Originally Posted by Goldust22
They aren't logical in most people's eyes, but the WWE works in strange ways.
Most of us think that Santino is merely comic relief, but the WWE has worked hard to make him a fan favorite. I'm sure that people will cheer for him just as much, if not more than a face like Kofi Kingston. It doesn't matter that his main purpose is comedy relief, because he is still over with the crowd, and may be included in the match.
As for Ryder, a few months ago, the WWE didn't give two shits about him, only having him on Superstars. In the past few weeks we have got to see him wrestle on Raw (which he hasn't wrestled on in God knows how long). There's even been rumors that he will lead Otunga and Hennig in a new stable once Nexus is done. So there's a possibility that he will also be in the match.
Besides, there aren't many other wrestlers on Raw that are as over as Santino and Ryder are. If the WWE wants casual fans to be interested in a tournament for the WWE title (assuming it happens), they would surely put on their most over talent, including Santino and Ryder.
I'd like to hear some of your logical choices, and your reasoning behind them, if you have time.