WWE's Ryback and 5 Superstars Who Will Not Win the 2013 Royal Rumble

Alfred KonuwaFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2013

WWE's Ryback and 5 Superstars Who Will Not Win the 2013 Royal Rumble

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    The 2013 Royal Rumble is around the corner, and entrants have already begun to be announced.  With the influx of debuts and new talent in 2012, 2013 should bring far more substance and less filler than last year's nostalgia-friendly Royal Rumble. 

    As always, the field of potential winners is a small one.  However, with so many top names expected to be included in this year's Royal Rumble, the potential losers of the annual Battle Royal may bring more intrigue. 

    Losing candidates were either booked poorly or will not figure to be in the WrestleMania championship picture based on recent booking. 

5. Ryback

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    Ryback was one of the WWE's biggest breakout stars of 2012.  In any other WrestleMania season, he would be the odds-on favorite to win the WWE's Royal Rumble.  But a handful of big names and part-timers are once again set to headline WrestleMania. 

    This leaves Ryback on the outside looking in as it pertains to a World title picture, although he may be viable as a World heavyweight title contender.

    Ryback's ongoing feud with The Shield has no end in sight.  If the feud continues into the Royal Rumble, he'll likely be the victim of a Royal Rumble screw job but not before looking strong with multiple eliminations.

4. Randy Orton

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    Randy Orton could be a candidate for career rejuvenation, but it may not begin at the Royal Rumble.  Orton was one of the first WWE superstars to be announced as an entrant in the Royal Rumble, but he has been booked mildly since returning from suspension. 

    Orton did not main event a single pay-per-view in 2012.  It would be a tough sell to catapult him back into the top of the card with such little momentum. 

3. The Miz

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    The Miz has been running in place as a miscast babyface.  Miz has spent more time hosting MizTV than actually wrestling.  His role as a talking babyface will not translate into a Royal Rumble win. 

    Miz has been nowhere close to the WrestleMania main event since he and John Cena closed the show in a forgettable WrestleMania XXVII.  Expect that trend to continue.

2. Dolph Ziggler

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    Dolph Ziggler is already the current Money in the Bank holder.  And while he still may enter the Royal Rumble, it would make no sense for him to lay claim to two No. 1 contender opportunities—although it would be quite heelish.

    A Royal Rumble win for Dolph Ziggler would only dilute the Money in the Bank briefcase he has held for several months.  The WWE can barely hammer home the fact that he is in possession of one title opportunity, how would it figure to juggle another?

1. Brock Lesnar

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    Brock Lesnar should be due back in the near future after (storyline) resigning from the WWE following his SummerSlam victory over Triple H. 

    Lesnar's part-time role in the WWE would make him a poor choice to win the Royal Rumble.  This would mean the former UFC and WWE champion would be guaranteed a title shot at WrestleMania.  Lensar's most likely opponents (Triple H, Undertaker, The Rock) are all part-time performers.  This further limits the potential of Lesnar winning the Royal Rumble.