Hornswoggle’s surprise appearance at the Greatest Royal Rumble was going to be much different than what eventually happened.
The former WWE Cruiserweight Champion entered the first-ever 50-Man Greatest Royal Rumble Match at No. 12 and immediately helped eliminate Dash Wilder by pulling him over the top rope.
His time in the match was short-lived though, as he was eliminated by Dolph Ziggler and Tony Nese.
— WWE (@WWE) April 27, 2018
According to PWInsider, WWE originally planned on having Hornswoggle work a singles match on the Greatest Royal Rumble Kickoff show against fellow midget wrestler Robbie Araujo.
At Extreme Rules 2014, Hornswoggle lost to El Torito in a WeeLC Match and WWE had midget wrestlers impersonate Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and JBL at ringside. Araujo impersonated JBL under the name “JBElf” (as seen below).
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) December 2, 2016
Just before showtime, WWE canceled the match and had Hornswoggle compete in the 50-Man Greatest Royal Rumble Match. This left Araujo without a match, so he flew all the way to Saudi Arabia and did not wrestle.
In this post-match interview, Hornswoggle reflected on his return to WWE.
He also posted this message on Twitter.
— Dylan Postl (@wwehornswoggle) April 27, 2018