WWE’s first pay-per-view of 2020, Royal Rumble is just a week away and not a single NXT Superstar has been announced for the grand show just yet.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed the possibility of WWE confirming NXT talents for the Rumble on the respective go-home episodes.
“The story broke that there will be a lot of NXT people in the Rumble and I’m sure that’s the plan, and I’m sure that there will be on the women’s side because, you know because how are they going to get 30 women without using NXT talent? I think that Shayna Baszler is probably going to be — I mean it wouldn’t surprise me if she wins the Rumble, but she’s gonna be a favorite to win.”
“I guess we still got Monday, we still got Wednesday, we still got Friday to make these announcements. You know you would want I would think if NXT talent was in the Rumble on this week’s episode they should have been cutting promos and talking about being in the rumble and being attacked by guys because we know, like they know the formula to get the ratings up. They know how to do it. It’s not like a shot in the dark. Now that they’re not doing it the numbers are down. I know they’re blaming it on the two weeks off, and I’m sure there’s something to it.”
Meanwhile, WWE On FOX has posted a brief video with several photos flashing one after another. The list includes a total of nine NXT female Superstars. The objective is to pause the video and determine your pick for the 2020 Women’s Royal Rumble bout.
At this point, there are 11 and 26 slots left in the Men’s and Women’s Rumble matches respectively.
Hopefully, Royal Rumble will be the second Big 4 PPV after Survivor Series to officially include NXT alongside RAW and SmackDown.