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 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.
There are a few people who could be on this list mainly for nostalgia but realistically it won’t be happening this year due to tensions within the company or how well they are doing at other companies (Johnny Nitro, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, CM Punk, Jeff Jarrett and Alberto Del Rio come to mind) however here is a list of people who I feel could be surprise entrances this year at the rumble:
Think about it; it seems like a strange pick at first but this could be a stroke of genius. The fans LOVE Becky, she can wrestle and she is naturally gorgeous. She could easily be the poster girl for the company, a company looking to show that they don’t play any favours when it comes to gender. Having Paige enter could be a great comeback if she finally returned for the rumble, but if Becky came through the curtains, maybe eliminated a lower card wrestler or two (Straight away, Curt Hawkins as it’s part of his gimmick) then gets unluckily eliminated by a heel, this would satisfy the hordes of people who think Becky should be used better. Women have entered the rumble before, so it’s not that farfetched really if you think about it.
There have been some outstanding Royal Rumble returns over the years, but the one that has really been missing is Scott Hall in his Razor Ramon persona. This is mainly because of his real life issues fighting his demons. However thanks to DDP he is reportedly healthy again, and for him to go full on Razor Ramon mode would be confusing to the younger viewers, but incredible for the ones that remember him at his best.
Ha ha! What??? Does this guy still wrestle? Well, no. but he is still with the company. He also has an incredible physique so could pass for a wrestler making his ‘comeback’. If he works there then from a business perspective this makes sense as an easy surprise entrant, especially as not only have people forgotten he used to wrestle, but he doesn’t have concussion issues like a lot of the wrestler turned commentators…
The rumours around Ricochet going to WWE have been around seemingly forever. I’ve said it before but the rumble could be the perfect place for him to get a pop if he comes in and does one of his double rotation moonsaults. He’s not doing anything big at the moment, so maybe this year could be his year.
I admittedly know very little about Japanese wrestling, but this guy has a huge reputation. I’ve seen a few Youtube videos of him and know that this guy is legit, my only concern would be that the casual viewer wouldn’t know who he is and he may not get the pop he deserves. He was in the Cruiserweight Classic last year so they could promote him as that, but realistically this one is a long shot as a surprise rumble entrant.
Wait… Didn’t WWE fire him a few months ago? Yes, but they’ve also fired and rehired wrestlers before, wrestlers like Daniel Bryan and Matt Hardy. Both of those wrestlers came back with huge reactions as well. Austin hasn’t burned his bridges with WWE and speaks well of them so a repackaged ‘Double A’ may not be off the cards. Another factor is that his girlfriend is currently working for WWE (Thea Trinidad) so this surprise entry is far more plausible than most of the people on this list
Almost a cert until he posted those tweets a few weeks ago about Emma, now he may have damaged his chances of progressing through this company. The guy is only 5’6 anyway so he was already at a disadvantage, but when I saw how quick he was in an NXT match all I could think was ‘surprise entrant’. Again, highly unlikely now considering how many people he’s pissed off…or from a business perspective, likely because people are now talking about him. You decide…
OHHH NO! OH NO! Chris Hero dominates the indies, but he seems to disappear whenever the WWE writing staff get a hold of him. The guy’s got talent so give him a push. Put him in the rumble and see if he floats…
One of the most underrated wrestlers of the Attitude Era (along with Dean Malenko) would be an unexpected arrival and people would go nuts. Admittedly they would go crazier for the 2010 winner Edge, but he has neck issues, the same neck issues that stop Stone Cold cleaning house at the rumble every year. Christian could be a great talking point for the rumble for the long term fans.
I know the name, but again I know very little about Japanese wrestling. He has a reputation though, and the rumours were hot about him entering last year. Maybe this year is when I get to see what all the fuss is about…
May be a redundant pick as there is talk of him returning at Survivor Series, but he is a storyline free agent and he’s got to come back sometime…
Gets an IC title opportunity then gets injured. Same as John; he’s got to come back sometime. People love Jeff, and he’s always welcomed at the rumble, so as long as he heals up in time this one not only could be a possibility, but by the time the rumble comes around he could just be a normal entrant and not a surprise one.
Same as Jeff, the WWE fans love him. As I said last year he is getting on a bit now, so a short term deal could benefit both parties. Those educated feet could be put to good use in one more rumble.
But doesn’t he have a contract dispute? Or is it part of an angle to trick the fans into forgetting he exists, then he gets that upper-mid card push to see if he can hang with the main eventers? Most likely it’s the former, but it would be quality if it is all an elaborate ruse just to hear the pop when he enters at number two or number three…
Poor old Hideo… billed as the top Japanese star but injuries have slowed his momentum down while other Japanese stars like Asuka and Nakamura have thrived. He’s not lighting up NXT right not either. Let him loose on the rumble like they did with Rusev and Braun Strowman and see if he survives. Granted he’s not a big man like these two, but a few surprise eliminations would make the casuals sit up and take notice.
Many people don’t realise how much Scott was an innovator for wrestling. He got a throat injury in the ring a few years ago that nearly killed him so now he’s retired and runs a successful restaurant. He doesn’t need to return, but the pull of walking out in an arena full of people one more time may be too much for him to resist. A good compromise for both parties could be one more royal rumble appearance, possibly even a face to face with Brock Lesnar (Two suplex kings) could be an amazing talking point for this year’s rumble.