Update On WWE NXT Stars Who Appeared In The Royal Rumble

2 months ago by Connel Rumsey

Update On WWE NXT Stars Who Appeared In The Royal Rumble WWE

The 2023 Royal Rumble matches are in the book, and with it, three NXT stars making an appearance in the women’s Royal Rumble.

NXT Women’s Champion Roxanne Perez, Zoey Stark and Indi Hartwell were the names who appeared in the match, and we now know more about how that came to be.

Shawn Michaels told Fightful Select (subscription required) that higher ups from the WWE main roster had reached out to NXT to let them know who they wanted for the match, with him providing feedback.

The WWE higher ups let NXT know that they only needed female talent for the match, and were good on the men’s side of things.

Another NXT name, Ivy Nile, was in San Antonio for the show, being on hand as an alternate if she needed to be a last minute replacement in the match.

In last year’s Rumble matches, WWE higher ups stated that NXT talent would absolutely not be used in the match, not wanting to mix the WWE and NXT 2.0 rosters at the time, with no NXT men appearing in a Royal Rumble since Damian Priest in the 2021 match, and appearance which served as his main roster call up.

When asked, Fightful was told that none of the women who appeared in this year’s Rumble match had their appearance serve as a ‘call up’.

Roxanne Perez is set to defend her NXT Women’s Championship against both Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne at NXT Vengeance Day this weekend.

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