Saturday, 30 January 2010

I Am The One!

It's January and that means one thing, the Royal Rumble. 30 men, 1 ring. The winner gains a world title shot at Wrestlemania. The question is who will be 'the one?' But before that I think it is important to look at why the Royal Rumble appeals so much. Well firstly I think it is the uniqueness of the match. I mean a Battle Royal is one thing but the Royal Rumble has the combatants enter one at a time at timed intervals meaning you get more bang for you buck. Another aspect that make the Royal Rumble special is the surprise or random competitors. Who can forget when Drew Carey enter the Royal Rumble in 2001? The fact the Rumble happens once a year adds to hype. The stakes of the match make it that whole much more special. Now once the boring bit of this article has been done it is time to look at some of the entrances and their likelihood of winning or how much I want them to win.

  • Dolph Ziggler Despite my partners bromance with Mr Ziggles he is yet to be entered into the Rumble this year and if his current run of form is to be counted he won't be. Personal preference to win: 0/10 Likelihood to win: 0/10 
  • The Miz The Awesome One just cannot be stopped at the moment and his improved ability has astounded everyone but as the current U.S Champ and still behind main event status I do not believe he will win the Rumble although would love to see the face on the fans if he did. Personal preference to win: 8/10 Likelihood to win: 2/10 
  • Kane The Big Red Monster is entering his 12th consecutive Royal Rumble and holds the record for the most eliminations in one Rumble (11) but has never won the match. I don't believe WWE will give this Mr. Reliable the Wrestlemania headline spot but it would be popular with the fans. Personal preference to win: 7/10 Likelihood to win: 3/10 
  • Triple H The Cerebral Assassin has won the Rumble before and has headlined Wrestlemania too. But this year it does not seem to be his year. He is currently one half of the Tag Champions and he is teaming with Shawn and so him becoming champ will have to be put on hold. Personal preference to win: 5/10 Likeilhood to win: 4/10 
  • Shawn Michaels Could he do it? Maybe, but I don't know if WWE will do Taker vs. HBK again one year later, but anything can happen right? I would suggest that maybe DX could implode in the Rumble rather than HBK win. Personal preference to win: 5/10 Likelihood to win: 4/10
  • Vladimir Kozlov Again he has not been entered into the Rumble but I hope that he could win just to see the fans faces. Personal preference to win: 8/10 Likelihood to win: 0/10 (2/10 if entered) 
  • Goldberg Atlanta, Georgia host this years Rumble could this be one of the surprise entrance and could he take the title and beat the World Champion at Mania? Personal preference to win: 5/10 Likelihood to win: 0/10 (3/10 if entered) Likelihood to appear: 5/10 
  • Gillberg 'If you can't be first be next' if Goldberg is not available or even if he is, perhaps the WWE could reintroduce Gillberg for one night only. Personal preference to win: 3/10 Likelihood to win: 0/10 (0/10 if entered) Likelihood to appear: 5/10 
  • Edge The Rated R Superstar is on the shelf at the moment and unless the reports have been fabricated to prevent spoilers it seem unlikly the Rated R Superstar will appear but if he does I think he could go all the way. Personal preference to win: 7/10 Likelihood to win: 0/10 (8/10 if entered) Likelihood to appear: 2/10 
  • CM Punk 'I need a Hero' one of the lines from one of the Rumble's themes songs. Is the Straight Edge Saviour 'The One' I would suggest that he could be the hot pick and with a Face title match from Smackdown it could build a great Mania match. Personal preference to win: 9.5/10 Likelihood to win: 9/10 
  • Chris Jericho Y2J has 'never ever' won the Rumble but this year I think he could do it, why? Just to spite HBK, just to prove he is better than HBK. The only thing that might prevent this is his recent alcohol arrest. Personal preference to win: 9.5/10 Likelihood to win: 8/10 
  • Big Show Having been split with Y2J, Big Show win the Rumble. Perhaps, but like Andre the Giant big men rarely do well in the Rumble and this could count against him. Personal preference to win: 6/10 Likelihood to win: 4/10 
  • William Regal The first person to win the Rumble and challenge for the ECW title? OK I know it is unlikely on all fronts but I thought I would show my support for my fellow countryman. Personal preference to win: 8.5/10 Likelihood to win: 2/10 
  • Booker T 'Can you dig it, Sucker?' Now that he has left T*A maybe no is his time to return to WWE just leave the King outfit at home please. Personal preference to win: 1/10 Likelihood to win: 0/10 (1/10 if entered) Likelihood to appear: 1/10 
  • Kofi Kingston 'Boom Boom Boom' Kofi is on a roll. But will WWE show one last leap of faith? Maybe. Kofi could be the dark horse of the Royal Rumble especially if Orton wins his match, but only time will tell. Personal preference to win: 5/10 Likelihood to win: 5.5/10 
  • Boogeyman 'I'm the Boggeyman and I'm coming to gettcha' No! Personal preference to win: 1/10 Likelihood to win: 0/10 (1/10 if entered) Likelihood to appear: 0.5/10 
  • Batista Sick of being screwed over Batista is angry and you wouldn't like him when he is angry and if your name is O'Dea you wouldn't like him full stop. But with the Smackdown main event as is he could be a good shout. Personal preference to win: 1/10 Likelihood to win: 6.5/10 
  • John Morrison Another dark horse in the Rumble he could easily win it if WWE show a leap of faith. They did it with Sheamus why not JoMo? Personal preference to win: 7.5/10 Likelihood to win: 5/10
  • Jack Swagger The All American American has lost momentum since leaving ECW and has never looked like picking it up and I doubt the Rumble will change this. Personal preference to win: 3/10 Likelihood to win: 1/10 
  • Evan Bourne (See Swagger minus the All American American bit) OK that was a joke but sums up Evan Bourne. Personal preference to win: 3/10 Likelihood to win: 1/10
  • Goldust Yet to be entered into the Rumble but I do hope the Bizarre One get his shot, even if he is unlikely to win it is always good to see him in the Rumble. Personal preference to win: 3.5/10 Likelihood to win: 0/10 (0.5/10 if entered) 
  • Bret Hart Unlikely to enter into the match because he wants to fight Vince I would have thought but who knows? Anything can happen in the WWE. Personal preference to win: 1.5/10 Likelihood to win: 0/10 (0.5/10 if entered) 
  • Montel Vontavious Porter With his focus being on The Miz I think this year's Rumble is out of MVP's reach but who knows? Personal preference to win: 1/10 Likelihood to win: 0.5/10
  • John Cena 'The Champ...' is not here. I hope he doesn't win the Rumble and WWE have to particularly hyped him to win, but this is Cena so he is always in for a shout. Personal preference to win: 0.25/10 Likelihood to win: 4/10 

Well those are my thoughts so we will have to see what happens on January 31st and who will be the 'One.'

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