Since my CPU is acting up, I couldn’t tape a Royal Rumble special.
However, below are in my opinion in no random order 5 of the greatest Royal Rumbles of all-time.
Greatest Royal Rumbles
2003 Royal Rumble
I loved this Royal Rumble.
Lesnar was screwed over by Paul Heyman at Survivor Series 2002 (I was there). Lesnar had to win a match to get into the Royal Rumble match. Lesnar later on regained the championship by defeating Kurt Angle at WrestleMania 19. Below are some other highlights.
Lesnar won rumble
Spike Dudley def Stevie Richards
Brock Lesnar def Big Show to get into rumble
Dudley Boyz def Storm & Regal (Tag Titles)
Torrie Wilson def Dawn Marie
Steiner def Triple H (Hvy by DQ)
Kurt Angle def Benoit (WWE Champ)
1997 Royal Rumble
Interesting time in the crooked W era.
This one took place from the Alamodome. It gave Royal Rumble a big time feel. One of my all time favorite feuds continued as Ahmed Johnson squared off vs Faarooq. Also Crooked W had a deal with AAA and had some of the talents from Mexico participate in the Royal Rumble pay per view. This was the first of 3 Royal Rumble wins by Steve Austin (97, 98, 01).
Also, Shawn Michaels lost the WWF Championship to Sid at Survivor Series 1996. Two months later in front of his hometown crowd, Michaels regained the WWF Championship. Below are some other highlights.
Triple H def Goldust (IC title)
Ahmed Johnson def Faarooq (by DQ)
Austin wins rumble
Michaels def Sid (WWF Title)
1992 Royal Rumble
Undertaker had defeated Hulk Hogan at Survivor Series 1991 with the help of Ric Flair. Hogan won it back at the Tuesday in Texas PPV special. Jack Tunney decided to strip Hogan and have the Royal Rumble match for the WWF Championship. Ric Flair drew #3 and won the whole thing. In addition, the Royal Rumble match spun off a feud between Hulk Hogan & Sid. Earlier that night we saw Roddy Piper defeat The Mountie for the Interfontinental Championship. Below are some other highlights.
Ric Flair wins WWF title in Rumble
Owen & Jim def Orient Express
Piper def Mountie (IC Title)
Natural Disasters def LOD (tag title by Countout)
2006 Royal Rumble
Eddie Guerrero had just passed away in the Fall of 2005. 62:12 was the amount of time that Misterio was in the Royal Rumble and went on to defeat Kurt Angle and Randy Orton at WrestleMania 22. Also a few weeks before at New Years Revolution, Edge cashed in the first Money in the Bank briefcase vs John Cena.
John Cena regained the championship back at Royal Rumble 2006 a few weeks later. Below are wine other highlights.
Cena def Edge (WWE title)
Kurt Angle def Mark Henry (Hvy)
Misterio wins rumble
Boogeyman def JBL lol
2007 Royal Rumble
Raw, Smackdown and ECW. Brand Split in full effect. Great Royal Rumble won by the Undertaker. What a last few minutes with Mr. WrestleMania, Shawn Michaels. This was a preview of one of the greatest matches in WWE history at WrestleMania 25 two years later in 2009.
Umaga also had a great championship math vs John Cena. Umaga went on to wrestle one of the main events at WrestleMania 23. He represented Vince McMahon in the “Battle of Billionaires”. Bobby Lashley represented Donald Trump. Stone Cold guest referee. Great entertainment at WrestleMania 23. Below are some other highlights.
Undertaker wins rumble (Shawn last guy)
Harry’s def MNM
Lashley def Test (ecw title)
Batista def Kennedy (Hvy title)
Cena def Umaga (wwe title) LMS
There you have it. These are my top 5 greatest Royal Rumbles of all time. Can tomorrow be one of the greatest ? Time will tell.