Countdown To The Royal Rumble Match: A Look At Antonio Cesaro, John Cena And Wade Barrett

Countdown To The Royal Rumble Match: A Look At Antonio Cesaro, John Cena And Wade Barrett Photo: Evan Hoffman
The Royal Rumble a variation of the traditional Battle Royal professional wrestling match. A total of 30 competitors, two WWE Superstars start in the ring; every 90 seconds thereafter another Superstar enters. A Superstar is eliminated when they're thrown over the top rope and both feet touch the ground. The last remaining Superstar of the 30 is guaranteed a championship match at WrestleMania. The winner has the choice of challenging either the current World Heavyweight Champion or WWE Champion.

This week we will be profiling some of the contestants in the Royal Rumble match, and look at the ramifications if they win.

John Cena
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 251 lbs.
From: West Newbury, MA
Championships Reigns: WWE Champion (x10), World Heavyweight Champion (x2), United States Champion (x3), WWE Tag Team Champion (x2 1 w/David Otunga, 1 w/The Miz), World Tag Team Champion (x2 1 w/ Shawn Michaels, 1 w/ Batista)

The almost ravenous admirers and detractors alike are the reason John Cena remains a draw. There are those who love to see him win while others cheer for his punishing defeat. Any match Cena competes in becomes compelling by default, but there aren't many scenarios left for him.

What if Cena wins the Royal Rumble Match again?

The bull-strong grappler from Massachusetts has held the WWE Championship a record 10 times. Given his widespread popularity and global commercial visibility, he will likely win it again at some point. Leaving the Rumble match victorious could set this in motion.

His bout with The Rock was supposed to be "once in a lifetime"; he's battled CM Punk, Randy Orton, Sheamus, and Alberto Del Rio in every way possible. If Ziggler goes into WrestleMania as the reigning World Heavyweight Champion, given their recent encounters, Cena winning the Rumble and challenging him would make sense.

Antonio Cesaro
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 232lbs
From: Lucerne, Switzerland
Championships Reigns: United States Champion

The cool and collected Antonio Cesaro has been making the most of the "big push" pro wrestling speculators have been alluding to. With an increase in appearances on RAW Cesaro continues to showcase his much-hyped strength, and, as of late, the agility and innovations which made him a draw pre-WWE.

But what if he wins the Royal Rumble Match?

Cesaro, with his physical attributes, athleticism, and high in-ring IQ, would be a surprising but believable victor. Surely WWE's younger or more casual followers may scratch their heads after seeing him win the 30-man over-the-top-rope match. Pro wrestling purists, though, may peak at the prospect of Cesaro likely challenging the reigning World Heavyweight Champion.

As WWE works to build and establish new main event Superstars, Cesaro winning in front of a sold-out US Airways Center would be one heck of an introduction to main event status. Imagine how entertaining these title matches would be: Cesaro VS Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro VS Sheamus, or Cesaro VS Dolph Ziggler!

Wade Barrett
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 246 lbs
From: Preston, England
Championships Reigns: Intercontinental Champion (x2)

England-native grappler Wade Barrett reminds some of the professional wrestlers of the golden area. A mammoth brute with a stiffer, physically-punishing in-ring style, the former Nexus leader's pounding strikes look every bit of painful. No opponent seems unbeatable when facing the towering big man.

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