Major Name Believed to Be Returning to WWE at the Royal Rumble

Sharon GlencrossContributor IJanuary 23, 2013

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Hey, what would the annual Royal Rumble event be without a surprise or two? Part of the 30-man battle royale's long-lasting appeal is seeing just which name will shockingly pop up next.  

Interestingly, in this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Melzter notes that John Morrison is widely believed to be returning to the company this Sunday as a shock entrant to the Rumble:

This isn’t confirmed, nor, obviously, will it be until he’s seen in Phoenix, but the word within wrestling is that Morrison will be in the Rumble as a surprise, and that’s why Morrison is only working the first night of the three Dragon Gate shows in California.

Morrison, who joined the company after winning the third Tough Enough contest, amicably parted ways with WWE in 2011 after his contract expired and he chose not to re-sign. He would later explain in a radio interview with 95X (via WrestlingInc) that he decided he needed some time off from the hectic WWE road schedule.

Morrison also wanted to be able to pursue outside ambitions like acting, an area which he has found some success in. IMDB notes he has a role in upcoming Danny Trejo B-movie Redemption: The Darkness Descending

Morrison also became the envy of many men in early 2012 when he filmed a commercial in which he wrestled Hollywood star Jessica Alba.  

As noted, the 33-year-old has been picking up the odd indie date here and there with Dragon Gate and WWFX.

Assuming he does enter the Rumble, it will be interesting to see if Morrison sticks around after that.

Of course, WWE needs all the star power it can get right now, but does Morrison, who struggled greatly to break through the glass ceiling during his first stint, really want to be back full-time?

Certainly, all the political hassle that comes with it may not be worth it to him.