WWE 'confirms' Jackass star Johnny Knoxville as first Royal Rumble entrant

WWE has seemingly confirmed Jackass star Johnny Knoxville as the first entrant into the 2022 Men’s Royal Rumble.

The 50-year-old star has declared himself for the iconic match – which sees 30 wrestlers battling for the chance to fight for a world championship at WrestleMania – and he thinks he can emerge victorious.

Alongside a video announcing the exciting news, he wrote: ‘Happy New Year’s Day and love to everyone. I have a big announcement that I have been dying to get off of my chest.

‘I spent a lot of times over the holiday thinking about how i wanted to start off my 2022, and I decided I want to do it kicking ass and taking names. And the best way to do that i feel is making a run for the Rumble, that’s right @WWE’s Royal Rumble.’

WWE looks to have confirmed the news too, as the company’s official account replied to his post simply saying: ‘Good luck @johnnyknoxville!! (sic)’

Meanwhile, Knoxville – who referred to current champions Big E and Roman Reigns as ‘Little E’ and ‘Roman Ruins’ in the video – promised to channel the likes of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’ en route to what would be a sensational victory.


‘Training starts today, not that I will need a lot of it because I have seen the WWE’s current roster and it’s laughable to think anyone can throw me over the top rope,’ he added in the caption.

‘LAUGHABLE! I will be channeling my wrestling heroes like @therock, Abdullah the Butcher and the great Gorilla Monsoon. The way I’m looking at it I am giving myself a %100 chance of winning.

‘What chance do you think I have? Sincerely, Johnny Knoxville, World Champ #roadtowrestlemania #royalrumble #wwe #jackassforever (sic)’

While there’s yet to be an official announcement on WWE.com or even as a separate social media post, it looks like that could be on the way later tonight at the Day 1 pay-per-view.

Sharing the star’s post on Twitter, Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp teased the possibility of some big Rumble news, and suggested this could well be it.

He tweeted: ‘I was told WWE was planning on announcing a Rumble entrant tonight, and legit wouldn’t be surprise if Johnny Knoxville was it’.

*WWE Day 1 airs tonight (January 1) at 1am on the WWE Network.

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