We're currently knee-deep in Royal Rumble season, and with just one week of main roster programming to go before 27 January, WWE's first pay-per-view of 2019 is almost upon us.
The Road to WrestleMania officially starts with a show still considered one of the most exciting WWE's annual calendar has to offer. Major surprises will always be a big part of this, with last year's all-time classic men's bout bringing Rey Mysterio and The Hurricane back from the past, and the inaugural women's Rumble showcase nine returnees, 2019 promises many more. Those empty spots won't fill themselves, after all.
A few notable omissions before we begin. All of 2018's surprise names have been omitted in the interest of variety, even though a number of them could conceivably appear again in 2019. There's no Kenny Omega, either. That man is still under NJPW contract until 31 January, so appearing in the Rumble would be very, very illegal.
That WWE have pulled off so many returns over the past few years means genuine surprises are sparser than ever before. Still, we reckon a few of these unannounced participants showing up would get the Rumble adrenaline pumping...
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