The new year is almost here, which means it’s time for all the little boys and girls to wonder just who will win the Royal Rumble and challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania. We already know the Rumble’s main event will see the ultimate underdog John Cena try to rise above “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar again, but will he do it? I don’t think so. I wholeheartedly believe–or hope, rather–that Lesnar puts down Cena once and for all. I don’t want any who read this to think this is coming from a man who hates John Cena–far from it, actually. I’m a huge fan of Cena’s, but 2015 needs to see some real change go down. The WWE needs to have a new top guy emerge at Mania, and they need to do so by having him beat Lesnar for the gold. So, who’s it gonna be?
Smart money says Roman Reigns. He’s been pushed immensely, and it’s obvious someone high up wants him at the top. And to be fair, he looks like he belongs there. The man looks like the ultimate pro wrestler. Like, you can’t create someone who looks more wrestler-y than he does. Crowds tend to love him, and he has a pretty fun moveset. Only problem is he’s not exactly stellar in the ring. He’s not bad, but he’s not at “the guy” status. If Lesnar makes it to the Grandest Stage of Them All with the belt around his waist, it is very likely Reigns will be his challenger. He’s not the only possibility out there, though.
“The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose (weird nickname, right?) has been doing a damn good job of tearing it up every night he’s in the ring. The crowd definitely loves him, and he’s that type of crazy who could believably bring down Lesnar by throwing everything at him. He’s a great brawler, he’s great on the mic, and he’s got that strange charisma about him. It’s not hard imagining him across the ring from The Beast. Unfortunately, the higher ups don’t seem like they know what to do with the guy. He went from being red-hot against Seth Rollins, but now he’s very much cooled down against Bray Wyatt. Yes, his momentum’s died down a bit, but he’s surely still a contender.
Another heavy possibility is the aforementioned Seth Rollins. The guy’s fantastic. Nothing else to it. He’s amazing in the ring, and he’s a far better promo now than he was last year. Thing is, though, he’s the top heel with Lesnar and Heyman AFK. People love to hate him. That would seem to put him out of the running, but he is the Money in the Bank briefcase holder and he’s shown a willingness to go after Lesnar. It would be pretty fantastic to have him cash in on Lesnar (or whoever beats him) at Mania and win the gold right there. I don’t see it happening, but it’d be neat.
There are others, of course. Sheamus, Randy Orton, or a miraculously recovered Daniel Bryan could always wind up as the Beastslayer (you know whoever beats Lensar for the belt will be called this forever). All solid picks, but none are the one I want to see in that ring. None of these guys are the one I believe should win the Royal Rumble, go to WrestleMania, stare into the abyss, and become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The one it should be has proved himself time and time again–especially the past few months. He has one great match after another, he’s become a pretty fiery babyface, and he damn near singlehandedly brought down The Authority. You know it. It’s time to show the world.
Dolph could and should be the man to best the beast. The man is constantly busting his ass, and it finally looks like the people are completely behind him. I already thought they were, but something seems to have clicked with the events of Survivor Series and TLC. The man is ready–has been ready. Tell me after watching his run-ins against Luke Harper you don’t think a Ziggler/Lesnar feud would be money. Hell, now I’m getting goosebumps thinking about him facing off against the Human Cheat Code, winning, getting cashed in on by Rollins, and starting a feud with him. I got the chills again!
But, like I said back in the Roman Reigns paragraph, this is all looking at if Lesnar wins at the Rumble. Cena could very well overcome the odds, and that young up-and-comer could become a 16-time World Champion. If that happens…I’m not sure who’d challenge him at ‘Mania. Rollins and Wyatt come to mind, but those feuds have been done enough. No, Cena’s time is up, and Ziggler’s time is now. Let’s get him in that WrestleMania main event against Lesnar so he can show the world once and for all that he is perfection. (HA! I got nods to both of his themes in that sentence!)