A field lacking in major star-power presents several potential winners, one of whom looks a notch likelier than the rest, though his triumph isn't a sure thing. 2018's pre-Rumble favourite (Roman Reigns) finished as Shinsuke Nakamura's runner-up, having starred in an electric, well-agented closing stretch, the likes of which the bout hadn't seen in years. 2019's odds-leader should meet the same jubilation 'The King Of Strong Style' enjoyed should he succeed where Roman failed.
2018's match was a roaring success, immediately joining 1992, 2001, and 2007 in the 'Best Rumble Ever' debate. Living up to those standards will be difficult, but WWE can start by picking the right winner. Fortunately, there are a number of options among the 20 confirmed participants that would not only be accepted by the audience, but also make compelling opposition for Brock Lesnar, presuming 'The Beast' holds onto his Universal Champion until WrestleMania 35.
Or they could book Baron Corbin to win, perish the thought.
That WWE still have 10 spots to fill means it's tough to tell how the field will finish, but unpredictability will always be part of the Rumble's appeal. Let's try to cut through it...
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