With the WWE’s announcement that next year’s Royal Rumble will be returning to the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, there are now rumors circulating that Texas native Stone Cold Steve Austin will be joining the fray to help boost ticket sales.
And it could not come at a more opportune time as this is another opportunity for the WWE to create history once more.
The last time the wrestling company set foot at the venue was in 1997, when Austin (dishonestly) won the Royal Rumble by entering the match (again) at number 30 to eliminate Bret Hart (Austin had already been eliminated but referees were not paying attention).
Should Stone Cold Steve Austin make an appearance at next year’s Royal Rumble, though, it is also speculated that he will only have a minor role. The WWE star is still nursing a torn rotator cuff from an injury he sustained at WrestleMania 32.
Nonetheless, early projections see Royal Rumble breaking attendance records for the 65,000 capacity Alamodome, but an Austin involvement could bring numbers beyond the company’s expectations. The last time the WWE was there, the wrestling company had already set a Royal Rumble record, logging in 60,477 spectators for the event.
Stone Cold Steve Austin to be joined by Shawn Michaels and Undertaker?
So just to ensure that records ARE broken on that historic night another rumor is that Austin will also be joined by fellow Texan Shawn Michaels. Michaels, who is a San Antonio resident, was also part of the historic Royal Rumble in 1997, where he won against Sycho Sid to clinch the WWE title.
The Undertaker, who is also another Texan son, was also reported to have some sort of involvement at Royal Rumble. But other rumors are pointing towards the Deadman’s supposed retirement, with sources speculating that his WrestleMania 32 match against Shane McMahon was already his last.
But if the WWE really wants to break records at the Alamodome, the attendance of all three wrestling legends would not just blow the old Royal Rumble record away, it will also blow minds.
Will the WWE be able to pull of such a (Stone Cold Steve Austin) stunner of a lineup? Stay tuned to find out.
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