Royal Rumble 2012: Predicting This Year's Surprise Rumble Entrants

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2012

LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  Brock Lesnar reacts after knocking out Frank Mir during their heavyweight title bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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The 2012 Royal Rumble is going to be one of the wildest shows of the entire year and the surprises will be everywhere.

Every year, the Royal Rumble features at least a few surprise participants in the match. Nothing is cooler than watching the time tick down and listening to your favorite star from the past’s music hit.

These are three stars that are most likely to shock the world with a huge return to the WWE.


Brock Lesnar

After an unsuccessful run in the UFC, Brock Lesnar will be looking for an easier way to make the big money. That’s where WWE comes in.

With the company trying to blow the doors off WrestleMania this year, there is no reason that they wouldn’t bring the star back. With the number of PPV draws Lesnar had in UFC, thinking that most wouldn’t translate to the WWE is foolish.

The road to WrestleMania begins at the Royal Rumble and if Lesnar is coming back, this is the time. The WWE can’t make him lose though, right? Keep reading!



The WWE could give the fans a real treat and have the Undertaker make his return to the ring in the grandest match of them all. This is also how Undertaker's run to WrestleMania will be determined.

Since he doesn’t need the belt to be relevant, especially with the streak intact, he won’t mind losing in the Royal Rumble, especially if he eliminates himself. I know what you’re saying—why?

When Brock Lesnar comes out as No. 24, Undertaker needs to come out at No. 25 and clear Lesnar over the top rope and go with him. As they brawl to the back, we can be certain that the road to WrestleMania will be concluded with a Lesnar vs. Undertaker match.


Rob Van Dam

While many still believe that he is under contract for TNA, the episode after episode of the ECW legend mailing it in makes me think that the end is near. Maybe RVD knows something we don’t.

Just like in 2009, the WWE could just hit Rob Van Dam’s music and watch as the crowd goes crazy for one of the biggest stars the company has ever seen.

While I don’t think that they would let him win, imagine a match at WrestleMania between RVD and either CM Punk or Daniel Bryan. Either way, they have five-star written all over them.


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