WWE usually tries to keep a lid on surprises, but this year’s Royal Rumble was a bit different to a certain degree.
According to Fightful Select, WWE didn’t do a very good job keeping surprise entrants from being known by the roster. In pervious years surprise entrants were hidden and kept out of the way, but this year they were present at rehearsals.
Those surprises like Victoria, Torrie Wilson, and others were around on the Saturday prior to the Royal Rumble for rehearsals. Others were reportedly present at the Superstar hotel where they were able to hang out with Superstars prior to the event.
At least one more was just simply backstage on Sunday, and nobody really thought anything of it, because WWE has legends around with regularity. We were told this Royal Rumble was much more laid back than in recent years.
This year’s Royal Rumble was a bit different. There were no live fans, the ThunderDome presented a unique situation. We’ll have to see if WWE continues the practice or whether this was a special scenario for the 2021 Royal Rumble.