This Sunday, the Royal Rumble match returns to give one lucky WWE Superstar a guaranteed World title match at WrestleMania 29.
The Rumble match is one of the most popular and exciting matches of the year, as 30 Superstars try to eliminate each other in an over-the-top challenge.
WWE fans have witnessed some crazy and surprising moments in the history of the Rumble match, from Maven eliminating the Undertaker to Kofi Kingston’s acrobatic way of keeping himself in the match.
Here are nine twists and turns the Royal Rumble match could take this year.
Although we don’t know exactly the order of the matches at Royal Rumble, one can only assume that either the WWE title or Rumble match will be last.
That means the World Heavyweight Championship match will occur much earlier in the night. This also means Dolph Ziggler could theoretically cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase and then enter the Royal Rumble later in the night.
A cash-in and Rumble win would raise so many questions, such as: Does Ziggler automatically earn a WWE title match at WrestleMania?
Does that mean there won’t be a World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania?
Dolph Ziggler could make a huge impact in multiple ways this Sunday.
Will we see more double eliminations this year during the Rumble match?
While we are likely to see some double or triple eliminations (maybe even more), the type I was talking about was more like the Bret Hart-Lex Luger and John Cena-Batista type of double eliminations.
Chances are WWE fans will most likely never see another situation like Bret Hart and Lex Luger ever again.
When John Cena and Batista entered a similar situation in 2005, Mr. McMahon did not allow history to repeat itself and called for the match to continue.
So if we do see another double elimination end, Mr. McMahon may not let it last.
Could we see a WWE Superstar turn face or heel during the Royal Rumble match?
It may be difficult to determine whether or not someone is making a full turn or just using the every-man-for-himself idea.
However, there has been a lot of tension between Sheamus and Randy Orton, which could lead to one eliminating the other in the match.
If Orton eliminates Sheamus, does that make him a heel? Or is he just trying to win the Royal Rumble?
It usually takes one or more events to complete a face or heel turn, but perhaps we will witness the beginning of one during the Rumble match.
Raise your hand if you remember Maven eliminating the Undertaker in the 2002 Royal Rumble match.
For those of you who are unaware, Maven was the first WWE Tough Enough winner who shockingly eliminated the Undertaker in the 2002 Rumble match when the Dead Man was distracted by the Hardy Boyz.
Could we see another instance of a jobber eliminating a top star?
If I had to pick one lower card superstar to accomplish this feat, I would choose Heath Slater of 3MB.
For some reason, WWE seems to be pushing 3MB, giving them plenty of time on WWE TV.
While many writers all over the Internet Wrestling Community have predicted and tried their best to guess who the surprise entrants will be this year, no one knows for sure.
Past WWE Superstars who are currently working for WWE such as Mick Foley, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn and others would be popular choices to enter this year’s Rumble match.
WWE.com published an article with various foreign Superstars who have previously entered the Rumble.
Perhaps this suggests we will see some foreign Superstars this year.
Whomever the surprise entrants are, I have a feeling some will be obvious, but others will much more unexpected.
In the Royal Rumble match it is every man for himself. This has been evident time and time again when tag team partners have eliminated each other in the Rumble match.
Some notable occurrences of tag team partners eliminating one another include:
- Shawn Michaels eliminating Triple H (2010)
- Johnny Nitro eliminating Joey Mercury (2006)
- Matt Hardy eliminating Jeff Hardy (2001)
- Billy Gunn eliminating Road Dogg (2000)
- Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie eliminating each other (1998)
Will see another set of tag team partners eliminating one another this year?
The most likely choice would be Team Hell No. As WWE’s resident dysfunctional tag team, Kane or Daniel Bryan should eliminate the other. Kane is recognized as one of the most impressive and dominant Superstars in Royal Rumble history.
This is exactly why Daniel Bryan should be the one to eliminate Kane this year.
The favorite to win this year is John Cena due to the expected rematch with The Rock at WrestleMania 29.
Therefore, a twist to the Rumble match would see anyone other than John Cena win.
The favorites not named John Cena would be Ryback or the loser of the WWE title match.
Ryback became less of a favorite when Big Show lost the World Heavyweight Championship to Alberto Del Rio.
CM Punk or The Rock, depending on who loses, should enter the Royal Rumble and immediately become a favorite to win.
Either way, it would be surprising and quite the twist to see John Cena lose.
In 1995, Shawn Michaels and British Bulldog opened the Rumble match and then were the final two Superstars at the end of the match.
Will we see this happen again?
Dolph Ziggler will enter at either No. 1 or No. 2, and as I discussed, John Cena is the most likely candidate to open the Rumble match with Ziggler.
Don’t be too surprised to see Cena and Ziggler as the first two and final two Superstars in the Rumble match.
We also saw this occurrence in 1999 when Stone Cold Steve Austin and Mr. McMahon both began and finished the Rumble match.
In 1995, the No. 1 entrant won. In 1999, the No. 2 entrant won.
What number will win this year?
This could possibly be the biggest twist in Royal Rumble history if WWE ever decided to make it happen.
The final two Superstars in the ring prior to entrant No. 30 joining.
They both eliminate each other, similar to Bret Hart and Lex Luger or John Cena and Batista.
Now, when No. 30 enters the ring, he automatically wins, right?
If every WWE Superstar has been eliminated before the last entrant enters the ring, then all he has to do is get in the ring and he is the last man standing.
It has never been done before and quite frankly, it most likely never will.
However, it would be the biggest twist and craziest moment in Royal Rumble match history.
This idea was discussed on my radio show, Oh You Didn't Know!?! on PWPRadio.
The Royal Rumble match is one when the most unexpected and unpredictable events in WWE.
Every year there are twists and turns that shock WWE fans everywhere.
What are your thoughts on these twists and turns? What twists and turns do you think the Royal Rumble match could take this year? Please leave your comments, suggestions and ideas in the section below.
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