WWE News: CM Punk chooses NXT star Keith Lee as his 2020 Royal Rumble winner

NXT star Keith Lee

We are now into single-figure days until the 2020 Royal Rumble comes at us from Houston, Texas and the excitement is increasing.

As of this moment, 22 names have been announced for the titular men's match, which doesn't give lots of leeway for surprise entrants, when you consider that NXT will have some entrants and there's one more episode of SmackDown to go.

That means the likes of The Miz, Kofi Kingston and John Morrison could all be entrants, and it looks like there will be a lack of 'surprise' returns this year, which will make fans who want the current superstars to be showcased very happy.

Compared to the women's match it is very much full, as only four females as of now have declared for the bout, which does seem pretty strange indeed.

Fans are already making their predictions for the matches, with the bettings odds suggesting that Roman Reigns and NXT's Shayna Baszler are the favourites to win their respective bouts.

And when pressed for his pick for the men's match during WWE Backstage on FOX Last night, WWE legend CM Punk made an interesting selection.

CM Punk selected Keith Lee to win the Royal Rumble 2020 match

"Keith Lee from NXT should win the Royal Rumble," Punk told Renee Young, per Metro.

"He had a tremendous showing at Survivor Series and, to me is a big fish in a little pond right now. Could Keith Lee be going to WrestleMania?

"Not to say that NXT is little by any means. I think you need to follow up on things like this. You strike when the iron is hot.

"You saw the little moment that he had with Roman Reigns there [at Survivor Series], it already feels like it was two years ago.

Roman Reigns showed respect to Keith Lee following the men's Survivor Series elimination match

"We've gotta get going with Keith Lee here, I think he needs to chuck Brock Lesnar over the top rope and he needs to win that whole thing."

Lee had an incredible showing in the men's elimination match at Survivor Series, taking out Seth Rollins before being pinned by Reigns for Team SmackDown to win.

But when wrestling royalty like Punk can notice your talents, it can go a long way to making you succeed in the business.

No doubt that a couple of NXT stars will be in the match, and if Lee is one of them - which he should be - look out for him to have a game-changing moment.

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