For a long time WWE had the hope of being able to make the event by having the opportunity to organize its very first women’s game in Saudi Arabia. Given the uncertainty of the Saudi government on this issue, Alexa Bliss and Natalya had been brought there but could not finally be used.
Except they are not alone. Another Superstar was allowed to move 17 hours without being used. The current 24/7 Champion R-Truth was also in Saudi Arabia but did not appear in the Royal Rumble of 50 wrestlers.
On the occasion of his show, Dave Meltzer explained why. Due to the stipulation of the title of R-Truth, the WWE did not want the attention to be on the latter with the Superstars seeking more to pin it on him than eliminate their opponents. So R-Truth just watched the show behind the scenes.