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Not so fast. The Royal Rumble is in less than two weeks and that means we are going to be able to see some of the most important matches of the year in WWE. The show’s namesake matches are going to help set up this year’s WrestleMania 38 and the women’s field has some interesting entrants. One of them, in addition to a recent rumor, had some people speculating about something bigger, but it does not seem likely.

Earlier this week, a rumor broke that WWE was considering bringing in a male wrestler from another promotion, known as opening the Forbidden Door, for the Royal Rumble. Later in the week on SmackDown, WWE presented a look at Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins, which included some shots of Dean Ambrose, who now wrestled in AEW under the name Jon Moxley. However, according to Dave Meltzer, this will not be the case and WWE will not be working with AEW on the show. It should be noted that WrestleVotes never mentioned AEW or Moxley.

Opinion: I don’t think this is the biggest surprise, as WWE has little to gain from using AEW wrestlers. Yes it gives them a nice moment, but is that enough to overcome giving AEW free advertising? That is what a company like Impact Wrestling is for, as they can offer a wrestler to WWE without doing any major damage. I wouldn’t be stunned at an outside in the men’s Royal Rumble, but Moxley wasn’t going to happen.

What do you think of the fields so far? Who do you want to see from outside WWE involved? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books

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