This January, the WWE Universe will converge in Orlando, Florida at the Amway Center for the twenty-ninth annual Royal Rumble event where the most exciting match of the year will highlight the night as fans will find out just who will be the #1 Contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship heading into WrestleMania.
The unpredictability of the Royal Rumble provides a sudden rush of lost passion for all those who have become bored with WWE. The Rumble excites and like an old junkie returning to the dark allies to reacquaint with an old habit, the Rumble can bring back the most jaded of wrestling fans.
Waiting, waiting, waiting ... each entrant provides another hit; another dose of that familiar fun the fan had once known. While the Royal Rumble match itself usually takes an hour to complete, the hour is euphoric and full of flashbacks and forgotten feelings. Memories of the past and new moments to be made.
Going back to the point of unpredictability: that's what makes the Royal Rumble so great. While that clock counts down, fans begin to guess who the next participant will be as they sit in anticipation. The internet has ruined the aspect of surprise in the wrestling world but on Rumble night it still exists ... for a little while.
As the end of the year draws near, we being to wonder about the Royal Rumble. Who will win? Who will show up out of the blue? Will it top the Rumbles of the past? In this article we boldly attempt to predict the surprise participants keeping in mind that there is a distinct possibility that none of these men will show up in Orlando.
Nevertheless, we are going to try anyway as we stab a stab at guessing who will surprise the WWE Universe this January.
These are the top 15 possible surprise 2016 Royal Rumble entrants:
15 Sami Zayn
Montreal native Sami Zayn has been sidelined for a while now but according to promos aired on NXT, he's set to return any time; which is of course a good thing seeing as how Zayn has been one of the most exciting Superstars in NXT.
14 Samoa Joe
It has been a long time coming for Samoa Joe, but he has finally signed a deal with WWE; albeit he has yet to appear on WWE programming and there appears to be a lingering feeling that NXT is all Joe will ever experience with the company.
13 Finn Balor
Whether or not Finn Balor will still be NXT Champion by the Royal Rumble remains to be seen. However, should Balor lose the belt before the big match this January, a positive play could be at work.
12 Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio may have left WWE for Mexico but the door for a return is definitely open. Alberto Del Rio recently realized that more opportunity and monetary gain is presented in WWE, no matter how much one would like to believe otherwise.
11 Rob Van Dam
It's been a while since WWE fans were treated to the presence of Rob Van Dam, who has been kicking around the independent scene again but never feels too far gone from WWE. Which is why we cannot rule out an RVD appearance next month.
10 Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho loves the element of surprise and is constantly searching for new ways to re-emerge on the WWE scene. While Jericho has already used the Royal Rumble in such a manner, there is no reason he can't do it again.
Since joining the WWE, Sting has seen all of his conflict come with The Authority. While the arrival of Sting still feels a decade too late, there remains much use for the wrestling legend.
8 Randy Orton
Randy Orton has been sitting out with an injury in recent weeks and like many Superstars on the shelf, the fans remain uncertain as to when exactly "The Viper" will return to action in WWE. Some say he'll be out for months, but WWE has yet to confirm these reports, so he could be nearer to a return than speculated.
7 Daniel Bryan
The WWE Universe has not forgotten about Daniel Bryan. In fact, Bryan's physical troubles over the past few years have been a topic of great discussion among the IWC as fans continue to hope for a return.
6 Brock Lesnar
Think about Brock Lesnar making a surprise appearance in the Royal Rumble. It would be completely unexpected and the fans would go wild. On top of that, Lesnar would automatically become the favourite to win.
5 The Undertaker
This is a major long shot, but let's assess the situation anyway. The Undertaker is nearing the end of his legendary career. There are rumours circulating that the upcoming WrestleMania could be his final ride.
4 The Rock
Another long shot, but you never know. The Rock has not competed since WrestleMania 29 when he lost the WWE Championship to John Cena. Therefore, the fans are ready to see "The Great One" back in action.
3 Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle has recently announced his "retirement" from TNA, but that doesn't mean that Angle is hanging up his boots entirely, as the possibility of a WWE return looms for "Your Olympic Hero."
2 Jeff Hardy
The rumours regarding Jeff Hardy and a WWE return have been circulating lately as Hardy is yet another former Superstar who WWE fans have not forgotten. Hardy has had his troubles but his fans are forgiving.
1 John Cena
Never believe the timeframes given in regards to John Cena being away from WWE. No matter what Cena is doing elsewhere, WWE is where he hangs his hat and he is always eager to return.
Much like the 2008 Royal Rumble, John Cena could very-well appear in Orlando as a surprise entrant. The crow will pop at first before the usual John Cena duel will commence within the arena.
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