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WWE Royal Rumble 2023: Staff Predictions and Match Card Overview

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WWE Royal Rumble 2023: Staff Predictions and Match Card Overview

WWE Royal Rumble is one of the most exciting events of the year. 30 superstars battle it out in one to match see who will main-event WrestleMania.

WWE always brings back old wrestlers, debuts new ones, and calls some up from NXT, so the Royal Rumble has a lot of anticipation built toward it. The premium live event marks the official start of the road to WrestleMania. Fresh feuds may begin, or current ones may finally come to heads leading to a match at the showcase of the immortals.

With so much on the line, here are Vendetta Sports Media’s staff predictions for the WWE Royal Rumble.

Pitch Black Match

Bray Wyatt vs. LA Knight


LA Knight has found a new enemy in Bray Wyatt. Both men arrived at WWE around the same time, however, Wyatt targeted Knight which kicked off this feud. After multiple attacks backstage, Knight had enough and met Wyatt face-to-face. Since these two first crossed paths, they have been tormenting each other. The two will now finally meet in the ring at the WWE Royal Rumble in a Pitch Black match.


This may sound bold, but I’m taking LA Knight to get the win. Knight has proven that he can outsmart and even get in Wyatt’s head. I think that’s exactly what he’s going to do in this match.

Another reason I think Knight is going to walk out victorious is I think we will be getting Wyatt vs. Uncle Howdy at WrestleMania 39. In order to set that up, I think Uncle Howdy is going to cost Wyatt the match.

Staff Predictions:

Mark: LA Knight def. Bray Wyatt

Dillon: Bray Wyatt def. LA Knight

Jiarmani: LA Knight def. Bray Wyatt

Michael: LA Knight def. Bray Wyatt

Garrett: Bray Wyatt def. LA Knight

Raw Women’s Championship Match

Alexa Bliss vs. Bianca Belair (c)


Bianca Belair has found her new challenger in Alexa Bliss. Bliss has had a change of attitude as of late and has taken on a dark persona.

These two women have battled before. Most recently, Belair beat Bliss on Monday Night Raw about a month ago. But Bliss didn’t handle the loss well as she brutally attacked Belair after the match. This ultimately sidelined Belair for a few weeks, but upon her return, she challenged Bliss.

Now, the pair are set to go one-on-one at the WWE Royal Rumble.


There is no shot Belair loses the title at the Royal Rumble. The most interesting part is going to be how Uncle Howdy plays into this. Uncle Howdy has appeared near Bliss before, but there is still a lot of questions about what the relationship is.

Staff Predictions:

Mark: Bianca Belair def. Alexa Bliss

Dillon: Bianca Belair def. Alexa Bliss

Jiarmani: Bianca Belair def. Alexa Bliss

Michael: Alexa Bliss def. Bianca Belair

Garrett: Bianca Belair def. Alexa Bliss

Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Match

Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns (c)


Roman Reigns has been dominant these past two or three years. He’s beaten virtually everyone in the locker room, including Kevin Owens. However, Owens always takes Reigns to his limits. Furthermore, Owens knows how to get inside the head of the Tribal Chief. Now, these two are set to go to war at the WWE Royal Rumble.


There is legitimately no chance Owens beats Reigns — and that’s coming from someone who loves Owens. Now isn’t the time to take the titles off of Reigns.

Still, there have been some interesting theories online revolving around this match. Many believe that when Owens and Reigns had their contract signing, Owens signed Sami Zayn’s name instead of his own. This is extremely intriguing, and I think there is a decent chance this happens.

Staff Predictions:

Mark: Roman Reigns def. Kevin Owens

Dillon: Roman Reigns def. Kevin Owens

Jiarmani: Roman Reigns def. Kevin Owens

Michael: Roman Reigns def. Kevin Owens

Garrett: Roman Reigns def. Kevin Owens

Women’s Royal Rumble Match


This one is tough to decide. I think there are three really good options to win the Royal Rumble, including Rhea Ripley, Liv Morgan and Naomi. If neither one of those women win, I will be extremely disappointed.

I don’t think WWE views Morgan as a top star anymore, so I’m taking Ripley as my official pick. Ripley is one of the most deserving of a win here. She is the future of the women’s division and her catapult to stardom needs to start at the Royal Rumble.

If she wins it, it will push her to that next tier of women and establish herself as the top wrestler in the women’s division. Furthermore, I can see Ripley breaking the record for most eliminations in the women’s match also.

If any one of those three women wins, I’ll be happy. However, I think Ripley walks out of the WWE Royal Rumble as the winner.

Staff Predictions:

Mark: Rhea Ripley

Dillon: Rhea Ripley

Jiarmani: Rhea Ripley

Michael: Rhea Ripley

Garrett: Becky Lynch

Men’s Royal Rumble Match


Similar to the women’s match, there are a few good options as well — which is what makes a Royal Rumble match good. It’s the fact that you don’t know who is going to win because there are so many good options.

I think Cody Rhodes wins the WWE Royal Rumble, though. As much as I’m rooting for Sami Zayn, I just don’t think WWE will do it. Seth Rollins is someone who absolutely deserves it as well, but I don’t think they’re going to go in that direction.

As much as I hate to say it, another option is The Rock. I love the Rock as much as the next person, but he absolutely does not need to win the match.

I think Rhodes is going to enter at No. 1 and go the distance. He may even break the record for the longest time spent in the match as well. Furthermore, I truly believe he’s the one to dethrone Roman Reigns at WrestleMania.

Staff Predictions:

Mark: Cody Rhodes

Dillon: Sami Zayn

Jiarmani: Cody Rhodes

Michael: Sami Zayn

Garrett: Cody Rhodes

NXT Call-Ups

Mark: Grayson Waller & Zoey Stark

Dillon: Carmelo Hayes & Toxic Attraction

Jiarmani: Cameron Grimes & Indi Hartwell

Michael: Carmelo Hayes & Wendy Choo


Mark: Nick Aldis & Deonna Purrazzo

Dillon: Gable Steveson & Brianna Ray (Kylie Rae)

Jiarmani: Jay White & Kana (Asuka)

Garrett: Nick Aldis & Gable Steveson


Mark: Stone Cold Steve Austin & Chelsea Green

Dillon: Matt Cardona & Lita

Jiarmani: Robert Rhoode & Naomi

Garrett: Matt Cardona, The Rock, & Pat McAfee





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