Two former WWE champions refused to participate in the Royal Rumble

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Two former WWE champions refused to participate in the Royal Rumble

In recent weeks, WWE has stunned its fans by branching out a part of the list of names that will take part in the women's Royal Rumble match of the eponymous ppv which will be staged next January 29th. On this list, sensational names have appeared that have not been approached on a WWE show in years, from Lita to Michelle McCool, to Mickie James (recently released by WWE, albeit badly) and the Bella Twins.

Strangely, this year, WWE wanted to create hype in the most unusual way, that is by revealing many of the surprises of the Rumble, several weeks before, without the famous surprise effect that has always been in the real 30-man brawl or women.

Among the many, however, there were also two names of former WWE tag team champions who would have been contacted, but who would have categorically refused to return to the WWE rings, at least for the moment. We are talking about IInspiration, IMPACT Wrestling tag team, which in WWE was called IIconics.

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Louis, Missouri. After being released by WWE just a few months ago, the IIconics managed to immediately achieve success by winning the IMPACT Wrestling tag team titles, with the holders of that title who in fact did not accept the WWE call, to also re-enter only one night only in the match to 30 women of the homonymous ppv.

In the last few hours, the well-known podcast of the Fightful Select has in fact reported on: "The IInspiration, formerly known as the WWE Tag Team Champions The IIconics were invited to take part in the WWE Royal Rumble match, but Fightful sources indicated that the athletes turned down the offer."

At the moment the reasons for this refusal are not known precisely, but considering that only a few months ago the WWE fired both, it is believed that the relationship between the athletes and the management of the company is no longer the best, as happened with several colleagues.

fired overnight by the Stamford-based federation. As reported by Dave Meltzer on the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the favorites to win this year's men's Royal Rumble match are Big E, current WWE Champion Brock Lesnar, and Drew McIntyre.

Out of these three, only Big E has officially announced his entry into the match as of now. Lesnar is scheduled to defend the WWE title against Bobby Lashley at the show, however, there's nothing stopping him from pulling off double-duty and entering the Rumble as well.