In 2011, Alberto Del Rio won the largest Royal Rumble match in history, which featured 40 men instead of the usual 30.
After his Rumble win and big push, things looked promising for Del Rio heading into the new year. However, 2012 didn't turn out as he expected.
Despite having a positive win-loss record, Del Rio lost every single match when the World heavyweight championship was on the line.
Throughout 2012, Del Rio had seven chances to win the WHC from Sheamus, but he came up short in every attempt.
The same cannot be said for Del Rio in 2013. At the beginning of January, he turned face and proceeded to win the World heavyweight championship in an epic encounter with the Big Show.
He is set to defend the title against Big Show at Royal Rumble 2013.
Even though Del Rio has a match at the Royal Rumble PPV, he can still enter the Rumble match. In 2011, Dolph Ziggler lost his World heavyweight championship match against Edge and then entered the Rumble at No. 31.
However, Edge, who won the championship, did not enter the Rumble.
My take is, if Del Rio loses the World heavyweight title against Big Show, he will enter the Rumble. In my opinion, there is only a slim chance he will win, but anything is possible in wrestling.
Chances on winning the 2013 Royal Rumble: 10 percent.