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9 Wrestlers Who Made Surprise Returns At The Women's Royal Rumble

It's fair to say the WWE had a very successful night, with two Royal Rumbles that were well recieved, not to mention the debut of one Ronda Rousey.

This was the first year of the women's Royal Rumble and in another bold step they actually had it headline the show. The match itself was won by Asuka but the real interest for fair-weather fans would have been the many returns of former WWE wrestlers of years gone by.

The women's division's smaller roster meant that we were guaranteed a few suprises in order to fill a 30-woman rumble but there turned out to be nine big returns in total. We were gifted a decade's worth of big names, from Trish Stratus and Lita to the more recently contracted - and arguably the greatest heel of the last 10 years - Vickie Guerrero.

Michelle McCool returned and actually had the most eliminations (4) in the Rumble but the pop of the night was undoubtedly entrant no.30, Trish Stratus. Here's everyone who made an appearance.

Entrant no.5 Lita

Nailed a twist of fate and got two eliminations before Dublin's Becky Lynch threw her out.

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Entrant no.9 Torrie Wilson

Came in ninth but didn't last long. Eliminated by Sonya Deville.

Entrant no.12 Molly Holly

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Her superhero counterpart, The Hurricane, also meant a surprise return in the men's Rumble and frankly it was a disgrace that they weren't reunited on tv.

Entrant no.14 Michelle McCool

Hugely impressive Rumble. Four eliminations before she was knocked out by Natalya, the woman she beat for the first every Diva's Championship.


Entrant no.16 Vickie Guerrero

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Came, screamed the house down, got thrown out and then hit Carmella with her own Money In The Bank briefcase. A vitntage appearance.

Entrant no.19 Kelly Kelly

Was one the former wrestlers to feature on RAW 25 last Monday but her return to the ring was short lived, as she fell victim to Nia Jax.

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Entrant no.21 Jacqueline

The Hall of Famer had an even shorter stay than Kelly Kelly, thanks to the aforementioned Nia Jax.

Entrant no.24 Beth Phoenix

The Glamazon became the first person to ever appear in both the men's and women's Royal Rumble. A feat that will probably never be matched.

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Entrant no.30 Trish Stratus

The main event. Trish came in last and tore the house down before getting thrown over the top rope by Sasha Banks.

The Bellas got a dose of Stratusfaction.

Honourable mention:

Mickie James

Another star of the mid-2000s but the six-time women's champion doesn't really count given she rejoined WWE last year and has been on tv nearly every week.

Meanwhile in the men's Royal Rumble, Celtic legend, Shinsuke Nakamura picked up the win in a highly entertaining match. It didn't feature nearly as many surprises but Rey Mysterio had a great return and played his part in an iconic image of future v past in final six, as he, Randy Orton and John Cena stared down Nakamura, Finn Balor and Roman Reigns.






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