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What is considered the best Royal Rumble PPV of all time? The Top 7 Picks for that massive accolade

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The WWE Royal Rumble PPV event, a spectacle of strength, strategy, and showmanship, stands as one of the most eagerly awaited events in the wrestling calendar.

This annual extravaganza, which began in 1988, has seen its fair share of memorable moments, legendary matches, and career-defining performances.

But among these, certain events have etched themselves into the annals of wrestling history as the best Royal Rumble pay-per-views (PPVs) ever.

The Pinnacle of Royal Rumble PPV Events

1992 Royal Rumble

Ric Flair’s performance in this Rumble is legendary. Entering at number three, Flair was the focal point throughout, eventually winning the world championship. The undercard featured Roddy Piper’s memorable win over The Mountie for the Intercontinental Championship.

2001 Royal Rumble

Marked by “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s triumphant return and victory, this event also showcased a stellar Ladder Match between Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit for the Intercontinental Championship.

2005 Royal Rumble

Notable for the botched yet pretty well-salvaged finish between John Cena and Batista, this Rumble also featured entertaining matches like Shawn Michaels vs. Edge.

2007 Royal Rumble

This Rumble is remembered for the gripping finale between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. Earlier on that night, John Cena and Umaga delivered an outstanding Last Man Standing Match.

2008 Royal Rumble

John Cena’s surprise return and subsequent victory were the highlights. The event also saw Edge defending the World Championship against Rey Mysterio.

2020 Royal Rumble

Drew McIntyre’s win in a star-studded Rumble match and Edge’s dramatic return marked this event as one of the recent greats.

2000 Royal Rumble – The Best Royal Rumble PPV Ever

A hallmark of the Attitude Era, this event saw Taz’s debut against Kurt Angle, a thrilling Tables Match between the Dudley Boyz and the Hardy Boyz, and The Rock’s victory in the Rumble match.

Personally, the 2000 Rumble stands out as arguably the greatest card in the event’s history, ironically with the actual Rumble match itself being nowhere near the Top 5 best iterations of the iconic match itself.

The Essence of the Royal Rumble

The Royal Rumble is more than just a wrestling event; it’s a showcase of storytelling, athleticism, and the unexpected. Each Rumble has its unique flavour, reflecting the era and the wrestlers involved.

From the early days of Hulk Hogan’s dominance to the Attitude Era’s edginess and the recent high-octane performances, the Royal Rumble has evolved while maintaining its core appeal – the thrill of the unexpected and the excitement of the spectacle.

FAQ

  • What makes the Royal Rumble special? The Royal Rumble is unique due to its format – a 30-wrestler battle royal with entrants at timed intervals – and its high stakes, often determining the main event challenger at WrestleMania.
  • Who has won the most Royal Rumble matches? “Stone Cold” Steve Austin holds the record with three Royal Rumble victories.
  • What was the most surprising Royal Rumble return? John Cena’s unexpected return in 2008 is widely regarded as one of the most surprising moments in Royal Rumble history.
  • Has anyone won the Royal Rumble from the number one entry position? Yes, Shawn Michaels (1995) and Chris Benoit (2004) have both achieved this feat.
  • What is the significance of the Royal Rumble in WWE? The Royal Rumble is significant as it sets the stage for WrestleMania, WWE’s biggest event of the year, and often features career-defining moments for its participants.
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