Royal Rumble season is here! I’ll be honest, the Royal Rumble tends to be my favorite PPV every year if for no other reason than the surprise returns. These returns are anticipated and guessed at all year long and when they do happen, they end up being people we didn’t even think of, and it’s always awesome. It’s one of those few times where anything really can happen and here are my predictions/wish list for surprise entrants in the men’s and women’s Royal Rumble matches.
Men’s Royal Rumble Match
Ken Shamrock: With all the hype surrounding RAW’s 25th Anniversary, I’ve been looking back at some my favorite moments, and Ken Shamrock going insane was one of them. Long before Dean Ambrose made crazy eyes at the crowd, this man was convincing us that he was capable of committing bloody murder with just an ankle lock. Maybe he can toughen Slater up?
Rikishi: As much as I love the intense action, I also like a little fun and weirdness. Having Rikishi, with or without Too Cool, dance a couple of steps before shoving that booty in someone’s face hits all the right notes for me.
The Mean Street Posse: Oh dear lord, this would have me in stitches! Vince McMahon once had the Spirit Squad; why can’t his son revive the Mean Street Posse? Particularly since Daniel, Kevin, and Sami have been backing Shane into a corner lately, this feels like the perfect time to bring these guys back.
The Undertaker: We all know we’ll see him at RAW’s 25th Anniversary, but I’d love to see him in the ring with Bray Wyatt and WOKEN Matt Hardy during the Rumble. I can picture the other wrestlers’ faces right now…
Scott Hall/Razor Ramon: Anyone who’s even so much as glanced at my Twitter knows how much I love this man. It would be great to see the Razor character come back and having one iconic Intercontinental Champion versus either Miz or Roman (depends on RAW’s 25th Anniversary) would be an interesting moment for the annals of WWE.
Shawn Michaels: I know, I know; he’s retired and won’t return to in-ring action. However, I find it impossible to have a dream list of returns and NOT have the Heartbreak Kid on it. It’s probably not going to happen, but that won’t stop me from anticipating that signature music with ever buzzer. Any person who says they aren’t secretly hoping that Shawn makes his comeback is lying.
Kevin Nash: If you couldn’t tell, I can’t shake the feeling that we will be getting some Kliq participation in this rumble and of all the members, I feel most confident and good with putting Diesel in the match. The options for match-ups are fairly entertaining and let’s be honest, seeing him jackknife powerbomb someone out of the ring would be a highlight anytime.
Stone Cold Steve Austin: More than Dwayne Johnson, I want Stone Cold to take part this year. The Rattlesnake could come down just for a beer and a stunner, and I’ll be happy. His comeback would be legendary if for nothing else than to give Elias the Stone Cold stunner he so richly deserves and maybe another for Jason Jordan after his match.
Pete Dunne: I’m not sure whether I’d want him on the main roster permanently or just for that night…depends on how long he’d want to kick Enzo’s ass.
Kenny Omega: Alpha VS Omega, Part 2. That is all.
Women’s Royal Rumble Match
Michelle McCool/Layla: These two are tied because they’re like peanut butter and jelly; you can have one without the other, but it just isn’t the same. In my opinion, LayCool is an absolute must have and it will be FLAWLESS!
AJ Lee: A long shot I know, but you can’t blame a girl for dreaming. Just like with Shawn Michaels, anyone who pretends that they aren’t are lying to themselves.
Ember Moon: One of my favourite feuds from NXT was Ember versus Asuka. I truly believe that this woman is ready for the Empress of Tomorrow and a great way to prove it would be to throw her over the top rope at the Royal Rumble.
Victoria: One of the unsung heroes of the women’s division from the early 2000’s. Victoria would be a legitimate competitor in the rumble and there are enough ‘old friends’ in there that the options for conflict are tantalizing.
Trish: I wouldn’t say I’d be shocked to see Trish, but I will be thrilled nonetheless. It also helps that I’d love to see a member of Absolution be on the receiving end of a Stratus Splash.
Lita: I don’t think anyone is doubting Lita’s involvement in this match. She is still quite active with the WWE and her appearance in the first ever Women’s Rumble is all but certain.
Brie Bella: Now I don’t watch Total Divas but to my understanding, Brie has talked on the show about making a comeback. I’m not sure if that was genuine but the Bella twins are already being identified as icons by WWE (whether the viewership believes its warranted or not) and I’ve always liked Brie so bring on BRIE-MODE!
Jacqueline: A Hall of Famer and the first ever African-American Women’s Champion, I see no reason why Jackie shouldn’t be in this match and more importantly, why she couldn’t go toe to toe with every other participant.
Sable: Perhaps an even longer shot than AJ, an appearance by Sable would shock and stun just about everyone. She may not be the most athletic but still, Sable is capable of handling herself and is an icon of the Attitude Era and for the first ever women’s rumble, it’s important to acknowledge that era and her for more than just her pasties.
Bull Nakano: If the wrestling gods happen to be listening, please let this woman stand across the ring from Nia Jax.
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