Last year, I predicted CM Punk would win the Rumble, and was very wrong. Friends of mine, however, know that usually, I hold out some hope that Chris Jericho will win and predict he will do just that. Every year I rationalise Jericho winning – even last year when he wasn’t with the company I wrote that he could return. Well, at the risk of sounding hopelessly naive … MAYBE THIS YEAR!
This seems more credible this year than any other. At the moment Jericho is only challenged by Randy Orton for most likely winner in the eyes of everyone i’ve seen or heard waxing prophetic on the issue. There are, however, a few more guys on the rise that could get a shot. So time for a quick overview of the front runners!
Chris Jericho: Jericho recently returned to the WWE in a cloud of deliberately frustrated anticipation. Since then he has been arguably the most prominant figure in the company as everyone is fascinated in just what he will (or won’t) do next!. But he can’t do that forever, and it is believed that he will be challenging CM Punk for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XXVIII, making him a prime candidate for the Rumble victory.
Randy Orton: Randy Orton seems to be the other front runner for the sole reason that it is taking place in his home town of St. Louis and, well, that he’s Randy Orton. It would certainly have a lot of impact if he were to return from injury sooner than expected to win.
Cody Rhodes: Rhodes has been one of the two greatest and fastest up-and-comers in the WWE this year, and recently claimed that he will ‘do an Ultimate Warrior’ and hold both the World and Intercontinental Championships. Whether he achieves this or not, it draws out a definite intended route to the World Title, and a match where either Rhodes could come away with both titles, or that even both were on the line in would be a big draw, and could be part of title unification with the US Championship.
Dolph Ziggler: Ziggler is the second of the two fastest and greatest up-and-comers in the WWE this year. He has now been booked in a World Championship match at two consecutive Royal Rumbles, and so is clearly being tested for the big time. Perhaps his star is a little short of a WrestleMania main event still, but a shock turn of double duty and Royal Rumble win could really get him over.
There are more, but I don’t want to infringe too much on my preview post for the Royal Rumble, so i’ll leave you with those four for now: