Pretty stoked for the show tonight, even more stoked by the fact that I have absolutely no idea what's going to happen on it. The field's wide open for the Rumble and all the undercard matches could really go in any direction. Let's take a look.
World Heavyweight Championship Cage Match
Daniel Bryan © vs. Big Show vs. Mark Henry
Ooh, a big gimmick match on the Rumble, don't see those too often. Last Man Standing matches pop up here and there, but it's rare to see something like a ladder, table or cage match. Please, correct me if I'm wrong (because I'm not going to take the time to look it up), but is this the first cage match in Rumble history? That's pretty cool.
I haven't been following Smackdown very closely lately, but I'm going to take a stab in the dark and say Daniel Bryan steals one tonight and likely drops it in the Elimination Chamber next month. Bryan and Henry had an awesome cage match on Smackdown a couple months ago though, so I'm expecting a really fun match with the addition of Big Show. Bryan can bounce around like a pinball and the monsters can tear shit up, so I'm anticipating a good time.
Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate
John Cena vs. Kane
This one's tough to predict. If Kane is merely a bump in the road for Cena's eventual showdown with The Rock, I expect a simple win for Johnny. But if there may be something to this "Embrace the Hate" stuff, this could go on for another month and wind up being a big story moving forward. I think the former is the safe bet, so I'm going to go with John Cena, so he can turn his attention to The Rock and Kane can go back to being Just Kane™.
CM Punk © vs. Dolph Ziggler
Much like Kane, Ziggler has had his opponent's number too many times in this feud to make me believe he can be victorious. Punk has perhaps done more than anyone to make Ziggler look like a legitimate top guy, but unfortunately, this just isn't his time. Just like last year wasn't his time or the year before that... they gotta stop pushing this guy right in the lead up to WrestleMania.
I do think Ziggler will finally break free if he does get that Mania match with Foley though. Foley's no star-maker anymore, but much like his run with Edge after he fell into limbo in 2006, I think it could be just what he needs. CM Punk wins tonight, Ziggler's time truly begins in May. Oh, and these two will have a absurdly early Match of the Year contender.
Royal Rumble Match
Things are relatively open this year, mainly because no one has really set the world on fire recently, so I expect an established name to earn the title shot at Mania. My working theory is Chris Jericho wins and it will be "the end of the world as we know it." As in, the man calling himself the Best in the World. Sorry, Punker.