Monday, January 29, 2018

Backstage Rumble Notes, D-Von Dudley On Getting The WWE HOF Call, Backstage Names at The Rumble

- Below is video of Cathy Kelley looking at The Dudley Boyz going into the WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania 34 Week in New Orleans. They join Bill Goldberg as the first confirmed names for this year's induction ceremony.

Cathy also talks to D-Von Dudley in the video. D-Von, who now works for WWE as a Producer, reveals that he first got the phone call about the induction when WWE was in Abu Dhabi a few months ago. D-Von says he teared up a little because this means that he and Bubba Ray Dudley's hard work and their sacrifices were recognized. D-Von says fans have always asked about the induction and finally their voices were heard.



- WWE went through several production changes before the Royal Rumble on Sunday, according to PWInsider. The women's Rumble match was always set to close the pay-per-view but the order of other matches was changed throughout the day. WWE booked several former female Superstars for the women's Rumble because they wanted the match to be a celebration of women who helped build the division into what it is now and because so many of them reached out to officials wanting a spot in the match. Some of the female Superstars were booked a few weeks back and some were booked during the RAW 25 special last Monday.

- PWInsider reports that the following Superstars were backstage at last night’s Royal Rumble but were not used on the show:

The Undertaker was backstage watching his wife Michelle McCool compete in the women’s Royal Rumble match. He did not give any indication to anyone PWInsider spoke with about his potential WrestleMania plans

Pat Patterson was there giving his insight

Nikolai Volkoff came in from Baltimore, where he lives. There was never any plans to use him as part of the Rumble show

Paige was there but was not used on TV, even to accompany Absolution’s Mandy Rose and Sonya DeVille to the ring

Some NXT talents were backstage but others left once they found out they would not be used on the show


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