Nice to see you. The Royal Rumble is one of the most unique events on the WWE calendar, as the company is able to put dozens of wrestlers into a pair of matches and set up some of their biggest shows of the year in Wrestlemania. Putting together two groups of thirty wrestlers can be quite the task though, and now we know everyone WWE had to bring in to help make things better.

This weekend’s WWE Royal Rumble event featured the usual men’s and women’s Royal Rumble matches. Most of the matches’ participants were announced in advance, with a few names being revealed during the matches themselves. Here are the unannounced names from both the men’s and women’s matches:

Women
Melina
Cameron
Ivory
Alicia Fox
Sarah Logan
Molly Holly
Ronda Rousey (Winner)

Rousey was making her first appearance since WrestleMania 35 when she lost the Raw Women’s Title to Becky Lynch. Logan was released by WWE in 2020 and has not wrestled anywhere since.

Men
Ridge Holland
Drew McIntyre
Bad Bunny
Shane McMahon
Brock Lesnar (Winner)

McIntyre had been out with a neck injury and was not expected to be ready for the match. Bunny and McMahon were both making their first appearances since last year’s WrestleMania. Lesnar had lost the WWE Title to Bobby Lashley earlier in the night.

Opinion: These surprise entrances are some of the most important things in the Rumble and it was cool to see more of them taking place this year. WWE can throw out a good number of them every match and it would be nice to see more of them in the men’s match next year. There were a few surprises, but nothing compared to the women’s match. Finding the right balance is important and I do not think WWE did that so well this year.

What did you think of the surprises? Who would you have liked to see in the match? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.comor check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books

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