Royal Rumble 2012: Why Shawn Michaels Should Be a Surprise Entrant

Michael Nargi@NargOnSportsSenior Analyst IJanuary 28, 2012

Royal Rumble 2012: Why Shawn Michaels Should Be a Surprise Entrant

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    The 2012 Royal Rumble is upon us.

    It is hard to think about the Royal Rumble and not remember the fantastic performances that Shawn Michaels was a part of. The Royal Rumble has become a must watch event for even the casual WWE fan, and its success is due in part to those Michaels performances in the mid-90's.

    Every year the WWE has surprise entrants in the Royal Rumble. Why not have Michaels be one of the surprises in this year's event?

Hall of Fame Induction and WWE Contract

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    This is the first Royal Rumble since Michaels was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame last April. Michaels has made appearances in the WWE since then.

    WWE has been well respected for the way in which they take care of performers after they call it quits.

    A few weeks ago in a Q&A YouTube video, Michaels said that he had a contract with the WWE, although it is not a wrestling contract. He explains the contract as "something special they gave me. That's one of the ways I make a living." 

    I would not put it past the WWE to give Michaels an appearance at the Royal Rumble to eliminate a few wrestlers and give out some Sweet Chin Music: one last go-round to be serenaded by fans in an event that he helped put on the map.

Shawn Michaels Victory in 1995

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    Shawn Michaels helped propel WWE's popularity in the 1990's with his back-to-back Royal Rumble victories.

    In 1995, Michaels was the first man to enter and the last man to leave. The British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith, was the second wrestler to enter the ring and made it to the end with Michaels.

    After Smith threw Michaels over the top rope, it appeared it was over for Shawn. Only one of MIchaels's feet touched the ground however, and he pulled himself back in to the ring. 

    Amidst Smith's celebration, Michaels attacked him from behind and eliminated him. This made Michaels the first person to win the Royal Rumble after being the first wrestler to enter the ring.

    He went on to lose his title shot against Diesel at Wrestlemania that year.

Back-to-Back in 1996

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    The next year, Michaels entered as the 18th entrant of the Royal Rumble. He successfully got revenge on Diesel, eliminating him and claiming back-to-back Royal Rumble victories.

    He impressively eliminated eight men from the Rumble for the second consecutive year.

    This win led up to the infamous Iron Man match at Wrestlemania XII, where he defeated Bret Hart and won the WWF Championship for the first time.

Shawn Michaels Is a Part of Royal Rumble History

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    Shawn Michaels has appeared in 12 total Royal Rumbles and has the record for most opponents eliminated, an impressive 39 in his career.

    His success in past Royal Rumbles is certainly worthy of a surprise entrance at the Royal Rumble, whether it is this year, or one in the future.