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Top 3 Predictions for a Surprise Return/Debut in the 2017 Royal Rumble Match

In less than two weeks from now, the 2017 Royal Rumble will be here. With the Royal Rumble comes surprise entrants and surprise debuts. This year’s Royal Rumble comes with plenty of entrants and is possibly the biggest in history. Already announced for the 2017 Rumble are names such as Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, and The Undertaker.

Last year’s Rumble match had surprises such as AJ Styles making his WWE Debut and Triple H returning to win the WWE Championship and the Rumble. Here are my predictions as to who might be making a return or debut in the 2017 Royal Rumble match.

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Batista has no been seen in WWE since 2014. In June of 2014 Batista quit WWE because Triple H denied him of a shot at the WWE Championship. In April of 2015,  Batista said that he wouldn’t mind returning to the WWE but wants it to be only at untelevised events. WWE did offer him a role at WrestleMania 32 but turned it down because he wanted a role with more meaning behind it.

I think that Batista might forgive his previous statement of only wanting to be on untelevised events and if offered a spot to return at the Rumble , he will take it. Some fans might be enjoy a return of Batista and others not to much, fans will move on if Batista does not return.

Kurt Angle:

WWE just announced yesterday their first inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame, Kurt Angle. Angle has been away from the WWE since 2006 and spent the majority of his time away in TNA (where he is in the Hall of Fame , Class of 2013) . I had an idea that Angle was going to make a return to WWE sometime this year before this announcement but now I believe that it is almost guaranteed.

Expect Angle to come back as an entrant in the Rumble and enjoy one final Road to WrestleMania as a wrestler . The possibility of Angle being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and wrestling the following night at WrestleMania 33 is very likely , if he returns at the Rumble. Angle would also be a perfect fit as a manager for American Alpha if he elects not to come back into the ring.

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Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on

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