This year’s edition of the Royal Rumble was a very mixed bag for many fans. The most enticing aspect of this year’s edition of the men’s and women’s Royal Rumble matches was the likelihood of the Forbidden Door getting kicked in. Unfortunately, it was to no avail.

The Men’s Royal Rumble match had a lot of promise for many fans but it ultimately ended up disappointing everyone as it lacked any true surprise entrants. It only featured the likes of Bad Bunny, Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre in the end.

While speaking on his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T talked about this year’s Royal Rumble match. Booker T criticized the match for missing organic surprises.

“I think the men’s Royal Rumble was missing those organic surprises. I think that’s what it was missing, I think it was missing, for instance, ‘one of a kind, RVD’ showing up. That’s what the Royal Rumble was pretty much built upon. Who are we going to see that we totally didn’t expect to see, but man we are so happy to see him. One of those types of moments. I think we missed out on that, I think the Royal Rumble this year was about the finish.”


WWE talents were frustrated over last-minute changes before the Royal Rumble match as well and it affected backstage morale. We wonder whether WWE will learn from their mistakes and make sure next year’s Royal Rumble is better or not.


H/T WrestlingInc

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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