Royal Rumble 2012 Review: People Who Shouldn't Have Been in the Rumble Match

Amber GibbsCorrespondent IIJanuary 30, 2012

The Royal Rumble pay-per-view had a surprise ending with the "Celtic Warrior" Sheamus winning the Rumble matchup. This was definitely not expected to happen.

There were so many more candidates that were favorites to win the Rumble, but with the world heavyweight champion consistently pulling the odds over on Mark Henry and the Big Show, Sheamus was a nice choice to have an even matchup with Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania.

With all of that being said, the winner of the Royal Rumble isn't the most shocking piece of news from the event. The surprise entrances are: There were several people who no one expected to be in the Rumble match, and though some were surprising and awesome, others fell short and shouldn't have been included in the Royal Rumble, period.

There were seven spots in the Royal Rumble that could have been put to better use by the WWE. Let's start with entries No. 12 and 20, Jerry "the King" Lawler and Michael Cole, two of WWE Monday Night RAW's announcers. These guys had no business in the ring for more than one reason. But the main reason is they both took their last stand at last year's WrestleMania.


It was probably an encounter that could have been a dark match, but the WWE saw fit to give the WWE universe a "Legends" match. However, maybe Michael Cole wasn't such a bad idea. He clearly was comic relief for the crowd, especially when Kharma walked down that ramp as another surprise entry into the Royal Rumble and eliminated him from the match after a few minutes.

Next up on the chopping block is David Otunga. Indeed, he is a WWE superstar, but entry No. 27, really? His wrestling stint in the ring was terribly forgettable, not to mention he was eliminated by the fan favorite to win, Chris Jericho.

Maybe if he wasn't pegged as John Laurinaitis' boring, annoying assistant, it would be easier to acknowledge his presence in the Rumble.

At least Otunga wasn't as faceless as resident tag team jobber, Jey Uso. For a second the crowd probably couldn't tell him a part from his brother until the announcers told them. He entered at No. 24 and was thrown by Randy Orton in true jobber form.


Booker T wasn't completely upsetting; everyone can dig it... sucka!

It's understandable that the WWE wanted to capitalize on whatever spark between Cody Rhodes and Booker T was left from their feud. The only problem with that is a different WWE legend could have been entered into the Rumble match since again, Booker already had his last stand at TLC in December.

It's unclear why the WWE would waste three Rumble spots on the announcer table.

They might as well have thrown in the Spanish announcement team, too.

In the article, WWE Pay-Per-View: Predictions for the Royal Rumble, it was mentioned the United States championship would not be in action at the Royal Rumble. This was all too true.

With Zack Ryder injured and battling with Kane, Jack Swagger had no competition. It makes sense to put Swagger in the Rumble match because there wasn't enough time to make a plausible storyline for the belt.

But why not add the U.S. title to the mix? Maybe Kofi Kingston could have taken a stab at it, even if the title didn't change hands. After their match both men could have done a double-duty shift.

Finally, the last and the least entry into the Royal Rumble was the Big Show! He entered at No.  30 and not only did he lose his world heavyweight title match earlier that night, Randy Orton ruined the Big Show's chances of winning the Rumble as well.

Question, why was the Big Show in the Royal Rumble in the first place?

He clearly had a trying match earlier that night, and even though he lost that match, he will still be a contender for the belt at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.

Where was the surprise factor? Nowhere; usually the No. 30 entry is someone with impact. Big Show gave a lackluster performance and should have stayed in the back.

Though those seven entries were horrid choices for the Rumble, the event was not half bad. Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan got the crowd going, Mick Foley had a funny few minutes with Santino, "Road Dogg" Jesse James' entrance was phenomenal even though he didn't eliminate anyone and Kharma definitely set up her epic re-debut as the dominant diva in the WWE.

All in all, the Royal Rumble seemed to be entertaining.