Every year, the road to Wrestlemania starts with a visit to the most exciting match of the year – The Royal Rumble. The 30 man over the top rope battle royal sees stars from all over the WWE compete for the chance to main event wrestlers and offers the chance to give legends of the ring one more chance to appear for the promotion one more time.
Many surprise wrestlers are always rumoured for the Royal Rumble. We have collated the best surprise Royal Rumble entrants in this article, so you can click that link to see who topped the list, or read below to see the surprise entrants for the 2020 Royal Rumble match, in both the male or female editions of the match.
Both the men’s and the women’s edition featured a number of surprise entrants in their matches. While the Women’s version featured a lot more legends coming back for one more match, both bouts had similar amounts of returns in their matches. Here are all the surprise entrants in the 2020 Royal Rumble
WOMEN’S ROYAL RUMBLE 2020 SURPRISE ENTRANTS
The following women were surprise entrants in the 2020 Royal Rumble and made either one-off appearances or full-time returns in the match.
- Bianca Belair (#2)
- Mighty Molly (#3)
- Mercedes Martinez (#6)
- Candace LaRae (#9)
- Mia Yim (#12)
- Dakota Kai (#15)
- Chelsea Green (#16)
- Beth Phoenix (#19)
- Toni Storm (#20)
- Kelly Kelly (#21)
- Xia Li (#24)
- Stozi Blackheart (#26)
- Tegan Nox (#28)
- Santina Marella (29)
- Shayna Bazler (#30)
Santina Marella was actually WWE Legend Santino Marella in drag – he dressed up as his “sister” for a women’s battle royal at Wrestlemania 25 and this was a call-back to that moment.
MEN’S ROYAL RUMBLE 2020 SURPRISE ENTRANTS
The following men were surprise entrants in the 2020 Royal Rumble and made either one-off appearances or full-time returns in the match.
- MVP (#12)
- Keith Lee (#13)
- Matt Riddle (#23)
The match was won by Drew McIntyre, who went on to defeat Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania. This was the last Royal Rumble before the pandemic and it would be the first in front of fans for the next two years.
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