There’s an action packed few weeks coming up over in the US and it all begins this Sunday.
Wrestlemania is the WWE’s – in fact the wrestling world’s – show piece event but for me the best event the WWE has created is the Royal Rumble. And it’s on this Sunday.
If you haven’t seen it it’s a three hour show that features a few matches before the main event, the Royal Rumble itself. It pitches 30 of the WWE’s roster against one another in an over-the-top battle royale. The Rumble starts with two men and another one enters every two minutes.
That means there can be well over a tonne of professional wrestlers inside the ring at any one time until all but one has been thrown over the top rope to the floor. The last man standing wins not only the Rumble itself but a shot at the WWE title at the aforementioned Wrestlemania. It. Is. Epic.
There’s a twist this year too. Current WWE champion Roman Reigns has to actually defend his title. He must win the event in order to retain the belt. He must go through TWENTY NINE other wrestlers to remain champion. It’s an almost impossible task but he has a shot. In 2014 he eliminated 12 other wrestlers, the most by anyone, ever. Should make for edge of your seat viewing.
Over the years there have been many classic Royal Rumble’s but my favourite is the year Shawn Michaels entered in the number one spot and went on to win, outlasting all 29 other entrants, the first time it had been done in history. Incidentally, the number two entrant was the British Bulldog – and it was Shawn and he that faced each other at the end of the match. Just an AWESOME wrestling match. Check it out:
You can watch the Royal Rumble on Sunday on Sky Box Office from 1am.
Just two weeks later we have the monumental event that is Super Bowl 50, coming from Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California. We don’t yet know the protagonists as the play-offs are still running their course.
We DO know it’ll be two from the New England Patriots, the Denver Broncos, the Arizona Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers. The Pats play the Broncos in the AFC championship game while the Cardinals play the Panthers for the NFC championship on Sunday. The winners go forward to the Super Bowl.
Happens every year, right, so so what? Well, the biggest event on earth is going to be even bigger this year – it is, after all, the 50th and our American friends do like an anniversary!
The half time show will feature British band Coldplay as the headline act – preventing any ‘outrageous’ nipple slips – and has been described as “solid”. They make up a three part show which focuses on past, present and future – Coldplay being the present. Other acts lined up are Bruno Mars and the brilliant Beyoncé.
The odds suggest the Patriots will face off against the Panthers in California, which should make for a really entertaining Super Bowl, but there’s still room for a shock in the Conference final games.
The biggest shock would be the Broncos and Cardinals making it. You can get 5/1 on that!
It doesn’t matter to us though. We love staying up to watch the Super Bowl and we’ll be doing it on February 7th. If you plan to join us may we suggest you pick up our Super Bowl Survival Kit, containing everything you need for watching the game.
In the meantime, why not tell us who you think will win the Rumble, the Super Bowl and what other big US events you’re looking forward to in 2016.