The long-lasting countdown from 10 is simply over one week away. This yr’s WWE Royal Rumble has the makings of one of many greatest occasions in WWE historical past, largely partly to its 72,000-seat venue in addition to what it’ll arrange for April’s WWE WrestleMania 39. It has already been confirmed that Cody Rhodes, who has been out of action since May with a torn pectoral muscle, will probably be making his long-awaited return on the occasion. Rhodes formally entered the lads’s Royal Rumble match earlier this week on Monday Night time Uncooked.
Contemplating the American Nightmare has been the odds-on favourite to win the match for months, many questioned why WWE would affirm his entry relatively than save him to be a shock entrant within the battle royal itself. Based on @WrestleVotes, WWE introduced Rhodes prematurely because of “everybody anticipating it.” Past that, WWE is reportedly “greater than happy” with the precise surprises they’ve in retailer for the premium reside occasion.
Hypothesis will instantly go to The Rock. For properly over a yr, a WrestleMania conflict between Undisputed WWE Common Champion Roman Reigns and The Rock has been rumored, with many pointing to the built-in storyline of the Brahma Bull difficult his cousin for the “Head of the Desk” monicker. Rock himself has each fueled and downplayed these rumors previously.
Resulting from Reigns presently holding each of WWE’s world titles, his WWE WrestleMania 39 opponent must win the lads’s Royal Rumble so as to face him at April’s Showcase of the Immortals. The character of that reserving impediment, alongside the “electrifying” WWE Royal Rumble posters that recently surfaced, has seemingly laid the groundwork for a Rock return on the occasion.
Aside from Rock, a lot of large WWE names may present face at WWE Royal Rumble to arrange their WWE WrestleMania 39 bouts. John Cena, Logan Paul, Edge, and even “Stone Chilly” Steve Austin are all rumored to wrestle in April, and January’s premium reside occasion could possibly be residence to their first appearances again.
The ladies’s Royal Rumble has boasted a bulk of shock entrants since its inception in 2018. Whereas no part-time stars are presently within the WrestleMania playing cards, legends like Trish Stratus or the Bella Twins may make one-off appearances. Regardless that Sasha Banks now calls New Japan Professional Wrestling residence, her tag accomplice Naomi may return to tv within the multi-woman battle royal.
WWE Royal Rumble goes down on January twenty eighth, streaming on Peacock.