Royal Rumble 2018: Last minute rumors to keep in mind before tonight

Peter Castro
January 29, 2018

Read- WWE: 16-time world champion John Cena NOT to win Royal Rumble 2018? The most beloved gimmick match of the year, for the first time ever, will be TWO "the most beloved gimmick match of the year", as there will be both a men's and women's Royal Rumble match. I stated in my results predictions why I didn't think Asuka was going to win, and even why she should not win. The reported plan is for Reigns to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title at WrestleMania.

With only 18 official names announced for the Royal Rumble match itself, there are 12 spots still open for competitors and that could include some new faces.

We already had a mini-reunion of sorts when several of WWE's most iconic women took to the stage at RAW's 25th Anniversary show, including The Bella Twins, Michelle McCool, Kelly Kelly, Torie Wilson, Trish Stratus, Jacqueline Moore, Maryse, Maria Kinellis, Terri Runnels and Lilian Garcia, but none of them announced their participation in the Rumble match. Nevertheless she appears to still be in great shape. If not, then it's a great way to add even more shock when she walks into the ring Sunday. She is the strongest booked woman at the moment.

It seems unlikely Philly is the place.

On the flip side, the Royal Rumble match is also a huge challenge for the WWE - a company who have faltered a number of times on big occasions.

Asuka was a big deal in NXT. However, both Rumble matches will likely take up a majority of the night.

However, the online community were enraged by the constant under-utilisation of the women's division and they started voicing their concerns on Twitter.

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Stephanie McMahon will be doing commentary, but don't be surprised if she too enters the match.

After losing the Intercontinental Championship last Monday, Roman Reigns has now been locked in as a participate for Sunday night's Royal Rumble.

But there is another game that you can choose to employ, if you believe you have the intestinal fortitude for just such an endeavor: a Royal Rumble drinking game. WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar will compete in a triple threat fight against Braun Strowman and Kane for the title.

AJ Styles and Finn Balor have an interesting history thanks to The Club.

Could Bobby Lashley make his WWE return tonight? We saw something similar last month when AJ Styles was distracted by the events going on outside of the ring during a non-title match against Kevin Owens. There is nothing Vince McMahon loves more than an incredible atmosphere and, if Reigns wins, the fans will be deafening.

Despite Taker's not saying much on Raw, it's being reported that he's now scheduled for a big match at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans.

Speaking of The Undertaker entering the Royal Rumble to set up big matches... When you keep in mind a lot of the focus is pointing towards 'Mania, then I think Roman Reigns has got a good chance. Roman Reigns appears to be one of the favorites as he has main evented three Wrestlemanias. The pre-show begins at 5:00 p.m. ET with the main card starting at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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