2022 WWE Royal Rumble predictions, card, matches, begin time, PPV preview, location, date

One of many tent pole WWE PPV occasions of the yr is right here. The basic 30-entrant match on each the lads’s and girls’s aspect takes place on Saturday night time inside The Dome at America’s Heart in St. Louis, Missouri, because the promotion’s second PPV of the brand new yr. The present additionally kicks off the official “Street to WrestleMania” as WWE begins its construct towards the large spectacle set to happen in April.

Almost each famous person on the roster might be concerned within the PPV in a method or one other given the 60 complete entrants into each Rumble matches, however there’s nonetheless extra to be enthusiastic about on the undercard with three championship matches as nicely. WWE champion Brock Lesnar will look to retain his belt when he takes on former champ Bobby Lashley in a match almost 15 years within the making. Plus, Common champ Roman Reigns will face off with an outdated buddy turned rival when he takes on Seth Rollins. And Uncooked ladies’s titleholder Becky Lynch will look to make one other protection in opposition to Doudrop.

With all that in thoughts, there’s rather a lot that might occur on Saturday night time and nearly all of it with enormous ramifications for WrestleMania. 

Let’s take a better take a look at who our CBS Sports activities specialists predict will come out on prime at WWE Royal Rumble, which begins at 8 p.m. and streams reside on Peacock following a kickoff present one hour earlier.

2022 WWE Royal Rumble predictions

Edge & Beth Phoenix vs. The Miz & Maryse

This rivalry ought to finish on Saturday with Edge and Beth Phoenix’s arms raised. It’s the pure conclusion to the rivalry between the 2 {couples}. Edge is clearly WWE’s A-side and Phoenix mustn’t return simply to place over Maryse, a fellow part-timer. Edge and Phoenix with their arms raised is the almost certainly end result. Decide: Edge and Beth Phoenix — Shakiel Mahjouri (additionally Brent Brookhouse)

Uncooked Ladies’s Championship — Becky Lynch (c) vs. Doudrop

It would be exhausting to think about Doudrop choosing up the title on this matchup in common circumstances, but it surely’s almost inconceivable to think about as WrestleMania approaches. Lynch might be in a featured spot at WrestleMania and might be in that spot as Uncooked ladies’s champion, probably defending in opposition to the winner of the ladies’s Royal Rumble. Doudrop can enhance her profile with an excellent efficiency and that needs to be the larger objective right here. Decide: Becky Lynch retains the title — Brookhouse (additionally Mahjouri)

Common Championship — Roman Reigns (c) vs. Seth Rollins

My thought course of is usually one in every of attending to Lesnar vs. Reigns at WrestleMania with out having each titles tied up within the bout. So, who loses their belt? Lesnar received the title as a form of knee-jerk response to Reigns’ removing from Day 1 after his COVID-19 analysis. In the meantime, Reigns has constructed a document reign as champion. With that in thoughts, getting again to the story of Lesnar looking Reigns and the common title is smart, which suggests Rollins has to take the loss right here. Decide: Roman Reigns retains the title. — Brookhouse

WWE appeared eager on having Seth Rollins enter WrestleMania with a world championship round his waist earlier than the chaos of Day 1. A lot has been made in-storyline about Reigns’ lack of ability to beat his ex-Protect buddy in championship matches. If Reigns goes to enter the Royal Rumble and earn his shot at Brock Lesnar (we’ll get to that in a second), he has to drop the title to Rollins that very same night time. Decide: Seth Rollins wins the title — Mahjouri

WWE Championship — Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Bobby Lashley

As said on the Reigns vs. Rollins prediction, WWE getting again to Reigns being chased by Lesnar requires Lesnar to drop the belt. Uncooked is in a a lot better place with potential challengers to Lashley for WrestleMania than SmackDown for Lesnar. There are many methods for Lashley to beat Lesnar, together with simply choosing up a very clear win. WWE has lastly absolutely turned Lashley right into a drive and so they can maintain constructing that on the Rumble. Decide: Bobby Lashley wins the title — Brookhouse

WWE simply loves strapping championships across the waist of former UFC heavyweight juggernaut Brock Lesnar. It will be odd for the promotion to current one in every of its most achieved stars with the WWE championship, solely to take it away 28 days later. Moreover, Lesnar must look fearsome heading into the eventual rematch with Reigns. Lesnar vs. Lashley is a mouth-watering important course of MMA and pro-wrestling goodness. Lashley needs to be made to look aggressive with Lesnar however, in the end, the consequence might be “and nonetheless.” Decide: Brock Lesnar retains the title — Mahjouri

Ladies’s Royal Rumble Match

Candidly, there are extra seemingly decisions to win this yr’s Rumble than Naomi. There are stories of an impending return for Ronda Rousey by WrestleMania and that has individuals satisfied that she is going to return on Saturday night time. WWE can also decide to proper how incorrect they did Bianca Belair at SummerSlam by having her prevail over 29 different ladies. In-storyline, there are few higher contenders than Naomi. She has been wronged by authority determine Sonya Deville at each flip, particularly in moments of victory over SmackDown Ladies’s champion Charlotte Aptitude. What higher method to navigate round Deville’s treachery than by profitable the Rumble. Decide: Naomi to win — Mahjouri

Personally, I hope the truth that WWE has loaded up the ladies’s rumble with entrants who aren’t even lively WWE-contracted wrestlers has been eye-opening for the promotion. Whereas I admire Shak’s Naomi choose and the thought of her occurring to a WrestleMania spot and a title win, it simply does not really feel just like the “large swing” that WWE goes to wish to take for his or her greatest present of the yr. With that in thoughts, there are two strong decisions. First, they may have Bianca Belair win a second Royal Rumble match and actually construct up her legacy. Or, they may name in Ronda Rousey. With the rumors of a Rousey return swirling, it simply looks like a simple play to have Rousey win the Rumble and go on to a featured important occasion spot at WrestleMania in opposition to both model’s champion. Decide: Ronda Rousey to win — Brookhouse

Males’s Royal Rumble Match

As the ultimate step of our three-step predictions, Lesnar, having misplaced his title to Lashley earlier within the night time — probably by way of interference from The Usos — instantly locks again in on Reigns and forces his manner into the Rumble. Lesnar then rips by way of the competitors earlier than profitable the entire thing and occurring to decide on Reigns as his WrestleMania opponent. For a little bit added enhance, MVP and Lashley get to say Lesnar ran away from his conqueror and a rematch could be saved within the again pocket for someplace down the street. Decide: Brock Lesnar to win — Brookhouse

Let me make it clear, Roman Reigns mustn’t win the Royal Rumble. Rumor has it Reigns was scheduled to drop the Common championship to Brock Lesnar at Day 1 and that Seth Rollins was anticipated to seize the WWE championship that very same night. WWE may course-correct by having Reigns lose to Rollins, maybe courtesy of some Lesnar shenanigans, after which enter the Rumble to get his revenge in opposition to “The Beast Incarnate.” Decide: Roman Reigns to win — Mahjouri


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