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SmackDown Runs Long, Update on Royal Rumble Entrants, Maryse

– The folks at WrestleReunion wrote the following regarding former WWE Diva Maryse’s appearance at the convention this weekend:

“We had to remove the auction with Maryse due to a misunderstanding with her management. It had NOTHING TO DO with the fake bids that occured in the last 24 hours. Our contract with Maryse, dating back several months, indicated she would be “introduced” at the live event. We understood that to mean we would introduce her on the mic and she would walk to ringside for the introduction. There was no further discussion of the matter until Friday afternoon when we received an email from her agent. They understand our agreement as her appearing in the audience and we can introduce her from the audience position. We tried to work this out over the course of the weekend, but they were unwilling to concede and allow her to appear ringside. Because of this misunderstanding, this auction cannot occur as we advertised and therefore we have pulled it entirely. We apologize to all of Maryse’s fans that were feverishly bidding on this auction. Maryse will still do all her signings/autographs/pictures as scheduled on Saturday, but we have released her from any obligation of attending the live event on Saturday night.”

– Last night’s WWE SmackDown tapings in Tucson, Arizona ran much longer than usual so some of the segments were cut down in length.

– Regarding surprise entrants for this year’s Royal Rumble, WWE has been polling employees at their Headquarters in Stamford asking who they would like to see in the match.

Partial source: PWInsider

  • dude

    I would really like to see GOLDBERG as 29 and Lesnar as 30.

  • El Dandy

    Rikishi! For some kind of Uso interaction or even a Brodus dance off

  • Wellsy

    Would be good to see Lawler in it, entering from the commentary booth again like he did before. Or even Michael Cole and be eliminated in seconds!

    It’s a shame they’ve gone back to 30. I thought last year’s 40 man Royal Rumble was the best in a long time. Looking forward to Sunday. Just hope it isn’t a major let down.

  • cheesehandler

    mutha fuckas is slow…slower then me at least….talkin about the road dogg like you didnt already hear he was gonna be in the shit…come on people….wake the fuck up

  • Stevie P

    Trips would pick himself and for him to win.

  • Jason

    Warrior, Road Dogg, X-Pac, Billy Gunn, Godfather, Other Foley characters aside from him being in the Rumble, Nash, Doink, Ax and Smash, Road Warrior Animal, Lawler, Christian, Lanny Poffo (in honor of Savage), Vader, or Sting (won’t happen but that would be awesome)

  • LVW

    I thought Long runs Smackdown.

  • Pissed Off Fan =(

    I gotta say this…WWE I AM BEGGING YOU, LEG THE ROAD DOGG INTO THE RUMBLE!!!! He is one of my favorite dudes ever! I grew up watching him in the 90s and early 2000s, PLEASE! I wanna be doing the count down and all of a sudden hear, “OH YOU DIDNT KNOW?!”

  • Albert

    hope we get a diva in the rumble this year, i mean Beth hasnt returned on tv yet, excluding her superstars match so it would be great to see her return at the rumble. But i really wanted someone like Lita or Kharma to come in

  • kamala’s foot

    I hope no TNA rejects show up.

  • Pissed Off Fan =(

    Wrestlers that should make a surprise entrants include..Road Dogg, The Godfather, Doink the Clown, and whoever else you guys want

  • Dan

    If they reached out to the fans, it would hardly be a surprise entrant would it?

  • SusyRko

    nah triple H doesn’t need it, if he wants a rematch just ask for it, wich I’m afraid it might happen

  • venom

    How about ask the fans? We are the ones investing money into the WWE product.

  • Mordecai

    Personally, I’d like to see Road Dogg Jesse James appear in the Rumble. Hell, they ought to reach out to Billy Gunn and have him appear as well 🙂

  • hornswoggler from the chocolate factory

    I would love to see some credible surprise entrants this year….i mean, come on, if doink the clown or one of the bushwhackers showed up do you think they would win???? I would love to see less filler talent and more upscale, proven talent enter the rumble.
    I would love to see the rock enter.Or, imagine if lesnar came back….Another cool idea would be for HHH to enter as #30, win the rumble, and say that he doesnt want the title shot but he wants to trade it in for a shot at the undertaker again!!!! this would make for some great tv..