**Warning, spoilers ahead, don’t read if you want to be surprised**
We are only a day away from the 2011 Royal Rumble, and in what I would say is a major surprise it is being confirmed that both Kevin Nash and Booker T will be returning to WWE in the Royal Rumble match. This is VERY uncharacteristic of WWE since usually, they believe it has to be ALL young guys ALL the time, but I’m all for mixing things up and getting some veterans back in the mix.
Of course, people will complain that Nash can’t work, etc., etc……but he’s one of the best mic guys to this day and can help get stories over without a doubt, and is also in the best shape of his career. We’ve also heard an unconfirmed rumor that Nash has dyed his hair black, leading to rumors of him reviving his “Diesel” character which he worked as during his initial WWE run in the 90s. I personally don’t think a Diesel is happening, but rather that Nash is trying to bring back a younger look to fit in with the younger WWE if he did indeed dye his hair.
Rumors on Booker T’s return have been on and off for about a year now, but it looks like it’s finally happening this time. Booker canceled some appearances he had going on this weekend which started the rumors, and now we know the reason why as he is also set to return in the Rumble. Booker has been away from WWE for a few years now, so he’s coming in fresh, but it will be interesting to see how WWE uses him.
Of course, I believed that both of these guys were a lock to be returning to TNA since TNA is already in the process of bringing back the Main Event Mafia and both Nash and Booker T were founding members of that group. Now TNA will have to put together whoever they can without two of the big players if they still plan on making the group work.
So with this big news going down, the hype is officially on the Rumble. It will be interesting to see WWE debut the first-ever 40 man Royal Rumble, and it looks like we know 36 of the 40 counting Kevin Nash and Booker T. Be sure to check out Cap Allen’s post for a great full preview of the 2011 Royal Rumble.