Today, I’d like to take a look back at the best of what the Royal Rumble has to offer us. I have broken it down 9 Deuce style. I am joined by my after PPV podcast partner, Steve, for this particular venture. Keri and Russ basically flipped me off. So here you go, this is what we consider the best of the Rumble. Both of us have seen every single year, so you know that you are getting legit perspectives.
- Best save from elimination, meaning the coolest way(s) people have saved themselves from being eliminated. I don’t know if this should be the Shawn Michaels award or the Kofi Kingston award.
Steve: John Morrison in 2011, when he got knocked into the guardrail and hung on.
Kent: Morrison is my pick as well, but props to Kofi for walking on his hands in 2012 I think it was.
- Best quick elimination from the match. Old school fans may recall one of the Bushwackers getting eliminated in record time, and then Santino set the standard. We aren’t caring about who was quickest, but rather which one was the best. The Elimination should occur before the next participant comes out.
Steve: I’m going to go with the Bushwackers, something about how he was just completely unfazed about being tossed out right away and kept doing his walk right to the back.
Kent: Jerry Lawler back in 97 when he wa son commentary, enters the ring, goes out in seconds and returns to the announce desk like he never even entered. There are a ton of good ones to choose. Warlord, Titus, Santino, Bushwackers, JBL, etc.
- Favorite elimination from the Rumble. This one is self explanatory.
Steve: Maven eliminating the Undertaker is my favorite, just because it was so unexpected. Also Macho Man getting himself eliminated is a good one.
Kent: Sid eliminating Hogan in 1992 was awesome, Muhammad Hassan’s elimination in 2005 was great, but I will go with Benoit eliminating Big Show in 2004 because it was a neat way at the time and I just wasn’t sure if WWE ever truly had faith in Benoit.
- Best rookie hazing during the match. There are obvious times when the veterans have some fun with the young guys with various chops and other old school moves. Give me your favorite example.
Kent: Well Steve alluded to Maven eliminating Taker, and after that, he got his ass handed to him. Still, Daniel Puder in 2005 was absolutely brutal with Eddie, Benoit, and Hardcore Holly.
- Best Hoss showdown in the rumble. In the Rumble, it’s inevitable for 2 big boys to square off and all of the focus on them. What one was the best or your favorite?
Kent: Giant Gonzales vs Taker in 1993 for all of the wrong reasons. It’s still hilariously bad.
- Best Eliminator, or the Kane award, goes to your favorite wrestler who has his fair share of eliminations. Something about the way that he does it, just pleases you.
Kent: I really enjoyed Punk in 2010 holding his ground for a long time and owning that ring.
- Best Survivor is for those guys that always seem to last long and entertain you doing so. Maybe they have won the whole thing, maybe they have come up short. This isn’t for just one year, it’s a sign of overall appreciation through the years, or maybe you just love what Ric Flair did in in 1992. Woooooooo!
Kent: Jericho is probably my pick with a nod to Rey, Cody, and Backlund in 93.
- Worst Rumble of all time. Yeah, this one is self explanatory. Do you focus on the in ring work, the lack of stars, the terrible eliminations, the bad storyline leading in, the outcome of the match, or maybe everything was just too obvious from the get go. Don’t let your hatred of Bluetista sway your pick. Seriously…..don’t. .
Kent: 1993, look at the participants. They get rid of Flair, Perfect, and Dibiase so early and have nothing left. Absolute trash.
- Best Rumble of all time. Take everything I just said above in #8 and pretend it’s opposite day. You probably still aren’t picking 2014, but you can. Tell us why you chose this one.
Steve: 1992 should be everyone’s best. It was for the title, Flair came in at 3 and won it, Heenan and Monsoon were great the entire night on commentary. The after Rumble interview with Mean Gene telling someone off camera to put the cigarette out.
Kent: I’ll go 2008, despite that being Cena’s year. That Rumble had everything that you want in a rumble. It had great stars, some returns and legends, and Cena coming back was actually incredible at the time, and still is today. 1992 finished second for me.
- Best surprise entrant in the Rumble. Please, don’t get this confused with a returning wrestler, say somebody from injury. No, this should be a big surprise that the average fan wouldn’t have known about. Let’s call this the AJ Styles award to ruin anybody’s thunder if they try to pick him and make their pick seem obvious and stupid. A female entrant would fall under this category if you wanted to be historic.
Steve: Does Diesel in 2011 count? I believe it got Matt Striker fired so he has that going for him.
Kent: Jericho in 2013 and to hold his own for so long was incredible to me. I loved it. Also, AJ Styles has to be mentioned.
- Best returning entrant in the Rumble. This should be a superstar that has been with the company and probably has just been injured. They didn’t defect from ECW or WCW, they were already with the WWF/WWE. Think of it as the HHH while listening to Creed’s “My Sacrifice”.
Steve: John Cena in 2008. Although it’s cool to hate him, and say everything he does is terrible, he came back from shoulder surgery way sooner than anyone should…which makes me think he has mutant healing powers, or took HGH. It also had the crowd cheering him when his music hit, which for John Cena to have 100% of the crowd cheering is amazing.
Kent: Cena for all of the reasons that Steve suggested. I don’t care if he was on something like HGH, he was possibly missing Wrestlemania, and yet he returns for the Rumble. Unreal! Way better than HHH’s return, which was crammed down our gullet like a Women’s Revolution.
Finally, I would like to give you some interesting facts that I dug up on Wikipedia that I feel may interest you in the Rumble. These are numbers and statistics that don’t get much love from commentary on WWE.
Longest Cumulative Time Spent in the Royal Rumble
HHH @ 3:59:37
Chris Jericho @ 3:55:59
HBK @ 3:42:30
Kane @ 3:38:46
Rey Mysterio @ 3:20:01
Cody Rhodes @ 3:08:30
Honestly, I’m surprised by Cody. He’s only been in 7 or 8 of them while Shawn has been in 12, and HHH with 9. Rey has been in at #1, 2, 4, and 8 in the past, and he always did well, except 2014.
Most Royal Rumble Appearances
Kane with 19
HBK with 12
Goldust and Big Show with 11
Taker and Rikishi with 10
Viscera, Mark Henry, Miz, HHH, Jericho, and R Truth with 9
Basically, Kane should have this record for many years to come. If he participates this Sunday, that will be 20 out of 30 Rumbles, or two thirds of all Rumbles. Shawn’s #’s would be higher if he wasn’t out for 4 and a half years, obviously. Taker and Mark Henry should be higher but injuries to big men is a hell of a thing. Big Show has been involved in lots of singles matches or he would be higher. Miz has a shot at Kane’s record in my opinion.
Most Cumulative Eliminations in the Rumble
Kane with 44
HBK with 39
Stone Cold with 36
Taker with 35
HHH with 33
Big Show with 31
Hulk Hogan with 27
Roman with 23
Cena with 22
I absolutely loathe this Roman Reigns bullshit. He should have to prove himself before being handed all of these things. Kane had to be Isaac Yankem and Fake Diesel before given his push. Roman, well he’s Dwayne’s cousin with really moist hair. I’m surprised that HHH doesn’t have more, and Big Show’s numbers are a travesty. Big Show actually has a higher elimination average per Rumble than Kane. Of course Roman is almost averaging 8 a year. Yeah, would you look at that.Austina averaged 6, Hogan with 6.75, but Roman has 7.67 average. Stupid WWE!!!
With that being said, don’t expect any records broke this year, but lots of fun….hopefully. Enjoy!
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