The Royal Rumble is so much fun to watch every year. On top of it being a really gripping match with lots of twists, they normally have a few surprise and/or joke entrances into the rumble to keep it entertaining and in some cases light hearted. Hopefully this year will be no exception.
Last year FOUR of my predictions came true (https://sirlewisofclarke.wordpress.com/2018/11/10/20-possible-surprise-entrants-for-the-2019-mens-and-womens-royal-rumble-matches/) so I’m hoping to have similar success this time around as well.
This year is a complex one though with the emergence of AEW. This means that there will be far less possibilities with indy wrestlers or legends making a one time appearance (or signing a longer contract) without everyone knowing about it beforehand (thus rendering the ‘surprise entry’ pointless) so it is likely that WWE will be using their inflated rosters as surprise entries this year.
Some still may be very unexpected though; here are my predictions:
Let’s start with an illogical one. I know what you are thinking; this is obvious! Is it…? WWE may be triple bluffing us here. Most reactions would be that it is obvious since he joined Fox, which means people think it would never happen because it is too obvious. What if WWE makes CM Punk enter number 30, wins it, then gets his main event Wrestlemania moment? I think most fans would hate the idea, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t make money…
Scotty 2 Hotty
Comes in, does The Worm, then gets thrown out by a heel. Seems easy enough to book. A nice pop for the casuals. Plus as he works at the performance centre so this wouldn’t be hard to arrange. Speaking of which:
If not Scotty 2 Hotty, Rikishi would be great! I don’t know what shape he is in, but have one of the Usos as number 1, the second come out as number 4, then once they chuck out the other wrestlers (Maybe another tag team?) have Rikishi come out so they can do the Too Cool dance together.
The Dream is currently injured with a back issue, so this may be a dead pick. However if he gets cleared before then they could keep him off television until the rumble and have him come out and fight. Maybe against the Undisputed Era once they come in and establish dominance in the rumble.
I put this post off in case he was the surprise pick in NXT Wargames. He wasn’t, so he could easily come in half way through the rumble instead with his red carpet style entrance and surprise everyone. If the younger fans don’t know him they’ll soon get behind him once he does a few flips. Oh, and Starship Pain…
‘Mr Wrestlemania’ is always a possibility for a rumble entrant. It makes sense as well because he can add to his rumble stats (cumulative time in the ring, eliminations etc…). Typically this role is given to Kane, but as he is the mayor of Knox County this might be one rumble he misses. Plus Kane comes in so much that it isn’t really a surprise entrant anymore. Shawn would be better, unless they want to add to the number of rumbles that Kane has entered.
Really…? Well, it is possible. Well, WWE likes to tease things for Wrestlemania. I’m not saying John could win the rumble, but he could do a storyline where he would do anything to become a 17 time champion. Personally I think the fans would reject it as they would feel Cena was ‘burying’ the wide range of talent already available, but there is no denying that Cena is a draw wherever he goes. Even more so now he is in Hollywood.
This one makes a lot of sense; at the moment Mansoor is primarily being used to strengthen ties with Saudi Arabia. The thing is the guy is actually a pretty good wrestler though. He had a great match with Cesaro at Crown Jewel, however it doesn’t add to his legitimacy if he only wrestles two big PPV’s a year (especially against someone like Cesaro, as Cesaro could even make me look like a good wrestler…). But if he enters the rumble, he won’t just be a cheap national pride pop; he’ll be one of the boys. He’ll belong.
“Ha ha! The crowd will absolutely hate it!”
That’s the point. For some reason this guy has nuclear heat. I don’t know why, but as far as I’m aware he hasn’t been in the rumble. So he could come out, do his spiel to get everyone to boo him, then have everyone in the ring do their finishers on him before tossing him out. Admittedly a cheap pop, but it could work.
He was the first NXT UK Champion, and he was only 19 when he won the belt. Recently WWE hasn’t put the most obvious NXT standouts in the rumble as they would be too predictable. This could catch everyone off guard and get the technical wrestling fans off their feet.
The thing is, this wouldn’t be a surprise entrant, but it would be at the same time. EC3 is in this strange position where he isn’t used, and seems completely disillusioned by life in the company. It is impossible to know whether he is doing this deliberately or not, but he is getting people’s attention. He was great in Impact, and fans would like to see him given a fair go. This may not necessarily be a traditional surprise entry, but it would be treated with intrigue, provided he isn’t thrown out after a minute or two.
If I had to guess one NXT men’s wrestler to be in the rumble, it would be Matt Riddle. He is getting momentum at just the right time and there is no reason to bring him up to the main roster right now, so come January he can come out, show us what he can do and go back to NXT, possibly challenging for the main title.
I was going to pick Lars Sullivan, but at the very last moment I changed my mind to this beast instead. Now this guy is a tank. He acts like a high flyer despite being 300 lbs, and simply oozes confidence and charisma. Lars could have been a good call, but I think Keith Lee would be a better one at this time.
This guy came on my radar after some epic battles with Keith Lee (above). Recently he is getting a much bigger push and was in the Wargames match. Either two things will happen; he’ll be in the rumble come January or he’ll firmly be in NXT in a deep storyline, possibly dethroning the Undisputed Era one by one (Most likely with Keith Lee. I’d like to see Dominik win the North American Championship and Keith win the NXT title, or maybe they’ll win the tag titles…or both)
Could this really happen? The short answer is no, not for this rumble anyway. But Vince is a businessman; if it makes sense financially then it is always a possibility. Enzo is a draw, and Big Cass isn’t ready yet. So have Enzo in the rumble to get people cheering (or booing). There is no denying it would be a massive talking point for fans.
The women’s rumble is far harder to come up with surprise entrants as quite simply there are far less wrestlers in the women’s division to choose from than the men’s. Despite this, I still feel there are ample surprises available for the 2020 women’s Royal Rumble.
And this would make the crowd go mental! In every media outlet Ronda is effectively retired, but the WWE are smarter than you think and can easily make you think something about a wrestler if they want to. If Ronda comes out near the end, wins it and Challenges Becky at Wrestlemania for the one on one rematch we all wanted, I’m pretty sure most people would agree that was ‘best for business’…
Aliyah is a world class wrestler. Don’t believe me? Watch the video with Rhea Ripley. She sold that submission so well that everyone sat up and went “Whoa…that Rhea Ripley is a machine…” When props should also be going to Aliyah, who made the submission look like torture.
She was 20 when she joined WWE, so she is clearly no slouch, it is just the role she is in right now that doesn’t allow her to wrestle, similar to Allie in Impact a few years ago. She may not be a main eventer right now, but she makes others look a million dollars, and that is part of the job that most people struggle to master. It also helps that she is ethnically Arab, so there is a future possibility at Crown Jewel like they have done with Mansoor.
Deonna has kind of fallen off the radar a bit after such a promising start. I’d like to see her in the rumble to show us what we’ve been missing. I’m pretty sure no one would expect it since I actually forgot she was on the roster…
This is more of a case of will she be on the main roster before the Royal Rumble, which means she’ll be a normal pick as opposed to a surprise one. Wargames showed that they plan a storyline around her so this might not be her year. Then again, she could always do a one night thing whilst engrossed in a storyline with Tegan Nox. Which leads me to:
Imagine these two coming out at one and two, and kicking seven shades of slime out of each other? One thing WWE is keen to do is show that their women are bad-asses. Having these two destroy each other for two minutes – possibly with weapons – would definitely make people gasp in awe, show interest in two new wrestlers and be pumped for the rest of the rumble
There have been a few legends come back, but not Eve for some reason. She doesn’t have any bad blood with the WWE as far as I know, so unless she doesn’t want to do it, I don’t see anything stopping her.
Same thing with Kaitlyn. She was loved by the fans before she retired, then met with a warm reception when she came back for the Mae Young Classic. I’m not sure whether she is in the indy scene now or taking a break from wrestling, but a one night appearance or a short term contract could be great for both parties.
Melina was a tentative pick, but after seeing her backstage for the Raw Reunion show that says to me that there may be a possibility for her to come back for one night only. She is now 40, so she can still perform but time is not on her side if the WWE want the best out of her. If they want the Melina we remember, she’ll have to enter the rumble sooner rather than later.
Or maybe…just maybe… The whole CM Punk thing could be a whole ruse and open the door for AJ Lee? AJ never left the WWE on bad terms. On top of that, she has goddess like status in the WWE. If she came back between numbers 25-30, not only would it be completely unexpected, but the whole crowd would erupt. What if her and Ronda Rousey were the final two…?