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Who Could Be ‘Royal Rumble’ 2017 Match Winner

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Among the latest WWE rumors are the potential for a newer WWE star to emerge victorious at the 2017 Royal Rumble match in a few weeks. As it stands, the field for the annual 30-man elimination style match is continuing to take shape with huge superstars such as The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, and Seth Rollins all having entered. There’s still room for some surprise entries, and that could leave the door open for a current NXT star to make his debut on the main roster. So which of the current NXT roster members might show up and actually leave as the 2017 Royal Rumble winner?

In previous WWE Royal Rumble rumors and news reported here at the Inquisitr, it was mentioned which NXT stars have top odds to appear in the Rumble match. The top choices at the time were Tye Dillinger who has the “perfect 10” gimmick, and former NXT champion Samoa Joe. As of right now, the rumors are starting to kick in that both these guys could appear, with a stronger emphasis on Joe possibly being a contender. There’s also odds for a handful of other NXT stars like Bobby Roode and No Way Jose, which are both possibilities, but probably less likely to enter and win.

here’s also that lingering possibility of Kurt Angle returning to the ring. He was announced just last night on Raw as a 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Class member. He’ll be inducted into the Hall just before WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, but that doesn’t rule him out for surprising fans as a Royal Rumble entrant, or even working a feud with Joe. It would mean more star power for WWE at a time when they seem in need of some fresh feuds with “newer” WWE talents like Samoa Joe.

Of course, having a guy make his debut on the main roster and then claim the Royal Rumble win is a bold move which hasn’t really happened in WWE history. It’s one WWE needs to tread carefully with, but it could make great sense regarding generating new interest in stars beyond the tried and true roster members.

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