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DREAM, OMEGA, SWOGGLE, CROSS AND MORE BACKSTAGE NOTES FROM THE ROYAL RUMBLE PPV

By Mike Johnson on 2019-01-28 09:44:00

The Velveteen Dream was sporting a neck brace last night.  He had wrestled earlier in the day at the Royal Rumble AXXESS event.

In regard to the surge of emails asking where Kenny Omega was last night, even if he is signing with WWE, he's contractually bound to New Japan Pro Wrestling until 2/1 or 2/4 (we have heard both) and couldn't have appeared for WWE.  

Most of the WWE NXT crew flew back to Florida following the Royal Rumble PPV, so they will not be at Raw or Smackdown.  NXT has a TV taping on Wednesday.

John Cena was not in Phoenix.

A lot of people were pleasantly surprised backstage by the huge pop Nikki Cross got coming out for the Women's Royal Rumble.

We are told Hornswoggle's appearance last night was just for the Rumble PPV.  He is not back with the company full-time.

While he was not backstage when we confirmed Maria Kanellis was at the Royal Rumble, Mike Kanellis was indeed at the event as he tweeted out a photo of himself and his daughter watching Maria from one of the private suites at Chase Field.

Sin Cara, Big Show and Tye Dillinger were all backstage.

Neither Sonjay Dutt nor Abyss were backstage at the Rumble PPV.

The Lana injury was completely storyline.

The mask and claw that Zelina Vega wore coming out for her Rumble entrance last night were from the Street Fighter character Vega.

Candice LaRae's outfit last night in the Women's Rumble was created in tribute to the injured Tegan Nox.

Aleister Black will be at tonight's Fighting with My Family premiere, at the Sundance Film Festival so don't expect him on Raw as a call-up.

The Royal Rumble Burger at Chase Field quickly sold out last night, as did souvenir Rumble cups.

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