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 2021 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 2021 Royal Rumblel
WOMEN’S ROYAL RUMBLE 2021 SURPRISE ENTRANTS
The following women were surprise entrants in the 2021 Royal Rumble and made either one-off appearances or full-time returns in the match.
- Naomi (#2)
- Shotzi Blackheart (#5)
- Toni Storm (#7)
- Jillian Hall (#8)
- Victoria (#10)
- Santana Garrett (#12)
- Rhea Ripley (#14)
- Torrie Wilson (#17)
- Alicia Fox (#21)
- Dakota Kai (#23)
- Ember Moon (#28)
Bianca Belair won the 2021 women’s Royal Rumble match after entering at number three, and went on to Wrestlemania to defeat Sasha Banks for the Smackdown Women’s Championship.
MEN’S ROYAL RUMBLE 2022 SURPRISE ENTRANTS
The following men were surprise entrants in the 2021 Royal Rumble and made either one-off appearances or full-time returns in the match.
- Carlito (#8)
- Damian Priest (#14)
- Kane (#18)
- The Hurricane (#23)
- Christian (#24)
- Seth Rollins (#29)
The match was eventually won by Edge, who entered at number one and lasted all the way through the match and became one of just a few men to have won more than one Royal Rumble match. He went on to wrestle Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania, but was ultimately unsuccessful in winning the Universal Championship.