The annual WWE Royal Rumble is widely recognised as the most surprising and action packed event of the WWE calendar, one of the main reasons for this is the surprise entrants that go into the 30-man over the top rope Rumble match.
Many names have been floating around fan forums over the past few months with people guessing who could make their return and put themselves onto the "Road to WrestleMania" but here are the ones who are available to make a return if called upon.
Undertaker - The Deadman has not been seen on WWE TV since April last year, he was set to work a match with on screen brother Kane at SummerSlam but was still injured from the assault at the hands of The Shield four months before. WWE have not included Undertaker in any story lines for the rest of the year but "The Phenom" needs to return to build up his match at WrestleMania where he is currently 21-0. Last year saw him return late and take part in a rushed story line with CM Punk following the real life death of his good friend Paul Bearer. There are rumours that Undertaker could lose his streak this year and win the Royal Rumble ending up in a title v streak match but if any of these rumours have any truth behind them he will have to make a return at Rumble in just over a week.
Kurt Angle - Whilst the former WWE superstar is still under contract at TNA, the fact that the Rumble is in his home town of Pittsburgh began the speculation that one of the best loved and technically sound wrestlers of all time could be returning to the big lights of WWE. Jim Ross did comment on this rumour saying that it was "highly unlikely" for him to return in 2014 but that doesn't stop fans thinking that he will be the entrant that will go on to win the match and cement his return.
Rob Van Dam - The part time superstar usually makes his WWE return around the Royal Rumble before competing at WrestleMania and leaving again. Whilst RVD is not one of the people in the hat for a win this year his figure in the Rumble always makes it an exciting and more crowd pleasing match. He wont be a big surprise for many fans but it will be good for WWE to have him back because he can hold a lot of matches against those who are coming up from NXT and is a big help with developmental wrestlers.
Chris Jericho - The same as RVD, Jericho is a part time wrestler who tours for most of the year with his band Fozzy, he was a surprise returnee at last years Rumble and went on to take part in WrestleMania, losing to newcomer Fandango but putting him across in a technically sound match. Jericho has a desire to help upcoming talent and doesn't mind "jobbing" to newcomers in order to put them across for after he has left. If he did return he wouldn't be there to win, he would be there to make up and coming stars look better.
Sheamus - The Irish superstar has been out of action since Money in the Bank where he went through a ladder and sustained some heavy bruising to his thigh, it has been widely speculated that Sheamus was busy training to get back for the Rumble and has recently been on tour with WWE so does look set for a return. The former WWE champion was one of the title chasing superstars before he left but there were two world titles back then so how will he fit into the new race for one?
Evan Bourne - "Air Bourne" tweeted yesterday saying that his workouts were getting more intense following his return from injury, Bourne was involved in a car accident nearly two years ago and gained a bad injury to his foot, since then he has made one appearance on NXT in March last year but nothing was followed up and it seemed he wasn't ready to return, but now the high flyer looks to be targeting next Sunday as his return date.
Jake "The Snake" Roberts - One of the more far fetched rumours but fans have been buzzing since his return on "Old School Raw" just over a week ago and Roberts himself has said he is up for a return if WWE contract him, although he is not currently under a contract and isn't training for the match which would be strange with it just over a week away. But it's a nice rumour to be going round following his nine year absence and his induction to the 2014 Hall of Fame set to be announced.
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