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What If The Scheduled WWE Royal Rumble Winner Got Accidentally Eliminated?

royal rumbleIt’s been a thought in many fans minds and that of my own since the inception of The WWE Royal Rumble. What would happen if the predetermined Royal Rumble winner accidentally got eliminated? We can all agree that WWE has already determined who will win the Royal Rumble and head to WrestleMania 28, for a chance at either the World Heavyweight Championship or the WWE Championship. The following are my questions and some problem-solving scenarios.

How would they react on live television?

This would make interesting television assuming Jim Ross does not make a surprise appearance to call this match. Booker T is arguably the worst color commentator of all time and won’t have any idea how to handle a crisis on the air. He could just do all the millions watching a favor and freeze in stunned silence so Black Snow doesn’t have to use his catch phrases:

• “SEE THIS IS WHAT I’M TALKIN ABOUT-THIS IS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT RIGHT HEERRREE”
• “TH-THAT’S A GOOD SCOOP SLAM RIGHT THEREEEEEE”
• “HE GOIN DOH IT! HE GOIN DOH IT!!!”
• “H-H—HE IS ABOUT TO COME OUT AND AND AND AND……”
• “TONIGHT’S ALL ABOUT, HOW LOW CAN YOU GO”
• “LETS GET SOME DAMN SECURITY OUT HERE”
Would the referees look the other way while he sneaks back into the ring unnoticed?

That would be pretty hard not to notice right? It worked for Stone Cold Steve Austin, but would it work if it was Randy Orton or John Cena? This could work for a strong heel, most notably the returning Chris Jericho, but if it were Jericho this would be planned to finally draw some heel heat on him. If you don’t pull the blind referee act that individual is SOL unless……

Does the wrestler accidentally eliminated be booked to win Money In The Bank?

With the return of the Money In The Bank Ladder Match at WrestleMania 28, this could potentially give the fans the greatest moment in WrestleMania history. EX: Dolph Ziggler gets accidentally eliminated, wins MIB, and cashes in the briefcase later that night to defeat CM Punk/Y2J/or whoever is WWE/WHC! To be the first individual to actually cash MIB at WrestleMania would be folklore forever.

Does WWE have a backup winner in the case that the chosen one is eliminated?

The answer to this question may be an obvious yes, but needs evidence to support it. Looking at the past 6 Royal Rumbles, you may find these facts very insightful:

2005 Royal Rumble – Last two Batista and John Cena both main evented WM21
2006 Royal Rumble – Last two Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton both main evented WM22
2007 Royal Rumble – Last two Undertaker and Shawn Michaels both main evented WM23
2008 Royal Rumble – Last two John Cena and Triple H both main evented WM24
2009 Royal Rumble – Last two Randy Orton and Triple H both main evented WM25
2010 Royal Rumble- Last two Edge and Cena both main evented WM 26 (co-main events)
2011 Royal Rumble—-well now that’s a stretch!!
2012 Royal Rumble – Last two Sheamus & Chris Jericho both yet to be determined

You can see there is a distinct pattern 6 of the last 7 years, but you could always hope the backup winner puts the Royal Rumble victory on the line at the Elimination Chamber PPV, reminiscent of the 2006 No Way Out PPV match between Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio.

Could this be proof of a Royal Rumble participant being eliminated before his time?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nIZSS4gZP8

Roberto Padilla is host of “The Full Nelson Radio Show” Mile High Sports Radio 1510 AM/93.7 FM Denver; Sundays 2-4 PM ET, www.milehighsports.com Internet Sports Station GoMileHigh.com; Wednesdays 9-11 PM ET, www.gomilehigh.com/fullnelson Twitter: Roberto Padilla @HeelTruth

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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