Royal Rumble 2013: Biggest Surprises from Epic WWE Event

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2013

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Wrestling fans at the US Airways Center certainly got their money's worth at the 2013 Royal Rumble on Sunday.

The epic 30-man Rumble kicked off a memorable night in the WWE, as fans saw a slew of entertaining action full of twists and turns.

On a night that saw a new champion crowned, let's take a look at the biggest surprises from the 2013 Royal Rumble on Sunday night.


Chris Jericho

No one expected to see Chris Jericho in Phoenix on Sunday night, but as the WWE usually does, it surprised us all.

RAW announcer Justin Roberts couldn't contain his excitement when he saw Jericho appear:

Y2J entered in dramatic fashion and held his own in the Rumble, lasting more than 40 minutes in the ring before being ousted by Dolph Ziggler.

While I don't think you can expect a long-running stint with the WWE this time around—given the success of his band Fozzy—it was awesome to see Jericho back in the ring.



Wait, what?

Yes, that's right. Goldust resurfaced as the eighth participant in the Royal Rumble on Sunday night, much to the surprise of everyone (h/t Breaking Kayfabe):

This was arguably the biggest surprise of the night, as PWTorch reported months ago that Goldust and the WWE had gone separate ways.

It was a short-lived appearance for Goldust, who was eliminated by his brother, Cody Rhodes.

Does this mean Goldust is back for good in the WWE? We'll have to wait and see.

Nonetheless, kudos to the WWE for not letting this one leak.


And the Godfather?!

As if Jericho and Goldust weren't enough, the WWE rewarded its fans by unleashing the Godfather into the 2013 Royal Rumble.

The Godfather's appearance was so great that it even helped Bill Simmons through the emotional loss of Rajon Rondo to the Boston Celtics:

Even though the Attitude Era legend lasted only a few seconds in the ring, it was amazing to see the legend back at it.

If you predicted the return of these three iconic wrestlers, you're either a sorcerer or a pathological liar.


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