The road to WrestleMania 31 begins at the 2015 Royal Rumble in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 30 men will enter but only one will earn the right headline the biggest pro wrestling event of the year. Honestly since SummerSlam the WWE’s has made a hell of a lot of wrong turns in order to get to the Royal Rumble.
The pure chaos of a 30 man over the top battle royal along with the child like anticipation that comes over fans when they fantasy book which 30 wrestlers will have their number called, almost makes up for the past 8 to 12 weeks of the WWE’s giving fans a subpar product. Almost. The Royal Rumble is the great redeemer. Fans will forgive the WWE for multiple screw-ups just because the hype and premise of the Royal Rumble is so perfect.
Last year the WWE screwed with perfection, but they can’t do it two years in a row? Right? Right!?!
Two favorites have emerged over the past couple of weeks to win the Royal Rumble match. The internet will explode with possibly hate if Roman Reigns gets the monster push to headline a WrestleMania when he still is in the infantile stages of his career. Option B + for the WWE is indy darling Daniel Bryan completing his comeback story and fans getting payback for the 2014 Rumble when they chanted for the “American Dragon” to win and he wasn’t even one of the 30 participants.
At its core the result of the 2015 Royal Rumble boils down to weather the WWE wants to embrace their fans or force feed a meal they don’t really want yet.
A subplot to watch for WWE and MMA fans is will this be the start to Brock Lesnar’s final WrestleMania run of his career. Will the former UFC champ leave the WWE eight weeks from now? Lesnar, who is WWE’s current World Heavyweight champion, will main event the Royal Rumble pay per view in a triple threat match versus John Cena and Seth Rollins.
How Lesnar fares in the Royal Rumble main event may give fans and pundits a hint into how the rest of Lesnar’s pro wrestling career will be handled. Frank Mir will be watching with bated breath.