WWE: Why Rusev should win the 2020 Royal Rumble

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Rusev is currently involved in one of the least popular storylines in WWE history and yet, here I am about to tell you why I think he should be winning the Royal Rumble.

December is a difficult time for the WWE. After the highs of Survivor Series and the excitement of NXT reaching dizzying heights, everything goes very quiet while we wait for the Royal Rumble.

The Rumble is unquestionably the most exciting individual match of the year and a real highlight of the wrestling calendar. TLC, particularly with the way its being built at currently, feels more like a hurdle to leap at the moment.

By now, there are usually some clear hints and suggestions as to who is going to be throwing the last couple of men or women over the top rope before receiving a much heralded endorsement from The Rock whilst he looks astonishingly confused. I think there’s something else they win, but I can’t just can’t put my finger on it. Something to do with WrestleMania.

This year, however, things have been harder to place. The favorites at the moment vary between a boxer, an MMA fighter, a large canine and CM Punk. You know, the guy who can’t stand wrestling. That’s just on the men’s side.

So, with so much room at the top, why don’t we have ourselves a genuinely positive surprise that I think the fans would go absolutely nuts for?

Rusev right now is trapped in a storyline that’s been running since his return to Monday Night Raw in September. Bobby Lashley has stolen his wife. His wife may have also stolen Bobby Lashley.

One of them is accused of being overly sexual, physically demanding and annoying. The other is being pumped by Lashley on a regular basis and giving us all rather intense detail about it.

If you’re a kid watching this, you’ve now definitely learned where babies come from in the wrong way. Never say that the WWE isn’t educational.

Rusev and Lashley’s final confrontation, or at least their first official confrontation, is likely to be at TLC. With the time that it’s taken, I doubt we’re going to see this end any time soon but that actually helps my case.

A Lashley win at TLC, followed by Rusev eliminating Lashley from the Rumble and then defeating Lashley at the Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View afterwards, leads Rusev nicely into the Rumble.

Rusev would also put on a very good match with Brock Lesnar, in my opinion. The two are a very good physical match, with Rusev not too heavy for Brock to throw around, but still strong enough to throw back. The two would look good competing together.

The Bulgarian Brute is also very charismatic and popular with the WWE Universe; which would play very well against Lesnar’s infamous arrogance, apathy and brutality.

This would be a king making moment for Rusev, regardless of a victory at WrestleMania. He would literally be taken to the next level in one match and become one of the biggest names in the sport in a single moment.

Brock Lesnar puts on very good, simple matches that help his opponents look tremendous. The WWE would have a new star and a very believable new champion.

For me, the number one reason is the simplest one of all: because Tyson Fury winning the Rumble, Cain Velasquez winning, and even Roman Reigns winning wouldn’t create the same universal excitement that a Rusev victory would. Even CM Punk, if convinced to return, would not be the creation of a new star, but the return of a part time hero.

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It’s time for something and someone new. It’s time for Rusev.