If there was any year for WWE to throw fans for a loop by booking someone completely unexpected (yet logical) to go over in the Royal Rumble match, it would be this year.
For the first time in a great while, there isn't one Superstar who stands out as being an obvious choice to win the Rumble. For example, Seth Rollins made the most sense to come out on top because of how long his WrestleMania match with Brock Lesnar had been in the works for. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles had also been rumored for WrestleMania 34 long before Nakamura won the Rumble in 2018.
The only true contenders to win the 2020 Rumble for the men seem to be Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns and Cain Velasquez. Owens and Joe are both being positioned as the top faces on Raw right now, Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt is virtually a lock for the Universal Championship at 'Mania, and Velasquez vs. Lesnar II also seems to be inevitable.
WWE has had issues in the past with delivering satisfying Rumble finishes. Joe and Owens would be well received in that role, but the crowd in Houston may not be as kind to Reigns and Velasquez.
With the road to WrestleMania far from set in stone as of now, 2020 should be the year a dark horse comes out on top in the Rumble.
Since 2008, Graham has been a diehard pro wrestling fan and, in 2010, he combined his passions for WWE and writing when he joined Bleacher Report. Equipped with a master's in journalism, Graham has contributed to WhatCulture, FanSided's Daily DDT, Sports Betting Dime, and GateHouse Media. Along the way, he has conducted interviews with wrestling superstars like Chris Jericho, Edge, Goldberg, Christian, Diamond Dallas Page, Jim Ross, Adam Cole, Tessa Blanchard, Ryback, and Nick Aldis among others.