and I mean trying, to build? No. No, I can’t believe that.

Winners – The Ascension

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The Miz and Damien Mizdow vs. The Usos (C) (Jimmy and Jey Uso): Tag Team Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship

Steven K.

The Usos have mainstream star potential if they are given a real platform. They are a real tag team and the people love them. I think they have what they need to win and retain the WWE World Tag Team championships.

Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions – The Usos

Thomas

Mizdow on Raw last Monday had me fully convinced that he was actually X-Pac. While most fans of Damien Sandow/Mizdow won’t admit it, The Miz is a large reason why Mizdow is so successful with the fans. Miz plays the arrogant movie star role to perfectly mirror Mizdow’s lovable stunt double. As much as I enjoy those two, I don’t want to see Miz and Mizdow take the titles off of The Usos again. The only exception would be if my prediction from last month about New Day turning at Wrestlemania comes true.

Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions – The Usos

Steve S.

It’s time to start the breakup of Miz and Mizdow. There is no reason for them to pick up the titles again here. The Usos will go on to face the ultimate jobbers, The Ascension, at Wrestlemania. Meanwhile, Miz and Mizdow will slowly turn and face each other at Wrestlemania.

Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions – The Usos

Mike

I got Miz & Mizdow winning this, but I don’t know how. I doubt they would make Naomi turn heel on her husband, but who knows. She has to be involved in the ending somehow. Maybe they’ll make the Uso’s split, which would be terrible, because of her interference?

Winners and NEW WWE Tag Team Champions – The Miz & Damien Mizdow

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Paige and Natalya vs. Brie and Nikki Bella: Tag Team Match

Steven K.

So the Bella sisters are friends again? Am I really supposed to keep up with 6-10 hours of WWE weekly content to know what’s going on here with this “feud”?

Winners – Paige and Natalya

Thomas

Anyone but the Bellas.

Winners – Paige and Natalya

Steve S.

Divas matches are my favorite. Whenever anyone asks what I think the best match is of all time, I say “Melina vs Alicia Fox for the Divas Championship”. Obviously I follow Total Divas very closely and never miss an episode when it premiers on E! Network. Combining my knowledge of the divas from watching WWE and Total Divas, I say that the Bellas can’t pull a victory out in this one.

Winners – Paige and Natalya

Mike

What have they done with you Paige?!?!?!

Winners – The Bella Twins

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John Cena vs. Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar (C): Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Steven K.

Brock Lesnar is likely on his way out of the WWE, so I see a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion being crowned. Brock Lesnar will beat John Cena, keeping Lesnar’s momentum strong.

Winner and STILL WWE World Heavyweight Champion – Brock Lesnar

After winning however John Cena will get up to continue to fight Lesnar after the match, eventually hitting him with an Attitude Adjustment. Watch for Seth Rollins to hit Cena with a cheap shot and a curb stomp and cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase to steal the World title from Lesnar. Brock Lesnar is still strong, John Cena shows a new side of himself and Seth Rollins with the Authority controls the greatest prize in the industry.

Winner and NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion – Seth Rollins

Thomas

The addition of Seth Rollins to this match has actually made me interested. This new dynamic opens up the possibilities for any of these three men to walk out of the Royal Rumble as champion. Rollins even has a second chance at the championship if he need it, thanks to his Money in the Bank briefcase. I feel like Rollins and Heyman will end up working together, but I’m not sure that will happen at this PPV.

The ending of this match will likely find Cena taking a Curb Stomp from Rollins, followed by Lesnar taking out Rollins and bringing Cena up for a match-ending F5.

Winner and STILL WWE World Heavyweight Champion – Brock Lesnar

Steve S.

I’ll be wearing my Hustle, Loyalty, Respect shirt on Sunday to cheer on my number one wrestler, John Cena. Cena will defy all odds and pin Lesnar and Rollins at the same time to regain the championship that he so rightly deserves.

Winner and NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion – John Cena

Unfortunately, after the match Seth Rollins will call his cronies down to gang up on Cena. Rollins will Curb Stomp my hero and cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase.

Winner and NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion – Seth Rollins

Mike

This should be interesting. I’m going to go with Brock. You have to have the beast with the title on going to WM. Maybe John Cena will get a one on one rematch at the next PPV, but Brock will win that one too. Seth is the wildcard in all of this. I can see him trying to cash in before WM and failing.

Winner and STILL WWE World Heavyweight Champion – Brock Lesnar

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30-Man Royal Rumble Match

Steven K.

One competitor will step between the ropes at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and leave Philly with a guaranteed main event spot at Wrestlemania 31 for an opportunity to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. This event is a mouthful to advertise and there are not enough words to express how special it is to win the prestigious Royal Rumble match. This year’s winner should be no surprise to the WWE Universe.

Roman Reigns became a main event talent because of that match last year. Who can be highlighted in this year’s show and be made to look like a legitimate main event level talent? The WWE has a ton of potential in its roster of athletes but is lacking in real must-see stars, evident by the lack of subscribers to the WWE Network.

Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro Tyson Kidd, and the members of the Ascension should all be carefully highlighted and given a real chance to shine in this year’s Rumble as opposed to just a series of random holds and predictable eliminations. We may see The Authority send out all of their best assets to remove Daniel Bryan from the match. Perhaps The New Age Outlaws, friends of Triple H or Kevin Nash will attempt to ruin Bryan’s dream. Wouldn’t that give Dolph Ziggler an already eliminated participant a real chance to win some favor with the crowd in fighting to defend Daniel Bryan at the Royal Rumble?. I can see it now, freedom fighter Dolph Ziggler vs. the authoritarian Triple H.

The winner of the 2015 Royal Rumble match has to be Daniel Bryan. The American Dragon has to walk out of Pennsylvania the winner with a promised championship match at Wrestlemania. Daniel Bryan this time last year was on top of the world in terms of audience support and backstage acceptance. The people liked him, John Cena liked him, and Bryan walked out of Wrestlemania 30 as WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Overcoming so much and still with an impressive fan following Bryan is the perfect man to challenge the Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar as the proverbial David vs. Goliath. Even if Lesnar is not champion at Wrestlemania 31, Bryan would be an obviously great fit working with WWE’s Super Cena and anyone else in the talent roster!

Please, just let it happen…

Winner of the 2015 Royal Rumble – Daniel Bryan

Thomas

There are so many possible winners to choose from. I’ve reached a point in my enjoyment of wrestling where I will not be disappointed with a Royal Rumble match. Even last year when I, like many, wanted Daniel Bryan to win the Rumble, it was still incredibly entertaining. My choice for winner is far from certain, but is who I personally want to win.

Winner of the 2015 Royal Rumble – Dean Ambrose

Steve S.

I predict that we will have a number of surprise entrants this year. Drew Carey, Michelle Pfeiffer, Shockmaster, and former WCW World Heavyweight Champion, David Arquette to name a few. As much as I love Whose Line is it Anyway and The Price is Right, I don’t see Drew Carey winning this one. It will likely come down to the final two, Dean Ambrose and David Arquette. Arquette will eliminate himself out of respect and we will have our Wrestlemania main event decided.

Winner of the 2015 Royal Rumble – Dean Ambrose

Mike

Roman Reigns is going to win. He shouldn’t, but he will. The fact that on the legends panel, none of them picked him to win all but sealed his fate to me that he’s going to win. I personally think Bray Wyatt should win, but they dropped the ball with him too. All they care about is Roman Reigns’… reign.

Winner of the 2015 Royal Rumble – Roman Reigns

This PPV is worth it for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match and the Royal Rumble match alone. Be sure to tune in on the WWE Network and some cable/satellite providers on PPV as the show airs on Sunday, January 25 at 8 EST/5 PST.

All photos used are from the official WWE.com website and are owned by WWE.

Thomas Martin

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