The Royal Rumble is the first true stop on the Road to WrestleMania, where at least one person who will be involved in a World Title match at the Showcase of the Immortals will be determined. It’s also the point where we really start to get a feel for what feuds might make it all the way to Mania, setting up the entire card for the biggest show of the year. Which means that the weeks before the Royal Rumble are the last chance we get to predict those matches before WWE starts giving us some serious hints (aside from the ones we’ve already gotten). With WrestleMania yet again scheduled to last at least four hours (plus pre-show), there’s lots of room on the card for any number of big matches, and while we didn’t include everyone who will likely put on an appearance in at the show, we did use our enormous powers of prognostication to come up with a handful of matches that we feel are fairly likely (and in some cases, almost certain) to take the stage at WrestleMania 33.
10. Seth Rollins vs Triple H
One of three matches that is reportedly ‘locked in’ for this year, so it’s not like we’re taking any huge leaps by including it. Rollins has made no secret that he wants revenge on Triple H for screwing him out of the Universal Title, and now that football season is over, Triple H can feel free to start showing up on Raw and taking credit for any ratings bumps that occur from the natural combination of losing their biggest Monday night competition and more people tuning in for the build to WrestleMania. Cynicism aside, even if we didn’t know the plan, it’s an obvious match, as Seth goes for revenge against the guy who originally hand-picked him for WWE Champion, spent most of his reign second-guessing him, and then outright turned on him in favor of someone else. The only concern right now is that Seth isn’t exactly catching on as a face, thanks to how WWE fumbled his return from injury, but at least a match between Rollins and a motivated Triple H will be something worth seeing at WrestleMania. Plus, there’s every chance Triple H will put over his former protege, which might be the final bump Rollins needs to become a babyface in more than just name.