Surprise Royal Rumble Entrants, Shocking Lesnar Statistic, Reigns Hate

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Are there any rumors regarding guest spots in the Royal Rumble? Any Superstars or Legends returning?

I expect some surprise entrants in Sunday’s Royal Rumble match. A name that I’ve heard come up a few times is Rob Van Dam but I am unable to confirm him as an entrant. I reported here on Wrestling News World that Sheamus and Bo Dallas are expected back soon, so they should also be held in consideration. Randy Orton is a popular surprise pick and that’s one of two options WWE has with him. We looked at that at this link.

Is it possible we see a NXT wrestler in the Royal Rumble this year?

There should be at least one Royal Rumble entrant from WWE NXT, if not more. Names to look for include Bull Dempsey, Finn Balor, Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn, Hideo Itami, Kalisto, Enzo Amore or Tyler Breeze. At the risk of sounding like a mark, I can’t wait for Balor and Itami on the main roster. They should be stars.

Are there actually any authentic WWE records where win-losses records of Superstars are kept?

I don’t know how much WWE monitors the win/loss records of their talent but I wanted to use this opportunity to give you some perspective on win/loss records heading into Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view.

1. That’s the number of matches that WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar has won since ending The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania 30 last year. Granted, he’s only had two matches since then (SummerSlam and Night of Champions) but he was ruled the loser via disqualification at Night of Champions.

While WWE must last least consider taking the title off Brock at Royal Rumble, given his uncertain status past Wrestlemania, I think at least one successful title defense is needed.

With Brock Lesnar likely to leave after Wrestlemania, do you think the fan chants in this match will be similar to his infamous match vs. Goldberg 11 years prior?

I doubt it. Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg at Wrestlemania 20 was a mid-card bout that didn’t receive proper build and neither Brock nor Goldberg cared about it. If Brock goes into Wrestlemania 31 as WWE World Heavyweight Champion, it’ll probably close the show as the main event.

Further, Brock is at a completely different stage of his career. 11 years ago he was entering his prime and was resented for wanting to quit. There is nothing left for Brock Lesnar to accomplish in WWE. I am completely fine with him leaving after Wrestlemania 31 and I believe most WWE fans feel the same way.

What I don’t understand is the amount of heat Roman Reigns is getting for being Lesnar’s possible opponent. WWE has to really focus on building new top talent and a lot of resources have went in to making Roman Reigns that guy. Once again, I understand why people want Daniel Bryan to get the win (especially after last year) but either way, WWE should have a new top name after Wrestlemania 31 this year.

From the Ask WNW vault…

June 2012: Seeing as how WWE is short on top tier talent, do you think they should call some older guys to come back for a couple of months? Like Shawn Michaels, possibly the Undertaker? Or maybe reach out to Batista and see if they can get back under contract? - WWE has already done what you are asking, hence The Rock and Brock Lesnar coming back on part-time deals. Shawn Michaels is under WWE contract but is retired from the ring and only desires to do things that do not involve him wrestling. The Undertaker is also under WWE contract but is semi-retired and used for Wrestlemania. Batista is a guy the company has interest in but no deal has been put together as of this writing. Now is the time of year where competition is light and can be used to develop new main event stars. Rather than WWE relying on the older and more established names, it’s a good time to create more stars to mix with the aforementioned talent when competition gets stiffer and Wrestlemania season draws closer.

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