Well, our cries have been heard. On Twitter earlier this afternoon, Raw and SmackDown’s untitled authority-like figure Adam Pearce explained the thinking behind determining who gets a Rumble spot:
It’s actually pretty simple: Those that have been granted the ability to simply declare entry into the Royal Rumble *by management* are free to do so. Those that haven’t must qualify. I don’t write the rules, I enforce them. ♂️— Adam Pearce (@ScrapDaddyAP) January 20, 2021
This is what most of us - even those of having fun with the inconsistency - figured. Randy Orton’s resumé allows him to just decide to enter. Ricochet’s does not.
Whether this secret list of pre-qualified entrants is explanation enough for you, or if you’re still going to be annoyed when Lince Dorado or Maven is entrant #13 on Jan. 31 with no justification provided? That’s for each fan to decide.
I at least appreciate Scrap Daddy putting some thought into it for us.