Royal Rumble 2019 is coming up this Sunday night and the go-home shows of Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live have given us an indication of what talent is booked for the pay-per-view and who is not currently scheduled.
It’s important to keep in mind, though, that every card is always subject to change, and the Royal Rumble is even more up in the air than the rest. That is because WWE purposely doesn’t announce everybody in the titular matches. Even when they do, sometimes, they pull people to replace them with others and such, so there is plenty of possibility for people to find their way onto the card.
However, if we go with their current advertisements and take them as honest and not deceptive, we can see which men and women aren’t booked for the 2019 Royal Rumble at this moment.
In some cases, this may be justified, or even a purposeful plan to set up a surprise. In other cases, it may be ridiculous. That is up to you to decide as we take a look at which superstars aren’t being promoted for this show.
The Recent NXT Call-Ups
— EC3: I 100% think EC3 will be in the Royal Rumble and I’m guessing they just haven’t announced it yet because they want to get a pop.
— Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight): I don’t think we’ll be seeing them take up two of the Royal Rumble spots or challenge for the tag titles. Nope.
— Lars Sullivan: Having a panic attack and going away before you can even make your debut, even though you’ve had a long enough stint in NXT and over two months of promos to prepare for your debut isn’t good and I wouldn’t blame WWE for just calling it quits with Sullivan and not bothering with him. However, maybe this is all just b.s. and he’s going to be one of the more featured people in the Royal Rumble match.
From the Raw Men’s Singles Division
— Braun Strowman: Strowman is in an odd spot right now after having his championship match against Brock Lesnar taken away. He’s wrestled Finn Balor, which means he’s cleared to compete. However, WWE hasn’t announced him as a participant in the Royal Rumble. I do think he’ll be involved, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they wrote him out of the event entirely just to avoid doing something with him.
— Bray Wyatt: I’m definitely, definitely anticipating this is when we’ll see the return of Wyatt in some fashion, hopefully with some changes to his gimmick. By the sheer nature of a surprise, they can’t announce him yet. That’s how surprises work. Duh.
— Curt Hawkins: The top pick for who could match Santino Marella’s shortest time record would have to be Hawkins, to really cement himself as THE jobber, but I don’t think that’s happening this year. I think he’s just sitting this event out.
— Dolph Ziggler: It would be extremely surprising to me if Ziggler is not in the Royal Rumble. They probably haven’t announced it yet because he’s not important enough to the grand scheme of things for them to call that out yet.
— Goldust: Injury (knees). There is no set timetable for his return.
— Jason Jordan: Injury (neck). There is no set timetable for his return, if it ever happens.
— Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn: Owens is out with a knee injury, while Zayn is out with two torn rotator cuffs. They’ve already been advertised as making their returns, but it wasn’t said when that will happen, and rumors have suggested they jumped the gun just to get people talking. They could very well appear in the Royal Rumble, but don’t be shocked if they aren’t there and don’t return until closer to WrestleMania season, if not the night after the big show, particularly if they don’t have the time to set up a match for them for WrestleMania and don’t want to just throw them in the ATGMBR.
— Mojo Rawley: I can see him taking up a spot if they have room, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s too low on the totem pole to get that and it goes to someone else.
— No Way Jose: He had his conga line chance. It’s not happening again.
— Roman Reigns: The Big Dog will remain out of action for quite some time as he is suffering from leukemia. There is no timetable for his return.
— Zack Ryder: If WWE is looking for people to fill up this match, Ryder’s a solid option they’ll put in there, for sure, but he’s not a big star, so they likely will keep that open for the time being.
From the Raw Women’s Division
— None: Now that Alexa Bliss has been cleared to compete and announced for the Royal Rumble, every woman on the Raw roster has been accounted for. Awesome!
From the Raw Tag Team Division
— The Ascension: Yeah, these guys aren’t featured on television on remotely any bit of a normal schedule. They’re not appearing here unless WWE is scrapped for options.
— The Authors of Pain: After their worthless title reign, Akam and Rezar have just disappeared. My guess is WWE has no idea what to do with them and they won’t make any appearances here, either. On top of this, Akam is supposedly dealing with a leg injury, so that makes even more sense to just cut Rezar from the list, too, and have neither of them do anything for a while. Maybe then, they can come back in a few months with some tweaks and a renewed push.
— The B-Team: Both could pop up and be tossed out quickly if they need enhancement talent, yet both could just as easily be skipped over in favor of other people who will make a bigger splash.
— Breezango: Fandango remains out due to a shoulder injury; Tyler Breeze is stuck in jobber limbo.
— Chad Gable and Bobby Roode: They’re only the tag team champions. They don’t matter, right? It’s not like Gable could have been a solid midcarder if they pushed him and Roode could be a main event star or anything…….
— Heath Slater and Rhyno: Slater will be in the Royal Rumble and will be eliminated relatively fast if they have the room for him. If not, it’s okay. I don’t think anyone will really be up in arms about it. Rhyno I think we can definitely rule out entirely.
— The Lucha House Party: Since they’re roles are being on 205 Live and being a secondary part of the tag team division that gets pushed aside all the time, I’d anticipate none of them would be involved and if any did, it would be Kalisto.