Countdown to WWE Royal Rumble 2016: What If Kevin Owens Wins?

We’re counting down to the Royal Rumble: a variation of the traditional Battle Royal match with a total of 30 competitors. Two WWE Superstars start in the ring, every 90 seconds thereafter another Superstar enters. A Superstar is eliminated when they’re thrown over the top rope and both feet touch the floor. Traditionally, the last remaining Superstar is guaranteed a championship opportunity at WrestleMania versus the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion. On Jan. 24th the Champion is required to defend his title in the Royal Rumble match; the first time its winner claims gold since Rumble ’92. | By Mr. Joe Walker

WWE Superstar: Kevin Owens
Height: 6'
Weight: 266 lbs.
Marieville, Quebec, Canada

There’s a short list of favorites to win this year’s Royal Rumble match. Kevin Owens is on it. His intentions have been clear since joining WWE; he’s come to be the best wrestler in the company, and the savvy, outspoken vet has no issue owning that claim already. Should he enter and win the Rumble match, claiming the WWE World Heavyweight title, the gold around his waist would legitimize his boasts. As champion, Owens and career rival Sami Zayn could ignite the type of title feud WWE hasn’t experienced since Triple H and Shawn Michaels. He could also close Mania in a rematch with Reigns, or defending against the likes of The Rock or Brock Lesnar.

Royal Rumble Winners: Jim Duggan (1988), Big John Studd (’89), Hulk Hogan (’90, ’91), Ric Flair (’92), Yokozuna (’93), Bret Hart/Lex Luger (’94), Shawn Michaels (’95, ’96), Steve Austin (’97, ’98), Mr. McMahon (’99), The Rock (2000), Steve Austin (’01), Triple H (’02), Brock Lesnar (’03), Chris Benoit (’04), Batista (’05), Rey Mysterio (’06), The Undertaker (’07), John Cena (’08), Randy Orton (’09), Edge (’10), Alberto Del Rio (’11), Sheamus (’12), John Cena ('13), Batista (’14), Roman Reigns (’15)