Tonight’s WWE PPV promises to be interesting if anything else, with a few notable surprise Royal Rumble entrants already revealed at the Wrestling Observer. (None of the unexpected entrants have a chance of winning, but it’ll be cool to see both back. Though I wonder if the biggest one can make it to the ring without blowing out his knee.)
It’s been expected that Triple H will make his return tonight, as they’ve obviously been building to a King of Kings vs. King Sheamus showdown at WrestleMania. In recent years, WWE has booked returning superstars coming back from injuries to win event, but I think perhaps Trips eliminates Sheamus and then eliminates himself to inflict further damage on his nemesis as they brawl to the back.
John Cena has to be considered a favorite, with him challenging Miz for the title at ‘Mania. Yep, I think somehow Miz escapes with the title against Orton tonight, perhaps serving as a catalyst for Orton’s heel turn–as he’s been vowing “no more Mr. Nice Guy” of late. If the company is as committed to creating new young stars as they claim, Miz needs the credibility of heading into the biggest show of the year as WWE champion.
Undertaker has been considered 50/50 of healing from his own injuries in time for ‘Mania, supposedly slotted against Wade Barrett for the Atlanta show, but the prognosis has been more promising of late. While I don’t think he’s ready for tonight, WWE loves springing surprises at the Rumble, so maybe the Dead Man will be resurrected tonight.
Nexus leader CM Punk could use the Rumble rub as they’ve made him the biggest heel on RAW of late. Wouldn’t surprise me either to see Chris Jericho back, but I haven’t heard anything definite on that and the timing wouldn’t be right for him to win as I doubt he’s ready to commit to a full-time schedule again.
Cena is the obvious choice–which makes me think they’ll go for the swerve. I’ll say Punk wins tonight with the help of his stable, with Cena ending up with the title shot in the end through some kind of stipulation at the next PPV. Or perhaps fearing that Miz isn’t quite on that superstar level, the company will make it a three-way-dance with the Awesome one defending against both Cena and Punk at ‘Mania. The promos among those three would be memorable. If it’s not Punk, I’ll say HHH.
Darkhorse might be Orton. Maybe after losing his title shot earlier in the evening, he slithers his way into the event and screws Cena out of the win, switching him back heel. They’ve been teasing an Rated-RKO reunion, but maybe it’s swerve with Orton challenging Edge for the belt at ‘Mania.
Or maybe Awesome Kong debuts in the Rumble, kicks everyone’s ass, and challenges Miz not only for the WWE title but to determine who’s the most AWESOME superstar in the business. (Nah, never happen. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Kong gets involved in the Divas match.)
Personally, I’ll be rooting for Lawler, who could play the aging challenger role who’s never appeared in the ring at ‘Mania as he takes on the young cocky champion. Hey, it could happen.
Any thoughts? What do you say, marks?