WWE authority figure Adam Pearce hit Twitter to address a common fan complaint relating to the Royal Rumble yesterday, explaining why some wrestlers are seemingly allowed to declare themselves for the bout autonomously while others have been denied.
Pearce posted the following:-
A reasonable explanation for the kind of logic gap that WWE doesn't always go out of its way to address. It's not a huge deal, but little touches like that make all the difference when it comes to presenting a believable wrestling show, so credit to Pearce for coming out and providing a kayfabe reason. It'd be nice if this was reaffirmed on SmackDown too, though.
Pearce was originally booked to face Universal Champion Roman Reigns at Royal Rumble 2021 next Sunday. Bullied into the spot, the former NWA World Heavyweight Champion out-manoeuvred Reigns last week, successfully recruiting Kevin Owens as his replacement to face 'The Head of the Table' at the first pay-per-view of the year.
WWE still has considerable work to do ahead of the Rumble, with only 9 participants confirmed for the titular men's and women's bouts on top of the announced WWE and Universal Title matches.