Mo’s 5 Favorite Royal Rumble Matches
For as long I can remember, I’ve been a huge wrestling fan and if there’s one pay-per-view I look forward to the most, it’s the Royal Rumble. Seeing that the Rumble is this Sunday, I figured it would be a swell idea to share some of my favorite Royal Rumble matches. I am going to determine this top 5 by entertainment value, notable moment, and what made it special.
5. Royal Rumble 1991
The event took place in Miami and it was the WWE’s fourth Rumble. What made it special? Well prior to the Rumble, the singles main event was the champ The Ultimate Warrior vs. Sgt. Slaughter where Slaughter, with the help of Macho Man Randy Savage, became the new WWF champion. This was huge seeing that Slaughter was the ultimate heel in the WWF at the time as the American traitor during the Gulf War. Which made it a perfect segway to the Rumble.
I’m not a fan of the winner but given the time in America and how the country needed a hero. Hogan was the right man to win this. The victory led to an epic showdown between him in Slaughter at Wrestlemania 7 where Hogan became the new Champion.
- Hogan eliminating 7 men. The last man being Earthquake.
- The Marvelous Rick Martel lasted well over 50 minutes.
- My personal favorite Randy Savage being a no show as the 18th entrant for unexplained reasons at the time. Ultimate warrior interference perhaps?
4. 2001 Royal Rumble
This Rumble had drama written all over it and is one of my favorite ones to watch. Stone Cold Steve Austin became the winner of the match despite being busted open by a steel chair from Triple H. It was tough to determine who wad going to win, seeing that The Rock was among the heavy favorites to win it as well. He had his own problems when an irate Big Show, whom The Rock Eliminated, took his anger on the Great one and put the Rock through the table. However both Rock and Austin overcame those odds and managed to be the final 3 men in the match. Stone Cold came out on top by eliminating Kane.
- Kane lasting well over 50 minutes while at the time eliminating a record 11 men and making it to the final two.
- Drew Carey being the fifth entrant then throwing himself over the top so he didn’t have to face Kane
3.2002 Royal Rumble
This Rumble match was hyped up to the max. After being out of action for almost 10 months with a torn quadricep injury, Triple H made his return to the Royal Rumble. So it was kinda predictable that he was going to win however it still doesn’t take away from the fact that the match was very entertaining. Triple H came in at number 22 and eliminated 4 men including Kurt Angle to win.
- Stone Cold Steve Austin being alone in the ring waiting for the next entry only to see that it was Triple H.
- The Hurricane coming in and attempting to deliver a double choke slam to both Austin and Triple H only to get tossed by both men was quite comical.
- Biggest shocker: The Undertaker, who during the match eliminated 7 men in the 7 minutes he was in, was then eliminated by none other than the Tough Enough winner Maven.
2. 1995 Royal Rumble
What made this my favorite is that there was no surprise entry, no interference no nothing. It was a clean match. Furthermore what made it stand out so much was that the first two entries in the Rumble, also happen to be the last two men in. The first in wwe history. Shawn Michaels and The British Bulldog. Both men lasting a very short 38 minutes but the suspense between those two alone at the end made this one to remember. Where the British Bulldog seem to have won the match only to find out that Michaels was hanging on for dear life with only one foot touching the mat. Pulling himself up and blindsided the Bulldog and winning the match. The victory catapulted HBK to main event status.
- Pretty much the entire match. Never again have No. 1 and 2 been the last two standing.
1. 2004 Royal Rumble
This in my opinion was the best Rumble I’ve ever seen. This had suspense. Surprise and the kitchen sink. Chris Beniot was the victor of the Rumble. He was the number one entry. He eliminated 6 men and lasted a little over an hour and eliminated the Big Show at the end to win it. At that point Benoit was the guy that had the skill but always fell short of victory year after year. 2004 was his year and this Rumble started it all including his title win at Wrestlemania 20.
- The Undertaker Gong going off as the 13th entry was a pop to be remembered for ages.
- The dead man making his return causing Kane to be distracted and eliminated by Booker T.
- Mick Foley coming in as number 21 and attacking the Legend killer Randy Orton
- Bill Goldberg coming in as entry 30 only to be distracted and attacked by Brock Lesnar causing Kurt Angle to eliminate him.
Well there you have it my top 5 Rumble Matches. I hope you enjoyed the list and if you haven’t seen them, watch them. You won’t be disappointed. I’m looking forward to the 2015 Royal Rumble PPV.