If tradition in WWE has taught us anything, Ryback will challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight championship at WrestleMania 29.
Looking at past runner-ups in the Royal Rumble match, you may notice a very interesting pattern. Last year, Chris Jericho was the runner-up and challenged CM Punk for the WWE title. The winner Sheamus chose to challenge for the World Heavyweight title. Unfortunately, only the Rumble winner was victorious at WrestleMania in this particular case.
In 2010, John Cena was the runner-up in the Royal Rumble match and challenged for the WWE title, while the winner, Edge, challenged for the World Heavyweight title. In this case, the runner-up won the title, but the Rumble winner was not victorious.
While it hasn’t happened every single year, being the runner-up in the Rumble match has seemed to come with a consolation prize.
Ryback was this year’s runner-up and he should be fully expected to challenge soon for the WWE World Heavyweight title.
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