WWE Royal Rumble: Taking a Closer Look at the Realistic Winners of the Event

Jon Fisher@@Jonfisher21Correspondent IIJanuary 3, 2012

WWE Royal Rumble: Taking a Closer Look at the Realistic Winners of the Event

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    This event many a times produces new main event stars, calculates an immaculate return back to the ring from injury or even a sudden surprise such as Kevin Nash or Booker T.

    Alberto Del Rio was that man last year and it led him to WrestleMania, where he faced the future hall of famer, Edge in his last career match. Before that, Del Rio was taking out people like Christian and Rey Mysterio. Him winning the Rumble put his career on the map.

    Every single year, fans such as myself debate who will win the Rumble this year. Always, we have our future main event players like Ziggler, Barrett or Sheamus and then the veterans like Randy Orton.

    Personally, besides WrestleMania I believe the Rumble is the most exciting show of the whole year.

    Unpredictability reigns supreme in this case. I never expected Del Rio to win the Rumble, granted he was a hot commodity, but WWE Creative always gives the fans one surprise, especially No. 30.

    In this piece, I will go into detail on a few guys that I believe can win this year's big event and maybe a few surprises of my own...

The Great White, Sheamus.

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    Once a man who had as long of a losing streak as Heath Slater, now is one of the front-runners to win the Royal Rumble.

    Sheamus is on a roll that not many wrestlers have ever done before. Don't forget, this man is a former two-time WWE Champion. Although, before he was nicknamed the Great White and a momentum-changing face turn, he was on a downward spiral.

    He had a great feud with Christian and a brief run-in with Mark Henry, who then would become the World Heavyweight Champion.

    The Irish-born wrestler is the last man to win the King of the Ring and like I noted above, he can easily be the man to become the next big megastar in this company. He is the total package. His top-notch mic skills, the above average wrestling ability, the natural charisma and crowd reaction all point towards a big star.

    Sheamus will remain on Smackdown and Daniel Bryan is in need of a challenger if WWE is serious about building him up strong. He will remain a face as WWE is discussing turning Bryan or Big Show heel.

    Well fella, Bryan needs a face opponent. Sheamus could be that guy.

The Bareknuckle Brawler, Wade Barrett

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    The Barrett Barrage is in full swing and no, not a choo choo train but rather a whole blown steamroller. Ever since Capitol Punishment when Barrett lost the Intercontinental Championship to Big Zeke, he has been on a roll quite like Sheamus.

    On the October 21st episode of Smackdown, he dismissed his past alliances with a "legion of parasites" and claimed that the "Barrett Barrage" was now beginning.

    Squash match after squash match against guys like Morrison and Trent Barreta; he was named the captain of Team Barrett at the Survivor Series pay-per-view.

    His opponent would be none other than, Randal Keith Orton.

    Ever since that night when Barrett pinned the former 9-time champion, he cemented himself as a legitimate contender for any World Title and even the Royal Rumble only three weeks away.

    To make matters worse for his opponents, he has not lost cleanly since the episode of Smackdown as he announced the beginning of the Barrett Barrage. Last week on Smackdown, he pushed Orton down a flight of stairs, setting up a sabbatical and Orton will continue to feud with the Englishman.

    Right now, there is not anyone more fitting to win the Rumble, except for maybe a man later on in this list...

Cody Rhodes

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    After Rhodes debuted the classic Intercontinental Championship, we all knew he was going to be a big deal in the near future. Most fans predict Rhodes to win a major title in 2012 and he maybe could do that at the Royal Rumble, well at least get real close.

    I said in the intro slide that the Rumble is sometimes used to build stars and push them over the edge as main event players.

    Del Rio did it last year and now Rhodes could do it again.

    If WWE is smart, they would not have him win, but keep building a resume for the new IC belt that he introduced. Although, Rhodes would make a great undisputed champ.

    Anyway, I apologize for my ranting. Rhodes is still a young guy and is looking like he is heading towards a match with his brother at WrestleMania.

    That would not include the WWE Championship or a Rumble win. WWE teased it last week as Goldie returned to talk some sense into Cody after he was harassing Booker T for another consecutive week.

    In recent weeks as I've already talked about with Barrett and Sheamus, Rhodes is one of the biggest rising stars in World Wrestling Entertainment today. A win at the Rumble would do wonders for his career, but doesn't make logical sense just yet.

    Now, on to one man that a win at the big event makes all the sense in the world...in fact; he is here to show the world...


The Future WWE Champion, Dolph Ziggler

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    Dolph Ziggler has defeated the WWE Champion and possibly the number one guy in the whole business. He is undoubtedly as high on the future board with Barrett, Sheamus and Cody Rhodes. His match skills are the best in WWE and mic skills are improving as fast as ever.

    Out of all of those listed, which doesn't constitute a Royal Rumble victory in his future?

    None. Along with Sheamus, he is the perfect package and can work as a heel or a face. Granted, he has never worked as a face, but the mic skills he presents and backstage segments with Swagger tell me otherwise.

    On Raw this week, I saw one thing that I haven't since Ziggler came on this hot streak. He created his own heat, instead of Vickie speaking for him or just screaming incessantly.

    Many were excited about Ziggler losing the U.S. Title to Ryder at Hell in a Cell, but maybe for the wrong reason. Yes, it gave Ryder the one thing he has been working at for months. That is respect at its finest. Although, it gave the fans a new #heel to cheer for.

    Two straight wins against the WWE Champion, even though Ace was in the mix, means Vince is high on the former Spirit Squad member.

    I'm here to show the world. I'm here to show the world. Bring it on!

    Ziggler faces CM Punk at the Royal Rumble for the WWE Title. Dolph has wrestled in two matches before and don't count out Ziggler coming back for the Rumble late and claiming himself the next big star.

    Remember John Cena's winning return and Edge's return to win the Rumble? Well, this man could do that exact same thing...


Randal Keith Orton

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    Man do I miss that picture. A heel Orton was money and now since he is a face, a stale character he has become.

    Currently on the shelf, Orton has plenty of relaxing to do before he could evidently come back and win the Royal Rumble, Cena and Edge style. It is the old adage that a man hurt climactically returns at number 30 and has that staredown with a fan favorite or heel and goes to WrestleMania.

    Thanks to the surging Wade Barrett, Orton has the opportunity to do that and is being advertised for the January 16th edition of Raw in Anaheim.

    As of late, Orton isn't producing nearly as much in the win column. After years of criticism for not putting over stars and putting an abrupt halt to pushes, it was making him look STUPID STUPID after all. He has put over the likes of two men on this list, Barrett and Rhodes.

    Now, it is not even certain Orton will be able to participate in the Rumble, as he is nursing a bad back. WWE has discussed having him come back at Elimination Chamber or like I noted, return and win the Rumble.

    Well, all I can say, it might be the end of the world as we know it. He is here. It could possibly begin on January 29th, 2012...


Y2J: Chris Jericho

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    That's right; Jericho could easily come back and win the Royal Rumble. Here is how:

    WWE has been looking at a Jericho/Punk match at WrestleMania for months now. Y2J just made his inevitable heel turn last night without even saying a word. Punk and Ziggler will not be a full-time feud, due to Laurinaitis involvement.

    He is not my immediate pick, but Joe Burgett told me he has a chance on Twitter and I had to stop and think.

    Talk about an impactful return.

    Could he win the Rumble? Absolutely. Was his return last night as Miz would say awesome? Absolutely. Is he a favorite to face Punk at WrestleMania? You bet your bottom dollar.

    Every year, the man to win the Rumble faces a champion at the Granddaddy of Them All. It won't be anybody at Elimination Chamber to face a champion; unless a new champion is crowned.

    It didn't begin last night. It will begin on the 29th of January in Orton's hometown.


Final Words

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    Well, who do I think will win this year' s big event?

    As one man once said, "Sheamus makes too much sense." That man is fellow B/R writer RiZE and I can't say it is a bad prediction, because I agree 100%.

    It still can be Jericho and Punk at WrestleMania 28. Cody will have his hands full with Goldust. Ziggler, I believe might win the title at the Rumble. Orton is too predictable and Barrett needs more time to develop.

    As for me, I'll just be watching it.

    Thank you all for taking the time to read this piece. I appreciate any feedback I receive. If you liked this article hit the props button or if you agree to disagree with me, make use of that comment section.  Have a good night everyone!


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