In a video, Dixie Carter revealed to Jeremy Borash that NFL star Pacman Jones is the former world champion returning to Impact Wrestling this week.
"Daniel Bryan wasn't going to win Royal Rumble 2013. He gets tossed out. His fan base would be more upset than him not being in it at all. Just my opinion."
- Kevin Nash defending WWE and their decision
John Cena wins Royal Rumble 2013 by last eliminating Ryback. Other contestants in the match include Antonio Cesaro, Bo Dallas, Brodus Clay, Chris Jericho, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Darren Young, David Otunga, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Godfather, Goldust, Great Khali, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Ryback, Santino Marella, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Tensai, The Miz, Titus ONeil, Wade Barrett and Zack Ryder.
Dixie Carter placed a clue on Twitter about the new arrivals by writing the initials "DR" and "EE", which prompted Jeremy Borash to guess that it was Dusty Rhodes and Eric Embry. The widespread speculation is that it is Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards.