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10 Best #1 And #2 Entrants In WWE Royal Rumble History

All jaws must touch the floor.

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Selecting entrants 1 and 2 is surely a no-brainer in a match so inherently calibrated for awesomeness that it more or less books itself.

WWE got it wrong last year, opting for a contrived "moment" in place of a tone-setting sequence or a genuinely anticipated pairing. Big Cass entered in the #1 slot, despite his standing as a mid-match game-changing big man, because it allowed Enzo Amore to cut an ultimately pointless promo. It did briefly remove the fans from their seats - until they realised they were then required to sit through a two-minute preview of the Big Cass singles push, which was about as successful as the push itself was. The sight of Chris Jericho - who had already appeared on the night - in the opposite corner felt like a contrived attempt to balance out the quality level. It was a diminished return, too; Jericho had played the role twice already.

It was shame; while the beauty of the Rumble is that more excitement is literally seconds away, the opening entrants do so much to set the tone. There is scope to create friction between established tag teams, to instigate brand warfare that doesn't require silly Survivor Series-shaped plot holes, to revisit and continue a legendary feud of years past, to drive interest in feuds of the future...

There's a welcome thread of continuity in Rumble lore - so here's hoping WWE borrows from the best of that illustrious past come Sunday...

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