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8 Surprise entrants that must be in the 2017 Royal Rumble match

Debuts, returns and shocking appearances; this year's Rumble has to have them all.


This year’s Rumble match has the potential to be one of the best.

The 2017 Royal Rumble match is fast approaching and already speculation is running wild on what’s going to happen. Actual entrants, entrant order, who eliminates whom, and most importantly, who will win, are all questions that lead to considerable curiosity and discussion at this time.

Since no one knows for sure what’s going to happen (not even the alleged industry experts), everyone’s having a grand old time trying to predict what’s going to happen at this annual WWE show.

One big question in discussion, of course, concerns the surprise entrants. Several wrestlers have already announced that they’ll be in the Rumble match because, apparently WWE thinks that everyone has the power to decide that sort of thing, instead, of you know, holding qualifying matches for it so that fans can see that not just anyone can get in.

The list of wrestlers officially announced in the match so far is a nice blend of veterans, younger talent, and legends.

We have Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Baron Corbin and Braun Strowman as relatively new Rumble entrants, The New Day, Chris Jericho The Miz and Dolph Ziggler as veteran Rumble entrants; and some very rare Rumble match appearances from Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker (his first appearance in the match since 2009) and Goldberg (first appearance since 2004).

So already the Rumble’s looking very exciting and is bound to bring in a lot of viewers, just for those entrants alone.

But what about the rest of the card? Who will fill in the remaining spots in the match? Odds are that we’ll see several regular faces from WWE’s upper mid-card be given random spots here or there in order to fill numbers.

But for each wrestler that announces their entry into the match, there should be a surprise entrant that either isn’t expected to appear or keeps their involvement a secret until the match starts.

Here are eight people we absolutely must see enter the 2017 Royal Rumble match.


#8 Gillberg

Gillberg vs. Goldberg. The last dream match from the Monday Night Wars.

WWE is really trying to build up Lesnar vs. Goldberg up as much as possible, to rectify its mistake from WrestleMania XX. To that end, both men will be in the Rumble match, which will further build-up their eventual confrontation at WrestleMania.

But this year, when Goldberg and Lesnar face each other, they shouldn’t just brutalize each other until one or both is eliminated. Instead, there should be a healthy reprieve in their fighting where they focus on other wrestlers. And at that time, WWE should send in someone that’ll make the audience laugh hysterically: Gillberg.

Back when WWE and WCW were archrivals (seems like such a long time ago, I know), WWE’s answer to Goldberg’s rise to superstardom was Gillberg, an obivous parody played by a skinny jobber that never won a single match. Gillberg’s entrance was a mockery of Goldberg’s spectacular one, but the music was almost identical for both of them.

This year, WWE should book the following scene: Goldberg and Lesnar are both exhausted from trying to destroy each other and are taking a break. There are a few people in the ring with him, all of them focusing on their own opponents.

Suddenly, Goldberg’s own music starts playing, and out come the security guys holding sparklers, and then out comes Gillberg. The audience starts chanting Gillberg’s name as he walks down to the ring, mocking Goldberg’s signature poses and expressions.

Gillberg walks up to Goldberg, yells ‘whose first?’, and Goldberg looks down at this tiny mockery and thrashes him, tossing him out in less than 20 seconds. It’s a perfect moment of comedic brevity that the otherwise serious Royal Rumble match will definitely need.

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