WWE Rumors: 5 Possible Royal Rumble Surprise Entrants
Five Possible Surprise Entrants in the 2013 Royal Rumble
Less than two weeks away from the annual Royal Rumble, it's time to start thinking about who will fill out the 30-man roster in the Rumble match. We know all of the current superstars who will be entering at this point: John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, they'll all be there. But half the fun of the Rumble is the surprise entrants.
Two years ago fans were treated to returns by Kevin Nash and Booker T. These were two of the biggest names in recent history to make surprise returns, and now the bar has been set fairly high. There's always the chance of an injured superstar returning to win, but that won't be the case this year. All realistic winners are healthy and ready to go.
In this list we take a look at five potential surprise entrants. These wrestlers will be in the same category as Nash and Booker T, great to see them, but no way they win. Or at least there's a 98% chance that none of these guys will win. I think all five guys could realistically be in the Rumble this year, but I'll say that at least three out of five will make an appearance.
The Rumble of course sets up the main event at Wrestlemania, but the match itself is full of spots and entertainment for the fans. It's mainly fun and games until the final eight wrestlers or so.
Let's take a look at the five most likely superstars to return this year at the Royal Rumble:
Road Dogg Jesse James
Sure, the Road Dogg was a surprise last year, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be used again. Fans still love him, and the New Age Outlaws even made a return to tag team action last month at some house shows. There's a very good chance we see Road Dogg on January 27th.
Chances of Brock Lesnar winning the Rumble? About .01%, but he no doubt should be used in the match, and used up until the end. Having Lesnar make it all the way to the final four would be very entertaining television, and it would even trick some fans into thinking he could win. That's not going to happen, but Lesnar could and should play a key role in the Rumble.
Bad Ass Billy Gunn
Billy Gunn hasn't been in a televised WWE match in a long time, but just as is the case with Road Dogg, Gunn has recently re-signed with the company and he'd make a perfect surprise entrant in 2013. Dude is still in great shape.
Vader was my favorite returning legend over the summer. For a 57-year-old, the guy still does pretty good in the ring. He's a great fit for a surprise entrant in the Rumble. He's big and powerful, and most importantly, the fans still love him. Believe or not, Vader wrestled last month in Japan. Given that and the fact he's worked with WWE twice in the last year, I fully expect to see Vader on Sunday January 27th.
Undertaker in the Rumble? It's been a rumor for quite some time now, and while I think it's probably a long-shot at this point, I still won't be surprised to see the Dead Man in Phoenix. At one time when Taker's Wrestlemania status was uncertain, it was thought he'd at least do a spot in the Rumble. But now that he seems to be a lock for WM 29, I don't know if he's needed in the Rumble. But, without question he's the biggest name that's also a realistic surprise entrant this year.
Other Honorable Mentions and Potential Surprise Entrants: Chris Jericho, Triple H, Tommy Dreamer, Goldust