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Outcome of Universal Title match at Royal Rumble not a sure thing



The Royal Rumble is coming up on us fast and the Road To WrestleMania 34 is only a short time away. The Universal Title is being defended in a match which could result in a major war between three massive competitors but WWE needs to book things carefully from this point on.

WWE could take this match a couple different directions, but it seems the general consensus is that Kane will be taking the pinfall when all is said and done because he's likely to be leaving WWE soon enough to jump on the campaign trail as he continues his quest to become Mayor of Knox Couty, Tennessee.

"I think everyone expects Lesnar to pin Kane," Dave Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio, "I think that's the most likely scenario. I can't imagine Kane winning. If Kane won it would be stupid. Strowman could win but that would require changing the plans for Mania which is possible. But I haven't heard that there's any change of plans."

"We'll see, I mean Lesnar and Strowman and Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns at SummerSlam had a hell of a match. Lesnar and Strowman in a singles match was blah. I'm not sure where Kane fits in, I know the Kane/Strowman matches that I've seen have been pretty bad. So this one's not a sure thing."

But however WWE books the match, fans probably shouldn't be expecting a very long outing from this triple threat match.

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"I mean and it may have to be kept short and there will be a lot of table breaking and things like that because the thing with the Lesnar/Strowman match was they tried to make it a wrestling match and that didn't work. It really exposed -- Strowman's good if you let him be Strowman and let him do a lot of stunts but Strowman just doing a wrestling match is very overrated. And Kane, you know he's there and... he's there."

"I'm sure that they'll let these guys go crazy because they know if they don't it probably wouldn't be that good."

Therefore since the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event is expected to be four hours it's a good thing there are two Royal Rumble matches this year. Because one of the marquee title matches might not get very much time on the card. But it won't be a bad thing if WWE books to their performers' strengths, it will only mean they want to present the best show possible.

After all, Braun Strowman is reportedly already on the way to a big match at WrestleMania.

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