The WWE Royal Rumble will take place on January 28 and many fans can’t wait to see who makes a surprise appearance for the match. In previous editions, we have seen surprise appearances from RVD, Booker T and many other superstars. Next year’s edition will also include a Women’s Royal Rumble match, which was announced by Stephanie McMahon on the most recent episode of WWE Raw. Here are seven surprise entrants we could see at next year’s WWE Royal Rumble:
Kharma was recently mentioned in a video posted by WWE. The video was about surprise returns they want to see in 2018, making us wonder if this will happen at the Royal Rumble now that the women’s division has its own match. Kharma joined the WWE in 2010 and made a few appearances in which she attacked former WWE Divas Champions. She also made a surprise appearance at the 2012 Royal Rumble and eliminated two participants. She was released shortly after that but it would be great to see her return and join the women’s division.
Batista returned to the WWE back in 2014 and actually won the Royal Rumble. His return didn’t last very long as he quit Evolution shortly after joining them. Batista is currently a movie star but he hasn’t forgotten about wrestling. Batista recently revealed that he is in talks for a WWE comeback. Batista appears to be very interested in coming back and not just for a few events. He told the Jim Ross podcast that he would love to go back but the reason he hasn’t is because he doesn’t want to do a one off. He added that he stays in touch and that he has talked to Vince recently. He said he has made it clear that he wants to go back and run a program with Triple H. Batista didn’t receive the best welcome by fans during his last Royal Rumble match but it would be great to see him return to the ring.
Ricochet, one of the most popular and talented wrestlers outside of WWE, could soon join the company. Ricochet has gained a huge following after working across the independent circuit for years and a Royal Rumble appearance would make the crowd go crazy. He is said to be one of the wrestling stars joining the company in 2018 but many fans are hoping that he makes his debut at the Royal Rumble.
Rey Mysterio hasn’t been part of the WWE for two years but he is always rumored for a surprise appearance at the Royal Rumble. Mysterio also hasn’t ruled out the possibility of returning to the WWE. He recently spoke to ESPN and said he would love to go back and finish up. He added that he would definitely love to come back and do a last run and say goodbye to WWE fans. A Rey Mysterio appearance at the WWE Royal Rumble would be great. He would also be a good addition to the WWE 205 Live roster.
Ronda Rousey has not announced a retirement from mixed martial arts but it the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion could be a WWE superstar in the future. It’s been rumored for months that Rousey will sign with WWE and rumors have only gotten stronger this month. Just a few days ago, several news sites reported that Rousey and WWE were finalizing a contract but it was later said that she had not signed. A WWE debut during the Women’s Royal Rumble match would be a great way to surprise the crowd.
Carlito was released from the WWE back in 2010 but there have been many rumors about a return to the company in recent years. Carlito, who made an impressive debut in the WWE by defeating John Cena for the WWE United States Championship back in 2004, was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated and spoke about the possibility of returning to the WWE. In the interview, Carlito said that they’ve had talks but he hasn’t spoken to them in a while. He added that for the right price, he would love to come back but it has to be something that works for them and something that works for him.
Nikki Bella is one of the stars of Total Divas and Total Bellas but she is still part of the WWE SmackDown brand. Her last appearance was at Wrestlemania 33, where she teamed up with her partner John Cena in a tag team match against The Miz and Maryse. Nikki is one of the most winning and popular superstars in the women’s division and the Women’s Royal Rumble match would be the perfect time for a return.
Who would you like to see return at the 2018 Royal Rumble? Who do you think is going to win? Let us know in the comments.