One of the most anticipated events on WWE’s annual calendar, the Royal Rumble, is now less than two weeks away, meaning the internet is already ablaze with speculation regarding who might show up on 26 January.
Surprise entrants have been a huge part of the Rumble’s appeal for decades. 2019 wasn’t a banner year in that regard, with only Jeff Jarrett and clusters of unexpected NXT wrestlers filling the men and women’s quotas, so fingers crossed WWE have something bigger planned for 2020. They have to, right? The possibilities are too exciting.
A December 2019 report suggested that this year’s Rumble would comprise of 10 wrestlers each from Raw, SmackDown, and NXT, but where’s the fun in that? For the love of the match’s inherent intrigue, we’re going to assume its nonsense. It has to be nonsense.
This list will encompass both the men and women’s Rumbles rather than just one or the other. Note the title, too: “could see,” not “will see.” Much of this is speculative, though the powers of deduction come into play as well.
With all that in mind, let’s run through these potentially crowd-popping Rumble surprises…