With the Royal Rumble just around the corner we’ve decided to take a look at 3 WWE superstars that need to have a good showing this year in order to get their careers back on track. Let me start off by saying that the odds of any of the three superstars that are mentioned in this article actually winning are more or less none. However, a long run with at least a few eliminations could go a long way to not only re-establishing their positions on their respective rosters, but could also help to position them in new and hopefully interesting story lines as we move towards Wrestlemania.
Unfortunately for the Bulgarian Brute, he’s been in a bit of a holding pattern since dropping the United States title to Roman Reigns back at Clash of Champions. Since then, the high points for Rusev have been being speared by Goldberg on an episode of Raw, which made him look very weak, and entering into a program with Enzo and Big Cass centered around Enzo’s feelings towards Lana. Gone are the days of the proud Rusev who came to the ring in a tank at Wrestlemania. This has been replaced with a “bully” who uses his wife as a prop to get revenge, and a count out victory in his last pay per view match. While Rusev’s current role is still better than his time in the “League of Nations”, he is losing the edge that made him one of the better heels on the WWE roster for much of his career. Rusev hasn’t had the best of luck in previous Royal Rumbles, getting eliminated by Roman Reigns in just 90 seconds in his last try. RAW needs solid heels, especially with Chris Jericho set to leave in the near future and a good showing by Rusev could be just the “push” he needs to get right back into either the US or Universal Title picture.
Corbin will be making his Royal Rumble debut this year, However, he already has a Battle Royal victory under his belt after winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at Wrestlemania 32. Billed at 6 foot 8 and 275 pounds, Corbin will be one of the bigger bodies in this years “Rumble”. His recent push on Smackdown in to the top tier of heels could also help his cause. Corbin also has a bit of an advantage in that he already appears to be in a championship program over on the Smackdown side regardless of who wins in the A.J. Styles vs. John Cena match. Despite this, Corbin needs to keep the momentum that he’s gained in recent weeks going. A quick “Rumble” appearance will not help Corbin’s image as a legitimate competitor for the Heavyweight title and it will be interesting to see how long the WWE give Smackdown’s #1 contender in his first Royal Rumble.
Seth Rollins didn’t hold a single WWE title in 2016. Let that sink in for a second. Okay he was WWE Heavyweight champion for a couple of minutes at Money in the Bank, defeating Roman Reigns and then losing when Dean Ambrose cashed in his title shot. Rollins has been on his redemption tour as of late, attempting to defeat the superstars that he feel have wronged him and working towards getting back to a match against Triple H. So far, this has been successful with wins over Chirs Jericho and seemingly burying the hatchet with Roman Reigns. The WWE wants to get Rollins and HHH back in the ring with one another at the biggest show of the year, and the Royal Rumble is a great place to re-ignite their feud. We haven’t really seen HHH since he handed KO the Universal title at the expense of Rollins back in August. Re-establishing Rollins as a top star has been an ongoing process and if Finn Balor makes his return soon, and remains a babyface, RAW is going to have a lot of “faces” so it remains to be seen if the “Architect” keeps his babyface ways going in the “Rumble” or if his one man quest at redemption turns him heel or at least into a bit more of a tweener.
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