It’s that kind of a show. The Royal Rumble is one of the most unique events in the wrestling world. The show is built around its namesake matches, which combine to have sixty wrestlers entering a pair of battle royals. That is the kind of thing that is going to need a lot of effort as the matches can need several wrestlers to be brought in to fill out the lineups. That was the case again this year.

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The 2023 Royal Rumble matches featured the traditional thirty entries each and both includes returns and surprises.

• The men’s edition included three surprise entries, as WWE Hall Of Famers Booker T. and Edge entered the match.

• Later, Logan Paul returned to enter the match as well. This came less than three months after Paul suffered a knee injury during Crown Jewel 2022.

• The women’s edition featured eight surprise entrants. There were three stars from NXT, including NXT Women’s Champion Roxanne Perez, Indi Hartwell and Zoey Stark.

• There were also a legend involved as Michelle McCool, who had been watching the match from the crowd, entered as well.

• Two stars returned from health issues, as Natalya returned after suffering a broken nose and Piper Niven, formerly known as Doudrop, returned after several months away due to complications from the Coronavirus.

• Finally, two former stars returned to the company after being released, This included Chelsea Green, who was eliminated less than ten seconds after entering the ring, and Nia Jax, who was the final entrant in the match. There is no word on what their futures in WWE will be.

It was a busy night. Check out some of the surprises:

Opinion: This is what makes the Royal Rumble work so well. It is a special night as you do not know who you might get to see come back after however long they have been away. That was certainly on display this year, as there were so many wrestlers and names showing up out of nowhere. Some of them had big roles in the matches and they made the match that much more fun.

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