The WWE Royal Rumble is undoubtedly one of the biggest wrestling events of the year. The 2023 Royal Rumble premium live event will emanate from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The show’s main event will see 30 men compete for the opportunity to main event WrestleMania 39. WWE may have several surprise appearances planned for the match as well.

Speaking of surprise appearances, there are rumors of several stars that are not currently signed to WWE possibly showing up during the Men’s Royal Rumble match. NJPW stars Jay White and Jeff Cobb are among names that many fans speculate might appear as surprise entrants.

NJPW star Jeff Cobb was recently asked about a potential RR appearance during an interview with WrestlingNewsCo. The United Empire muscle responded by noting that he’d be down to showing up at the January 28th event, thought WWE might have to go through several protocols to reach out to him given his current status with New Japan Pro Wrestling.

“You never say never. But it all depends on if the stars lined up and all that stuff. Again, if they wanted me for some odd reason, then they’d have to go through the right avenues. I don’t think they could contact me directly because I don’t think that’s legal. I don’t know how those things work. But yeah, if for some odd reason, they were like, ‘Hey, we wanna put Jeff in the Royal Rumble,’ I’m not good at Royal Rumbles. I don’t want to run down to the ring either, so [laughs]. But yeah, if the stars aligned, I’d be totally down to do it.”


Former ECW and WWE Champion Rob Van Dam is down to making Royal Rumble appearance as well. The ECW icon last wrestled for Vince McMahon’s company in 2014. That said, you can check out the line-up announced so far for the Royal Rumble here:

  • Men’s Royal Rumble Match
  • Women’s Royal Rumble Match
  • Roman Reigns (c) vs. Kevin Owens – Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Match
  • Bianca Belair (c) vs. Alexa Bliss – RAW Women’s Championship Match
  • LA Knight vs. Bray Wyatt – Pitch Black Match

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab serves as a news writer at Ringside News. He has covered pro wrestling and sports entertainment for a variety of publications, including Sportskeeda Wrestling, The Sportster, and WrestleZone. Outside of his professional duties, Manik likes to indulge in fiction, thrillers, comics, manga, and anime.

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