The WWE pay-per-view is just over two weeks away, and – as Michael Cole has already started promising us – this year’s is going to be more royal Rumble than ever.
Which presumably means rather than just one Royal Rumble match, 2018 will be the first event to hold two, both a men’s and women’s.
Which means double the monster spots, double the faction warfare, and double the number of times we get to count down from the number 10.
Meaning we get to count out loud for an entire 10 minutes this year.Tye’s going to be so happy.But most importantly is one of the Rumble’s best features: surprise returns and debuts.With there only being 22 active female wrestlers on WWE’s main roster, there are 8 spots left open for these. And thanks to PWInsider, we might now know four of them.
First up is former WWE wrestler Serena Deeb, who is best known for being part of CM Punk’s Straight Edge Society in 2010, where she infamously shaved her head out of loyalty to the faction.
PWInsider is reporting she was in Pittsburgh to undergo pre-signing medical testing for WWE, and that “there has been interested in bringing her back to [WWE] of late.” Deeb wrestled in last Summer’s Mae Young Classic.
PWInsider is also reporting that WWE has reached out to former Women’s division champions Michelle McCool and Attitude Era star Molly Holly.
Apparently, Holly is already booked for the Rumble match, while McCool “is not yet 100% locked in but has spoken with the company about an appearance”.
When the women’s Rumble was first announced, McCool immediately teased a cameo on Twitter, noting that her birthday is on January 25th – just three days before the pay-per-view.
Further fuelling the report, McCool’s husband The Undertaker was apparently backstage for this week’s episode of Smackdown – another wrestler who’s rumored for a Royal Rumble return, supposedly for one Last Ride feud at WrestleMania 34. The Deadman has already been announced for Raw’s 25th Anniversary on the 22nd January.
And Taker wasn’t the only person backstage on Tuesday, as so was WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix – another possible Rumble surprise return.
After retiring from wrestling in 2012, Phoenix was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year and has already been announced for the commentary team for Mixed Match Challenge, which starts next Tuesday.
But with all big names backstage at Smackdown, there was one notable absence: the guy that runs the show, Triple H. The Game is usually on hand backstage for all live WWE TV tapings, making him missing Tuesday’s episode rather odd.