Summer Rae is back in the WWE as during Friday’s episode of SmackDown, the company announced several competitors for this year’s Women’s Royal Rumble Match.
In addition to Rae, Charlotte Flair, Mickie James, Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Michelle McCool, Kelly Kelly, Lita, Rhea Ripley, Nikki A.S.H, Shotzi, Natalya, Dana Brooke, Carmella, Zelina Vega, Tamina, Aliyah, Naomi, and Shayna Baszler were also confirmed.
Rae took to her Instagram story to react to the news and during it, she mentioned how originally WWE wasn’t going to announce the returning stars and legends in advance. However, that changed a few hours before the show.
“Okay, so obviously I can’t sleep. I’ve been on Twitter and I am so overwhelmed by the amazing response on Twitter by you guys. Oh my gosh, like, we weren’t even supposed to announce that I was going to be in the Rumble, it was going to be a surprise and then, I found out a couple of hours ago. So I was really nervous to look on Twitter, because people are mean, like, people just be mean on Twitter and the response — everyone was so nice. You guys have me in my feels. Everyone’s so hyped. I don’t know, I’ve just been gone so long that I didn’t know what the response would be like, I didn’t know if it’d be positive or negative and it’s just so good. Thank you so much. All my friends are being so supportive and just the fans like, WrestleTwitter’s just insane, and I’m just so excited, and now I’m happy that I don’t have to keep this a surprise until the end of the month.”
Rae, real name Danielle Moinet, worked for WWE from 2011 to 2017 where she was served as a wrestler and manager including a pairing with Fandango.
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