THE BRONZE TIER
This tier includes almost the entire Cruiserweight division, unfortunately, as well as a fair amount of the tag team division. Akira Tozawa, Ariya Daivari, Drew Gulak, Jack Gallagher, Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado, Noam Dar, Sin Cara, The Brian Kendrick, TJP and Tony Nese make the cut with ease. You can also throw Aiden English on the list given that he hasn’t wrestled a match on TV since October, and he’s been relegated to the 205 Live commentary team.
On the tag team front you can add both members of The B-Team (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel), all of the complete absent Sanity faction (Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dane and Eric Young), The Good Brothers (Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows), The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor), and The Colons (Epico and Primo). Given that they reportedly asked for their release last week, it’s safe to say neither member of The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) has a shot at winning a Rumble match any time soon.
Other miscellaneous members of the unfortunate Bronze Tier including Goldust, Heath Slater, Mojo Rawley, No Way Jose, the injured Erick Rowan, the scarcely utilized Shelton Benjamin, Titus O’Neil, Tyler Breeze and Zack Ryder. Despite making a comeback to RAW this week we still placed Ryder here because, at the very most, they’ll end up running some sort of angle to further his newly reunited partnership with Curt Hawkins. We’ll get to him momentarily.
I bit the bullet and included Mike Kanellis in the Bronze Tier as well, which just continues to get more and more disappointing as time goes on. Lord knows if he’ll even still be working for WWE four months from now.
The last name on my tier list is Chad Gable, which may ruffle a few feathers. While there’s not technically a huge difference between the bottom two tiers, I think the fact that he’s actually one half of the RAW Tag Team Champions somehow hurts his already empty chances of winning the Rumble. But again — we’re basically talking semantics at this point.