The Royal Rumble is considered to be the beginning of the Road to WrestleMania and one of the biggest Pay-Per-View events of the year for WWE. Of course the big match that everyone looks forward to the most is the Royal Rumble Match itself. Two men start in the ring, another individual comes out at regular intervals and the winner of this massive 30-man battle royal earns a title shot for a main championship at WrestleMania. Every year, there are many speculations concerning who the winner might be, as said winner normally ends up being a pivotal part of that year’s WrestleMania, the most important show of the year for WWE. Usually, the winner can pick whether he will challenge the WWE Champion or the World Heavyweight Champion at the big event.
However, this year, the Rumble’s importance is intensified, as this month, in the TLC PPV, Randy Orton and John Cena will do battle in a TLC match and unify the WWE and World Heavyweight championships. Therefore, the winner of the Royal Rumble match will automatically challenge the Unified/Undisputed Champion at WrestleMania XXX, which in itself is a very important WrestleMania, as it is the thirtieth anniversary of the event.
Long story short, the winner of the Rumble match will be involved in one of the most important WWE matches in years, which narrows the list. Normally, people who aren’t exactly major main event players have a chance of winning this bout and possibly challenging for the less important World Heavyweight Title, but not anymore. Would WWE allow, for example, Roman Reigns, who is in the midst of a huge push, but not a main eventer by any stretch, to be in one of the biggest matches of the company’s history? Highly unlikely.
Here, I will list 7 superstars who I believe fit the mold of someone who could be in a match for the Undisputed Championship at WrestleMania XXX, and in order to get that opportunity, win the 2014 Royal Rumble Match.
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This article was first posted on December 9, 2013