Cardi B will not feature in this list, though few women have been as big a talking point amongst WWE's online audience than the "WAP" singer over the last week or so.
There was a grim hilarity to the star responding to all the Twitter tagging that came from a Raw namecheck with memories of when she actually watched the show. It speaks to most people when it comes to the former flagship - there can't be many celebrities occupying the spaces saved by those sub-2 million vessels that still make three hours on a Monday appointment viewing.
And yet, the Royal Rumble is a beloved enough institution that it could bring casuals such as Cardi back in, if only for the short term. It remains a match as fun as the stakes are functional, and the company will hope to host two variants that pay fitting tribute to the event's recently deceased godfather Pat Patterson.
With only four competitors confirmed at time of writing, it leaves space for numerous major stars across Raw, SmackDown and NXT as well as a few traditional Rumble surprises. With Raw Legends Night opening the door for comebacks and cameos, we can now reasonably expect several in the titular January classic, even if it remains confined to the ThunderDome...
We Need To Talk About Kevin (Nash).
Michael can be found in articles or on podcasts extolling the virtues of New Generation WWF, New Japan Pro Wrestling or the new WWE angle they definitely definitely won’t ruin this time.