Top 10 Best Royal Rumble Matches
It's January and that means...It's time for the Royal Rumble. The question is of the 36 Royal Rumbles that have taken place at the Royal Rumble PPV which are the best? I have gone back and watched every Rumble, grading them on memorable moments and how good or bad I felt those moments make the overall match. With that in mind, I'm P-Nut from RealRasslin and this is my Top 10 best Royal Rumble matches.
1994 - One thing I hate is to sit through is a match as long as the Royal Rumble only for no clear winner at the end. Thats exactly what happened in 1994. Unlike in 2005 the match wasn't restarted and two winners were announced. It's a no from me.
1993 - This is the worst Rumble match in history. The only memorable moment is Giant Gonzales showing up to eliminate the Undertaker and set up for their awful match at WrestleMania IX. Give this one a miss if you decide to watch previous Rumbles.
1. The Greatest Royal Rumble - It wasn't at the Royal Rumble PPV but it's worth mentioning just for Titus World Slide. What a hilarious moment that was.
2. Royal Rumble 1988 - The very first Royal Rumble had only 20 men. It's what started it all and the look of confusion on a child's face in the audience as Howard Finkel elaborates on the rules made me chuckle a bit.
3. Royal Rumble 1989 - A truly great Rumble with many classic moments. Andre is eliminated by his lesser spike of snake phobia. Hogan eliminating Macho Man part way through also adds to the drama.
4. Royal Rumble 2003 - The best opening to any Rumble match. Shawn Michaels get duped as Christian comes out to Jericho's music and Jericho attacks Shawn from behind to start the Rumble.
5. The entire Royal Rumble 2000 PPV - The Royal Rumble itself didn't make the top 10 but if you want to watch the best Royal Rumble PPV, this is the one for you. A Tables match, a classic Street Fight between Foley and Triple H and more. A must watch for anyone.
6. Royal Rumble 1992 - A very well remembered Rumble as Ric Flair entered at number 3 and won the Rumble and the WWF Championship. Unfortunatly nothing else really happens. This match saw Ric Flair hold the record for most time in a Rumble and if that record still stood I would have put it in the top 10, rather than 11th.
10. Royal Rumble 1995
The Royal Rumble 95 is the fastest Rumble with participants entering every minute; instead of every minute and a half or two minutes. This Rumble is also known for Shawn Michaels entering at number 1 to win the whole thing by eliminating number 2 entrant British Bulldog. It's a fast paced exciting Rumble that is only hurt by featuring mostly midcard talent.
9. Royal Rumble 2005
This Royal Rumble is famous for all the wrong reasons, what is often forgotten are two major parts of this Rumble. The first key moment was Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle attacking each other and brawling after they have been responsible for eliminating each other. Kurt Angle viciously attacks Shawn putting him in the Ankle Lock.
The second forgotten moment is that Ric Flair tries to eliminate Batista but fails and is eliminated very shortly afterwards.
What is never forgotten though is a seemingly botched ending as Cena and Batista eliminate each other at the same time to end the match. Vince is infuriated and comes out from his usual gorilla position and storms into the ring, blowing both quads at the same time in true Kevin Nash fashion. The hurt chairman then screams for the match to restart after Cena and Batista buy some time by eliminating each other. Batista gets the win and its onto WrestleMania for The Animal.
Truly an extremely memorable Rumble albeit for probably all the wrong reasons.
8. Royal Rumble 2004
The 2004 Rumble started 2004 as it meant to go on with Chris Benoit entering at number 1 and Randy Orton entering at number 2. This Rumble is remembered as the Rumble Benoit entered at number 1 and went onto win by eliminating the Big Show. While we can never condone the tragedy surrounding Benoit, this Rumble also has a couple of other classic moments.
Mick Foley beats down a participant for Stone Cold to demand he take his spot. Foley storms to the ring and immediately eliminates himself and Orton. They fight afterwards setting the stage for the incredible match they would go on to have at Backlash.
Kurt angle and a few other wrestlers all trying to eliminate The Big Show is another key moment in this Rumble too, with Kurt 'directing traffic'.
Last and certainly not least was how Kane got eliminated. The clock timer counts down for a participant to enter but instead we hear the famous Gong associated with Undertaker. The man Kane buried alive at Survivor Series. The distraction is enough for Kane to be eliminated and the scene seems set for their match at WrestleMania.
7. Royal Rumble 2006
The 2006 Rumble had Triple H enter at number 1 and Rey Mysterio as number 2. Rey Mysterio came out in a tribute to the late great Eddie Guerrero driving a low rider with Eddie's traditional hydraulics. He went on to win the whole thing in a tribute to his long time friend, whilst also setting the current record for longest time in a Royal Rumble match.
Another classic moment occurred after Shelton Benjamin was eliminated. Vince McMahon storms to the ring and with the help of Shane ò Mac eliminates Shawn Michaels to set up for their WrestleMania match.
6. Royal Rumble 1998
The big story in this Rumble was centered around last years winner Stone Cold Steve Austin. He had a target on his back and everybody seemingly wanted to be the guy to eliminate him. At various times during the PPV we are shown all manner of wrestlers trying to attack him backstage.
The Rumble begins with Cactus Jack and longtime friend Terry Funk in his Chainsaw Charlie persona. They start the match with chainsaws and chair shots to the head as this was long before they were outlawed. Mick Foley would enter as all 3 of his personas with Dude Love making the final four.
The glass shatters and the match is brought to a temporary stand still as Stone Cold enters at number 24 after a no show at number 22 seems to confirm Jerry Lawler's theory that Ken Shamrock got to Stone Cold in the back during the match. Stone Cold jumps in from behind the waiting participants immediately eliminating Marc Mero and finally goes on to win the whole thing.
5. Royal Rumble 1999
This Royal Rumble is probably going to split the room. On one side people will think it should be higher and on the other people will be shocked it made the top 10. Hopefully my analysis will satisfy both groups.
The first thing about this Rumble is the fact Stone Cold is number 1 with a $100,000 bounty on his head. This adds to the match because everyone is out for the bounty and we see that throughout the PPV.
The second thing is Vince McMahon is entering number 2 so we will start the match with Austin and Vince fighting it out.
This plays out throughout the Rumble. Vince lures Austin to a woman's toilet and Austin gets beaten down by the waiting Corporation members, leaving in an ambulance. Vince joins the commentary team until Austin returns driving the Ambulance and after eliminating everyone but Vince we end as we began. The Rock provides the distraction for Vince to hilariously win the whole thing.
While that dominates the Rumble we also have Chyna entering at number 30. The first female to ever enter a Royal Rumble. Kane being chased off by men in white coats armed with a straight jacket. And finally, The Ministry of Darkness kidnapping Mabel as a sacrifice, a moment that will turn Mabel into Viscera going forward.
This Rumble is attitude era chaos at its finest and not only features some of the top talent but also one of the greatest rivalries in wrestling history.
4. Royal Rumble 2007
A critical analysis of this Rumble would argue that the only memorable moment in this Rumble is the ending. I would agree but it's the best ending to any Royal Rumble in history and it's really, really good.
Undertaker and Shawn Michaels are the final two and go on to have a classic mini match that would be enough to ensure they headline WrestleMania 25 and 26 together. They fight for a good 10 minutes to end the match and the back and forth is incredible. Undertaker finally goes on to win his first Royal Rumble and is the first ever participant to win from the number 30 spot.
3. Royal Rumble 1997
We begin the top 3 with 1997's Rumble in which Stone Cold comes out fairly early on to re-enact what fans playing wrestling games throughout the ages have always tried to do, be the only man in the ring for as much as possible.
A rare acknowledgement of other wrestling companies by Vince McMahon as WWF stars are also joined by wrestlers from Mexico's wrestling company AAA in this Rumble.
The finish sees Stone Cold's good fortune change when a worn out Austin is joined by Bret Hart who goes on to eliminate him at the end. Unfortunately for Bret the referee's are distracted by Terry Funk and Mankind brawling due to their long rivalry. Austin slides back in throwing Bret out infront of the officals who declare Austin as the winner.
It's easy to feel sorry for the Hitman for being robbed out of winning the match but Austin had been in the drivers seat for most of the match and put in a performance worthy of winning the whole thing.
2. Royal Rumble 2002
The 2002 Royal Rumble is definitely best remembered for Triple H's big return and subsequent winning of this classic match. That's not the only epic and classic moment though.
The 2002 Rumble saw returns for Goldust, Mr Perfect, Val Venis and Godfather. All of which enter using their classic entrances featuring raining gold, escorts and towels.
Maven eliminates Undertaker with a dropkick while he is distracted by the Hardy Boyz but quickly regrets it as they both fight into the back with Maven being driven head first into a popcorn stand as Undertaker walks away with a mouth full of popcorn.
Stone Cold enters the ring and eliminates the current participants not once but twice before teaming up with Triple H later. Both laugh as The Hurricane goes for a double chokeslam on them both before being thrown out in another classic moment.
Finally the ending is typical of a lot of Royal Rumble's. Kurt Angle thinks he's won but Triple H rolls back in to eliminate him.
A great Royal Rumble throughout and definitely worth a watch in the build up to this Sunday.
1. Royal Rumble 2001
Well wouldn't you know who won the pony as Jim Cornette says. I don't think it will surprise anyone to learn 2001 is the best of all time. What an absolute classic. Lets look at some of the top moments.
Drew Carey enters this Rumble early on and ends up on his own, that is until Kane comes out. Drew Carey tries to bribe Kane before eliminating himself as he runs off.
Honky Tonk man comes out and sings his theme music until perplexion turns to anger for the big red machine who throws him out.
Multiple participants from the Hardcore title division enter in quick sucession and grab weapons making it a Hardcore Royal Rumble temporarily in the middle.
The Rock eliminates the Big Show but ends up being put through the announce table for his trouble. Laying him out for a long time before he gets back in the ring.
Undertaker and Kane work together to clear the ring, as they stand there together, while the next participant, poor Scotty 2 Hotty, enters looking terrified.
Speaking of Kane, he eliminates a record setting 11 men, this record wouldn't be beaten for over 15 years.
And finally Stone Cold, the eventual winner enters, but after costing Triple H his title opportunity against then champion Kurt Angle earlier, he is attacked by Triple H and beaten down. Stone Cold is down for ages before finally emerging wearing the proverbial crimson mask and finally eliminating Kane for the win.
With so many classic and memorable moments I declare 2001 the Greatest Royal Rumble of all time.
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Join me next time as we look back on the Top 10 Elimination Chambers.