Every year, it seems that at least one spot in the Royal Rumble is held back for a “surprise” entrant. Be it a random old-timer, a returning Superstar or even someone back from TNA, there’s always one guy that draws the “hey, I know him!” pop.
Last year it was Rob Van Dam back for a one-night appearance…and I was “lucky” enough to draw his number in the little Royal Rumble pool my friends and I set up.
Who will it be this year?
As of now, there are 24 names announced for the Rumble on WWE.com, and you can up that to 25 if you've read WWE Superstars spoilers. That leaves five spots open for potential surprises.
Sure, there are a few filler guys who will be added in that have no chance of winning (Primo Colon, I’m looking at you), but one of those slots is bound to be taken by a guy you’d never expect, right?
In that vein, I’m going to have a little fun and list five names I wouldn’t mind seeing in the Rumble.
No. 1: Edge
First and foremost, we have a returning star. No one has seen or heard from him in six months or so, and he very well could be fully (or almost fully) recovered from his torn Achilles tendon.
If that’s the case (and the rumored Edge vs. Chris Jericho match at WrestleMania is a go), he could easily return in the Rumble. Have him run in quick, go right after Jericho and eliminate both men. You have an instant feud igniter, an easy way to get rid of Jericho and a quick night for Edge.
No. 2: Booker T
It has been three months since Booker was last seen leaving TNA Bound for Glory on a stretcher.
So why not bring the Bookerman back, even if it’s for a one-shot deal?
The fans (myself included) would pop if “CAN YOU DIG IT, SUCKA?” hit the PA, and because Booker was at the main event level when he left, pretty much anyone would buy him having a chance at winning.
I can dig that.
No. 3: Rob Van Dam
Hell, he did it last year, so why not again? RVD has traditionally done well in the Rumble (he’s been in the final four or five a handful of times) and fans still love him no matter what.
If they threw him in there at, say, No. 15 or 16 and let him hang around for 15 minutes, it wouldn’t be the biggest waste of a spot.
No. 4: Dusty Rhodes
Two years ago, the roof came off Madison Square Garden when WWE Hall of Famers Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka showed up in Rumble.
The 2010 Rumble is in Atlanta, home of Jim Crockett Promotions/NWA/WCW lore. With Dusty stationed in Florida as a huge part of FCW these days, why not bring him up and let him get funky like a monkey for a few more minutes?
I don’t know how easily he could get over that top rope, but there’d be no more fun moment than seeing Dusty, Goldust and Cody Rhodes in the ring at once nailing some poor schmuck with triple Bionic Elbows – nor would there be any easier way to trigger dissension in Legacy (again, if a rumored breakup truly is in the works) than to have Ted DiBiase toss the “Dream,” or even by having Cody do it himself.
No. 5: Doink the Clown
Why the hell not? After all, you could at least have him throw down a banana peel and eliminate, say, Big Show or some other behemoth.
So who would you want to see?