So, who should start asking Jersey Girl AJ Lee which exit to take to MetLife Stadium? Out the 30 entrants to the main event of this weekend's PPV, only 11 have been announced. Of those, I like two.
Dolph Ziggler was my first choice to win the Rumble until this week when the announcers couldn't shut up about him. See, in case you missed what they said, Ziggler still has the Money in the Bank briefcase with an opportunity for the World Heavyweight Title, and, if he wins the Rumble, would have another opportunity for the title he chooses. The announcers talking it up sometimes means it's not in the cards, unfortunately.
Ziggler could win the World Heavyweight Title before WrestleMania, and then challenge the WWE Champion. I liked this because last year it felt like we had way too many main events. Pitting the two champions together would eliminate one of the main event matches and create a super main event. Ziggler has worked hard, has a great personality and can pull off being champ.
My other choice is Ryback. Although the big guys usually get ganged up on and are eliminated as a result, I like Ryback finally getting that big win. If Ryback doesn't win and doesn't find himself in a main event match at WrestleMania, I fear he'll just be remembered as the fad of 2012.
My dark horse winner- and this is somebody not yet on the official list of entrants- is Zack Ryder. Last year, Ziggler and Ryder had a campaign for the two of them to have a match at WrestleMania. I think if Ziggler wins the World Heavyweight Title and Ryder uses his win at the Rumble to challenge him, the WWE would have a great match which could really be a great lead in to the main events. Plus, Ryder is from Long Island, and any major event in North Jersey is considered to also be in New York. With AJ in Ziggler's corner, the match could be considered a border battle.
Stay tuned this weekend for a blog with updates to the entrants list and my predictions for surprise entrants. Plus, I'll also have details on how you can join me in The Trentonian's Royal Rumble chat Sunday night!