WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE Royal Rumble 2014 Predictions: Is This Year’s Winner Obvious?

WWE’s annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view is approaching and just like every year, people are making predictions as to who will win the special rumble match. The winner of the rumble earns a main event championship match at WrestleMania 30. There are always favorites to win the rumble match, which makes me wonder if WWE is going to go that route or fool the fans watching.

When I think of obvious past winners superstars like The Rock, Randy Orton and John Cena come to mind. The Rock won the rumble in 2000. Stone Cold Steve Austin was not on the card, while Triple H and Mick Foley were in the WWE title match that night. In 2009, Orton was the top heel and leader of the Legacy faction. The rumble came down to Orton, Legacy and Triple H. It was clear who was winning this match. And I am sure we all remember Cena’s victory last year in 2013. WWE fans had a feeling the company was going to set up a Cena-Rock rematch at WrestleMania 29.

Now, in terms of this year, who is the favorite? Who would be the obvious winner?

Yes, yes yes. I would have to say Daniel Bryan. Arguably the most popular superstar on the roster, Bryan has to be considered the favorite to win the rumble match this year. WWE and the Authority have been pushing Bryan down. They don’t want Bryan as champion. They don’t see Bryan as champion. He might be seen as a “vanilla midget.” Bryan was demoted to a feud with the Wyatt Family after chasing the WWE title in August and September. Even after the demotion, Bryan’s feud with the Wyatts was much more interesting unifying or whatever WWE was doing with its world titles.

So wouldn’t it make sense for Bryan to win the rumble and get his big moment by winning the Royal Rumble match?

I think so. But not everyone does. *cough* Eric from Camel Clutch Blog *cough*

If Bryan doesn’t win the rumble, there is another option and that is Batista.

Eric is not the only one. Jay from ProWrestlingPowerhouse.com and I agree that if it’s not Bryan, it has to be Batista. The Animal is returning to WWE for the first time since 2010. WWE loves to put returning stars (The Rock, Brock Lesnar) in main event matches when they come back. Therefore, it does have a level of logic to it.

I could see Batista winning and facing either Brock Lesnar (if he wins at Elimination Chamber) or Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight title at WrestleMania 30.

If anyone other than Batista or Bryan wins the rumble match this year, WWE fans (including myself) will be shocked. Then again, it has happened before. John Cena or Edge returning from injury in 2008 and 2010, respectively are two examples of this. Perhaps Sheamus will return and win the rumble. But I doubt it.

On January 26th, we will find out if this year is obvious like 2000, 2009 and last year. Or maybe it will be like 2008 or 2010 with a returning star winning. Or perhaps WWE has something else up their sleeve. Bottom line is if Bryan wins, I won’t complain, but it will make this year’s winner an obvious one.

Seth Guttenplan is the owner of GuTTWrenchPowerBlog. When Seth is not writing about wrestling, he is a Special Education teacher in New Jersey. To read more from Seth, follow him on twitter (@sethmikey) and visit http://guttwrenchpowerblog.com

[amazon_link id=”B00GOYHSCO” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]WWE Royal Rumble 2014 DVD[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B00HRUQA8C” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Wrestlemania 30 DVD[/amazon_link]

Grab discounted WWE DVDs, merchandise, t -shirts, figures, and more from the WWE Shop on Amazon.com

(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)

Seth Guttenplan

Seth Guttenplan is a math and computer technology teacher for special education students in New Jersey. In his free time, Seth writes about wrestling for Camel Clutch Blog and SEScoops. Follow Seth on twitter @sethgutt

More Posts



Welcome to the Camel Clutch Blog. The CCB was born in 2007 and features blogs from over 50 different writers. Articles from the Camel Clutch Blog have been featured by some of the world's most respected websites including; CNNSI.com, Foxsports.com, Yahoo News, Business Insider, MSNBC, NBCsports.com, and more.

Writers Wanted

Do you have a passion for blogging? The Camel Clutch Blog is proud to have featured over 50 guest bloggers and contributors since its inception. The CCB is a great outlet for your blogging or a great way to promote your own site, blog, and/or podcast through Guest Blogging. The CCB reaches millions of people per year and you can be sure you will be read when you post on the CCB. Email Eric Gargiulo at [email protected] if you are interested.

Add to Flipboard

Connect with me

Link to my Facebook Page
Link to my Rss Page
Link to my Twitter Page
Link to my Youtube Page
To Top