Hear ye, hear ye. The Royal Smarks proclaim the predictions, rumors, speculation, motivations and directions for Royal Rumble and NXT TakeOver this weekend at Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia.
Of course this year we have the first Womens Rumble match as the big historical footnote, but the pattern holds firm. At the time this show page is being made, only 17 of 30 entrants have declared. The Mens Rumble follows suit with 16 of 30 declared. The least secret 'secret' is expect Rhonda Rousey in the womens match and she will likely threaten for the win. No doubt there will be surprises in both matches.
Both Tag Team belts are up for grabs, with the SmackDown match being best 2 out of 3 falls. Will The Usos retain over Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin? Will the Shield Replacement team of Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan hold off The Bar?
The WWE Championship flirts with history on the possibility of the first 'co-champions' in Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn if they can defeat AJ Styles in a handicap match.
The Universal Championship is a triple threat of huge proportions with Brock Lesnar defending against Brawn Strowman and Kane. The Beast, The Monster and The Big Red Machine. What in the actual smark is going on here?
NXT TakeOver on Saturday night has three belts and an Extreme Rules match. Andrade 'Cien' Almas against Johnny Gargano for the NXT Championship. Ember Moon against Shayna Baszler for the NXT Womens Championship. The Undisputed Era against Authors of Pain for the NXT Tag Team Championship. Perhaps most looked forward to is the Extreme match between Aleister Black and Adam Cole (Baby).
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