The Road to Wrestlemania Starts Here, with the 2021 Royal Rumble!
This Sunday, 31st January 2021, is the 32nd Royal Rumble match. Over the years this epic bout has given us some truly memorable moments – some good, some, well, not so good.
This years pay-per-view is shaping up to be more than a little exciting, with Roman Reigns defending his Universal Championship against Kevin Owens in a last man standing match, the Women’s Tag Team Champions Charlotte Flair and Asuka defending their titles against Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax, and Drew McIntyre defending the WWE Championship against… Goldberg.
And then of course, we have the 30-man rumble, and the 30-woman rumble!
We decided in celebrations of this weekend event, we would look at our 10 most memorable Rumble moments.Now, these aren’t all necessarily highlights, but they’re memorable nonetheless! Let us know your favourites in the comments!
Vince Tears His Quad Muscles (2005)
Have you ever done such angry stomps that you tore your quad muscles? No? Well. spare a thought for Vince McMahon, who in 2005 did just that. Batista was booked to win the rumble. He gets down to the last 2, it’s just Batista vs John Cena. He gets Cena in position for the Batista bomb, and then they both go over the ropes and hit the floor. Cue Mr McMahon himself angrily making his way down the ramp, tearing his quads, and having to sit down on the canvas while he tears a strip off his performers! Vince ordered them both to restart, and Batista elimated Cena pretty swiftly.
John Cena Raps His Way Down To The Ring (2003)
Honestly, this has got to be one of the most cringeworthy moments of Cena’s career. Personally I was never a fan of the Thuganomics gimmick, and I just find this entrance hard to watch. It makes this list, because painful as it is, it’s definitely not one you’re going to forget in a hurry.
Titus O’Neil Takes A Tumble (2018)
In 2018 WWE held the Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia, a PPV that included a 50-man Royal Rumble. This was a match that gave us lots of moments, Daniel Bryan was in the match for an hour and 16 minutes, breaking a record previously held by Rey Mysterio, Braun Strowman won by countering a big boot from Big Cass and Titus O’Neil gave us the fall heard around the world. It doesn’t matter how many times you watch this clip, it just gets funniers
Vince McMahon Wins the Royal Rumble (1999)
You read that right! In 1999, when the Stone Cold vs McMahon feud was still burning hot, Steve Austin and Vince McMahon entered the Rumble as entrants #1 and #2. When it came down to the final 2, the Rock came out to give Stone Cold a beating, with McMahon taking advantage and throwing Austin over the top rope.
Shawn Michaels Enters at #1 and Wins (1995)
The Heartbreak Kid drew number 1 in the 1995 Royal Rumble, with the British Bulldog in at 2. The pairing saw it all the way through to the final 2, and British Bulldog finished the job, or so it seemed. Whilst the Bulldog was busy celebrating his victory, HBK popped up and threw him over the top rope. Replays showed that only one of Shawn Michaels’ feet had touched the floor!
Edge’s Comeback (2020)
What. A. Moment. After 9 long years, at the 2020 Royal Rumble, that music rang out and Minute Maid stadium absolutely popped. Cue lots of cries of “No way” and an energised Edge running out to the ring and delivering some massive spears. Then came the short reunion of Rated RKO, before the Viper looked like he was about to turn on his old friend. Edge eliminated Randy a few moments later. It was a shame to see him eliminated by Roman Reigns, I had hoped he would win, but it was still good to see him back in the ring!
Triple H Returns and Wins (2016)
2016 was a fun Royal Rumble, Roman Reigns was injured quite early on, after an attack by the League, although he was never eliminated. The rumble went on without him. Reigns then returned later on in the Rumble – to an awful lot of angry fans. Soon, entrant #30 made his way out to the ring – Triple H, who had been inactive since being attacked by Reigns at TLC. Triple H made it to the final 2 after eliminating Roman Reigns, and then eliminated Dean Ambrose for the win
The Three Faces of Mick Foley (1998)
Cactus Jack was the #1 entrant at the 1998 Royal Rumble. Entrant number #2 was his best friend Chainsaw Charlie, so obviously this was a pretty hardcore start to the rumble. Cactus Jack eliminated himself when he tried to clothesline Chainsaw Charlie over the top rope. Entrant #16 was Mankind, who came out and eliminated Chainsaw Charlie. Just over two minutes later, he was eliminated by Goldberg. In at #28 was Mick Foley’s third persona – Dude love. Dude made it to the final 4, before his former teammate Stone Cold Steve Austin, turned on him, allowing Farooq to eliminate him.
Becky Lynch Wins (2019)
Becky Lynch was a huge fan favourite in 2019. Her turn on Charlotte Flair had not gone the way WWE anticipated it would, and the fans related to her rather than reviled her. She had submitted to Asuka earlier in the evening, and many wondered if this would be the end of her push. Lana entered the Rumble at #28, but unfortunately was injured, and the entrants after her, well they weren’t kind. Lynch persuaded Fit Finlay to allow her to enter in Lana’s place, and she went on to win the Rumble, earning her a spot at Wrestlemania, where she went on to become Becky 2 Belts.
Steve Austin’s Return (1998)
At 1998’s Royal Rumble, the #22 entrant was a blank spot. Many people assumed this was meant for Steve Austin, who had been taken out backstage by Ken Shamrock. However, at #24, the sound of breaking glass rang out through the stadium and Stone Cold made his entrance. He achieved the most eliminations of the Rumble at 7, and went on to win
R-Truth Thinks He’s Going To Be Mr Money In The Bank (2016)
The best thing about this moment is the way all the other wrestlers in the ring just stop and try and figure out what is going on. R-Truth was in at #12 in the 2016 Royal Rumble, and with commendable determination, he got himself a ladder, got it set up in the ring, and ascended to claim the Money In The Bank briefcase. The only problem? There was no briefcase. Kane was having none of Truth’s tomfoolery, and just eliminated him.
Have we missed your favourite moment? Let us know in the comments!
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