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The Truth:Potential Royal Rumble Entrants

by Amish Patel - January 19, 2011

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This years edition of the Royal Rumble has a different feel to it, as for the first time ever there are going to be 40 Superstars involved in the main event. I am really surprised WWE is pursing this, there is almost never a need to hype the rumble IMO, as it is easily the most exciting PPV of the year, so adding another 10 Superstars to me just seems unnecessary.

There are two quick things I hope this does not change, one is the time for the match. I hope it is given enough length so that eliminations are not just all clumped together. Secondly I hope they do not revert back to having just one minute in between entrances. A minute and half is a good compromise from two minutes but one minute is just too quick for there to be any suspense, so WWE please… keep the time as it is.

With that said, lets move on to some potential rumble entrants who could make an impact at this years edition of the Royal Rumble.

Chris Jericho: so many of us are eager to see Jericho back in the ring, as I am. I have not viewed the current Fozzy schedule that was apparently posted earlier this week, so I have know way of knowing whether Jericho has a scheduling conflict. My instincts tell me Jericho will not appear at this years event but possibly closer to WrestleMania if he does return in the near future.

possibility: not very likely

Christian: again I have no knowledge of the time table of his injury but provided he is healthy enough, Captain Charsima could make a big splash at this years event. At least with people who believe he truly deserves to be pushed, unfortunately Vince McMahon doesn’t appear to be in that group. Maybe he will see the light and Christian will be able to fulfill all his potential….here is a hint Vince, heel turn.

possibility: I would say almost certain if he is healthy

Evan Bourne: not the biggest potential entrant, name or size wise. But Bourne does bring a great high flying pace to the show and while his particular style isn’t exactly suited for the rumble match, it would be nice to see him back in time for a spot in the MITB match at WM, provided there is one this year.

possibility: provided he is fully healed, very possible

Shawn Michaels: this name will inevitably come up with his appearance on Raw but this won’t happen. (I don’t think) It doesn’t make much sense for Michaels to enter, unless they are going to pursue him vs. Del Rio at WM. In that case it would make perfect sense for him to enter and eliminate Del Rio. Wow now that I say it this actually does make some sense. Everyone would love to see HBK return for one more match, and WM is always in need of star power. I hope WWE is on the same page.

possibility: I would guess less than 50 percent

Triple H: everyone seems to think he is guaranteed to return at the rumble and it is about time. At some point he has to return before Mania and now with 40 entrants, it seems you would almost have to make Hunter one of the 40 stars to fill up the match. I am always one for holding off on a sure thing to help create more suspense but in this case give the fans what they want. Triple H number 37…man that sounds weird.

possibility: very probable

Awesome Kong: that is not a misprint unfortunately. With rumors that Kong has apparently signed with WWE, it isn’t impossible that her name will be called in two weeks. With 10 extra spots in the rumble and WWE’s propensity towards putting powerful women in the rumble match, the idea that Kong will appear in the Royal Rumble seems more and more likely. I don’t like the idea but I guess it wouldn’t be the worst thing we’ve seen in WWE now would it.

possibility: if she has signed, very likely

Randy Orton: I would like to think one year that the top stars who are in a championship match and happen to lose that night, aren’t held out of the rumble itself. The only time I remember this happening is when Kurt Angle bullied Nunzio out of his spot in 05′. There usually are not enough credible threats to win the rumble and assuming Orton doesn’t win the WWE title that night, he would be a welcome addition to the RR.

possibility: Id like to think very possible, but probably closer to 60 percent

Sting: I don’t know too much about his current status but I have read he isn’t currently signed by TNA and that WWE is interested. They may be looking to do something more geared toward mania but what a surprise entrant this would be. Regardless of his condition, Sting being involved in any sort of in ring and on camera angle with WWE would be extremely interesting to watch.

possibility: very remote

Those are my thoughts, as always, feel free to include yours.

  • Jeff

    You guys make some good points, I really really hope that it is not the 10 nxt guys, or how ever many they are, that would be a waste IMO. Matr I hope you are wrong about HBK, at this point now I think he should come back. To me he doesn’t need to be on camera if he s not gonna wrestle.

    I seriously hope we don’t see a group of old guys in. Booker T would be cool, but not like Duggan and Slaughter. Snuka and Piper was cool because of their history but no more old timers, unless he s still capable of being on the main roster.

  • donners

    chances are, they’ll utilise the star power of sgt slaughter, hacksaw jim duggen etc to fill the spots up.

    they’ve taken to bringing back guys like rvd and mr perfect for one-time-only appearences, provided they’ve not been aligned with tna.

    the talk of booker t not having resigned with tna and at least talking to wwe kinda makes me think that he’s a valid option.

    you’ve got about as much chance of sting making an appearance as you have goldberg showing up…. then jobbing to santino.

    if they really want a bit of a surprise, bret hart could be a possibility as the rumble match isn’t too physically demanding, but that’s just a total guess.

  • Daniel Stockwell

    Oh… and I doubt Kong will debut in Rumble – only two women have entered the fray and they were established as strong and powerful women of the company. It was a gimmick segement for fans – Kong has very few fans in the WWE Universe so unless they want her to feud with men afterwards, it just doesn’t make sense.

  • Daniel Stockwell

    Don’t forget Great Khali….. I’m pretty sure he’ll make his return during the rumble.

  • Unique

    I’m thinking that these extra 10 spots are there for the NXT guys. Seems like something WWE might be into these days….hope not though.

  • Mattrko

    Recent reports on the home page are suggesting Christian may not be ready for Wrestlemania let alone the rumble so he’s not going to be in it!
    I think Evan Bourne, kong and the Game are certs to be in it.
    But I do not think there are any chance or HBK or Sting appearing. IMO HBK will never wrestle again

  • Hunter

    I thought about Kong- you can see her eliminating someone like Santino.

    HHH- I think it would be cool if they had Sheamus come in early, and tease that HHH is coming back by keep having his music play and distracting him, only for HHH to actually appear towards the end and eliminate him.

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