WWE Royal Rumble Results: How Did the Surprise Entrants Compare to Past Years?

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterJanuary 28, 2013

Photo from WWE.com.
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Royal Rumble 2013's surprise entrants may not have been among the greatest set in that category, but they delivered a big dose of fun.

2013's Rumble borrowed heavily from the Attitude Era for its unannounced stars.

Rumors of Shelton Benjamin, Carlito, John Morrison, MVP and the New Age Outlaws entering the fray turned out to be bogus. Instead, fans saw Goldust, The Godfather and Chris Jericho come down the ramp.

All three men had varying degrees of success in this year's Rumble. Goldust battled for a decent amount of time before his brother, Cody Rhodes, tossed him out. The Godfather went into the match and then immediately right out, not that it seemed to bother him.

Jericho's return was not as powerful or shocking as John Cena's in 2008 or Edge's in 2010.

Cena had injured his pectoral muscle and wasn't expected back nearly that soon. Edge's story is similar. A torn Achilles kept him out of action, and WWE snuck him into the Rumble before fans expected him back.

Jericho's presence was a great addition, regardless of whether or not it was not as dramatic as those two.

He entered second, meaning that he'd first face the man who'd sent him out of the WWE in Dolph Ziggler. Jericho looked worn out by the end of his time in the Rumble, but his Codebreakers and high energy throughout were some of the match's highlights.

Goldust and Godfather were two welcome curveballs.

Their appearances garnered passionate responses from the US Airways Center crowd. Neither man affected the match's outcome, nor did they make history like some of the most monumental surprise entrants.

Kharma, like Beth Phoenix before her, made history with her entrance.

In 2011, both Diesel and Booker T returned from long absences to roaring crowds. In 2008, John Cena was joined by legends Jimmy Snuka and Roddy Piper in perhaps the best group of Rumble surprises ever.

2013 isn't on that level, but the surprises still entertained.

Even a brief glimpse of Godfather was a happy dose of nostalgia. Goldust's fracas with Cody Rhodes sets up perhaps a long-anticipated "brother vs. brother" WrestleMania match.

For most fans, Jericho is welcome to come back to any Rumble, anytime, but as enjoyable as it was to see him in action again, he wasn't gone long enough to miss him.

He was just around this summer, gaining a win over Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam. Had it been more than one Rumble in between Jericho's appearances, his return would have been weightier.

As it stands, he was a key to the match's success and a great way to start the Rumble off. Royal Rumble 2013's surprise entrants were solid, doing the job of adding a jolt of excitement to the event.