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WWE Royal Rumble 2012 Preview: Royal Rumble Match Simulation

The PhantomCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2012

WWE Royal Rumble 2012 Preview: Royal Rumble Match Simulation

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    It is that special time of the year again where every one goes nuts trying to pick apart the field and decide a Royal Rumble winner. Well after dusting off seven months of writing rust, I have formally declared my intent to enter into Bleacher Report's Royal Rumble Match.

    Well after pondering on what to write about, I decided to come up with a "simulation" of how the main event Rumble match will turn out based on a wrestlers' momentum coming into the match and past rumble history. 

    This was a fun little project and I hope you all enjoy it as well.

    With this many slides, questions will arise why one particular person made into the Rumble and another did not. If you have any questions or felt like I left someone out, please let me know in the comment section.

    With that being said, let's open up the "simulation" and begin.

The Second Entrant Will Be: R Truth

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    As Everyone knows by now, The Miz has been given the No. 1 entrant due to losing a match against R Truth this past Monday on RAW. I expect Miz to encounter a lot of R Truth this Sunday as Truth will some how "magically" get placed in the No. 2 spot. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    R Truth

First One Eliminated: Heath Slater

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    Even though it would seem like R Truth and The Miz will eliminate one another, I suspect that the WWE will allow them both to toy around with eliminations. 

    The third entrant, Heath Slater, will be the first one out. R Truth will handle this elimination with ease. 

     

    In The Ring:

    R Truth

    The Miz

The Early Field Setter Will Be: Mason Ryan

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    In every Royal Rumble there is always that one guy that holds up the action allowing the ring to fill up.

    In this Rumble, I expected that man to be Ted Dibiase, but considering that he may enter the Rumble injured, I scratched his name out and placed Mason Ryan in his place.

    The job of the setter is just to cause mayhem, throw some punches around basically keep things grounded.  

     

    In The Ring:

    Mason Ryan

    R Truth 

    The Miz

Waiting to Be Eliminated Entrant: Jinder Mahal

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    Jinder Mahal has no chance at lasting a long time in this Rumble.

    He only serves one purpose in this match: sit back and wait until it is his time to be eliminated. Expect him to do just that and hit a couple of big moves here and there.

    But, don't worry, he is in no way a long-term guy in the 2012 Royal Rumble. 

     

    In The Ring:

    Mason Ryan

    R Truth 

    The Miz

    Jinder Mahal

The Miz Will Eliminate R Truth

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    Since we now have a couple of guys filling up the ring, here is the spot to see R Truth get tossed out by the Miz. After a series of counters, expect the Miz to use some underhand tactics to get Truth out. 

     

    In The Ring:

    Mason Ryan

    The Miz

    Jinder Mahal

A Couple of Random Entrants: William Regal Enters at 7th Spot

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    After R Truth's elimination, The Miz will emerge as an early favorite. Expect a couple more vets and maybe a special entrant.

    I expect William Regal to enter at this point. He has plenty of experience and can work with Miz and Ryan in setting the early pace for this Rumble.

     

    In The Ring:

    Mason Ryan

    The Miz

    Jinder Mahal

    William Regal

    One or two fillers/ One filler and a surprise

Sheamus Enters the Rumble Number at 9

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    This is the moment where the whole game changes. When Sheamus enters the Rumble at the ninth spot expect a nicely pack ring to suddenly clear.

     

    In The Ring:

    Mason Ryan

    The Miz

    Jinder Mahal

    William Regal

    Two fillers

    Sheamus

Sheamus Will Eliminate Jinder Mahal and Some of the Field Setters

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    Sheamus enters and will eliminate fillers: his Smackdown rival Jinder Mahal and Mason Ryan. He will go on a big run and pose a threat to Miz supremacy in the match. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    William Regal

    Sheamus

    One filler

The Miz Will Leave the Ring, but Will Not Be Eliminated

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    Seeing Sheamus gaining new momentum, The Miz leaves the ring under the bottom rope before he gets in the grasp of Sheamus. But, don't worry folks, he is in no way eliminated.

    Come Sunday, Miz will hang out and about outside the ring a lot. In other words, expect The Miz to do some mid-match commentary during the Royal Rumble and maybe give a couple of high fives to his No. 1 fan Michael Cole. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    William Regal

    Sheamus

    One filler

More Field Setters and Jobbers Will Enter: Hunico Will Lead the Way at 10th Spot

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    Look for the Miz outside the ring and Sheamus running out of bodies to pummel inside of it.

    Expect more fillers and setters to come in the ring. Sheamus will be a bit grounded as the fresh bodies roll in but no eliminations have been made yet.

    Yoshi Tatsu sneaks into the Rumble at 11 with a random filler entrant thrown into the mix. Look for one of the Colons to take this spot. Most likely Primo.

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    William Regal

    Sheamus

    Yoshi Tatsu

    Hunico

    One filler

    Primo

The Early Favorite Will Be: Sheamus

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    Keeping up with the theme of Sheamus, he has emerged as a good choice at this spot. So far no one beside the Miz is seen as a sizable threat. His title as early favorite is one that is easily won. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    William Regal

    Sheamus

    One filler

    Hunico

    Yoshi Tatsu

    Primo

The Person with the Worse Showing After Slater: Ezekiel Jackson

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    It is hard to believe that the last person to hold the IC Title before Cody Rhodes was Ezekiel Jackson.

    With that said, I don't see much changing here. Big Zeke will go on a light fury showcasing his strength, but his time in the Rumble will be cut short.  

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    William Regal

    Sheamus

    ONE Filler

    Hunico

    Ezekiel Jackson

    Yoshi Tatsu

    Primo

Through the Sea of Fillers, Cody Rhodes Will Enter at 14

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    Cody Rhodes enters the Rumble at 14 and goes on a nice run. He enters the ring hitting a couple of Cross Rhodes and does a wicked smile at the camera like only a dashing one can do.

    Nine men in the ring at the same time will be the max for this Rumble match. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    William Regal

    Sheamus

    Ezekiel Jackon

    One filler

    Cody Rhodes

    Hunico

    Yoshi Tatsu

    Primo

The Best Worker of the Match Will Be: Cody Rhodes

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    Cody Rhodes will come into the match on fire and eliminate Ezekiel Jackson and Tatsu.

    Meanwhile the veteran Englishmen, William Regal, just pulled one over on Hunico scoring one for Mother England. Sheamus just tossed over a random filler entrant in the match. Primo hangs on. 

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    William Regal

    Sheamus

    Cody Rhodes

    Primo

The Wildcard of the Match Will Be: Brodus Clay

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    With Cody Rhodes matching Sheamus as an early favorite, Brodus Clay comes out and adds some much needed funk to the match. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    William Regal

    Sheamus

    Cody Rhodes

    Brodus Clay

    Primo

Brodus Clay Will Replace Sheamus as the Favorite

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    Clay comes in and wears down on what is now mostly a fatigue-filled ring. The Miz has gone from middle of the dance to hiding out behind the bleachers at the announcer's table.

    With a filled ring, most are occupied by the bout going on in the ring. With Brodus Clay the fresher man and a credible contender, expect him to replace Sheamus as the favorite for now.

    In the Ring: 

    The Miz

    William Regal

    Sheamus

    Cody Rhodes

    Brodus Clay

    Primo

Brodus Will Eliminate Some of the Fillers, Rhodes Hangs on

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    In the middle of busting a couple of dance moves, Brodus Clay will find time to send Primo and William Regal over the ropes. Sheamus and Rhodes will both be slowed down by Clay's moves.

    The Miz's eyes will most likely be on either Michael Cole or Clay's dancers. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Sheamus

    Cody Rhodes

    Brodus Clay

In the Ring at This Moment: Rumble Update

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    Let's take a moment to reset the stage here. We are half way through the Rumble and have four clear favorites. Brodus Clay, Sheamus, Rhodes, and Miz are all nice picks at this moment to go the distance.

    But remember this is the Royal Rumble. A surprise entrance can come in and change all of this in one moment. With 15 down and 15 more to go, who knows what is in store for the second half of the match. 

     

    In The Ring:

    Brodus Clay (15)

    Sheamus (9)

    Cody Rhodes (14)

    The Miz (1)

     

    Entrants So Far: 15

    The Last Person to Enter: Brodus Clay

    Favorite: Brodus Clay

    Sleeper: Cody Rhodes

    Closest To Elimination: Sheamus

Early Shocker of the Night: Goldust Enters and Eliminates Rhodes

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    The one man that will change this Royal Rumble is none other than Cody Rhodes' older brother, Goldust.

    Expect Rhodes to be shocked by his brother's entrance. The shock will lead to Cody being tossed out by Goldust—an early favorite slain by the unpredictable nature of the Rumble. 

     

    In The Ring:

    Brodus Clay

    Sheamus

    Goldust

    The Miz

Brodus Clay and Goldust Will Create a Rumble Moment

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    OK, so we have a tired Sheamus, Brodus Clay and Goldust in the ring with the Miz lurking in and out of the ring.

    With Goldust and Clay in close of range of one another, I expect a crazy moment to happen. In fact, it will be a big disappointment if Brodus Clay and Goldust were actually in the ring together and nothing funny or crazy happened.

    I will leave it up to you to decide what happens here. 

     

    In The Ring:

    Brodus Clay

    Sheamus

    Goldust

    The Miz

The Funk Will Be Ended By: Sheamus

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    While Brodus Clay is having a good time in the ring, I expect a rejuvenated Sheamus to eliminate Brodus Clay in a shocking turn of events. Hopefully this teaches Clay a lesson about always being on guard and ready for in-ring action. 

     

    In The Ring:

    Goldust

    Sheamus

    The Miz

Key Moment: Sheamus Will Reclaim Early Favorite Status

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    With Clay gone, Sheamus has regained his title as a favorite. He then sets his eyes on Goldust.

    Miz is back into the fray, but not for long. 

     

    In The Ring:

    Goldust

    Sheamus

    The Miz

The Miz Will Find a Way to Duck Opponents and Stick Around

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    The Miz entered at No. 1 and has done a nice job on picking his moves and striking while the iron is hot. With Goldust and Sheamus left battling in the ring, the time is now for him to strike again. 

     

    In The Ring:

    Goldust

    Sheamus

    The Miz

The Miz Will Eliminate Goldust Before Leaving the Ring Again

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    Goldust's magic run in the Rumble will end here. While trying to escape the wrath of Sheamus, he gets tossed over the ropes by a reemerging Miz.

    The Miz gloats before he realizes that Sheamus is also still in the Rumble and is waiting to pounce. 

     

    In The Ring:

    Sheamus

    The Miz

Sheamus Will Drag the Miz Back into the Ring

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    Realizing Sheamus is behind him, The Miz quickly exits the ring under the bottom rope. Sheamus follows suits chasing after The Miz.

    With both exiting under the bottom rope neither are eliminated. Sheamus eventually catches Miz and drags him back to the ring. Sheamus is about to eliminate the Miz but is surprised by the 17th entrant. 

    In The Ring:

    Sheamus

    The Miz

The First Surprise of the Night: Christian Returns

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    That 17th entrant is none other than a returning Christian.

    Sheamus drops the Miz and waits for Christian to enter the ring. Christian enters and a slug fest between the two begins. He gains some ground but is attacked from behind by The Miz.

    Sheamus fights off Miz but is then blindsided by Christian. 

     

    In The Ring:

    Christian

    Sheamus

    The Miz

The Biggest Elimination at This Point Will Be: Christian Eliminating Sheamus

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    Christian, having the advantage over his rival, eliminates Sheamus causing a big ruckus inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The Miz slips out under the bottom rope again to rest while Christian gloats. 

     

    In The Ring:

    Christian

    The Miz

A Random Entrant: Drew McIntyre

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    The fans at home and in the arena are expecting Orton; however, they will get a nice tease.

    With the ring dwindling down to only two men, it is about time for another random entrant to come in and do some damage control. The random entrant that fits in this spot well is Drew McIntyre.

    With Christian and Miz in the ring, McIntyre can get a nice pop and save his job at the same time by holding his ground against the duo.  

     

    In The Ring:

    Christian

    The Miz

    Drew McIntyre


McIntyre Will Look Damn Good, Random Filler Enters

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    McIntyre comes in and grounds Christian. The Miz is a bit fatigued and is not trying to do too much, so he lets Christian take the fall. At this moment, McIntyre is the freshest and is starting to get into a groove.

    Expect him to unleash an arsenal moves on Christian and come close to eliminating the former World Heavyweight Champion.

    Christian manages to reverse a Future Shock and hit a Killswitch causing the Rumble field to freeze. A filler/small surpise entrant will enter. Christian manages to get back up and hit another Killswitch on the filler.

    A little more showboating is in order for all the peeps. 

     

    In The Ring:

    Christian

    The Miz

    Drew McIntyre

    Filler/Surprise entrance

The Second Surprise of the Night: Randy Orton Enters the Rumble

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    The Viper's music hits. 

     

    In The Ring:

    Christian

    The Miz

    Drew McIntyre

    Filler

    Orton

St. Louis Fans Markout and Christian Is in Shock: Orton Enters at 20

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    The fans will be shouting and the crowd will be a rocking.

    Expect Randy Orton to get the biggest pop of the night in this spot with Christian in the ring pitching a fit. 

     

    In The Ring:

    Christian

    The Miz

    Drew McIntyre

    Filler

    Orton

The Second Biggest Elimination of the Night: Orton Taking out Christian

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    The Viper will come in swinging, eliminating Christian after a series of counters. Drew Mcintyre gets planted by an RKO as does the Miz. 

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Drew McIntyre

    Filler

    Orton

Orton Goes on a Decent Run: McIntyre and a Extra Body Is Eliminated

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    In this moment, the filler will try to attack Randy Orton only to find himself eliminated in the process. McIntyre will also be eliminated a short time later.

    Orton goes after The Miz but gets a thumb to the eye as Miz once again rolls out of the ring avoiding elimination. 

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

The Miz Will Continue to Find Ways to Stick Around

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    Like he did to Sheamus earlier, The Miz will outmaneuver Orton and hang tough through the Viper's onslaught.

    Orton appears in control and it seems like he will cruise to a victory if he can get past The Miz with Sheamus, Clay, Christian, R Truth, and Cody Rhodes already eliminated.

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

The Entrant That Will Reset the Field: Jack Swagger

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    That is, until Jack Swagger enters the Rumble. Swagger is the ultimate field setter for this event entering at 21. He will not only stop Orton in this spot he will flat out dominate him and ground his momentum.

    While he won't eliminate any one, he is a big body and will be a much bigger threat due to the fatigue of Miz and Orton.

    Much like Mason Ryan and William Regal, his job is to set up shop for the second half of the Rumble, and for him to do that he has to at least slow down The Miz and Randy Orton so the ring can fill back up.

    Swagger will go to work on the ring like he did to John Cena and Kofi Kingston at the 2011 Royal Rumble. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger

Jack Swagger Will Pick Apart and Dominate Orton and Miz

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    As I mentioned in my last post, Swagger will come in and put a stop to Orton. He won't eliminate Miz or Orton but he will at this point be labelled as the favorite. Some showboating here and there and a couple of push ups to get the boos birds chirping in Orton's hometown city.  

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger

Funniest Superstar of the Match: Santino Marella Enters at 22

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    Santino Marella comes in as the comic relief factor. Expect a couple of laps around the ring, aggravating Jack Swagger in the process—all part of the Santino's master plan.

    Jack Swagger just lost his focus. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger

    Santino

Santino Will End Swagger's Run

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    Speaking of Swagger, that dominant run he had earlier will all come crashing down in this one instant. Santino, to the shock of no one except the announcing team, will unleash a couple of unorthodox moves and land a Cobra on Swagger.

    Santino celebrates as Miz and Orton gets some much needed rest. Santino for a brief moment in time is a Rumble favorite. This gives the announcers a chance to remind folks that Santino did finish runner up last year and might at least repeat the feat again. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger

    Santino

Just a Little More Filler: Tyson Kidd Enters at 23

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    We are getting closer to the end, and one of our last fillers has entered the match: that man being Tyson Kidd. At this moment with Santino as the "favorite" in the ring standing, Tyson Kidd will get a chance to show off a couple of moves.

    That is, until he is grounded by The Miz. Swagger will work on Orton to make sure things go according to plans. No eliminations here. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger

    Santino 

    Tyson Kidd

A True Sleeper Pick Finally Arrives: Kofi Kingston Enters the Rumble at 24

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    Kofi Kingston makes his way to the ring in a pretty good spot. A spot so good, that it is a smart choice to label him as the sleeper pick at this point.

    With a tired Miz; a wounded Orton and Swagger, Santino and Tyson Kidd being the freshest in the ring; Kofi Kingston is about to have a field day. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger

    Santino

    Tyson Kidd

    Kofi Kingston

Those Remaining in the Rumble at This Time

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    Kofi's arrival signals a change in the caliber of the guys remaining.

    With Orton still reeling from an attack by Jack Swagger, it is slowly starting to become anyone's ball game. So much that Santino is starting to get hyped as a favorite.

    The Miz is on his last legs and is holding on for dear life.  

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz (1)

    Orton (20)

    Jack Swagger (21)

    Santino (22)

    Tyson Kidd (23)

    Kofi Kingston (24)

     

    Entrants So Far: 24

    Last Entrant: Kofi Kingston

    Favorite: Randy Orton and Santino 

    Sleeper: Kofi Kingston

    Closest to Elimination: The Miz

Kofi Will Go on a Controlled Frenzy: Orton and Miz Comes Close to Elimination

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    Despite heat on his former partner, Evan Bourne, I believe Kingston will get a nice run in the Rumble. I see him coming close to eliminating both Orton and Miz. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger 

    Santino

    Tyson Kidd

    Kofi Kingston

Kofi's Frenzy Will Claim Tyson Kidd

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    The Frenzy is going to claim someone in the ring, and the person fate chooses is none of than Tyson Kidd. He had a good showing and did his job as a filler.

    By the grace of the wrestling gods, Santino escpaes elimination from Swagger and hangs on in the match

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger 

    Santino

    Kofi Kingston

Kingston Will Be Hyped as the Favorite, Miz Is Given Credit for His Endurance

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    With that elimination, Kofi Kingston will begin to recieve some favorite hype. The Miz entered at No. 1 and has outlasted a good portion of the field.

    He will receive a nice round of applause from Michael Cole. The King will be there to remind him that the Miz spent most of the match outside of the ring. A verbal battle between the two will ensue. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger 

    Santino

    Kofi Kingston

Wade Barrett Will Enter 25th and Will Receive an RKO from Orton

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    Wade Barrett comes in and makes his way to what he believes is a downed Orton.

    But like the Apex predator that he is, Orton lands an RKO which leaves Wade stunned and laid out. He attempts an elimination but is stopped by Swagger and Miz. While not eliminated, it will be a while before Wade's Barrage gets going in the right direction.

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger 

    Santino

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

The 26th Entrant Will Be: Mick Foley

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    Mama Foley's baby boy enters the Rumble with a massive pop—a fan favorite for sure. Expect him to hit a couple of signature moves on the likes of Miz and Swagger but no eliminations from Foley here. A small stare down with Orton will be squeezed in. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger 

    Santino

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

    Mick Foley

Mr. Socko Will Finally Meet the Cobra

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    Similar to my Goldust/Brodus Clay moment earlier, I expect Mr. Socko to meet the Cobra.

    Santino will be on the losing end of that exchange. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger 

    Santino

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

    Mick Foley

The 27th Entrant: David Otunga

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    David Otunga has only two jobs here. Occupy the 27th spot so that way we know the winner will not be from this entrance for the fifth time in history and take out Foley.

    Anything other than that would be completely unexpected. The announce team will play up to the 27th spot and its history. Just pay them no mind. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger 

    Santino

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

    Mick Foley

    David Otunga

Law and Order Will Prevail: Otunga Eliminates Foley

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    Despite a good fight from Mick, Otunga does his job and takes out Foley for John Laurinaitis with help from Swagger and Miz. He gets a nice heel reaction from the crowd.

    He showboats, but, as you've seen in this Rumble, showboating in a packed ring normally does not end well. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger 

    Santino

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

    David Otunga

Wade Barrett Will Recover and Eliminate David Otunga

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    After receiving an RKO, Barrett was almost done for.

    Luckily, he recovers in time to send his former Nexus ally, David Otunga, back to the locker room with a small assist from Santino. Speaking of Santino, Wade dodges his Cobra and lands a wasteland to poor old Marella.  

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger 

    Santino

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

The Lights Will Go out

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    As Barrett hits that wasteland, the lights goes out in the Scottrade Center. I wonder who this could be?

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger 

    Santino

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

The Slowest Entrance of the Night: Chris Jericho Enters the Rumble at 28

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    Chris Jericho's music hits, and now the real battle begins. Jericho condescends to the fans, and he takes his sweet time getting to the ring. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger 

    Santino

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

    Chris Jericho

All Action in the Ring Will Freeze

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    As Jericho makes his way to the ring, all in-ring action will stop. Similar to the entrance of Diesel from 2011 Rumble.

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger 

    Santino

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

    Chris Jericho

The Face to Face Showdown of the Night: Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton

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    Chris Jericho enters the ring and a face-to-face showdown with Randy Orton begins.The announcers may remind the audience that it was Orton who punted Jericho out of the WWE.

    However, the moment will end prematurely. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger 

    Santino

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

    Chris Jericho

Santino Will Do Something Foolish Causing Himself to Be Eliminated

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    Here is the moment in which Santino delivers the comic relief by trying to kill the moment and ends up getting eliminated by both Orton and Jericho who soon go back to their stare down.

    Does 2008 Royal Rumble ring a bell?

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger 

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

    Chris Jericho

The Orton, Jericho Moment Will Be Interrupted by Flames

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    Flames from the ring post ignites, which can only mean one thing. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger 

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

    Chris Jericho

The 29th Entrant Will Be: Kane

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    Orton and Jericho both turn to Kane, as the monster makes his way down to the ring. After taking care of John Cena earlier in the night, Kane can focus on the Rumble without worrying about any outside distractions. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger 

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

    Chris Jericho

    Kane

Kane Looks Strong, but Doesn't Eliminate Anyone

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    Kane goes on a huge run but, shockingly, doesn't eliminate a soul. Most in the ring end up on the recieving end of a chokeslam.

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger 

    Kane

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

    Chris Jericho

The 30th Entrant Will Be a Unique One: CM Punk Intro Hits

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    "For the first time ever, EVERY WWE Superstar is eligible to enter" into this year's Royal Rumble.

    Some have taken this to mean that both the WWE and WHC title holders are cleared to enter the event. In the 30th spot I expect to see the WWE Champion CM Punk enter the match. You guessed it, in this simulation he retains the title over Dolph Ziggler.  

    CM Punk will pick up on that phrase "Everyone Can Enter" and use it as his chance to enter the Rumble. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger 

    Kane

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

    Chris Jericho

    A Very Special 30th Entrant: CM Punk

CM Punk Comes out Dressed in Ring Gear: The Crowd and Ring Is Stunned

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    A smiling CM Punk enters and slows down Kane but doesn't eliminate him. He also lands a couple of GTS to a partially shock Miz and Kofi Kingston.

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Jack Swagger 

    Kane

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

    Chris Jericho

    A Very Special 30th Entrant: CM Punk

The Royal Rumble Elite Eight Is Set

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    With CM Punk as the 30th entrant, he will be marked as the favorite simply because he is the most shocking entrant in history—and also the freshest combatant.

    Kofi Kingston is still the sleeper and The Miz is this year's endurance warrior. Wade Barrett Has formed an alliance with Miz and has established himself as the dark horse pick.  

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz (1)

    Orton (20)

    Jack Swagger (21)

    Kofi Kingston (24)

    Wade Barrett (25)

    Chris Jericho (28)

    Kane (29)

    CM Punk (30)

    Entrants So Far: All 30

    Last Entrant: CM Punk (30)

    Favorite: CM Punk 

    Sleeper: Kofi Kingston

    Giant Sleeper: Chris Jericho

    Dark Horse: Wade Barrett

Swagger Gets Cocky and Is Sent Packing by Punk and Kane

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    Swagger did a fantastic job in grounding Orton and the Miz, so the 30th entrant can come into the match with a pretty packed ring. With that said, it is about time to clear the ring of the last setter.

    The U.S Champion's cockiness will more than likely cost him the real event, so it is only right for it to cost him here. Jack Swagger crosses the wrong guys in CM Punk and Kane, and gets eliminated. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Kane

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

    Chris Jericho

    CM Punk

CM Punk Will Go on a Magical Run: Kane Is Eliminated

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    Like March Madness during college basketball season, the Rumble always has a Cinderella story. I expect that this year WWE Champion CM Punk entering at the 30th spot will be the one wearing the glass slipper heading into the final stages. After helping Kane eliminate Swagger, Punk takes out Kane. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

    Chris Jericho

    CM Punk

Key Moment: Jericho Will Eliminate CM Punk Kicking off Their Eventual Feud

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    After eliminating Kane, CM Punk is distracted for a brief second as fatigue starts to set in from participating in his now-second match of the night. In this moment Chris Jericho eliminates CM Punk, thus ending Punk's chances of possibly reuniting the WWE and World Heavyweight Championship. 

    An irate CM Punk will give a mean callous stare to Jericho before heading back to the locker room. 

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

    Chris Jericho

The Person with the Best Showing Thus Far Is: The Miz

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    It is time for the Miz to get more run. So far he has been in there the longest and is closing in on going the distance.

    Unlike past guys who entered No.1 and tried to go the distance, The Miz has spent most of his time outside the ring and dodging heavy hitters like Sheamus, Brodus Clay, Randy Orton and Chris Jericho. With that said, he has a bit more fuel left in the tank. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

    Chris Jericho

The Miz Will Form an Alliance with Barrett

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    It happens every year, and this year will be no exception. Alliances are bound to form on both sides; however, the team of Miz and Wade Barrett will be the one that shines the most.

    Wade and Miz will take their alliance to the next level, ganging up on Kingston and Orton. Meanwhile Jericho lurks about in the ring corner carefully watching Miz and Barrett. 

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

    Chris Jericho

Kofi Kingston Goes on One Last Frenzy

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    By this time Kofi would have escaped elimination on more than one occasion due to his athletic skill set. The longer he stays in the more dangerous he becomes.

    As a result, he goes on one last frenzy taking out the whole ring in the process. He lands a nice Trouble in Paradise on The Miz. However, there is just one problem: Everyone in the ring is laid out. After lifting up the Miz he heads to throw him over the ropes. 

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Kofi Kingston

    Wade Barrett

    Chris Jericho

The 5th Wheel Will Be Kofi Kingston: He Will Be Eliminated by Barrett

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    But in the last moment he is countered by a resilient Miz and almost eliminated himself. Kofi Kingston counters and tries to leap back in the ring.

    The Miz ducks, and Kofi is caught by Wade Barrett. Barrett then lifts Kofi Kingston up and eliminates Kingston with a modified Wasteland over the top rope to the outside of the ring.

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz

    Orton

    Wade Barrett

    Chris Jericho

Key Moment of the Night: Randy Orton Reclaims Front-Runner Status

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    After withstanding the onslaught of The Miz and Wade Barrett and with the home crowd now in his back pocket, Orton rallies, as he realizes with the likes of Kane, CM Punk and Kofi eliminated the Rumble field is apporaching the next stage.

    In the Ring:

    The Miz 

    Orton 

    Wade Barrett 

    Chris Jericho 


The Final Four Will Be: Barrett, Miz, Jericho and Orton

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    With a deadly sleeper pick now gone, the Royal Rumble Final Four has been set. With that elimination, Barrett has now joined rival Randy Orton as the premiere favorite.

     

    In The Ring:

    The Miz (1)

    Orton (20)

    Wade Barrett (25)

    Chris Jericho (28)

     

    Split Favorite: Randy Orton and Wade Barrett

    Sleeping Giant: Chris Jericho

    Most Resilent: The Miz

First Mistake Will Be a Fatal One: Miz Gets Caught in a RKO and Is Eliminated

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    As each man is backed in the corner, The Miz strikes out, first attacking Randy Orton. Wade Barrett then joins his ally siding with Miz against Orton.

    Jericho stands in his corner watching the fray. Orton pushes off Barrett and is able to throw Miz over the rope. Miz holds on and gathers his position on the apron.

    From out of nowhere Orton lands another RKO to the Miz who is eliminated off the apron onto the ring floor. 

     

    In The Ring:

    Orton

    Wade Barrett

    Chris Jericho

Three Way Dance Will Be Between: Orton, Barrett and Jericho

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    With the ironman of the match, The Miz, now gone, the Royal Rumble has taken an interesting turn with Barrett, Jericho and hometown kid Randy Orton.

    With so much history between the three, we are bound to have a classic finish no matter who wins. As Randy Orton sets his sights upon Barrett, he stops and focuses his attention to the silent Chris Jericho. 

     

    In The Ring:

    Orton (20)

    Wade Barrett (25)

    Chris Jericho (28)

     

    Split Favorite: Wade Barrett and Randy Orton

    Ultimate Wildcard: Chris Jericho

Orton Will Greatly Damage the Barrett Barrage: Wade Sent Packing

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    In a shocking turn of events, Orton and Jericho go blow for blow with each other in the ring. Barrett throws a few punches against Orton, which causes Orton to throw Jericho off to the side.

    Barrett will get a nice run, but, in the end, his barrage will come to a halt. He is eliminated as Orton reverses his Wasteland and clotheslines him out of the ring. 

     

    In The Ring:

    Orton

    Chris Jericho

The Last Two Standing Will Be: Orton and Jericho

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    After Randy Orton eliminates Wade Barrett, the staredown with Chris Jericho resumes. 

     

    In The Ring:

    Orton

    Chris Jericho

The St. Louis Fans Will Mark out for Randy Orton and Jericho

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    If this does not create a markout moment for those watching in the arena and at home, it is safe to say nothing will.

     

    In The Ring:

    Orton

    Chris Jericho

Wade Barrett Will Try to Reedem the Barrage but Fail Again

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    As Jericho and Orton lock horns, Wade Barrett makes his presence known by distracting Orton. He is thwarted in the end, but Orton is greatly distracted. 

     

    In The Ring:

    Orton

    Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho Takes Advantage and Eliminates Orton

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    Seeing Orton distracted, Jericho throws Orton over the top rope and eliminates Randy Orton from the Rumble.

     

    Your Winner of the 2012 Royal Rumble:

    Chris Jericho

The Winner Will Be: Chris Jericho with an Assist from Former Pupil Barrett

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    The fans in the arena will come close to rioting as Jericho is declared the winner. His heel status just went up a few notches, and Wade Barrett cemented his status as one of the leading heels on Smackdown heading towards Wrestlemania.

     

    Winner:

    Chris Jericho

Barrett Smiles at Jericho Before Heading Back to Locker Room

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    Before heading back to the locker room, Barrett gives a little smile to Jericho adding a bit of mystery to an already stunning turn of events. 

     

    Winner:

    Chris Jericho

Night Ends with the Lights Going out and Chris Jericho in the Infamous Y2J Pose

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    There are so many questions about what just took place and so little time. 

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