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WWE Royal Rumble 2014: Superstars That Will Disappoint in Battle Royal

Bryan HaasFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2014

WWE Royal Rumble 2014: Superstars That Will Disappoint in Battle Royal

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    As the Royal Rumble looms very near on the horizon, the WWE Universe is gearing up for a winter showdown that pits many of the top superstars in the company against each other in one ring, with only one man emerging victorious from the pile.

    With the returns of Brock Lesnar and Batista, the company has now unleashed two monsters from the past on the talent roster, and both look to be huge threats going forward.

    We have yet to see what Batista's goals are, as we've only seen promos hyping his long-awaited return.

    Lesnar, on the other hand, has seemingly set his sights on Mark Henry, who suffered a terrible beating from the former UFC heavyweight champion on Raw.

    And whether or not Lesnar and Batista will even enter the Royal Rumble match remains to be seen. But along with hyped and impressive performances in the event, there will also be some that fall well short of expectations.

Kofi Kingston

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    Does anyone remember when Kingston was a bona fide threat to everyone on the WWE roster?

    His high-flying and high-risk ways made him fun to watch and impossible to predict in the ring.

    Now he is mired in what seems like a never-ending feud with the Miz, one that has not served either of them well and wastes the incredible talent of both men. Plus, it is difficult to pull off any high-flying moves in a match like the Royal Rumble, because anything that puts you anywhere near the top rope is grounds for an easy elimination.

    However, expect Kingston’s exit to be interesting at the very least, as he generally finds some way to make them look entertaining.

Daniel Bryan

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    Even a week ago, Bryan would have been a major favorite to win this match.

    However, his joining of the Wyatt Family on Raw shocked the wrestling world, and it now seems as if Bryan has taken himself out of the limelight for a job playing second fiddle to a charismatic cult leader.

    Bryan has all the tools to win the match, but whatever current scenario he is in does not lend itself to perhaps the most popular superstar on the roster winning this affair.

     

Brodus Clay

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    In recent weeks, the self-professed “Main Event Playa” has done nothing but prove that he is not fitting of that nickname.

    He piles up loss after loss, both in singles and tag team action, and despite the fact that he has altered his look, he has not changed the fact that he has not won a meaningful match in what seems like forever.

    At this point, it seems as if he is a stepping stone to elevate the burgeoning career of upstart talent Xavier Woods, who may very well be the one to eliminate Clay from the Royal Rumble.

    Unless he goes full-on monster heel mode for this one, Clay will fail to meet expectations yet again.

Sin Cara

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    As the Royal Rumble looms very near on the horizon, the WWE Universe is gearing up for a winter showdown that pits many of the top superstars in the company against each other in one ring, with only one man emerging victorious from the pile.

    With the returns of Brock Lesnar and Batista, the company has now unleashed two monsters from the past on the talent roster, and both look to be huge threats going forward.

    We have yet to see what Batista's goals are, as we've only seen promos hyping his long-awaited return.

    Lesnar, on the other hand, has seemingly set his sights on Mark Henry, who suffered a terrible beating from the former UFC heavyweight champion on Raw.

    And whether or not Lesnar and Batista will even enter the Royal Rumble match remains to be seen. But along with hyped and impressive performances in the event, there will also be some that fall well short of expectations.

Batista

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    If Batista returns and does anything short of win, it should immediately be ruled a disappointment.

    Granted he has been away from pro wrestling for years, but he still has the physical tools to easily pull off a win in this contest.

    Plus, the company clearly has big plans for him if it is continuing to show promos hyping his return weeks before he even makes an actual appearance.

    It's a huge "what if," but if he comes back and does not win, has the company already halted any serious momentum that the Animal could have built up coming out of the Royal Rumble?

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