Every year, the Royal Rumble catapults a Superstar into instant main-event status. Shawn Michaels. Stone Cold. Alberto Del Rio. Sheamus.
This year, the match is wide open. There are many Superstars who deserve to win the match. Some of this year’s favorites are John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus. Will we see an underdog or one of the usual suspects win the match?
I did my best to be as accurate as possible with the rumble participants. Unfortunately, I could not set the entry number of Dolph Ziggler, who will be either No. 1 or 2.
WWE ’13 simulation:
The match began with Zack Ryder and Heath Slater. The first half of the Rumble was star-studded. Dolph Ziggler was No. 4, Wade Barrett was No. 8, Sheamus was No. 9 and Randy Orton was No. 10.
Drew McIntyre was able to rack up four eliminations before being eliminated by Orton. The Miz, Kofi Kingston and Kane were the next three to enter.
The second half kicked off with John Cena as No. 16, which I thought was early.
There were two surprise entries, JBL and Billy Gunn, who came out No. 18 and 19, respectively. Seven of the final eight entrants were up-and-coming stars: The Usos, Antonio Cesaro, Damien Sandow, Ryback, Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes and Brodus Clay. The final four were Cesaro, Jey Uso, Rhodes and Clay.
Rhodes went on a tear as he eliminated all three men to with the Royal Rumble. McIntyre led with four eliminations. There were three Superstars with three eliminations each. Winner: Cody Rhodes
My prediction: This was a tough simulation because the game doesn't take teams and alliances into account. With that being said, I loved the youth movement towards the end of the match. However, I don't think Cody Rhodes will win the match.
He's still in a team with Damien Sandow and I don't see it ending any time soon. In the end, I think it will come down to Dolph Ziggler and John Cena at the end with John Cena coming away with his second Rumble victory.