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*Possible Spoilers* Latest on Royal Rumble surprises and a reported “big” name appearance

With Royal Rumble a matter of hours away, the rumor mill is in overddrive so we have decided to cover all the various stories of who may show up:

  • According to the Wrestling Observer, John Cena will not be at the event. WWE creative was always under the impression he would not be working the Rumble.
  • PWInsider reports that there are some folks in Phoenix who may or may not be doing something on the pay-per-view. These names include Big show, Tye Dillinger, Erick Rowan, Hornswoggle, Kurt Angle, Sin Cara, Christian and Maryse.
  • As of last Tuesday, Luke Harper was not clear to return, but his tag partner Rowan is.
  • Providing he hasn’t signed with AEW, Dolph Ziggler is in Phoenix but has a stand up show at 9:30PM. He could of course work the Rumble if the timings align.
  • A “big” surprise may be in the works for Rumble and one that’s being kept from nearly everyone. This is according to WrestleVotes. They note it is not Kenny Omega.

Tonight promises to be a fun event so let’s wait and see what will happen on the road to WrestleMania.


  • oppa

    Omega can’t legally appear since he’s still under contract and NJPW would sue the crap out of WWE. If reports are to be believed, he has already agreed to AEW anyway. Abyss was already rumored for the Rumble, along with Sonjay Dutt. I don’t see Tama coming in until he can face Roman as that would be the money match he’d be looking for. Somehow when WWE teases something big, it’s disappointing.

  • ROB-1.

    Hope it would be Abyss from Tna.

  • Matthew Carter

    What superstar could be bigger than Kenny Omega? Unless it’s CM Punk returning, “Villain” Marty Scurll or Tama Tonga showing up at the Royal Rumble, the only thing I can think of is either Brian Cage, Rosemary, Killer Kross, Su Yung, or Moose, from Impact showing up at the Royal Rumble.