With a match card rivaling Wrestlemania itself in scope, the Saudi Arabia-based Greatest Royal Rumble event on the WWE Network this Friday could lead to a whole lot in the way of momentum and title changes. Or it could end up being a ridiculously over-priced house show. Here are my predictions for the Greatest Royal Rumble.
Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander (C) vs. Kalisto
After all of the build-up to Cedric Alexander finally winning the Cruiserweight Championship, I can't imagine them taking the belt off of him so quickly here at this event so I'm predicting Alexander retains.
Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match: Seth Rollins (C) vs. The Miz vs. Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe
With a handful of cross-brand matches like this one, I think WWE might continue the Superstar Shakeup storyline a bit by going through and switching the mid-tier belts. The Miz is so close to holding the longest-ever Intercontinental Title reign that I think it's only a matter of time before they give it to him. But not if he's on a different brand for the foreseeable future. I think The Miz will pick it up here and carry it with him back to Smackdown.
United States Championship: Jeff Hardy (C) vs. Jinder Mahal
In conjuction with the above prediction, I think we'll see Jinder get the US Title back (probably with Singh interference as always) and take it to Raw as he originally intended. Jeff Hardy doesn't really need it and giving it to him felt like another Grand Slam Champ feel good moment.
Raw Tag Team Championship: Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt vs. Sheamus and Cesaro
The last of the cross-brand bouts, I just don't really know why they would have let The Bar lose the belts at Mania, move over to Smackdown for a couple weeks, and then win here for a move back to Raw. Let them stay in the Smackdown scene and maybe challenge for those belts down the line. Matt and Bray win here and faceoff against Ziggler/McIntyre in the coming months.
Smackdown Tag Team Championship: Bludgeon Brothers vs. The Usos
With Naomi's Glow seemingly the only thing that can stop the Bludgeon Brothers and the fact that the women will not be a part of the event, I imagine this will wind up a fairly squash-y match with the Bludgeon Brothers retaining.
John Cena vs. Triple H
Triple H went over Jinder Mahal in India last year. I think Triple H will win over John Cena here too.
The Undertaker vs. Rusev in a Casket Match
Well this is probably the weirdest match on the card. Undertaker pretty much retires last year at Wrestlemania but then comes back for a squash match against Cena at this year's show and then is immediately advertised for this event too. And then Rusev gets replaced by Chris Jericho for like a day or two before getting plugged back in here. As much as I would want Taker to do right by the fan-favorite Rusev and put him over here, I think the legacy of the Dead Man in one of his signature matches will be too much to overcome and The Undertaker will come out on top this Rusev Day.
WWE Championship: AJ Styles (C) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
With the running theme since Wrestlemania being "Shinsuke low blows AJ's balls," I imagine we'll get a moment here where Shinsuke attempts that only to bang up his arm upon discovering AJ is finally wearing a cup. AJ retains.
Universal Championship in a Steel Cage: Brock Lesnar (C) vs. Roman Reigns
I think all of the fuss with Lesnar "resigning" was just to set-up the idea that he'd be sticking around. But I think people are too tired with a part-time champ holding what WWE wants to be their crown jewel. So they'll finally put it on Reigns here in front of a presumably friendlier crowd. And then I pray to god I never have to see Lesnar again.
50-Man Greatest Royal Rumble
Braun Strowman is too popular to have nothing to do on this show. I think Strowman will dominate in the Royal Rumble match and walk away as the last man standing.