Sunday, January 27, 2019

Royal Rumble Predictions

So last year, I shared some of my thoughts, I figure this year - go big or go home - let's share it all.

So a week ago, O send an email to my brother and cousin who come over and watch with me. We place small bets ($75 total pot) and each individually come up with who we think is going to win, whether it will be by pin or "other" and the time for the match bell to bell in case a tie breaker is needed. For the rumble, closest to each slot for an entrant wins (so if Bayley is out first, whoever had her closest to the first spot wins the bet).

Deal was we would be done and emailed by end of Wednesday - so no late dirtsheet reading to hedge bets.

Below is what we each came up with...though I have removed names for now (so I can take credit for the best one later...just kidding).

Brock vs. Balor Winner Brock Lesnar Brock Lesnar Brock Lesnar
By Pin Pin Other
Time 11:13 17:23 12:25
Bryan vs. Styles Winner Daniel Bryan Daniel Bryan Daniel Bryan
By Pin Pin Pin
Time 18:22 19:12 18:19
Asuka vs Becky Lynch Winner Asuka Asuka Asuka
By Other Other Other
Time 14:01 15:31 16:44
Rousey vs Banks Winner Ronda Rousey Ronda Rousey Ronda Rousey
By Other Other Other
Time 9:20 11:56 13:33
The Bar vs. Shane / Miz Winner Shane / Miz Shane / Miz Shane / Miz
By Pin Pin Pin
Time 12:40 14:43 11:50
Murphy vs Kalisto  Winner Buddy Murphy Buddy Murphy Buddy Murphy
vs Tozawa vs. Itami By Pin Pin Pin
Time 12:01 15:01 14:41
Men's Royal Rumble Entry
1 Mustafa Ali Rey Mysterio Andrade
2 Velveteen Dream Dolph Ziggler Apollo Crews
3 Cederic Alexander Heath Slater Ricochet
4 Jeff Hardy Kofi Kingston Mustafa Ali
5 Curt Hawkins Jeff Hardy Jeff Hardy
6 Xavier Woods Golddust Mojo Rawley
7 Matt Hardy Jinder Mahal Matt Hardy
8 Jinder Mahal Elias Seth Rollins
9 Abyss Apollo Crews Xavier Woods
10 Lars Sullivan Tye Dillenger Tye Dillinger
11 Baron Corbin Mustafa Ali Big E
12 Elias Bobby Lashley Baron Corbin
13 Pete Dunne Shane Strickland Dean Ambrose
14 Rey Mysterio Titus O'Neil Bray Wyatt
15 Andrade Randy Orton Kofi Kingston
16 Lio Rush Seth Rollins Elias
17 Apollo Crews Drew McIntyre Samoa Joe
18 Bobby Lashley Harper Kurt Angle
19 Ricochet Bray Wyatt Randy Orton
20 EC3 Ricochet Lars Sullivan
21 Samoa Joe Booker T Titus O'Neil
22 Big E Andrade Jinder Mahal
23 Titus O'Neil Matt Hardy Batista
24 Drew McIntyre Dean Ambrose Drew McIntyre
25 Bray Wyatt Xavier Woods Velveteen Dream
26 Randy Orton Big E Rey Mysterio
27 Seth Rollins Baron Corbin Bobby Lashley
28 Kofi Kingston Samoa Joe Dolph Ziggler
29 Dean Ambrose Shawn Michaels Kenny Omega
30 R-Truth R-Truth R-Truth
Last Elim. Drew McIntyre Shawn Michael Drew McIntyre
Winner Seth Rollins Drew McIntyre Seth Rollins
Women's Royal Rumble Entry
1 Ember Moon Charlotte Flair Naomi
2 Alicia Fox Natalya Becky Lynch
3 Bayley Ember Moon Dana Brooke
4 Alundra Blayze Sasha Banks Mandy Rose
5 Mandy Rose Bayley Lana
6 Liv Morgan Billie Kay Bayley
7 Naomi Alicia Fox Shayna Baszler
8 Ivory Maria Kanellis Billie Kay
9 Dana Brooke Ruby Riott Nia Jax
10 Toni Storm Zelina Vega Ember Moon
11 Nia Jax Dana Brooke Peyton Royce
12 Charlotte Flair Sarah Logan Liv Morgan
13 Sarah Logan Lacey Evans Maryse
14 Tamina Kacy Catanzaro Sonya Deville
15 Peyton Royce Liv Morgan Tamina
16 Ruby Riott Alexa Bliss Lita
17 Lana Lana Ruby Riott
18 Rhea Ripley Mandy Rose Alexa Bliss
19 Billie Kay Lita Sarah Logan
20 Io Shirai Candice LeRae Mickie James
21 Sonya Deville Sonya Deville Charlotte Flair
22 Zelina Vega Naomi Natalya
23 Shayna Baszler Trish Stratus Trish Stratus
24 Alexa Bliss Toni Storm Nikki Bella
25 Nikki Cross Tamina Brie Bella
26 Lacey Evans Brie Bella Zelina Vega
27 Mickie James Peyton Royce Lacey Evans
28 Natalya Alicia Fox Nikki Cross
29 Becky Lynch Nikki Bella Alicia Fox
30 Carmella Becky Lynch Carmella
Last Elim. Alexa Bliss Charlotte Flair Becky Lynch
Winner Becky Lynch Becky Lynch Charlotte Flair
First person interfering in a match Charlotte Flair Becky Lynch Braun Strowman
Yeah - 5 of the singles matches we called exactly the same with the times only being a few minutes abart on each. That's why we need the time tie break. Doesn't mean any of them are correct, but at least it means those matches will just come down to how long the match takes.

As for the rumbles, a little more all over the place, but some consistency in both Drew McInture and Becky Lynch expected to do well by us all.

Will I come to be embarrassed by how far off I am on the above, or will it be so bang on that I will gloat about it repeatedly....I don't know yet, but I do know, win, lose or draw, the three of us have a blast doing it and it's a fun time - also, no one ever leave ahead or behind more than $5 usually - so no harm done to the wallet either.

I guess I should have some cards posted here as well, so let's post some cards that came in so far from a trade (on TCDB of course). I am waiting for the last package, but here are the first two PWEs in my trade with mrmike...

Some older sets pre the Booket T, and newer Topps base sets after. A nice variety and all needs, so some nice fits to the growing collection - closing in on 2,000 cards in the collection, from about 100 a year ago, so not too bad.

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