- The backstage rumor is that Samoa Joe is expected to debut either at the Royal Rumble as a surprise entrant or shortly thereafter.
- There is also an idea that when Joe does debut with WWE, he will be heavily pushed and be involved in one of the top matches at WrestleMania. If that is to happen, there is a good chance that he will indeed not only be at the Rumble, but probably have a great showing as well.
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Subscription information available at f4wonline.com.