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Rumor Roundup: Royal Rumble edition (Possible spoilers)

As usual, there’s a lot of chatter about an eventful night at WWE’s annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) later on this evening in Houston.

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)!

Rumble Rumors:

  • Dave Meltzer said he’s been led to believe Edge will be a surprise in the men’s Royal Rumble. (Wrestling Observer)
  • Molly Holly, Beth Phoenix, Sasha Banks, Shayna Baszler, and Mercedes Martinez are all planned for the women’s Royal Rumble. (PW Insider)
  • As of now, Becky Lynch and Asuka are not. (PW Insider)
  • Ronda Rousey had a shirt come out on WWE Shop recently, leading to speculation she could be returning soon. There’s been no word of that, however, so if it’s happening they’ve done a great job of keeping it secret. (PW Insider)
  • Reports indicate Rousey was not at the walk through for the Rumble match. (Fightful)
  • Shane McMahon has been brought in for the Royal Rumble event, though it’s unclear if that means he’ll be wrestling in the match itself. (PW Insider)
  • Mark Henry, Christian, Pat Patterson and Ted DiBiase Sr. are all in town for the show. (PW Insider)
  • There’s a photo making the rounds of MVP’s logo being displayed on the big screen during rehearsals at Minute Maid Park. (

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. And check our weekly Rumor Look Back here to keep track of how often rumors turn out to be correct.

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