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Rumor Roundup: Special backstage at Royal Rumble edition

There’s a lot of chatter about an eventful night at WWE’s annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV), much of it focused on the historic, first-ever Women’s Rumble match.

This special edition of our Rumor Roundup feature is a way to put those various tidbits in one place and give you a chance to discuss them.

Feel free to share anything you've heard or read in the comments (usual rumor caveats* apply), and let's gossip like middle schoolers!

  • Nikki Bella eliminating Brie in the women’s Rumble was done as part of a Total Divas angle (Wrestling Observer Radio).
  • Dolph Ziggler was pencilled in to respond to Bobby Roode’s U.S. title open challenge on the Kickoff, but the decision was made over the weekend to move him into the men’s Rumble (PWInsider).
  • The women were always scheduled to close the show, but the order of the other matches changed frequently throughout the day on Sunday (PWInsider).
  • WWE used so many Legends for the women’s Rumble as a way to celebrate their contributions to the current scene, and because so many of them reached out asking to be in the match (PWInsider).
  • Kairi Sane replaced the injured Alicia Fox in the women’s match (Wrestling Inc).

* Important reminder: Rumors are just that -- rumors. None of this has been confirmed as legitimate news or fact, it's just circulating around the pro wrestling rumor mill. Remember, take it all with a grain of salt.

If you have heard of any interesting rumors that you'd like to add, feel free to post them in the comments section below. Just remember they are rumors and not confirmed as fact, so please take them as such. Have fun with it.

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