- Chris Jericho made a surprise return to WWE as the second entrant in the Royal Rumble match. To keep his return a secret, Jericho was hidden in a bus outside of the arena until it was time for his entrance. No word yet on his future with the company.
- Aside from Chris Jericho, the other surprise entrants in Rumble match were Goldust and The Godfather. Santino Marella also returned after recently suffering a neck injury.
The Godfather drove from Las Vegas to Phoenix over the weekend to avoid being spotted by WWE fans at the local Phoenix airport. Godfather arrived Sunday afternoon and checked into the WWE hotel before heading to the arena.