Christmas may be just days away but already World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) are looking forward to April 2019. That’s when they hold WrestleMania 35, their biggest show of the year. The Road to WrestleMania traditionally begins in January at the Royal Rumble PPV event. Will 2019 be the year of Seth Rollins?
The Royal Rumble is so important because whoever wins the 30-man over-the-top-rope match, receives a title shot at WrestleMania. At the time of writing, the two main men’s champions are Brock Lesnar (Universal Champion) and Daniel Bryan (WWE Champion).
Regaining the Title
Rollins has never won the Royal Rumble match but he is a former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, winning the title at WrestleMania 31. He never lost that title in the ring as he had to vacate it after suffering an injury later that year.
The past year has seen Rollins become one of the most popular wrestlers in the company. He’s held the tag titles and the Intercontinental title, but another run with the top title in WWE looks to be the target for 2019.
He recently lost the Intercontinental title to former Shield team-mate Dean Ambrose. WWE history points towards this being a move up the ladder rather than down it. Bret Hart and Randy Savage both lost that title and within the next year became WWE Champions.
It’s likely then that Rollins, while continuing to feud with Ambrose, will be a major contender to win the Royal Rumble on January 27. He’s already cut promos criticizing the rarely-seen part-timer WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. A win in the Royal Rumble would lead to a Lesnar v Rollins Universal title match at WrestleMania 35. You can get odds of 13/8 on Rollins being the last man in the ring in the Royal Rumble leading to that title shot in April.
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