The WWE Royal Rumble is one of the favorite matches of WWE fans the world over. The winner of the Royal Rumble match earns a shot at the title of his choosing in the main event of WrestleMania.
However, this year, the main event at WrestleMania is set with The Rock taking on John Cena. This puts the WWE in a very unique situation.
The WWE is not at the mercy of the Royal Rumble yielding a main event for WrestleMania that people will buy. The Pay-Per-View buys will be there with The Rock returning to singles action, so the WWE can really do anything with this Royal Rumble.
The WWE could shock the audience and elevate a young star to the title scene, they could repay a veteran star for years of service, they could create a true underdog story going in to WrestleMania or they could give a shot to a returning star.
The ball is in the WWE's court and they really have an opportunity to do anything.
If they go with the surprise route, here are 10 decisions they may go with.