Is it me or has the Rumble just had no build up this year? The biggest problem with WWE today is that they have forgotten how to truly sell their PPVs. Just adding ten men and calling the event "The Biggest Rumble Ever" will sell a few tickets but I'm surprised at how little of the roster have come out to say they are going to win the match this year.
Too much of the six weeks in the build up to the event have been used to further feuds between the wrestlers but with little thought to the big event. Take New Nexus Vs. Cena for example. CM Punk has purely been focused on Cena and the general feeling I get from his promos is that Cena is the main target while the Rumble is a bonus prize.
The extra men is purely a catch to get extra buys. Still lets look at some the people many fans feel have a chance of winning it.
John Cena - Obviously the favourite going into this because WWE won't have a WrestleMania go by without the biggest selling wrestler being one of the three main events. He hasn't seen the belt since losing it last summer as he has been engaged with Nexus for most of 2010. With the last 8 Rumble matches being won by unique victors it is highly likely this year's winner will be someone who has won the event before. If Cena does win he better not use it up at the February PPV like he did last time. Getting a title match at WrestleMania is the biggest match in anyones career no matter how many time you have done it. It disrespects the match if you cash it in early.
CM Punk - Since Cena is the big favourite his current enemy has to also be high on the list of winners. I could easily see Cena winning the belt at Elimination Chamber and defending it against CM Punk. The Chicago Made Punk has had little success over the last year and a Rumble win would be good pick up.
Triple H (if he is present) - If The Game is present this year he has to be a favourite to get straight back into the title picture. I personally think he will appear but will purely eliminate Sheamus who will get back into the ring straight away and eliminate him back. I know Triple H is dubious for backstage politics but being out for almost 9 months only to win a main event spot at the biggest PPV of the year is a stretch to justify.
Alberto Del Rio - This man is on the verge of his World title match but I believe your first major 1-on-1 opportunity for a World Championship should never be at WrestleMania. This should be reserved for wrestlers who have given it their all for the last year. Del Rio has been good but I say put the Intercontinental Championship on him for a while. He will either be eliminated quickly or will have a good showing (maybe final four) but I personally feel he is not going to win the match.
Christian (if he is present) - For a large amount of fans Edge Vs. Christian for the World Championship is a dream match. The problem is this isn't a dream match for Vince McMahon. I don't see it ever happening at WrestleMania. Maybe at a PPV down the line, just not at the big spectacle. Besides I don't think Christian is recovered yet.
In the end I'm going to have to go with the safe option of John Cena. Punk is likely to get eliminated in a scuffle between Nexus and Corre. Triple H as I mentioned will be there to enhance his rivalry with Sheamus. Del Rio isn't ready and is either going to be eliminated quickly or have a good showing overall.
Winner: John Cena