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Reason for WWE changing the Royal Rumble to a 40-man battle royal

One of the main reasons behind WWE expanding the field of 30 participants to 40 for this year’s Royal Rumble match is due to management feeling that this year’s Royal Rumble had little or no monument headed in, according to Wrestling Observer Newsletter editor Dave Meltzer. The expanded field will also allow creative a chance to hide superstar’s greenness and the fact that many wrestlers are clearly not over. Many wrestlers will be rushed in and out, and a larger number of eliminations by individual wrestlers are possible with an expanded field of participants.

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