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WWE Royal Rumble 2014 matches & predictions: Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt & more

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The WWE Royal Rumble 2014 matches and predictions are starting to heat up ahead of Sunday's epic pay-per-view in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There's been several new matches added to the card as of a recent episode of Raw, including Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt and the tag team champions defending against a legendary tag team that has made their return to WWE just recently. Could these matches lead to some big spoilers for the event?

A Jan. 21 report from Cageside Seats notes that Daniel Bryan was recently cleared to make his return to action after suffering a concussion. He’ll finally get his hands on Bray Wyatt in a one-on-one match, with the two set to battle during the Royal Rumble card. Of course that has many wondering if Bryan will end up in the Royal Rumble match itself. Some predicted he would be among the top contenders for the 30-man match along with favorites like Batista and CM Punk. It would seem that Bryan is so over with the fans right now it would almost be criminal for him to not pick up a win over Wyatt, and at least be entered in the Royal Rumble.

One man who is in the Rumble bad has it pretty bad now is CM Punk. On last night’s Raw the fan favorite and former champion was given his entry number - No. 1 of all competitors. It’s a tough draw for Punk, who seems to be getting punished weekly by “The Authority.” Last night it was Kane who gave him the bad news. Now Punk has to outlast a ton of other superstars including all three members of The Shield, and possibly New Age Outlaws. Maybe even Kane will be a surprise entry to eliminate Punk. It seems at this point Punk will probably last a while, only to get eliminated late by someone connected to Triple H and Stephanie.

One other match was booked as of last night’s Raw, the current tag team champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust will have to put the belts on the line against the New Age Outlaws. Billy Gunn and Road Dogg have been against the champions in previous matches, and defeated them in a non-title affair on last Friday’s SmackDown. Will CM Punk intervene in the Outlaws’ chance at capturing the belts? It wouldn’t be surprising after what they did to him, bailing from a tag team match and leaving him to lose. The tag team title match will be ahead of the pay-per-view on WWE’s live kickoff show at 7:30 p.m. EST.

The Royal Rumble takes place Sunday, Jan. 26 with a start time of 8 p.m. EST and an approximate run time of three hours. Other matches include Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show and John Cena taking on Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

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