WWE have a habit of allowing both past and present superstars to make dramatic returns to the company when they have either resigned or been cleared after an injury.
The Royal Rumble pay-per-view itself has become the sole event of the year where surprise returns are the one thing that most fans look forward to more than anything and sometimes WWE goes all out to make sure the fans get what they are paying for.
Sometimes these returns are ones that fans remember for years, like John Cena at the 2008 Royal Rumble. A return like that one proves that they have some of the best creative minds in the business working for them.
But not all returns are the same, as there are many returns that fans consider to be terrible, either because they were predictable or because there was no need for that person to be inserted into a storyline.
This of a list of the 15 times WWE got their return dates wrong. The following superstars were better off not returning because what awaited them was not worth their time.
15 Randy Orton
Randy Orton made his return to WWE at the inaugural FastLane event in 2015, when he ran out to the ring to confront Seth Rollins, Kane and Big Show after they attacked Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan and Ryback following their match.
14 Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan is one of the most talented superstars to have ever set foot in a WWE ring, but he's also one of the most injury prone. After he was forced to relinquish the WWE World Heavyweight Championship several weeks after he won it at WrestleMania XXX, WWE gave Bryan some time off to recover from a shoulder injury.
13 Shane McMahon
12 Chris Jericho
Night of Champions in 2015 was one of the most anticipated pay-per-views in a while because it included a match where former Shield members Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns were forced to find a new partner to face The Wyatt Family.
11 Trish Stratus
Trish Stratus is the most successful women’s wrestler of all time and her record for the most Women’s Championship reigns (seven times) is not going to be matched any time soon. She will go down in history as the most successful Women’s wrestler of her time.
10 Kevin Nash
9 Diamond Dallas Page
The owner and inventor of DDP Yoga, and one of the most memorable WCW Superstars of all time, managed to return to WWE at WrestleMania 32 and was hardly even given a mention. At least he got an entrance though, as Tatanka (another returning legend) was only mentioned by the commentary team halfway through the match.
8 Eva Marie
Eva Marie returned to Monday Night Raw the week before WrestleMania 32 as the final addition to team Total Divas against Team B.A.D. & Blonde at WrestleMania, but she was not the superstar that the WWE Universe hoping for.
7 Marty Jannetty
4 The Rock
2 John Cena
WrestleMania 32 was set to be the first WrestleMania since his debut that John Cena would not be a part of. That was until Cena began to drop hints on social media about his presence at WrestleMania.
1 AJ Lee
AJ Lee once held the record as the longest reigning Divas Champion, before she was defeated by Nikki Bella in 2014. Nikki then went on to break that record while AJ Lee had some much needed time off, but when she returned to the WWE, very little had changed.
AJ predictably ran out to save Paige from The Bella Twins, which set up a WrestleMania tag team match between both teams. AJ managed to gain the win for her team thanks to her Black Widow, but just a few days later she had decided to retire from the company and left the WWE Universe in complete shock.
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