Bryan and Punk retain, Kane furthers his SUPER monster role and we get an unexpected Royal Rumble winner.
Archive for January, 2012
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World Heavyweight Title Triple Threat Match in a Steel Cage
Daniel Bryan retains against Big Show and Mark Henry via cage escape
- Daniel Bryan comes out first. Boo! Champions should always come out last.
Great Puma: Good but short opener. Really interesting finish with Daniel Bryan hanging from Big Show’s right arm on the edge of the cage. St. Louis was pretty amped with the Daniel Bryan chants.
Mascara de Fuego: Good opener, Bryan worked his balls off and took beatings from both Henry and Show. Glad they kept the title on Bryan for at least ONE pay per view!
The writers of FighterHayabusa got together with the Wrestling Arts and Sciences Institute (WASI) and worldrenowned pro wrestling mark and twitter user, @RayRayfrom35st, to formulate the odds of the 2012 Royal Rumble.
The following table lists the wrestlers from the favorite to win the Rumble to the least favorite.
After the jump, you can see the wrestlers listed via alphabetical order.
ODDS TO WIN THE 2012 ROYAL RUMBLE
Daniel Bryan puts on a manipulation clinic. Yoshi Tatsu sighting! Orton returns and more.
MMAFighting and UFC on Fuel correspondent, Ariel Helwani, caught up with WWE World Champion, CM Punk. Punk talks about Chael Sonnen, Chris Jericho’s “dive” tweet, Brock, his BJJ training and more.
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Mascara De Fuego: Welcome everyone to Fighter Hayabusa’s Royal Rumble predictions, how are you Puma?
Great Puma: I’m swell. I had my bionic arm replaced and it’s feeling great…if not sexy.
Mascara De Fuego: Sounds like you’re going to be doing a lot of stick shift driving.
Great Puma: I’m certainly excited! Well then shall we?
Mascara De Fuego: Yes we shall… lets start this off… for our first topic…
First Entrant into the Royal Rumble:
Mascara De Fuego: I have a gut feeling we’re seeing Dolph Ziggler take this point once again pulling pay per view double duty. This obviously means I don’t think he is going to win the WWE Title and will weasel his way into the match to try to get another shot at the title at the biggest show of the year.
Great Puma: I don’t think they’re going to allow the number one entrant win the Rumble for a while but the first entrant is usually a bigger name. I’m going to go with R-Truth. People need someone to root for in the early moments of the Rumble.
Last Entrant into the Royal Rumble:
Mascara De Fuego: I’m going with Chris Jericho to come out at number 30 and take full advantage of his number position… more on that later.
Great Puma: Wade Barrett. Wade being last improves the possibility of him getting another opportunity at a World Championship. The fans will react appropriately and this will definitely add more risk, drama and doubt to the eventual winner (not Wade) of the Rumble.
Most Eliminations in the Royal Rumble:
Great Puma: If this was last year, it would be so easy to say Big Show or Kane. However, I think they’re gonna give the big rub to Mark Henry. He deserves it, if rumors are true, it would be a nice reward and Royal Rumble record prior to his eventual retirement i 2012.
Mascara De Fuego: I’m going with Sheamus. I think this would be a nice rub for him seeing as he has been building a solid fan base in the last several months. Good push for him if he can lose the Rumble yet still clean house.
Quickest Person Eliminated in the Royal Rumble:
Great Puma: This is a hard one. I’m going with David Otunga. As much as I enjoy watching him, I know the WWE Universe does not. I think the WWE will make this happen to make the crowd happy. I think Ricardo Rodriguez would be another strong quickest elimination candidate.
Mascara De Fuego: If Evan Bourne was around at the moment I’d go with him but seeing as he’s at home enjoying the Rumble from the comfort of his couch, I am going with the continued burial of Drew McIntyre. He’s the only dude they keep crapping on yet they don’t move him to NXT or WWE Superstars. He’s a high priced Future Endeavor.
Surprise Entrants into the Royal Rumble:
Great Puma: MVP. I felt a disturbance in the force when I read his latest interview. It’s probably not going to happen but if it did, I think the crowd would go bananas. Just to pick a second option, I would say Christian.
Mascara De Fuego: I think we’ll get Hacksaw Jim Duggan since he won the first televised Royal Rumble 25 years ago. Also, I could see Christian making his return as well and possibly someone like Rob Van Dam depending on what his TNA status is.
The 2012 Royal Rumble Winner:
Great Puma: Prior to Chris Jericho’s promo on Raw, I would have picked Sheamus. Now I’m picking Jericho. There’s a hot fan-made storyline that’s circulating around the interwebs that has Jericho being number one, he does his high-fiving around the ring, and he does not enter the ring until the very end. That would be entertaining. For myself, I’d like to see Jericho enter around the 15th or 20th person mark so he can take out some major players in the Rumble. I think he needs to show the world that he still has ‘it’ and solidify his status as one of the WWE’s elite wrestlers.
Mascara De Fuego: Chris Jericho. I have a feeling we’re going to see the most controversial Rumble win in the history of the event. I can see Jericho coming in at the last minute after the two before him eliminate themselves leaving the Royal Rumble to be won by the last participant. Jericho then comes out, celebrates all the way to the ring as he’s announced the winner. He cuts a very basic promo like at RAW and we’re still left in the dark as to what his real motives are.
Kane vs. John Cena
Mascara De Fuego: John Cena. That’s all I have to say about that. As Jim Ross would say, this is going to be “bowling shoe ugly”. Cena will be more serious for once but his movie set will still take you out of the moment since you can’t take that shit seriously. Kane will look good possibly getting a spot in the Elimination Chamber match out of it.
Great Puma: Kane. This is more wishful thinking than a prediction. Shit. Is it bad that I don’t give a shit about this match? I’ve decided that John Cena should NOT turn heel. Perhaps he could turn heel after Wrestlemania but not now. If anything he should turn heel, I think the fans will just go all Madison Square Garden on the angle and cheer him. If they want a definitive Heel vs. Face confrontation at ‘Mania Cena should just go super-face and ham it up.
Steel Cage Match: World Champion Daniel Bryan vs. The Big Show vs. Mark Henry
Great Puma: Daniel Bryan. I think Bryan’s finally getting a strong reaction from the crowd and he’s just beginning to develop his WWE heel persona. Big Show and Mark Henry have been great but I think the real money match for Smackdown is Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton.
Mascara De Fuego: It’s a shame, I would like to see Bryan come out of (at least)this ppv with the World Title intact but I just don’t think they see him at that point yet. I do think he will get there in time with this WWE heel version of character but they will sleep on him for a bit. I think the title is going back to Mark Henry who will carry the title to WrestleMania.
WWE Champion CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler w/Vicki Guerrero – John Laurinaitis as the special guest referee
Great Puma: CM Punk. Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk is one of the few matches the WWE can make for Wrestlemania that gives that main event feel to the card. Ziggler will get his much deserved run at a World Title this year but it won’t come until the summer.
Mascara De Fuego: Punk. The Rumble always steals the show but I think this will be a close second. Ziggler has been working is balls off in recent months and I do think he deserves a decent run with a major title but I don’t think this is the time. Punk has to go to Mania and he has to face Jericho. That will be the match for the wrestling-heads at that show. Laurinaitis will make his presence felt but he will fail and he will have his match with Punk in due time.
Smackdown heats up in the desert and gets us ready for the Royal Rumble.
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