As previously reported, WWE is looking to bring back several midcard names in order to fill out the roster and improve house show attendance, as well has help get the younger talent over. Among the names being discussed are John Morrison, Shelton Benjamin, MVP and Low Ki. Benjamin is out of his ROH contract and is considered a likely return; MVP has said he is open to coming back but currently is under contract to New Japan Pro Wrestling and is happy working there.

Other names discussed for Royal Rumble appearances include Tommy Dreamer and the New Age Outlaws. Christian may appear in the match, as he is ready to return.