For the last few years I have predicted who the surprise entrants might be for the Royal Rumble matches. Last year I managed to predict FOUR surprise entrances including Jeff Jarrett and Kacy Catanzaro (Link: https://sirlewisofclarke.wordpress.com/2018/11/10/20-possible-surprise-entrants-for-the-2019-mens-and-womens-royal-rumble-matches/), so this year I was quietly hoping to go one better…
Due to the emergence of AEW I predicted it would be far less likely to keep rumours under wraps so WWE would most likely use up and comers from their inflated various rosters. The ‘surprise entrant’ of Edge was a prime example of this; since it was so widely reported I deliberately avoided him as a pick since I thought it would be way too obvious.
Despite this, I managed to nearly DOUBLE the amount of surprise entrants predicted on my two posts (traditionally I do one main post two months beforehand, and second post a week or so before the event because of last minute changes).
So here is a list of the seven I predicted correctly:
The women’s rumble had hardly any announced competitors for it, so I fancied my chances when it came to possible surprise entrants. No, Ronda Rousey didn’t appear, neither did a few of my picks. But Dakota did. Arguably the most improved NXT female wrestler of 2019 has put herself on everyone’s radar with her recent performances. To be frank; it would have been a surprise if she WASN’T in the rumble since it is only a matter of time before she comes up to the main roster, unless NXT plan on using her character in a main storyline with Tegan Nox.
Over 25 men had already announced themselves for the 30 man rumble, so that left very few spaces for surprise entrants.
MVP had come in, and I was almost certain I had chosen him for a previous year but not this one. Turns out after checking my posts that I never had him, so I sulked like a child for a while. Even worse, Edge came in and I deliberately avoided choosing him because the rumours were too loud. So I expected to not get any more after I heard the ‘On This Day, I See Clearly’ song. Then Suddenly I heard “Bro…”
<And the Lewis at home went wild!!!>
I may have ignored Edge, but I did however choose Keith Lee to come in and do his thing. This was kind of expected by the time the rumble came around, but this wasn’t expected at all around early November time when I did these predictions, so this was great to see from my point of view. It is a shame that neither Riddle nor Lee lasted particularly long in the rumble but it was good to see them both mixing it up with the Raw and Smackdown lot, and taking it in their stride as well…
In my post I wrote “For me, this isn’t just a surprise entrant, but can she go on and win the entire thing?”, so imagine how excited I was to see her in the final two giving off her confident Shayna style smile. “She’s gonna do it!” I smiled excitedly.
Unfortunately standing in front of her was Charlotte, and I guess WWE has something better planned for Charlotte with one of the other four horsewomen since Shayna could only finish second.
It is great to see her on the main roster. She has deserved it for a very long time and I hope a main roster title will be coming her way soon.
My prediction was that Dakota Kai and Tegan Nox would come out at one and two, and then would destroy each other with chairs etc… to get the crowd pumped up.
That didn’t happen. But both girls did get to appear at one of the big PPVs. I for one was extremely happy for the both of them, as they both have recovered from serious ACL injuries (And Tegan pretty much destroyed her entire leg in the Mae Young classic, and STILL wanted to carry on fighting!)
The Welsh Wonder has overcome so many setbacks since joining the WWE, so it was fantastic to see her where she belongs; on the main stage…
Speaking of overcoming obstacles; sometimes the fight to succeed isn’t always physical. Toni Storm was nowhere on my radar even a couple of months ago, but when she did appear on TV she slot in so perfectly in a role that it made the majority of people think in unison, “Why on earth have I not heard of this girl before? She seems to have the whole package!” Sadly although she looked very comfortable in her role, she was suffering from a lot of self doubt and even was considering retiring from wrestling, as mentioned in the video above:
Fortunately for all of us she didn’t and subsequently went on to fulfil a dream of hers a few months later. I had one week to choose who might be a surprise entrant in my second post, and this seemed like a no brainer to me.
She ended up in the Rumble for over 18 minutes. What a one year turn around for her! If that isn’t inspiration to not give up fighting for your dream I don’t know what is…
Welcome to the top of the mountain Toni. You’ve earned it…
This is a bitter sweet pick for me, since by the time January came around this wasn’t even a surprise entrant. Yes, I had picked him in November and there were rumours he was going to join WWE, but nothing concrete. So I felt he would come back like Rey Mysterio did and then continue performing weekly from there.
That didn’t happen. First he was announced as signed, then he was assigned to Smackdown, and finally he was actually announced as a normal entrant one week prior to the match.
It was a guess when I predicted him though, so although it feels like a very hollow victory, it was still technically a victory nonetheless.
Were there any surprise entrants that you predicted? Did you enjoy the Royal Rumble matches? Were there are performers you wanted to see and were disappointed when they didn’t appear? Comment below