WWE hire legendary BBC news presenter Jennie Bond as Royal Rumble correspondent for this year's wrestling pay-per-view

WWE fans were shocked this afternoon when BBC news legend Jennie Bond was named as special Royal Rumble correspondent.

The annual extravaganza takes place this Sunday as the Road to WrestleMania gets underway.

Both 30 men and women will compete in their respective over-the-top-rope matches with each winner securing a title shot at the Showcase of the Immortals.

A number of big-name stars have already confirmed their entry into the match – which includes several surprise entrants every year.

But one surprise name linked with the Rumble has already been announced – the 70-year-old former royal correspondent for the Beeb.

The news was broken in a hilarious video posted by WWE's UK Twitter account which starred Bond.

Sitting between two ornate candlesticks, she appeared to be reading the ‘news’ from papers on a polished mahogany desk.

She then says: “Hello I am Jennie Bond, Royal Rumble Correspondent, ready to bring you the news and views ahead of the Royal Rumble this Sunday live on the WWE network.

“Over the coming days, I’ll be spilling all the royal-tea as we anticipate tussles, scuffles, and plenty of handbags at dawn.

“No confirmation as of now from the higher-ups on any surprise appearances, although history has told us that we should very much expect the unexpected.


“What we do know is that each Royal Rumble match will see 30 competitors enter the ring and only one will stand triumphant.”

Bond then drops a cheeky joke at the expense of the Royal Family.

She added: “However, all eyes will surely be on the astonishing princely conflict between William and Andrew.

“Who could have predicted such a growing sense of animosity between the pair?

“Yes, William Goldberg and Andrew McIntyre (AKA Drew McIntyre) will slog it out for the title. The outcome here really could have astronomical repercussions.”

The clip quickly went viral and had been viewed over 16,000 times as fans reacted on social media.

One tweeted: “Is this the most random British celebrity to feature in WWE?!”

Another commented: “I can't decide if this is the best thing you've done or if this is a sign that you've got too much money. What. Is. Happening?”

As a fellow fan said: “Well this is the most bizarre collaboration I’ve ever seen.”

While another refused to believe, declaring: "This is a simulation."

Watch WWE Royal Rumble on Sunday, January 31 on the WWE Network or BT Sport Box Office.

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