Planned Royal Rumble Surprise Nixed, Mick Foley and Shawn Michaels Appear On “The JBL & Cole Show”, More

– 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 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.”

To read the full interview, click here.

– This week’s edition of The JBL & Cole Show features appearances by Mick Foley and Shawn Michaels, who have some kind words for JBL. Plus, Hornswoggle faces off with Daniel Bryan and his “magician’s assistant” in the “SUPERStar Search.”

– Darren Young is featured in today’s “Superstar Spotlight” on

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  • Andrew Campbell

    Sounds like WWE may have had a Rikishi and Too Cool Rumble Reunion in the works. Would’ve been awesome to see.

    • DigitalWWE

      More like a Rikishi Brodus Clay dance off knowing WWE

      • Andrew Campbell

        Lol yeah probably.

    • raVen


  • NWO blood

    WWE really needs to go back to TV-14

    • cappa37


    • Kris Mystery

      Not going to happen.

  • Nightmare

    It’s obvious they’re pushing for Cena to win the rumble. If Cena win’s, Rock will win. If Ryback win’s Punk will win his match. These are my prediction’s. Either way i think we will see a new debut of a title Monday Night. If Punk retain’s then they might debut the new belt showing he has defeated all the Great’s and the “great one”. If Rock win’s they might let him debut it as a sign that Rock is at the top once again. I really think they screwed Ziggler over with the whole flair thing. Ziggler w/flair could have pushed Ziggler to the top in every way. I just really think giving it to Miz was a bad mistake, i can’t see the Miz using that move long. But that’s just me. Also If Randy doesn’t win the Rumble, it would be a good start to turn him heel because he really hasn’t been in the title picture lately.

    • bayarea08

      I strongly believe they are going to go with Ziggler. Just because they did it with Benoit on being #1 and he lasted the entire match. The crowd is going to be hot red when he’s #1 and is the final two with a fan opposing wrestler like Cena, Sheamus or Orton.

      • Sisisi!

        That’d be extremely surprising. Money in the bank and Royal Rumble winner, it’d be awesome in my opinion.

      • raVen

        he doesn’t need that.
        all he needs is to win a match, but it doesn’t have to be the rumble.
        the guy is already a fan favorite and mitb holder..just let him win some matches and watch the rocket take off

    • Jeremy-County Roberts

      Cena needs to just……..stay where he is at right now. I hope he does not win. If Ryback wins it will be a damn shame.

      • Fighter

        Cena has lost his share of ppv events, haven’t picked up a win at a ppv since MITB 2012. You people need to get off the Cena hate train, quite frankly the main excuse that you don’t like him because he comes off like superman and always winning matches, it has gotten old and last pretty much placed that excuse on the shelf. A win for Cena in the Royal Rumble, while the Rock winning the WWE Championship, may be the expected outcome, but guess what it is the right freaking out come.

        • Josh Foley

          cena winning the rumble will just be stupid, it would be the wwe telling the world…well not this year, were gonna keep pushing the same old washed up talent nobody likes anymore just to keep one butthurt kid happy smh….ziggler is my pick to wiin the rumble

    • jccox01

      Punk is going to retain at RR, lose at Elimination Chamber, rock will win the title at EC and then John cena will take it from him at wrestlemania.

    • Adam Michael

      the rumbles on last tho

    • Max

      Yeah but the Rumble match is last..

  • Peer Pressure

    The Rumble better be awesome. I don’t usually buy WWE’s shitty PPV’s, but since my boy The Rock is on the card, I can’t miss it.

  • Forceton Banfodder

    I swear to god if Michael Cole is an entrant this year, I’m demanding a refund.

    • Randy James Crawford

      He was an entrant because of Kharma ok it was cool.

      • Forceton Banfodder

        He was an entrant because they had no one to put in the Rumble. Same with Lawler and Booker, wasted spots and wasted time. Last year’s rumble sucked.

        • Kenneth Anderson Jr.

          I liked Booker tho

  • y2jayalmighty

    ziggler wins the rumble, picks the rock to fight at wrestlemania and wins, and then cashes in the money in the bank and wins that also. undisputed champ

  • that guy over there

    its obvious that when they say past wwe stars they mean all the legends who faced heath slater but i would jizz if batista came in at 30

  • 7 year old boy

    Lets go Cena (MANLY VOICE)
    Cena Sucks (GIRL VOICE)

  • Haven?A

    I dont know if this is a surprise to anyone but, Eight NXT stars (Cory Graves, Xavior Woods, Bo Dallas, Connor O’ Brian, Oliver Gray, Luke Harper, Adrian Neville and Leo Kruger) will face off in a tournament to determine who will win a spot in the Royal Rumble Match.

  • Lorenzo Dozier

    There will be a eight man tournament saturday in Arizona, the winner will debut this Sunday as a surprise entrant. I hope out of this list of NXT stars. It’s going to be Bo Dallas or Corey Graves. Another popular pick is Adrian Neville aka PAC. Let’s see what happens.

  • MyFavouriteWWE

    WWE needs BATISTA !

  • qwertyboy619


  • mtdewman

    fuck it bring batista back

  • Clare McFadden

    I have the weirdest feeling about Christian winning it… I’ve had it for months I had the exact same feeling before Edge won it!