2021 Royal Rumble Preview: Best bets and long shots to win – Sportsnet.ca

The 34th edition of the Royal Rumble will happen Sunday live from Tropicana Field in Tampa, showcasing on the WWE Network.

Ahead of the huge occasion, here are 6 possible winners from both the guyss and ladiess Royal Rumble matches, with three best bets and three long shots from each.

The Royal Rumble match is constantly a favourite of wrestling fans, and this year needs to prove to be no various.

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The Best-Bet WinnersDaniel Bryan

McAfee is a natural star, and more than stands out among other wrestlers in NXT. He would bring name worth to the Rumble must he appear, and if he wins … well simply believe of the headlines. It would be like when Lawrence Taylor wrestled Bam Bigelow at WrestleMania 11, however with an athlete who actually excels as a wrestler.

Its the five-year anniversary of AJ Styles making his surprise launching in WWE in the Royal Rumble. Styles was fresh off making the rounds in Japan, catching the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, and leading the worldwide popular Bullet Club steady. Designs came into WWE and made an immediate impact, capturing the WWE Championship before the year was out.

The Long-Shot WinnersBecky Lynch.

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The Long-Shot WinnersEdge.

Big E.

In 2015, Rhea Ripley became the very first NXT wrestler to safeguard an NXT champion at WrestleMania. Ripley showcased her main occasion capability with a big-time efficiency however, more importantly, showed that she belonged amongst the elite with a terrific match against Charlotte.

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Where does the future of WWE lie? On the massively broad shoulders of Keith Lee.

Ripley is due to break out. Shes accomplished whatever there is carry out in NXT, and now its time to carry on to the WWE primary roster and start her ascent to the top of the mountain. It begins with the Rumble, which would be a declaration victory on the way to the championship gold.

Rhea Ripley.

Ive discussed this time and time once again (most just recently on Aftermath along with Santino Marella, Jimmy Korderas, and Nug Nahrgang), however Big E ought to have currently been WWE Champion. There is no argument to persuade me otherwise.

Edge has actually returned to battling and stated that he will be getting involved in the 2021 edition of the Royal Rumble if you werent mindful. This will be the one-year anniversary of the Orangeville, Ont., locals return to the WWE after resurfacing as a surprise entrant in the 2020 Rumble.

If youre believing, “The former NFL punter?” Yes, that exact same man.

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There is a star waiting to be uncovered with Lee, the only thing to do now is let the guy shine through and do his own thing en route to champion magnificence.

Charlotte is consistently among the best wrestlers in WWE and is capable of holding a centerpiece area at WrestleMania. Charlotte might end up being the very first woman to win back-to-back Rumbles, and the first to win in 2 straight years because Stone Cold Steve Austin in 1997-98. As formerly discussed on Aftermath, Charlotte might win the Rumble and then choose to challenge her tag-team partner, Asuka, for the Raw Womens Championship.

The Best-Bet WinnersBianca Belair.

There is another opportunity to do something incredibly similar with NJPW star Jay White, another former leader of the Bullet Club. White is rumoured to be without a contract at the moment, and after a current New Japan occasion, White said he was stopping the promotion.

At 47, Edge would be second earliest behind only Mr. McMahon, who won the Rumble in 1999 at 53. Edge has declared he desires to reclaim the championship he never lost upon being required to retire due to injury in 2011, and what much better method to accomplish that goal than winning the Rumble and moving on to the Mania primary occasion?

White is one of the best to have actually not battled in WWE, today, as was Styles in 2016. The resemblances are there, as is the skill in and beyond the ring. It would be an enormous shock to the wrestling world, however one that would develop instant headlines, as well.

In 2014, Bryan was a hot pick among fans to win the that years edition of the Rumble. 2015 was a chance for Bryan to obtain some retribution, at least in the eyes of the WWE Universe, and while Bryan was at least included, he was eliminated early.

Bianca Belair is the future of ladiess fumbling in WWE, so a prediction surrounding her success at the Rumble is as close to a sure thing as you might make.

Youve missed McAfee taking the program every single time hes been on TELEVISION if you have not been seeing NXT on Friday nights on Sportsnet 360. The punter-turned-broadcaster has actually seamlessly transitioned into being a sports performer. Hes fantastic on the microphone and has more than held his own in matches on the big phase versus top stars like Adam Cole and other members of the Undisputed Era.

Charlotte.

Jay White.

While that truth remains true, WWE is as soon as again diving into a two-night WrestleMania event this year, suggesting theyll need to offer interest to keep fans tuned in for both nights of fumbling. One of those nights could definitely feature Edge who, if he won, would not even be the oldest to ever win the Rumble.

Edge placed on a solid showing in his go back to the ring, however it never really seemed like the had a genuine shot at the centerpiece of WrestleMania. Edge didnt require to win the Rumble in order to amass such a spot, anyways. His name value brings adequate weight by itself.

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Belair has all the tools, now its just a matter of giving her the best workshop on which to construct her future championship rules.

His recent crowning as brand-new Intercontinental Champion was good to see, however inconsequential and completely unneeded in the grand plan of his profession arc. This guy was cast on his own, away from his New Day tag-team partners, on SmackDown with the goal of elevating his solo career. The Royal Rumble is a good as time any to follow through on that objective.

Lynch provided birth in December and might be poised to make a surprise return at the Royal Rumble, producing headlines in the procedure. Lynch is part of the upper tier of skill in WWE, and an area at WrestleMania through a Rumble win would be a fantastic method to glue some eyeballs to the WWE Network.

Bryan has done everything there is to do in the fumbling service, with the exception of winning the Royal Rumble. The time seems nigh for Bryan to cross the last frontier of wrestling. If Bryan does win, it will be a significant frustration as no fans will be in the structure to indulge in the achievement along with their veteran favourite.

No, he does not absence in charisma. No, he doesnt absence in wrestling expertise. No, he doesnt struggle in linking with an audience. Big E has actually been all set to hold a top championship in WWE for several years.

There was a rocket strapped to the back of Lee following his very first songs pay-per-view match versus Randy Orton last summertime, where he came out victorious. And then he just sort of … went to pieces. He won some matches, he lost some matches, he did some intriguing things, he did some lame things. All the while, however, he was thoroughly complacent in his discussion.

The ladiess department in WWE is deeper than any other ladiess steady in professional wrestling, however it has felt rather stagnant at the main-event level over the previous 10 months. Belair can reverse that pattern by way of winning the Rumble and then setting a new standard of main-event-level talent among the femaless wrestlers in WWE.

Pat McAfee.

In contrast to Belair, Charlotte was, is and will always be at the top of the womens department, and justifiably so.

No wrestler over the past decade has a relationship with the Royal Rumble quite like Daniel Bryan.

Keith Lee.

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Bryan has actually done whatever there is to do in the fumbling organization, with the exception of winning the Royal Rumble. Its the five-year anniversary of AJ Styles making his surprise debut in WWE in the Royal Rumble. Charlotte might become the very first woman to win back-to-back Rumbles, and the first to win in 2 straight years since Stone Cold Steve Austin in 1997-98. Lynch is part of the upper echelon of skill in WWE, and an area at WrestleMania through a Rumble win would be a fantastic method to glue some eyeballs to the WWE Network.

Three of the four members of WWEs version of the Four Horsewomen– Charlotte, Sasha Banks, and Bayley– enter the Rumble. In the end, though, one of the MMA members wins the Rumble, setting up a match at Mania with Sasha Banks for the SmackDown Womens Championship.

It may seem odd to pick the NXT Womens Champion as a “long shot” but its definitely unmatched to have a champion enter a Rumble and after that go on to win the Rumble.

Io Shirai could set a brand-new precedent with a Royal Rumble triumph. Shirai is a future champion in WWE– its just a matter of time. Shes suffered in NXT for the better part of the last year, consisting of a championship win in a significant triple-threat match versus the aforementioned Ripley and Charlotte in early summer 2020.

Shirai might catapult her profession forward with a success, while also forwarding WWEs appeal worldwide.

Any of Rousey, Baszler, Shafir or Duke winning the Rumble would trigger major intrigue around Mania with the backstage stories surrounding who the better “Four Horsewomen” steady is.

Io Shirai.

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3 of the 4 members of WWEs version of the Four Horsewomen– Charlotte, Sasha Banks, and Bayley– enter the Rumble.