The 2018 Royal Rumble was all about surprises. Even though the surprises were seriously, spectacularly backloaded, it was one billion percent about surprises. The biggest surprise of all (even if it was one that everyone expected) happened at the very tail end of the night, as Ronda Rousey finally made her WWE return and/or debut, however you choose to define it.
Rousey chose not to debut in the women’s Royal Rumble match, which itself was so stuffed full of surprises that we had to dedicate one big old honking mega-post to all of the surprise entrants. And another post for how awesome Lita’s appearance in the Rumble was!
But the men’s Royal Rumble match contained at least one bona fide surprise that absolutely no one was expecting. After a full week of Undertaker and EC3 and Rockstar Spud rumors, we were treated to the welcome return of the one and only Rey Mysterio.