WWE contacted Rikishi to participate in Sunday's 30-Man Royal Rumble Match but the veteran wrestler is unable to appear due to a prior commitment, Jerry "The King" Lawler revealed in an interview with The New York Post promoting WrestleMania Axxess.
"I do know that they had contacted Rikishi, but he had a prior commitment that he could not get out of. My son Brian told me that it was just a commitment he literally could not get out of even though he really wanted to [be in the Rumble]," Lawler said.
Lawler also hinted that former stars could resurface as surprise entrants.
"The Royal Rumble has become our next biggest and most fan-favorite pay-per-view. It’s so unpredictable. I know for a fact, I don’t know who it will be, but there’s always some surprise entrants. There will be some people that you didn’t have a clue they were going to be involved in the Rumble."
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