With this year being the 20th anniversary year of the Royal Rumble, the WWE rumors surrounding the historic event are in overdrive. With the sheer amount of speculation surrounding what promises to be a blockbuster success, we decided to sort out the various rumors regarding the event and determine which are true and which are just speculation.
First, according to USA Today, the WWE rumors surrounding the company’s desire to return to the Alamodome after twenty years is more than just symbolic. According to the outlet, the company plans to go big with the Royal Rumble this year, and fully expects to shatter attendance records. The event, which is set for January 29, is anticipating to have more than 90,000 people in attendance, easily besting the record set by WrestleMania last April. And because this event will feature superstar wrestlers from both the Raw and the SmackDown brands, the Pay-Per-View numbers will be just as record-breaking as the live attendance numbers.
Previously, the Royal Rumble shattered attendance records when 60,000 people showed up to the Alamodome — the fact that so many more people will be coming to the 20th-anniversary event is nothing if not amazing. So what can all of these people expect from the fights?
While fans can expect a big card, with lots of twists and turns and special guests, perhaps one of the most encouraging WWE rumors comes from What Culture, who promise that you don’t need to spend big bucks to see all your favorite wrestling superstars! While premium seats will, of course, cost an exorbitant amount of money, the company is more concerned with filling the stadium than they are with turning a substantial profit, so non-premium seats will still be affordable.
Also, What Culture assures us that in the weeks leading up to the event, the company will be giving away some seats to some lucky fans! There will also be some much-welcomed cameos, including some Lucha wrestlers (who are enjoying the success after the WWE did a promotion for Hispanic Heritage Month), Rey Mysterio Jr., and even wrestling legend Shawn Michaels, who is rumored to be in the running for a lead trainer position at NXT. Even though Michaels may be moving to Florida to train the next generation of wrestlers, he’s almost exclusively linked to the Lone Star State, so for him not to put in even a token appearance at the Royal Rumble will be suspicious.
— Triple H (@TripleH) September 30, 2016
Speaking of special guest appearances, the WWE rumors reported by GiveMeSport suggest that Triple H may be making his much-anticipated return to the ring come the Royal Rumble. There are many wrestling fans who are speculating about Triple H’s health, especially since he wasn’t part of the WWE Draft that took place earlier in the year.
But according to the site, the reason Triple H hasn’t returned to the ring is because the ratings for Monday Night Raw have been too low. With the current presidential election cycle and the advent of Monday Night Football, it hasn’t made sense to bring Triple H out to fight. However, with the guaranteed success of the Royal Rumble, it makes sense that Triple H would return.
In fact, he all but confirmed his return to the ring come the Royal Rumble when he tweeted, “a return 20 years in the making. You never know who will show up.”
The last time that Triple H entered the ring, he was helping Kevin Owens defeat Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship title.
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