Royal Rumble 2012: Top 10 Surprise Rumble Entrants We're Dying to See Most

Brandon Galvin@bgny3Featured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2012

Royal Rumble 2012: Top 10 Surprise Rumble Entrants We're Dying to See Most

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    The Royal Rumble will celebrate its 25th Anniversary tonight in what is sure to be one of the most star-studded and unpredictable Rumbles in event history.

    WWE loves to pull out all of the stops with this event because they too know it is easily the most exciting, anticipated and unpredictable match in wrestling history. 

    The countdown of the clock is simply remarkable and keeps everybody interacting with the match. We can never wait for the clock to strike zero and finally see who the next entrant is.

    This year, WWE has the opportunity to truly blow the roof off the arena and make you lose your voice by bringing back a ton of surprise entrants.

    The following men are the ones we're dying to see most.

Honorable Mention: Rikishi

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    In 2000, Rikishi was one of the most over performers. He was a thong-wearing, stink-facing and dancing Samoan machine. The crowd couldn't help but cheer him to no end. 

    Now, 12 years later, Brodus Clay is doing his best Rikishi impression and the crowd is eating it up.

    It would make for one of the best Rumble moments in history if Clay was able to clear the ring, only to have Rikishi come out as his next opponent.

    The stare-down would be immense as fans awaited to see which monster would win the test of battle, but the potential for a dance battle during the Rumble would be even better. 

    There wouldn't be a better way to pay homage to Rikishi's contributions while still putting Clay over as the Funkasaurus. Epic is too weak of a word for this awesomeness. 

Shawn Michaels

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    I know, I know, Shawn Michaels is retired. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Whatever.

    This is the 25th Anniversary of the damn Royal Rumble, folks. We need the Heartbreak Kid to come down to the ring and relive his 1995 moment by hanging on to the top rope, dangling one leg in the air and pulling himself back into the ring. It would be the perfect way to pay tribute to his epic Rumble victory.

    Michaels is still in phenomenal shape and would add to what could be the most star-studded Rumble in history. 

    We all want is, so why not bless the fans and make a surprise appearance, HBK?


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    The Rated R Superstar may very well be the most talented overall performer in WWE history. He is rightfully being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame before WrestleMania XXVIII.

    We haven't seen him on TV in months and though he retired due to a neck injury, he could still return for a few minutes before being eliminated. It is simply a way of paying tribute to the magnitude of this year's Rumble event and beef up the talent pool. 

    It's a long shot, but the crowd would be all for it.

    In order to prevent him from possibly re-injuring his neck, Christian could make his long-awaited return and attack Edge during his entrance and steal his spot in the match. All we care about around here is the cheap entrance pop! 

Triple H

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    We already know Triple H is expected to be at RAW Monday night, so let's speed up the process and get him in the Rumble.

    This would be a great tribute to Triple H, as he won the Rumble match 10 years ago after returning from a devastating quad injury. 

    You know once his music hit he would receive one of the biggest pops of the year. The fans eat up his entrance, but the sheer shock of his emergence would have them going insane.

    The great thing about somebody like Triple H as a surprise entrant is that you know for sure he's a legitimate threat to win it all, unlike most legends that return for the match.

    With Triple H in the match, it could possibly lead to a storyline where a younger performer eliminates him to make a name for themselves, setting up Triple H's program for WrestleMania. 

Matt Hardy

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    Despite his well-documented trials and tribulations in recent years, Matt Hardy will forever be considered a WWE superstar.

    It's about time he made a special appearance after getting his life back on the right track. It was 12 years ago at this event that he teamed with brother Jeff against the Dudley Boyz and changed the landscape of the WWE.

    While we won't be able to honor Jeff or the Dudleyz for their truly influential tables match, Matt could still hold down the fort and stun the crowd by entering the Rumble. We shouldn't have to go without seeing a Hardy on WWE programming for too long. 

New Age Outlaws

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    Oh, you didn't know!?

    Yeah, you know the rest. 

    One entrant per number? That's old. We need a double-dose.

    It didn't matter if they were faces or heels, the New Age Outlawz, one of the best tag teams in wrestling history, were beloved for their entrance. Very few entrances in wrestling history were as interactive as the NAO's. 

    The crowd would go ballistic if these two emerged together and walked down to Rumble. We already saw Road Dogg back at the Slammy Awards, so people are on to him being used as a surprise entrant. WWE needs to throw us a curve ball and have Billy Gunn come back with him.

    Perhaps more importantly, they could stick around and help revitalize the awful tag team division.

Brock Lesnar

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    Although more likely to happen next year when WWE can honor his 10-year anniversary of winning the event, you know Lesnar is on your radar ever since he was knocked out by Alistair Overeem last month.

    Lesnar is still a powerhouse of an athlete and would absolutely blow the roof off the arena if his music hit.

    We're dying to see this freak of nature appear on WWE programming again because, well, let's face it, playing WWE '12 just doesn't do it justice anymore. We need the Next Big Thing F5'ing people out of the ring like they were nothing but rag dolls. 

    Sooner or later, we're going to see him back. I'm sure of it.

Rey Mysterio

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    WWE programming just isn't the same without our local superhero Rey Mysterio. People fail to realize just how important Rey-Rey is to the WWE until he's gone for an extended period of time. 

    Mysterio is easily one of the most beloved, charismatic and talented performers in today's wrestling. The excitement he brings is second-to-none. We need a heavy dose of some 619's at this year's Rumble. 

    We are expecting to see him return shortly for the Road to WrestleMania and we all know the yellow brick road starts at the Royal Rumble. 

The Undertaker

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    It was exactly five years ago yesterday that The Undertaker won the 2007 Royal Rumble in the most epic final showdown in match history against Shawn Michaels. 

    We know WWE is setting up for Undertaker to return at some point soon to begin his WrestleMania build.

    Imagine the lights going out, the bell tolling and Undertaker appearing in the middle of the ring once the lights go on. It would be one of the best returns in the history of professional wrestling.

    'Taker still has plenty left in the tank, but the Rumble match itself would be a nice way to shake off any potential ring rust after being off television since WrestleMania XXVII.

    WWE TV isn't the same without Undertaker's presence and the 25th Anniversary of the Rumble is the perfect place for a return.

The Rock

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    Nobody is expecting The Rock to return to WWE TV at the Royal Rumble, which is why it makes it that much sweeter for him to do so.

    We know Rocky is going to be on WWE TV shortly to set up the hype for his WrestleMania XXVIII match with John Cena, so let's get the party started already! 

    If Rock came out, the crowd would lose their minds. More importantly, they would think he actually has a shot to win it all and possibly wrestle the winner of Dolph Ziggler vs. CM Punk for the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber.

    Highly unlikely, but you can't put anything past WWE and The Rock. Even better, though, Cena could run down and eliminate The Rock himself to help sell their feud. 

    The possibilities would be the endless. 

Stone Cold Steve Austin

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    The only three-time Royal Rumble winner is desperately needed back on WWE TV. More importantly, we desperately need to see him challenge CM Punk for the WWE Championship, so a fourth Rumble victory wouldn't be as unlikely as some might think.

    WrestleMania XXVIII would be the single greatest pay-per-view in history of WWE threw all of their eggs in one basket and had Punk/Austin co-Main Event with John Cena and The Rock. Fans wouldn't know what to do with themselves if WWE went that route.

    It's been 11 years since Austin won his third Rumble. He's already regarded as the best Rumbler ever, so he's needed for the 25th Anniversary regardless. If he managed to win, it would be one of the greatest moments in event history.