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Lita Discusses Not Being A Surprise Royal Rumble Entrant

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WWE Hall of Famer Lita has opened about WWE’s decision to announce her for the Royal Rumble ahead of time instead of making her a surprise entrant.

On January 29th at the Royal Rumble, Lita will wrestle in a WWE ring for the first time since 2018. During that most recent mini-run she competed in that year’s Royal Rumble before wrestling in tag team matches at WWE Evolution and the following episode of Monday Night Raw.

In a change of direction from past Royal Rumbles where returning Superstars were kept under wraps until the timer hit zero, WWE announced Lita’s return to action on the January 8th edition of SmackDown alongside fellow Hall of Famers The Bella Twins and, perhaps most shockingly, current IMPACT Wrestling Knockouts Champion Mickie James.

Speaking to Booker T on his Hall of Fame Podcast, Lita gave her thoughts on WWE announcing her participation so far ahead of the Rumble.

“That was a really interesting choice, right? Because one of the big things with the Rumble are the surprises. When you see that countdown, you don’t know who is coming out, even if you know who it might be, so there’s still that surprise element. But I was kind of like, ‘really? Okay, we are announcing ahead of time.’”

She went on to say that announcing ahead of time gets ahead of the information leaking beforehand.

“But then, you get ahead of the rumors, because you know it’s going to get out anyway somehow. Then getting to share my training experience and watch how engaged the fans are, cheering me on saying, they’re rooting for me, and they’re excited to see me get back in the ring. It definitely builds my confidence more.”

For a complete list of known participants in the 2022 Royal Rumble, click here.

H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the above transcription.