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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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10 Responses

  1. Matt says:

    I have always liked the Royal Rumble match, so I think this makes it more entertaining. There will be a lot of less talented and over wrestlers in the match, but all the entrants are random so it’s surprising in a way. Over the past couple of years, they have always rushed the rumble match. This year should be one of the best rumbles ever.

  2. Tim says:

    This would be a great chance to use the new and green guys to back Cena up and give him a chance to win without the superman feel he always does. Align the new guys up as an impromptu team against Nexus and show them as doin what it takes to move up. This would show Nexus as an enemy to all not just Cena. Also giving way to more back stage beat downs to those that are not with Nexus but against US.

  3. Michele says:

    So they are expanded it to 40 to waste our time, money and embarrass the wrestlers quick exits? Can’t wait!

  4. mike says:

    i personally think it has something to do WITH HBK’s 39 eleminitations in all his rumble appearences… ironic….

  5. Beano Macfarland says:

    Matt – do you even watch wrestling?? None of the entrances are random. Like all pro wrestling, they’re scripted. Every wrestler knows what number they’re going to be.

  6. James says:

    Beano – I think he meant to the viewer its random what number they get. Of course the wrestlers know, but the viewer does not, so its random.

  7. Hipnosis says:

    this is what happens when you release wrestlers that should have been over but got buried by todays stars that aren’t over. Good luck to John Cena winning Royal Rumble cause I know its not gonna be Daniel Bryan as it should be….

  8. Randy says:

    So they finally admit their roster sucks right now

  9. Craig says:

    do YOU even know the meaning of ‘random’ Beano??? or are you one of these trolls who like to run off at the mouth, clearly just trying to be arguementative with someone(random!) who, in this case, obviously has to know that even “scripted” all participants are supposed to know in advance what number they draw! lol. bad arguement there; and redunant so yea–FAIL.

  10. WTF says:

    Maybe Kane’ll top his record this year.

    I guess Nexus one & two won’t be dominating the Rumble like I thought they would, if they’re rushing the green people in and out. Who on the roster is more green than those guys?

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