I'm still optimistic that Orton will win the Rumble and challenge Cena this year. Of course, I thought he'd win it and challenge Batista last year and even suspected he'd win in 2005 before they announced he'd have a title match instead of being in the actual Rumble.
I really really really really hope this Khali rumor is JUST a rumor. I don't understand how they could possibly think he'd be a draw.
Two things here...
1) I'm glad I'm not the only one behind Orton here. With the way Edge was pushed in '06, how cool would it be to launch another heel to main event stardom to kick off '07? And who was the last heel to actually win the Rumble anyway - McMahon in '99, wasn't it? Discarding that, Stone Cold was the last heel to win the Rumble (ten years ago). Looking back, that was an interesting controversial finish. I could see Orton winning in a similarly controversial fashion, just so long as it didn't discredit his win and make him less of a credible #1 contender
2) The best way to push Khali in preparation for this, if there is such a way, is to make the fans want
to see Lashley stick it to him. Tease interaction, but don't deliver. Make Khali dismember lesser guys really badly, like CW Anderson and the like. Then maybe Lashley could stroll in at WM and squash Khali or do some type of cool power spot to immobilize Khali and get one of those holy **** reactions to hype up the crowd. Getting the live crowd involved makes things come across a whole lot better on TV, IMO.
Here's the thing, heels rarely win at WM.
I would assume that if Orton won the rumble, and right now he's my pick, that Cena vs Orton would be THE main event. But I just dont see Orton winning it at WM...Edge vs Carlito? Maybe... would be a great program.
Triple H won the main event of WM16 (or WM2000, but I prefer 16 over 2000), then Austin won it the following year with a heel turn in the match itself. It's been six years since a heel won the final match on the card, but what a way to kick off Ortons title run though right? And again factoring in the high profile atmosphere where fans like to go crazy, I could see Orton getting an immense crowd reaction. Good to see another supporter for Orton winning the Rumble, BTW
Carlito vs Edge would be totally awesome, and I think it would be a great way to bump Carlito's status up a few notches.