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Thursday, January 12, 2017

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EOTR Royal Rumble Talk: 5 Surprise Entrants We Want

By @TrueGodImmortal 

The Royal Rumble is just a few weeks away at the time of this article and many of us wonder what will occur at the big event. While the card itself is a bit underwhelming, the Royal Rumble seems to be stacked. Oddly enough, with names like Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, and more names announced, it doesn't seem like enough. The Rumble has always been known for surprise entrants and this year is perfect for big entrants, being that it's in the Alamo Dome holding over 60,000 people. With names like Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Shawn Michaels likely off the table for surprise entrants, we wanted to focus on more current, debuting and possibly returning stars who could bring fans to their feet. With that being said, we look at 5 surprise entrants that would make the Royal Rumble match even better.

5. Tye Dillinger

-He's likely not going to get a big opportunity on the main roster anyways, but why not give Tye a big moment by adding him to this match. His "10" chant is extremely over and his appearance in the Rumble would make the crowd go crazy more than likely and allow him to have a payoff for being so over. Tye deserves a moment like that.

4. Shinsuke Nakamura 

-It's time for the biggest NXT star to ascend upon the throne on the main roster, preferably on Smackdown (we need Nakamura vs Styles on PPV for the culture). I'd love to see Nakamura enter in the Rumble the night after losing the NXT Title to Bobby Roode and if we're being honest, I'd love for him to actually win the Rumble and go to Smackdown. It might be a bit too premature for him to get a victory that big, but if anyone is ready for that, it is certainly Nakamura.

3. Samoa Joe 

-Another NXT star who is obviously gearing up for his main roster debut is Samoa Joe. Rumor has it he will have a big role heading into Wrestlemania 33 and what better way to have that kick off the right way than with Samoa Joe winning the Rumble or at least having a great showing that leads him into a big storyline at WrestleMania. I personally would love to see Samoa Joe vs Cena at Mania, but who knows what will occur then, I just know a Rumble appearance for Samoa Joe is a must or WWE will have dropped the ball again.

2. Finn Balor 

-Given a 4 to 6 month recovery time, one wonders if Finn is almost ready to go. After going down in August, we just crossed that 4 month mark and the rumor has it his progress was ahead of schedule, which could see him return in the Rumble. In the event he does return, this is the place to do it and anything less than a win would be slightly disappointing honestly. I think he will end up as the 30th entrant as a big surprise, not taking too many bumps and marking his big return just in time for Wrestlemania 33.

1. Kurt Angle

-He's been running his mouth to indie promoters and telling them that he's going back to WWE, but who knows if he's headed back or not? However, if there's one person missing from the WWE roster, it's Kurt Angle. The sound of his music hitting at the Rumble would make the entire world go crazy. I mean, he has a few indie dates left, but so does Chris Hero and we saw what happened with him. Hit Angle's music, let him get into it with someone like Dolph Ziggler and it leads to a big Wrestlemania 33 match. While Ziggler isn't the ideal opponent (Nakamura, Styles, or a healthy Daniel Bryan would be ideal), an Angle return versus a veteran like Ziggler would probably result in a great match if given enough time. Regardless, for me, the no. 1 person I want to see in this year's Rumble is hands down Angle. I can't wait until he returns and the crowd goes absolutely berserk for his music.



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