1.) King of the jungle
The Animal, it seems, has found his prey. Batista will indeed challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania after outlasting 29 other Superstars in the Royal Rumble Match. As of now, that puts Randy Orton – Batista’s old Evolution teammate – square in the sights of the No. 1 contender. Will Raw bring the first face-off between champion and challenger?
2.) He's back, Fella!
Six months after a nasty shoulder injury took him out of ring action, Sheamus returned with a vengeance in the Royal Rumble Match, eliminating Big E Langston and effectively serving notice to a WWE locker room that has become a tad too comfortable about not getting Brogue Kicked square in the face. Of course, with no rivalries claiming his attention of yet, the playing field is wide open for The Celtic Warrior heading into WrestleMania season. Odds are the rowdy Irishman will seize the moment as only he can.
3.) Cracked Shield?
Roman Reigns was the MVP of the Royal Rumble Match, breaking Kane’s single-bout record of eliminations by tossing12 Superstars… Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins among them. Given that Ambrose also tried to give Reigns the heave-ho only to be chastised by Rollins, it would appear that The Shield’s unity is in question for the first time in their collective history. Can The Hounds of Justice keep from mauling one another before WrestleMania?
4.) Lingering Attitude
Yep, they still got it. The New Age Outlaws defied both conventional wisdom and … well, age, to defeat Cody Rhodes & Goldust for the WWE Tag Team Championships, throwing a new wrench into the already rollicking tag team division. Can “The Brotherhood” pull themselves together and keep their feel-good story running? Or is it up to another tandem to take out the DX veterans in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania?
5.) Eater of Worlds feats
Yes, Batista won the Royal Rumble Match, but the Royal Rumble pay-per-view was undoubtedly Bray Wyatt’s night. He got to make a vicious example of Daniel Bryan, defeating his would-be disciple in a furious singles contest, cost John Cena the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and saw his Family throw down in the Rumble Match itself, eliminating a ‘Wrestling God’ and little bull before all was said and done. He has been around for nearly six months, but last night, Bray Wyatt truly made good on his famous warning. He’s here. What he does next – particularly where Cena is concerned – will be must-see. Tune in tonight at 8/7 CT on USA Network to find out what it is.