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Surprises Planned For The Royal Rumble, Shawn Michaels Nominated For Award

— For weekend live events, the Raw tour saw Friday’s show in Trenton, NJ draw 6,500 paying $189,000. Saturday in State College, PA, drew 4,200 paying $120,000. Sunday in Youngstown, OH, drew 5,400 paying $170,000. Monday’s Raw in Detroit drew 9,000. The SmackDown events saw Saturday’s show in Kalamazoo, MI draw 4,400 and $128,000 and Sunday’s show in Hammond, IN drew 3,300 pay $98,000.

— Former WWE Champion Shawn Michaels has been nominated for a Shorty Award in the sports category, which honors the best producers of short real time content (on Twitter). For more information on his nomination, click here.

— Two ‘legends’ are reportedly scheduled for Sunday’s 40-Man Royal Rumble Match. Another wrestler that would be considered a surprise is also set to appear.

sources: Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Wrestling Globe Newsletter

  • Arlan

    Tie Guy, I hate to burst your bubble, but Rick Rude died several years ago.

  • Anon GM

    Edward Guerrero, Chris Benwha and THE PUNISHER Andrew Fail Martin.

  • I love to see a new be wen idk thats jast me

  • Ok its going to be hhh hbk undertaker and who I think going to wen my 3 r hhh undertaker or evin brun or cm punk

  • kpnuttzlol

    Triple H,Chris Jericho,Roddy Piper, Superfly Snuka, SGT Slaughter, Bret Hart and The King are all good bets since they are the only legends wwe is likely to use.

    I am pretty certain Kong will appear in the Divas Match and interfere presumably costing Natalya the title leading to a match between Kong and Natalya.

    I also wouldn’t be suprised if Bourne,Christian or Undertaker show there faces at the PPV aswell.

  • 321 kid with a razor

    No on steamboat. Not cleared by doctors. Most likely Hacksaw due to history with rumble and slaughter. And I hope its not HHH to win, its been done to death. Always someone comes back from injury and wins rumble. Edge, Cena , Hunter. Please wwe no more. If you do do that it better be Christian. I would be way cool if it was Face Jericho. Heel Jericho got old fast but he was a great heel. Time for a Morrison victory although if there is a $ in the bank at Mania it would be great to see him do it. Punk would be another good choice to win since he is a great heal and it would help get Nexus over more

  • Monty

    Ultimate Warrior, Jake ‘The Snake’Roberts and Masked Kane

  • JD

    well its definitely going to be Hacksaw Jim Duggan since he is doing an autograph signing literally across the street from the TD Garden in Boston that day… my guesses on the other two are Booker T probably one of the old guys who works for WWE… i.e IRS or Slaughter

  • Titan

    Nexxus clear the ring and then the lights go out and the gong sounds, and when the lights come back on all of them are eliminated

  • donners

    everyone’s expecting taker to show up before wrestlemania, but not too many would expect him to be in the rumble match. He wouldn’t need to wrestle too many times between now and wm to build storylines with someone, but it would be a surprise to see him in there, that’s for sure

  • Maize

    It’s papa shango, wade Barrett had to be an idiot and say it on twitter

  • Ryan

    How is… another wrestler considered a surprise … news? I could have said that considering they try to bring in surprises every year. Sigh.

  • Chris Andrews

    Triple H, Chris Jericho, Ricky Steamboat, Sgt. Slaughter, Booker T, Jerry Lawler, Roddy Piper (in way better shape last time he was on Raw), DDP isn’t a long shot, and the long shot which I would love to see is Sting (since HOF is WCW themed this year).

  • Tom… Just Tom

    Rikishi is alive and kicking, but that could still be a possibility. After all, the Usos are his sons.

  • nickg

    rikishi is not died

  • MARK

    Lol @ Tie Guy. That would be just like WWE to exploit those wrestlers after they passed away.

  • Jeff

    You’re a dick Tie Guy

  • Tie Guy

    It’s going to be Rikishi, Ravishing Rick Rude and MR. PERFECT!!!!

  • Big T

    I’m hoping for Macho Man, DDP, and HHH.

  • Dave

    I feel like big returns are better when the person goes on to win the Rumble like Edge did last year. I think people really got into it, because he wasn’t expected to come back, and I really don’t think anyone saw him as a possibility to win at all with all the storylines that were happening at the time.

  • Nick

    uh guys lets not forget king he will probably jump in as a surprise and elimenate alex riley or something

  • Dave

    Yeah, Booker T would be awesome too. I have a feeling a lot of people would mark out once his music hit. Can you dig it suckaaaa!!!!

  • mark

    HHH, Jericho, Booker T.

    Now can you dig that sucka !!!!

  • Evil Doink

    Yep, Slaughter for sure, then maybe Steamboat or Piper. I hope the surprise is Triple H or Jericho.

  • Dave

    I would wet myself if Jericho came back and won. That would be epic and completely unexpected.

  • stupididea

    triple h is the surprise the legends will be crap like jimmy snuka or ricky steamboat or sgt slaugther

  • Jeff

    IRS and Dusty Rhodes. And Chris Jericho. Take it to the bank