Royal Rumble 2019 Predictions

Pay-Per-View weekend is upon us! Man, the term Pay-Per-View is a stupid one in this modern day age of the WWE network and streaming services. Regardless, this is a fun time for hardcore fans and casual fans alike to come together and pit their predictions against each other. 

We encourage anyone reading this to submit their own predictions, either in the comments section or by emailing podcast@wackmatters.com and we will announce a winner of the newly initiated WackMatters Wrestling Matters Prediction Championship! The belt may be virtual, but the honor and glory are real and we will announce you as the winner once the PPV has ended!

Here are the WackMatters staff predictions for Royal Rumble 2019! 

MatchesTJHNickMichaelDrewby
30-Men Royal RumbleRoman ReignsDrew McIntyreKenny OmegaVince McMahon
30-Woman Royal RumbleShayna BaszlerBecky LynchEmber Moon
Aren't all women the real winners here?
Buddy Murphy vs. Kalisto vs. Akira Towaza vs. Hideo ItamiBuddy MurphyBuddy MurphyBuddy MurphyBuddy Murphy
Rusev vs. Shinsuke NakamuraRusevRusevShinsuke NakamuraRusev
Daniel Bryan vs. AJ StylesDaniel BryanDaniel BryanDaniel BryanDaniel Bryan
Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha BanksSasha BanksRonda RouseyRonda Rousey
Again, all women are the real winners
SmackDown Tag Team Championship — The Bar (c) vs. The Miz & Shane McMahonThe Miz & ShaneThe BarThe Miz & ShaneThe Bar
SmackDown Women’s Championship — Asuka (c) vs. Becky LynchBecky LynchAsukaBecky LynchBecky Lynch
Universal Championship — Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Finn BalorFinn BalorBrock LesnarBrock LesnarBraun Strowman

Royal Rumble 2019 Card (And Cliff’s Notes)

The Royal Rumble has been a yearly PPV since 1988 and is my personal favorite PPV that the WWE does every year. The main draw, the Royal Rumble match, is always a lot of fun. The idea for the “Rumble” match is that there are 2 competitors to start off the match and on a timed interval a new contestant is added until all thirty entrants have entered. Wrestlers are eliminated by getting thrown over the top rope and having both feet hit the floor. There are crazy saves, wrestler debuts, and surprises that are always a lot of fun. The other thing is that the winner of the match also gets to choose to challenge the title holder of their choice at Wrestlemania.

Since there are surprises, we don’t know every entrant into the “Rumble” matches, but the ones we know will be listed.

30-Men Royal Rumble

Confirmed entrants (16?/30): John Cena?, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, Drew McIntyre, Kofi Kingston, Big E, Xavier Woods, Apollo Crews, Baron Corbin, Elias, Jinder Mahal, Bobby Lashley, Jeff Hardy, Andrade “Cien” Almas, R-Truth (No. 30). 

30-Woman Royal Rumble


Confirmed entrants (21/30) : Carmella (No. 30), Ember Moon, Natalya, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Alicia Fox, Zelina Vega, Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Tamina, Peyton Royce, Billie Kay, Dana Brooke, Lana, Nia Jax, Nikki Cross. 

Cruiserweight Championship — Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Kalisto vs. Akira Towaza vs. Hideo Itami (Kickoff show)

205 Live presents itself as more of a normal sports competition than traditional sports entertainment. Buddy Murphy is the dominant champion and one of the best wrestlers on the planet. The three challengers are all excellent contenders trying to become the next 205 Live champion who all earned their position into this match via singles matches on the weekly show. – TJH & Nick

United States Championship — Rusev (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Kickoff show)

Rusev, riding a wave of crowd love, won the United States Championship on Rusev Day, (Christmas) 2018. Fans had been clamoring for Rusev to gain some traction for all of 2018 and were finally able to rejoice when Rusev took the title from Shinsuke as the WWE Universe’s Christmas present.

Shinsuke Nakamura led the New Japan Circuit, than he ran NXT, and now he is on the main roster of Smackdown. While he hasn’t been able to conquer his way to the top of the main roster yet, he hasn’t stopped trying. The “King of Strong Style” hopes to regain his United States Championship Sunday in the rematch against his foe.

WWE Championship — Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles


Daniel Bryan rode his “Yes” movement to ultimate Babyface glory and could do no wrong for years. Especially after his problems with concussions left him unable to wrestle for an extended period of time, his adoration from the WWE Universe rose to a swell. His return to in-ring work was a very emotional moment that had his fans in a frenzy. The WWE decided to pull a big swerve with DB when he heel turned out of nowhere — embracing the vegan/hippie side of his real-life persona to belittle and berate the WWE Universe on their capitalism and animal annihilation.


AJ Styles is a wrestler who is frequently in the discussion for best professional wrestler in the world. He had held the WWE Championship for over a year when he lost it to Daniel Bryan and has been unsuccessful at acquiring it again since then. “The Real AJ” has been cropping up more lately with AJ getting more frustrated and violent as he struggles to get back to the top.

Raw Women’s Championship — Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks


Ronda Rousey has been much of the talk of the WWE universe since her debut last year. A huge attraction for the WWE, Ronda has done an unprecedented job at completely adapting from leaving the UFC and taking up professional wrestling. The current champion, Ronda is looking prove herself greater than all the other female talent on the roster one by one.


Sasha Banks is known as one of the four horsewomen of the WWE. A pioneer in the modern age of the WWE, Sasha Banks was instrumental in women’s wrestling being taken seriously by the mainstream audiences at large. As one of the greatest female performers having worked her way up through NXT to where she is now, Sasha looks to take the championship from this relative newcomer.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship — The Bar (c) vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon


After Shane McMahon, the son to the big boss Vince, became “The Best in the World” in a tournament at the Crown Jewel event last year, the Miz became infatuated with Shane. He believes they are BFFLs and they share The Best in the World trophy with joint custody. Miz finally convinced Shane to become his tag partner and wants them to become tag champions. – TJH

The Bar, consisting of Sheamus and Cesaro, have become a mainstay tag team for the WWE main roster. Having been champions on both brands and putting out many incredible matches, they hope to prove their dominance once again this Sunday.

SmackDown Women’s Championship — Asuka (c) vs. Becky Lynch


Asuka, “The Empress”, carried an undefeated streak from NXT onto the WWE main roster. Even though the ending streak ended shortly after arriving on the scene, Asuka fought her way back to the top, ultimately winning the Women’s Championship in late 2018. Asuka is considered by many to be one of the greatest female wrestlers working right now.


Unfortunately for Asuka, Becky Lynch is coming for her title. “The Man” is on a hot streak and can do no wrong to the WWE Universe. Ever since going heel, Becky, also one of the four horsewomen of the WWE, has a lot of momentum behind her and is a serious threat to anyone in her way. Many are claiming that Becky Lynch is the new Stone Cold Steve Austin with the amount of popularity and love from the fandom she is carried at the moment.

Universal Championship — Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Finn Balor


Brock Lesnar is a monster of a man. One of the biggest draws to the WWE, this sword-tattoo-chested behemoth is known as “The beast incarnate” and is both extremely loved, and extremely hated by fans. His lack of dedication to the WWE has people hating him for his lack of title defences and general disrespect for the industry, but none can deny his physical prowess.

Finn Balor was the original Universal Champion at its inception. Forced to relinquish his title after a bad injury, he is looking to win back the championship he lost. Finn’s alter ego of “The Demon King” arises from within him when he needs to win a match the most and thus far, “The Demon” is undefeated. Some fans have been clamoring for “The Demon” vs. “The Beast” for a long time now. Let’s see how it plays out in reality.

NXT Takeover: Phoenix Predictions

Pay-Per-View weekend is upon us! Man, the term Pay-Per-View is a stupid one in this modern day age of the WWE network and streaming services. Regardless, this is a fun time for hardcore fans and casual fans alike to come together and pit their predictions against each other. 

We encourage anyone reading this to submit their own predictions, either in the comments section or by emailing podcast@wackmatters.com and we will announce a winner of the newly initiated WackMatters Wrestling Matters Prediction Championship! The belt may be virtual, but the honor and glory are real and we will announce you as the winner once the PPV has ended!

Here are the WackMatters staff predictions for NXT TakeOver: Phoenix 2019! 

MatchesTJHNickMichaelDrewby
Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Aleister BlackAleister BlackTommaso CiampaTommaso CiampaAleister Black
Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Bianca BelairBianca BelairBianca BelairShayna BaszlerBianca Belair
The Undisputed Era (c) vs. War Raiders Undisputed EraWar RaidersUndisputed EraUndisputed Era
Ricochet (c) vs. Johnny GarganoRicochetRicochetRicochetRicochet
Matt Riddle vs. Kassius OhnoMatt RiddleMatt RiddleMatt RiddleKassius Ohno

NXT TakeOver: Phoenix Card (And Cliff’s Notes)

Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Aleister Black — NXT Championship Match

This bridge troll serves as a nasty, bad man who for a period of time espoused entrance music for the sheer overwhelming mass of boos and curses thrown his way. The NXT Champion swerved from loved tag team member to most hated man in wrestling when he stabbed his partner in the back by smashing his face into a wall.

Aleister Black (challenger) was the previous NXT champion who lost his title due to unforeseen interruption from a feud he had no part in. A previous MMA fighter, Black is now a satanic professional wrestler, whose matches are often excellent and brutal. His desire for the restoration of the NXT Championship title to himself will fuel his determination for this match.

Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Bianca Belair — NXT Women’s Championship Match

Shayna Baszler, finalist of the original Mae Young Classic, is one of MMA’s four horsewomen. A pioneer in MMA, she is now a trailblazer in professional wrestling as well. Shayna, the two time NXT Women’s Champion,  has been joined by two of her MMA friends and they have been bullying anyone in the women’s division who gets in their way.

Bianca Belair, the undefeated challenger for the NXT Women’s Championship, calls herself “the EST of NXT” implying she is better at every aspect of professional wrestling than her competition. Her signature ponytail also doubles as a whip if necessary in the squared circle.

The Undisputed Era (c) vs. War Raiders — NXT Tag Team Championship Match

The Undisputed Era, a faction of four (after one acquisition), rose to the top immediately after arriving on the NXT scene in 2017. Every member individually had major clout coming in from the independent professional wrestling scene, but together their power is truly undisputable.


The War Raiders are here to end the reign of the Undisputed Era. These massive hulks have been wrestling together for years on the independent scene and are here to make a name for themselves in the hottest name in sports entertainment.

Ricochet (c) vs. Johnny Gargano — NXT North American Championship Match

The charismatic, high-flying Ricochet won the North America Championship from Adam Cole of the Undisputed Era in a magnificent, hard-fought battle. Known for his insane acrobatic maneuvers in the ring, he is a joy to watch everytime.


Good-guy-gone-mad, Gargano used to be one of the top babyfaces (superheroes) in all of professional wrestling, but a betrayal and his obsession with his transgressor has driven him to desperation and rage. His absence of any singles title in his NXT career may push him over the edge even further.

Matt Riddle vs. Kassius Ohno

This barefoot “Bro” is another MMA star/professional wrestler. His arrival on the NXT scene has been met with love from the fans who watched him in the independent scene and begged for him to come to the WWE. He looks to knock Kassius Ohno down a few pegs since he has been playing bully lately.


Kassius Ohno, the “Knockout Artist” has become bitter during his time in NXT. Watching others around him rise through the ranks turned him to the dark side and he now spends his time destroying NXT’s “shiny new toys.”

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