Every year, I like to think of a big surprise in the Royal Rumble match and HOPE that wrestler appears. Usually, it’s a long shot person that I know won’t be there but hey, it’d be cool, so I hold out some kind of a prayer. I knew this column would be written pretty soon, and it finally hit me last night. While watching WWE NXT on the USA Network Wednesday night, I got it…
No, not Finn Balor. Not Karrion Kross. Not Johnny Gargano, Austin Theory or anybody else in The Way. Not Shotzi. Not Priest. Not Leon Ruff. Not Dakota, not Rhea Ripley, although I do think she will appear. Not even Thatcher or Ciampa. Heck, I am not even talking about The Undisputed Era or any other tag team featured in the Dusty Rhodes Classic – male or female. Figure it out yet? Nope, not Dexter FREAKIN’ Lumis!
Ladies and gentlemen, my 2021 Royal Rumble surprise entrant was indeed on NXT programming last night, and he is going to bring some BAD NEWS to the Royal Rumble!
Yep, I am calling my shot now: Wade Barrett is going to be my 2021 surprise Royal Rumble match prediction.
Not only is he under contract and already in the Florida area for any potential cameo, but he has indeed teased wrestling again. We all know about the big Nexus rumors last year, and it isn’t that much of a stretch to have him make a nice showing during the Rumble. With much of the entire wrestling scene (in all companies) already in the same state hanging around, it creates a whole ton of opportunities. With no fans in attendance, same deal. You can pretty much do whatever the heck you want in terms of talent, spoilers, etc. You can call your own shots without traveling, extra personal on hand or fans there.
When discussing Royal Rumble picks, I guarantee you will see the same guesses – Brock Lesnar, The Rock, CM Punk, Seth Rollins, Ronda Rousey, BECKY LYNCH?!?! That is all fine and well, and I’d love to have any of them back in the squared circle. However, it isn’t that fun to predict or even realistic. Wade Barrett bringing some BAD NEWS back to the company. A fun character, a great talent, a good talker at only 40 years old who can still go and somebody that the fans would enjoy to see again. Win-win-win situation all around.
How about you? Taking away all the usual suspects like Rocky, Brock, Ronda, who is YOUR surprise Royal Rumble prediction?
By Justin Watry (TWITTER: @JustinWatry)