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WNZ Open Season: Should Rumble Have Grown?

Every year, as the Rumble is hyped up, we are reminded. It’s a 30 man, over the top rope battle royal.

Except for one year, where WWE went to 40. Alberto Del Rio, now that he’s back, has reminded us of that.

So, it’s gotten me wondering. Wouldn’t this have been an ideal year, an ideal scenario, to expand the Rumble to 40 again?

Think about it. It has the biggest prize up for grabs, something that has happened only one other time in it’s near 30 year history. And, on top of that? The roster depth now is better than it’s been in a long time. Arguably, it is better than it was when WWE opted to grow it to 40 men the one time they did that.

So, wouldn’t this have made sense?

I think so. And here’s why. That roster depth. Between the main roster guys we see on a regular basis, and those who we don’t see regularly, there are enough names and bodies to run a 40 man Rumble. And then, of course, you have to think more broadly. For one thing, it’s pretty much expected that at least one NXT wrestler is going to be in the Rumble. It’s becoming a tradition of sorts, someone who is close to a call up, or just worth some showcasing, gets a run in the match. And looking at NXT this year, there are a number of names that could be involved-from Finn Balor to Samoa Joe, even Sami Zayn. And surely there are others. So that is a spot or two, at a minimum.

And then there is the expectation for a grand return, or a surprise entrance. In the past, guys like Y2J and Bubba Ray Dudley have made surprise entrances at the PPV, just to name a recent few. This year? There is no shortage of rumored names, or logical options. Names like Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, AJ Styles, HHH and The Undertaker. And that’s just a handful. WWE could easily give Class of 2016 Hall of Famer Sting a spot. Or someone like Diamond Dallas Page, who has made recent appearances in the match. You could easily burn five or even ten spots to serious and not-so-serious (i.e. nostalgic) returns, especially because they usually make the fans quite happy. Anyone remember the pop that Diesel got in Boston? And, who knows. Maybe we see an announcer get the call too. It’s happened before.

My point is, just between NXT options and returns, surprises and nostalgia, you could be burning up nearly half of the 30 spots. And yes, you can of course easily restrict that, but why should you? I don’t think adding 10 more participants harms anything, especially since everyone accepts that, when a guy like DDP or JBL is in the Rumble, he’s there to get the crowd to pop, have a trip down memory lane and that is about it. I don’t think anyone ever expects one of these entrants to win, but most don’t want to see them excluded, either. So, give yourself more flexibility with an expanded match, and it’s a win-win.

I know the novelty entrants won’t win. I do. But I can’t help but mark out for their entries anyways. And if there’s a way to have more of them, but also more of the current talent and NXT stars? Then by all means, do it.

What say you, WNZ readers? How would you feel about an expanded Rumble?

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  • Justin

    i think it should be least 45 have everyone enter world wide. make the wwe title the ultimate prize world wide, work with all different companies it would only be best for business

    • Damian Starr

      Sorry, WWE recognises NXT and Evolve as the only other promotions in existence. There’s some people randomly wrestling in Japan or something but that’ll be in some dojo or whatever…

      • Justin

        no, i know that. it would never happen they wont let ROH film aj styles at their show this Saturday. they never recognize any other promotion. but we all know it would just help create a better market and business. but if i was running the rumble i would want it to be the world have new Japan cut promos, AAA, top uk promotion, india, south africa, and even Roh, lucha, hell even shitty TNA, you tell them they dont get any revenue from the ppv what not maybe sell a little bit of merch at the arena, but they just get the exposure, and if the fans love em wwe just signs them… but like u pointed out and i will re-enstate it they would never eeeeVER consider it

        • Damian Starr

          More likely to see GFW than WWE do that haha

  • Wrestling Fan

    I think 30 is a good number to stick to. Expanding it to 40 this year might take the suspense out of the match, especially with it being for the WWE World Heavyweight Title ‚Äď half of them will not be serious contenders and the audience will probably recognise them as fillers anyway.

    If planned properly, I really do think WWE can inject suspense, surprise entrants/returns, and believability with a field of just 30.

  • biz

    Sting is hurt. And people need to stop thinking that Daniel Bryan is making a return anytime soon.

    • Joseph Lisnow

      Both of their WWE’s careers are done.

  • ‘Drowen Hart #NewNation ??

    Do a 40 man Royal Rumble once in a while. They don’t have the depth of roster right now because of injuries. If it wasn’t for the injuries the last couple of months, I think they would of have done it.

    • Bonkerz

      Fully agree man. If there were fewer injuries and had been expanded to 40 as a result, it could have the potential to be one of the best rumbles we would have ever seen.

  • Philip Hollett

    Would love to see X-Pac make a cameo.

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