The effects of the global pandemic have also hit WWE, which has been forced to take a series of drastic measures to stay alive. Over the past two years, the Stamford-based federation has released a large number of talent and behind-the-scenes insiders to deal with the crisis.
Even illustrious names such as Braun Strowman, Mickie James, Aleister Black, Andrade, John Morrison and Bray Wyatt have had to leave the company. Some of them have moved on to All Elite Wrestling, whose rise has come to a halt in the last few months.
Tony Khan's company has succeeded in hiring two true monsters of this business: CM Punk and Bryan Danielson. As if that weren't enough, AEW has taken over WWE in the 18 to 49-year-old demographic. The Royal Rumble 2022 will be staged on January 29, a highly anticipated PPV to be held at 'The Dome at America's Center' in Saint Louis.
Legends such as Mickie James, Lita and Michelle McCool will take part in the event.
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During the latest edition of 'Writing with Russo' on Sportskeeda, former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo speculated about Victoria's participation in the Royal Rumble.
“I have a feeling that Victoria might be the WWE surprise hit. I would love to see her at the Royal Rumble, she would upset the cards on the table ”- he declared. Russo also commented on the return to WWE of Mickie James, currently under contract with IMPACT Wrestling.
“Knowing Vince McMahon well, I have strong doubts that his intention is to sign deals with other companies. I think the reason for Mickie's return has particular roots. I believe she has something to do with the treatment they gave her when she was released.
Do you remember the story of the infamous garbage bag that her stuff was put in? It was really bad behavior and WWE wants to forgive her. It is the only explanation that comes to mind." The former Women's Champion's elimination happened so quickly that the production crew actually missed her exit and the commentary team were then forced to rely on the replay.
According to a report by PWInsider, Bayley's elimination from the match came too soon and the company had plans for her to be part of the match for a little longer. Her feud with Bianca Belair was set to be a noteworthy part of the match, and Bayley should have remained in the match until Mickie James made her entrance at number 19.