We’ve gotten a lot of big names announced already. Names that, in years past, would have been kept as surprise entrants. Jericho. Lesnar. Even the returned and now injured Cena. These all could have, and probably would have, been kept on the sidelines until the Rumble. But this year, for one reason or another, things have changed and we are getting the big ones now.
But what if this all means that there is a big surprise entrant coming for the Rumble itself? Not a guy like Hogan (though yes, even with his transgressions, his surprise entry would be huge). Not even Daniel Bryan, though his entry would be tremendous as well.
No. None of them.
What if WWE brought out a Phenomenal surprise entrant for the Royal Rumble.
Simply put, imagine if WWE shocked us all with The Undertaker.
And why not? He’s on a bit of a retirement tour, however unofficial it may be. He’s performed at SummerSlam, and at Survivor Series, to go along with his annual WrestleMania appearance.
Notice a PPV missing? Specifically, one of the Big Four? Yep, he didn’t appear in the Rumble, and hasn’t in recent years.
And, for winning this year’s Rumble, the prize is not a shot at the champ in Texas. Nope, this year, the winner IS the champ. And, a Rumble match is, coincidentally enough, the perfect kind of match to mask a wrestler’s shortcomings or deficiencies. Meaning you can have a guy in there for a long time, even if physically limited, without exposing those limitations to any great extent.
And with that in mind, I think Undertaker deserves to enter-and win-the Royal Rumble, one final time. And with it, naturally, give him one last ride with the championship.
When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. And for a few reasons.
1-WWE needs some big stars to be surprises. It doesn’t get much bigger than Undertaker
2-WWE has an overwhelming desire to have a mega-match as the main event in what should be the biggest WrestleMania of all time. Even though we were told that their last clash in 2015 would be their last clash ever, would the WrestleMania main event of ‘Taker versus Lesnar, for the WWE Championship, not fit the bill?
3-It’s a big stage, in ‘Taker’s home town. Even if he’s not going into the Hall of Fame this year, they could easily announce it as a win or go home kind of match. If he wins, he stays. If he loses, he’s retired. As much as I would hate to see him lose at ‘Mania again, having seen him lose once already lessens that sting.
And, while I won’t list it as number four, this one is still true enough: How awesome would it be to see the Dead Man, mid-ring, holding up the big belt one last time? Gives me goosebumps now just thinking about it.
What do you think?