The Royal Rumble is one of the most popular events in WWE's yearly lineup, mostly due to the sheer number of superstars that end up in the ring. The element of surprise also plays a big part in drumming up excitement, as you never know who's going to show up or who's going to cement their chance at a future WrestleMania moment.
One of those competitors in the Rumble will be current InterContinental Champion Dean Ambrose. Ambrose recently spoke to the LA Times, and with all the excitement over wrestlers like Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, and Undertaker, he's feeling a little overlooked. The good news is that's how he likes it.
"That's part of the reason for my success. You've got all these dinosaurs roaming the land, Braun Strowman, Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, the Wyatts and all these guys and I kind of fly under the radar. That's what happened last year. All these top-heavy guys are tipping over the top rope and I'm just hanging on like a cockroach. Sometimes that's not a bad thing, you know? I might just play a game and tie myself to the bottom rope and try to be inconspicuous until it gets down to the last couple of guys."
Friendships and alliances are often tested in the match, as everyone has an out for themselves mentality during the 30 man battle royale. Even if you aren't worried about backstabbing, the match has plenty of opportunities to get yourself hurt.
"You have to have your head on a swivel, eyes-in-the-back-of-your-head kind of thing. It is very easy to get hurt in a match like the Royal Rumble. It seems very run of the mill, but it's always the stupid stuff where you get hurt. You're backing up and someone else is backing up too and you step on their ankle and your ankle gets broken and you are out for six months. Catch an errant elbow in the back of the head and you get a concussion. And there's all these big dinosaurs in there, I'm like the tiny animal running between their legs. In a situation like the Rumble, I'm looking around constantly and keeping my back against a rope as much as possible so I can see what's going on."
While he might not be the favorite this time around, you can never count the Lunatic Fringe out of contention. The Royal Rumble airs on the WWE Network this Sunday.
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