Roughly five weeks out from the pay-per-view, the little build we’ve seen for the 30-man Royal Rumble match has centered almost exclusively on Goldberg and Lesnar, the lone entrants thus far. But just because the focus of WWE’s blockbuster battle royal has been on Raw’s two biggest stars, that doesn’t mean that the match itself needs to be.
WWE will be in an awkward situation at The Royal Rumble, where its two most unbeatable monsters will essentially have to lose. Why? Because Goldberg and Lesnar appear to be headed for a clash at WrestleMania 33 that likely won’t involve a World (or Universal) title, meaning that neither star is going to win the 30-man Royal Rumble match.
With Lesnar vs. Goldberg III basically confirmed as one of the headlining attractions of WrestleMania 33, the Rumble match will be the means to get to that end, likely when Goldberg and Lesnar somehow eliminate each other. That’s all fine and dandy, but the bigger issue here is what else, beyond tossing each other out, Lesnar and Goldberg are going to do in that match.
Much like the feud between Triple H and Seth Rollins (which is also the obvious direction for WrestleMania), the beef between Goldberg and Lesnar does not need to overshadow the rest of the competitors in the Royal Rumble match, especially when this is the perfect year to have an unlikely superstar emerge from the Rumble as the winner and standout performer.