WWE Royal Rumble 2013: Will Kane's Elimination Record Be Broken by Ryback?
In 2001, Kane set the record for eliminating the most men in a single Royal Rumble match with 11.
The dominance shown by Kane has not been seen since and may never be seen again. He made an amazing run for nearly 55 minutes in 2001 before being struck by a chair and eliminated by Stone Cold Steve Austin in the final elimination of the match.
Kane has been involved in the most Royal Rumbles in WWE history (including his previous personas as The Fake Diesel and Dr. Isaac Yankem) and may be the most accomplished Rumble participant without winning over that period of time.
If Kane is able to eliminate more than three wrestlers in this year's Rumble, he will pass Shawn Michaels for the most overall eliminations in history.
2012 saw a serious rejuvenation in the career of Kane thanks to a perfectly timed feud at the top of the card involving CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and AJ Lee. Once again, Kane was able to showcase his versatility and regain momentum that could have been lost in the early part of the year.
I expect to see another fantastic performance from Kane in the 2013 Royal Rumble. Hell, I expect Kane to be a major factor.
However, if one man is able to break Kane's record for most eliminations in a single Royal Rumble, Ryback will be the one to do it.
In the half a year that Ryback has been a WWE Superstar, he has quickly become one of the most dominant wrestlers in history. His undefeated streak showcased the unrelenting power and strength that he possesses, and his matches with CM Punk showed his versatility.
Royal Rumble records are something that WWE showcases each and every year in a special video package in the weeks leading up to the big event. If WWE is going to get behind Ryback in the way that many predict for years to come, it would be smart for him to shatter this record and be a part of that video in the future.
Just recently, Kane and Ryback teamed together at WWE TLC 2012 in a violent Tables, Ladders and Chairs match along with Daniel Bryan against The Shield. While the two monsters worked well together, it wasn't a normal tag team environment.
I truly expect to see a monumental showdown between Kane and Ryback at the Royal Rumble. It would be extremely awesome if the announcers focus on the record that Ryback is approaching. Just as he ties or comes within one elimination of the record, Kane should walk out to the ring for an opportunity to save it.
While Kane's elimination record isn't as sexy or talked about as other records in professional wrestling, it has been around for 12 years and is mentioned just about every year by WWE.
Considering Ryback is a young, up-and-coming star whom WWE has really put its machine behind, it would be smart for him to break this record and put his name in the books of WWE history.
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