WWE Royal Rumble 2013: 7 Superstars Who Could Win the Match Again
The WWE Royal Rumble is the most exhilarating and unpredictable pay-per-view of the year. Since 1988, the Royal Rumble match has granted its victor a chance to challenge any World champion at WrestleMania.
Out of 25 Royal Rumble matches, Hulk Hogan (two), Shawn Michaels (two) and Stone Cold Steve Austin (three) are the only WWE Superstars who have won more than once.
This year, I have a feeling that another member of the WWE roster will join Hogan, Michaels and Austin as the only wrestlers to win the Rumble on more than one occasion.
Have a look at the seven WWE Superstars most likely to win the Royal Rumble for a second time in 2013.
After winning the 2012 Royal Rumble, Sheamus proceeded to have the best year in his young WWE career.
Due to the victory, he was able to challenge the World heavyweight champion, Daniel Bryan, at WrestleMania 28. Sheamus famously won the bout in 18 seconds.
While Sheamus may not be the clear favorite to win, it's worth noting a bit of Rumble history.
As I stated before, Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin are the only Superstars to win the Royal Rumble more than once. Ironically, all three of them have back-to-back Royal Rumble victories.
Over the entirety of 2012, Sheamus was involved in the World heavyweight title picture. Can he continue his hot streak and become the fourth WWE Superstar to win the Royal Rumble two years in a row?
Chances on winning the 2013 Royal Rumble: 35 percent.
Randy Orton (2009)
By Randy Orton's high standards, 2012 was a forgettable year.
The nine-time World champion dominated the main event scene after winning the 2009 Royal Rumble. His Royal Rumble victory gave him the opportunity to face Triple H at WrestleMania 25. Despite losing the match, Orton had a very memorable year.
At the end of 2009, Orton won the PWI "Feud of the Year" award for his rivalry with Triple H. Orton also won the "Most Hated Wrestler of the Year" award. Orton won both awards when he was portraying a heel.
Randy Orton was born to be a heel. He is convincing, cunning and knows how to push all the right buttons. In my opinion, Orton has been very limited as a face and could excel if he became a heel again.
He's even admitted that he wants to turn heel.
Can Randy Orton get back on track and win the 2013 Royal Rumble? Winning the 2009 Royal Rumble sparked a major year for Orton, and I think he is one of the favorites for this year's match.
Chances on winning the 2013 Royal Rumble: 55 percent.
Alberto Del Rio (2011)
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.
Brock Lesnar (2003)
Brock Lesnar made one of the quickest and biggest impacts in professional wrestling history. He won the 2003 Royal Rumble match, which was the first one he ever competed in.
By winning the Royal Rumble, Lesnar earned a title shot at WrestleMania. In his very first WrestleMania, he was part of the main event and won the WWE title from Kurt Angle.
Lesnar left the WWE and had a successful career in Mix Martial Arts. In 2012, Lesnar came back to the WWE and competed in only two matches. It's safe to say that Lesnar didn't make that big of an impact.
However, if Lesnar comes back at the Royal Rumble and wins, it would be one of the most unpredictable Rumble winners of all time.
He could go on a dominant streak from January to April and once again headline the "Super Bowl" of wrestling.
Could Brock Lesnar shock the world and take part in the 2013 Royal Rumble match? If he does, is there any way he could win and head to WrestleMania? It's a stretch, but hey, it could happen.
Chances on winning the 2013 Royal Rumble: 15 percent.
John Cena (2008)
In 2012, John Cena failed to capture a World championship. Cena won the majority of his non-title matches, but he failed when the WWE title was on the line.
He also lost to The Rock at WrestleMania 28, which was the biggest match Cena has ever had. Unfortunately for John and the Cenation, 2012 was one of the worst years in his long and lustrous career.
Aside from Ryback, I'd say that John Cena is the overwhelming favorite to win the 2013 Royal Rumble match.
Cena had a few matches against CM Punk, but he stayed away from the WWE title for the majority of 2012. If he wins the Rumble, he will get an automatic title shot at WrestleMania. This would be the best way for John to get his career back on track.
In 2007, Cena had to relinquish the WWE title after suffering a severe injury. Cena said that he wouldn't be ready for WrestleMania 24 but shocked the world by entering and winning the 2008 Royal Rumble.
Can John Cena overcome the odds and win the 2013 Royal Rumble? I think so.
Chances on winning the 2013 Royal Rumble: 70 percent.
The Undertaker (2007)
In 2007, Undertaker won the Royal Rumble and went on to defeat Batista for the World heavyweight championship at WrestleMania 23.
The Undertaker is one of the greatest professional wrestler in WWE history. He is 20-0 at WrestleMania and is one of the most respectful Superstars in the business today.
We haven't seen, or heard from, The Undertaker since his brief comeback at Raw 1000. However, it's WrestleMania season, so we should be seeing the Deadman in the near future.
Is it a possibility that we see The Phenom return at the 2013 Royal Rumble? I think there is a strong chance we will.
Even if Taker returns, it is very unlikely that he will win the Rumble match. But if he does win, I can see him taking on CM Punk or The Rock at WrestleMania 29.
You may ask, why would the WWE book that match at WrestleMania? Taker is old and cannot wrestle on a regular basis.
Undertaker could beat Punk/Rock and win the WWE championship. The next night on Raw, Taker could officially retire with the WWE title.
With talks of a brand-new WWE championship belt, what better way to honor The Undertaker by having him retire with the current belt.
It would be miraculous if everything I stated happened, so I'm not getting my hopes up. It would be cool to see The Undertaker at the Royal Rumble, though.
Chances on winning the 2013 Royal Rumble: five percent.
The Rock (2000)
The Rock won the 2000 Royal Rumble and went on to compete for the WWE Title in a Fatal 4-Way match at WrestleMania 16.
The Rock is undefeated since returning to the WWE in 2012.
I can see him winning the 2013 Royal Rumble and headlining WrestleMania for the fifth time in his Hall of Fame career.
In order for The Rock to win the Royal Rumble, a few things need to happen.
My theory is, if The Rock is booked to beat CM Punk for the WWE championship, CM Punk vs. The Rock will be the main event of Royal Rumble 2013. However, if The Rock is booked to lose to CM Punk, the Royal Rumble match will be the main event.
If The Rock loses to CM Punk, I wouldn't be surprised if he leaves the US Airways Center as the 2013 Royal Rumble winner.
The Rumble match did not main event the Royal Rumble PPV in 1988, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2006. It will be interesting to see what the WWE has planned for the main event of Royal Rumble 2013.
Chances on winning the 2013 Royal Rumble: 40 percent.
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