Broughton's Fav 5: Top 5 Guys to Be Surprise Entrants in 2012 Royal Rumble

Michael BroughtonAnalyst IJanuary 20, 2012

Broughton's Fav 5: Top 5 Guys to Be Surprise Entrants in 2012 Royal Rumble

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    Hey, folks, and welcome to the second edition of Broughton's Fav Five.

    This time, the topic is who I want to make surprise entrances at this year's Royal Rumble. Nearly all of my picks are part-time or injured wrestlers that may be returning, so don't except too many Hall of Famers making a one-and-done appearance on my list.

    Also, please comment at the end of the slide show with any questions, suggestion and/or what you want the next topic to be. 

    Now, onto Broughton's Fav Five!

5. Mick Foley

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    Mick Foley has been making special appearances for quite some time now, but his run this time around has been forgettable. He hasn't made an impact at all and has no direction.

    However, on the most recent episode of Monday Night Raw, he hinted at a return at this year's Royal Rumble. While Johnny Ace denied him an opportunity, I don't see this ending quite so fast.

    Mick is a fan favorite, and it would be great to see him back in the ring.

    Of course, I don't think there is any chance he would walk out victorious, but he could possibly flare up a rivalry during his time in the match.

    Though I wouldn't want him in a title match at WrestleMania, he may still have a match at the grandest stage of them all. A future match with Dolph Ziggler was hinted at on Monday, and I for one, would love to see Foley put over some of the younger stars.

4. The Rock

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    The Great One could certainly be a surprise entrant in this year's Royal Rumble.

    It is a possibility that The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania could very well be for the WWE Championship.

    If so, it is likely that Cena could be holding the title, and Rock will be the challenger. Although the match is already set up, the Rock winning the Royal Rumble would make him the No. 1 contender.

    With talk of the Rock coming back soon to build up hype for his match against Cena, a Royal Rumble win would certainly do the job. However, it would make Cena's title victory inevitable.

    I personally don't think the match needs to be for the WWE Championship, but WWE may feel differently.

3. Undertaker

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    Undertaker probably won't be back by January 29th, but it is always a possibility. He could be part of the Royal Rumble and then not wrestle again until WrestleMania to rest his injuries.

    Of course, as Undertaker continues to get older, his body becomes more vulnerable.

    The Deadman shouldn't win the Royal Rumble, mainly because he doesn't need to. His match at WrestleMania already is interesting enough with the streak on the line.

    Also, with rumors of Triple H facing Taker at WrestleMania, a part-time wrestler would have to hold on to and defend the strap past WrestleMania. It would be difficult to work it out, and personally, I think Undertaker is much better served out of the title picture.

    Still, the Phenom is a definitely a possible surprise entrant at this year's Royal Rumble.  

2. Christian

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    Christian is my favorite wrestler in the WWE today. However, after being part of the title scene for the majority of the summer, Christian suffered an ankle injury at a house show.

    Recent rumors have stated that Christian could possibly return at the Royal Rumble, and I would love to see it. A return at the Rumble may actually turn him back into a face, as he would probably be going up against Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania if he won the Rumble.

    If Christian does enter into the Royal Rumble match, he would quickly become a favorite to win. He puts on great matches each and every time he steps in the ring, and he is certainly deserving of a title match.

    WrestleMania 28 is looking like it may become one of the best WrestleManias of all time, and Christian fighting for the World Championship would only add to the excitement. 

1. Randy Orton

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    What a year 2011 was for Randy Orton.

    Before suffering from an injury, Orton was repeatedly putting on great matches. After having the feud of the year with Christian, Orton put younger heels—such as Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes—over.

    Orton would be a great choice to win the Rumble, but he needs to return in time to do so.

    There have been rumors flying around that Orton will in fact make it back in time for the Rumble; he already seems to be the favorite.

    To be honest, a match between him and Daniel Bryan would be superb. I have always been a fan of Orton, despite his lack of mic skills.

    If Orton can make it to the Royal Rumble, he is certainly the odds-on favorite to win the match.


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    Thanks for reading.

    Don't forget to comment with any questions, suggestions and/or what you think the next topic for Broughton's Fav Five should be!

    That's a wrap!