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NewsWWE NXT Superstars Optimistic After Royal Rumble Ban Lifted

WWE NXT Superstars Optimistic After Royal Rumble Ban Lifted



WWE NXT Superstars are looking forward to future Royal Rumble events after an edict banning their participation in the titular Rumble matches was lifted.

For the 2022 Royal Rumble pay-per-view event, a rule was implemented that banned any gold brand talent from competing in either the Men’s or Women’s Royal Rumble matches.

The belief was that since NXT had just become a developmental ground once more, it made no sense for these ‘rookies’ to receive a shot at headlining WrestleMania.

That ban was lifted this year, with Zoey Stark, Indi Hartwell, and NXT Women’s Champion Roxanne Perez competing in the Women’s Rumble.

While not a Superstar, NXT commentator and two-time WWE Hall of Famer Booker T had a brief run in the Men’s Rumble match.

When Fightful Select reached out to NXT talent, they were said to be overjoyed that the ban on gold brand Superstars is a thing of the past.

This year’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view is being considered a huge success backstage, especially compared to last year’s event, where morale was said to have been at an all-time low.

Cody Rhodes and Rhea Ripley (a former NXT Women’s Champion) won the Men’s and Women’s Rumbles, and will challenge Roman Reigns and Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 39.

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