Over the last couple of months, WWE Smackdown Preview has watched as Kevin Owens valiantly fought against Roman Reigns’ brutality and underhandedness.
It culminated last week when Owens finally got the jump on Reigns and beat him down, finishing things by powerbombing him through a table.
So, with this episode the Go Home Smackdown for the Royal Rumble, we expect Reigns to strike back as hard and as viciously as he can.
It’s the response we’d expect since the playground bully got his nose rubbed in the dirt, but will it be what we expect?
Owens needs friends
While it’s easy to think Reigns will beat down Owens again to soften him up for their Last Man Standing match for the Universal Championship, we think Owens will pull another shocker.
For weeks now, we’ve been waiting for others to come after Reigns and join Owens in a stable of his own to face the Bloodline.
So far, despite Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, and Shinsuke Nakamura having issues with him, none have stepped forward to stand at Owens’ side.
And since all three will be in the Royal Rumble, it’d make sense they’d bide their time to strike, but tonight would also be a good moment for them to try to soften Reigns up as well.
While we have no doubt Owens will try to hold Reigns and Jey Uso off with a steel chair, assuming Jey’s at the show this week, we’ve seen this song and dance before.
WWE Smackdown Preview thinks Owens will gain the upper hand, focus on one person too long, and the other will attack him from behind.
If he has anyone with him, it’ll help him even the score some and give fans a glimmer of hope that he’ll win at the Royal Rumble and not be the victim of a mob rule situation with Jey coming to the rescue again.
Royal Rumble entrants
With the Road to WrestleMania a couple of days away, there are still approximately 30 spots open in the men’s and women’s Royal Rumble matches.
With 12 slots left in the men’s and 18 in the women’s, we could see a flurry of activity tonight and tomorrow before the pay-per-view.
Most likely, we think a majority of those slots will be surprises like Lita, the Bella Twins (there’ve been rumors that they want to return), Becky Lynch, Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins, and so on.
While it doesn’t seem feasible yet for the Bella twins and Lynch, anything is possible. We’re going to see some legends come out, it’s just a question of who and how many.
Who do you think will be the surprise entrants this year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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