According to, WWE tried to swerve fans in terms of who would be in the 2015 Royal Rumble Match. As previously reported, many superstars such as Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, Alex Riley, and Bo Dallas were backstage and dressed to compete, but none of them were used in the actual main event Battle Royal.

Triple H even mentioned certain names early on in the broadcast to continue to try and fool viewers into thinking certain legends and superstars would be in the match, even though they weren’t. WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff was a legend Triple H named during this ploy.

According to the report, Sean “X-Pac” Waltman was reportedly backstage, as well as a couple of other big names, like Jake “The Snake” Roberts in hopes of throwing off the fans. WWE officials were hoping that it would leak that these superstars were backstage, even though they had absolutely no intention of using them.

Bo Dallas was reported as returning at the event, as was Sheamus, Rob Van Dam, and Orton at one point. Alex Riley was slated to appear during the event as well. Riley was taken off the PPV’s “Kick-Off” panel because he was to be used in the Royal Rumble Match. However, due to the hostile crowd in Philadelphia, certain changes and moves were made, which included Riley being removed from his spot in the main event.

Editor’s Note:
They definitely should have used more of these legends than stars like Sin Cara, Fandango, Curtis Axel, and more. There were a LOT of wasted entries in this year’s Rumble, which may have been the worst booked Rumble in the history of the PPV.


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