WWE Royal Rumble 2021 is now just a matter of days away. One thing that will be different this year is that there will be no fans in attendance due to the pandemic, so it will be interesting to see how the Rumble will be affected by this. What surprises do WWE have store for us on one of the biggest nights of their calendar? Without further ado, let's take a look at 10 WWE Superstars for could return at Royal Rumble 2021.
#10 Brock Lesnar
The Beast Incarnate's last match in WWE came at WrestleMania 36 where he lost the WWE Championship to Drew McIntyre. At the end of August last year, the company removed Lesnar's merchandise from the WWE Shop, and it was later reported that the former Universal Champion's contract had expired. Reports suggested that both parties had been negotiating a new contract before talks reached an impasse.
With the Royal Rumble now around the corner and WrestleMania season about to get underway, it feels like this could be the perfect time for Brock Lesnar to return to WWE. With WWE looking for blockbuster matches for the WrestleMania card, a match between The Beast Incarnate and 'The Tribal Chief' Roman Reigns is one of the biggest matches WWE can book right now.
#9 WWE legend and 16-time world champion John Cena
According to reports, it looks like John Cena is all set to be a part of WrestleMania 37. We don't yet know who John Cena could face but an option could be for him to return at Royal Rumble on Sunday night.
John Cena doesn't need to win the Royal Rumble match if he is a part of it on Sunday night, although WWE could see that as an option that would definitely get people talking. Cena being in the Royal Rumble match can instead be used to set up his match at WrestleMania 37.
#8 The Hurricane
Shane Helms is back with WWE now which means that there's always the possibility of a cameo by everyone's favorite superhero, The Hurricane. Hurricane's last Royal Rumble appearance came in the 2018 Royal Rumble match. He came in at No. 21 but was quickly eliminated from the match by 16-time world champion John Cena.
#7 Former WWE US Champion Samoa Joe
After being injured in 2019, Samoa Joe transitioned from an in-ring performer to a commentator on WWE RAW. Joe has done brilliantly during his time so far at the commentary desk, but fans are yearning to see the former NXT Champion back where he belongs, inside the squared circle.
We don’t really know what Joe’s injury status is right now but if he’s fine, a spot in the men’s Royal Rumble match could be perfect. Even if Joe doesn’t want to leave the commentary desk at the moment, it could be a one-off appearance, something like JBL’s entry into the 2014 Royal Rumble match.
#6 Former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal
Jinder Mahal recently wrestled at WWE Superstar Spectacle, teaming with The Bollywood Boyz. The trio lost in the main event to WWE Champion Drew McIntyre and Indus Sher.
Mahal, who just returned from injury at Superstar Spectacle, is yet to make his main roster return. The former WWE Champion definitely has a chance of returning in the men’s Royal Rumble match. Mahal looks in great shape and will be motivated to make an impact.
#5 Aleister Black
After a feud with Kevin Owens, Aleister Black was drafted over to the SmackDown brand in the 2020 WWE Draft. However, Aleister Black hasn’t appeared on the Blue brand since moving there. During this time, his wife Zelina Vega was released by WWE.
Mike Johnson of PWInsider was told by sources that WWE had pulled Black from TV because a dramatic return had been planned for him, however, it never ended up happening. A Royal Rumble return could be just what Aleister Black needs.
#4 WWE RAW Superstar The Fiend
The Fiend has been feuding with Randy Orton on WWE RAW in recent months. Orton set The Fiend on fire during their Firefly Inferno match at WWE TLC in December and Wyatt has not been seen on WWE television since then.
Meanwhile on RAW, we have seen Alexa Bliss attack Randy Orton with a fireball which saw Orton briefly appear under a mask and accusing The Fiend of being behind the attack to prevent The Viper from entering the Royal Rumble match. On last Monday’s RAW, we saw Randy Orton hit Alexa Bliss with an RKO. The stage seems set for The Fiend to return during the Royal Rumble match.
#3 Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins has been off WWE television since his feud with Murphy and the Mysterio family. Rollins took time off as Becky Lynch gave birth to their first child together. With WrestleMania 37 under three months away, we could definitely see Seth Rollins return to be a part of the men's Royal Rumble match. If Rollins returns, it will be interesting to see if the Royal Rumble match is used to set up his next feud.
#2 Former WWE RAW Women's Champion Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch announced on the RAW after WWE Money In The Bank 2020 that she was pregnant and relinquished the RAW Women’s Championship to Asuka, who had won the women’s MITB ladder match. Lynch gave birth to her first child with fiance Seth Rollins, a baby girl named Roux, last month.
We don’t yet know if Becky Lynch is ready to return to WWE but if she is, the Royal Rumble could be a great opportunity to do so.
#1 Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey’s last match in WWE was the main event of WrestleMania 35. The triple threat match saw Rousey face Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch, with Lynch leaving the show as both RAW and SmackDown Women’s Champion.
Although reports suggest that Ronda Rousey is interested in starting a family right now, there is a chance that WWE might bring her in for a short run from now until WrestleMania.