If you’re a wrestling fan then you simply have to love the annual Royal Rumble event. OK, so it’s almost always predictable and obvious who will win it – but that isn’t why we love it so much. For those of you out there who have never experienced the WWE’s unique take on a battle royal the best bit is seeing which names from the past will pop up as surprise entrants.
Over the years we’ve been treated to returns by Kevin Nash and Booker T (who we all thought were headed back to TNA), Mr Perfect, Bob Backlund, Rowdy Roddy Piper and Goldust as well as comebacks from current stars who’ve been on the bench.
Here’s our list of 10 wrestlers, old and new, that we’d like to see make a return at this years Royal Rumble.
10. Papa Shango
That’s right. We want to see Papa Shango make his return at the 2013 Royal Rumble. Not The Godfather or The Goodfather, not Kama the Supreme Figting Machine and not The Soultaker. If Charles Wright is going to be at the Rumble event then it has to be as his voodoo priest gimmick from the 1990s.
The former enemy of The Ultimate Warrior may seem like an odd choice but for the last 2 years Wade Barrett has teased us on Twitter that Shango would be involved. He hasn’t had much to say so far this year but we’re still holding out hope for that elusive return.
Jason Reso has been sidelined for most of 2012 and despite holding the Intercontinental Championship for a while he’s all but been forgotten on WWE programming. With Edge well and truly out of the picture and his shoulder surgery all but healed up now, it would be the perfect time for crowd favourite Christian to make his big return. We’re not saying Christian is the kind of guy who will win the Rumble but he’s far more deserving of a push and successful run in the Rumble than he’s likely to get.
WWE needs to spend less time loaning Christian out to rival companies and more time rebuilding one of their most talented performers careers – Royal Rumble is a good place to start.
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This article was first posted on January 7, 2013