January 29, 2006
Will it be Rey's Day ... or will Triple H rule?
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
Once a year, WWE gets ready to Rumble. And, as always, the question is: Who will be the last man standing?
With some competitors yet to be named, the main event of tonight's Royal Rumble will feature Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, Rob Van Dam, Big Show, Kane, Chris Masters, Carlito, Shelton Benjamin, Chavo Guerrero, Trevor Murdoch, Viscera, and Jonathan Coachman from RAW; and Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Chris Benoit, Booker T, Matt Hardy, Bobby Lashley, Orlando Jordan, Animal, Johnny Nitro, Joey Mercury, Simon Dean, Sylvan Grenier, Super Crazy and Psicosis from Smackdown! The winner will get a title shot at Wrestlemania.
It's easy to trim the list down -- many of these guys don't have a prayer. It's not so easy to figure out the winner.
Cynics would suggest that Triple H will use his stroke to manoeuvre his way into a title shot. But I'm thinking he doesn't win -- and still gets a title shot. If that's the case, there's a good chance a Smackdown! competitor wins -- maybe Mysterio. Orton is another possibility from the Smackdown! side ... or maybe they'll give Benoit another shot.
I can't see anyone other than Triple H -- unless they make the Wrestlemania main event a three-way tilt -- winning from the RAW side.
As for the undercard, Edge will defend his title against John Cena; Kurt Angle will face Mark Henry; The Boogeyman will worm it up with JBL; Mickie James will face Ashley (with Trish Stratus as the guest ref); and Kid Kash will defend his title in a cruiserweight invitational.