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Wrestleview's Top 25 Moments in Royal Rumble History

Post by jsnnmk » Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:30 pm

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Hello everyone, Wrestleview's Triple Threat recapper Jason Namako here with an interactive idea for all the Wrestleview readers and VIPs.

I had this idea a little while back to do something fun in prepartion for the 25th edition of the Royal Rumble coming up later this month. While Mr. Doug Lackey does all the great findings with his statistics of the storied history of the Royal Rumble match, I decided to go a little against the grain and do something different.

One of the things I love to do is to go back in the annals of wrestling history and read up on old shows/moments, and the idea I came up with is to find out from you, the readers of Wrestleview, what was your favorite moment in the 25 year history of the Royal Rumble. So what better way to do this than to put it to a vote.

Below is 69 moments/matches from the 25 year history of the Royal Rumble that I felt had the most luster and lure behind it. The job of you, the reader, is to vote on your Top 25 moments, based off of a point system that Mr. Gregory "Grash" Walek has used in the past for the Wrestleview Power Rankings, where whatever moment you have as #1 gets 25 points, and whatever you have at #25 gets only 1 point, and so on and so forth.

Then, once you have completed the list, shoot me an e-mail at instantlyclassic@gmail.com with your completed list so I can tally up the points, or post it underneath here on this thread as well. Finally, on the Royal Rumble 2012 post-show, I will reveal what was the Wrestleview Readers Top 25 Royal Rumble Moments.

If you all enjoy this maiden voyage into doing something retro, then I will do this again in the coming months. Have fun with this and tune in to the Royal Rumble post-show to find out what was Wrestleview's Top 25 Moments in the history of the Royal Rumble!

(Note: If there are any moments that are not on here and you want to add them to your Top 25, feel free to do so).
  • 1. The Andre the Giant/Hulk Hogan contract signing- 1988
    2. Dino Bravo "breaks" the weightlifting record- 1988
    3. Hacksaw Jim Duggan wins the 1st Royal Rumble match- 1988
    4. The Rick Rude/Ultimate Warrior pose-down challenge- 1989
    5. Demolition enters the Royal Rumble at #1 & #2- 1989
    6. Hulk Hogan accidentally eliminates Randy Savage- 1989
    7. Greg Valentine vs Ronnie Garvin(Submission Match)-1990
    8. The Hulk Hogan/Ultimate Warrior staredown- 1990
    9. The Rockers vs. The Orient Express- 1991
    10. Sgt. Slaughter vs Ultimate Warrior/Randy Savage costs the Ultimate Warrior the WWE title- 1991
    11. The Royal Rumble performance of Rick Martel- 1991
    12. Roddy Piper wins the Intercontiental Title- 1992
    13. The commentary of Bobby Heenan in the Rumble match- 1992
    14. The Royal Rumble performance/win of Ric Flair- 1992
    15. The entrance of Roddy Piper into the Rumble Match- 1992
    16. The post-match promo of Ric Flair- 1992
    17. Yokozuna wins the Royal Rumble- 1993
    18. The Undertaker vs Yokozuna(Casket Match)/The death of the Undertaker- 1994
    19. Owen Hart turns on his brother Bret- 1994
    20. Diesel cleans house in the Rumble match- 1994
    21. Bret Hart & Lex Luger co-win the Royal Rumble- 1994
    22. Shawn Michaels wins the Royal Rumble after entering at #1- 1995
    23. The return of Jake "The Snake" Roberts- 1996
    24. Shawn Michaels eliminates Vader & Yokozuna at the same time- 1996
    25. Shawn Michaels wins back to back Royal Rumbles- 1996
    26. The Undertaker vs Bret Hart/Diesel costs the Undertaker the WWE Title- 1996
    27. Shawn Michaels vs Sid/Shawn Michaels wins the WWE title in his hometown- 1997
    28. The entrance of Bret Hart into the Rumble match- 1997
    29. Steve Austin wins the Royal Rumble- 1997
    30. Vader Vaderbombs Goldust with Luna on shoulders- 1998
    31. 3 Faces of Foley- 1998
    32. Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker(Casket Match)/Kane sets casket on fire- 1998
    33. Mankind vs The Rock(I Quit Match)- 1999
    34. Mr. McMahon wins the Royal Rumble- 1999
    35. The debut of Tazz- 2000
    36. The Miss Rumble contest- 2000
    37. The Hardys vs The Dudleys(Tables match)/Jeff Hardy does Swanton from top of entranceway)- 2000
    38. Cactus Jack vs Triple H(Street Fight)- 2000
    39. Too Cool dances during the Royal Rumble match- 2000
    40. Taka Michinoku's splat after being eliminated- 2000
    41. The Rock wins the Royal Rumble- 2000
    42. Chris Benoit vs Chris Jericho(Ladder Match)- 2001
    43. Drew Carey enters the Royal Rumble- 2001
    44. The Royal Rumble performance of Kane- 2001
    45. Steve Austin wins his 3rd Royal Rumble- 2001
    46. Chris Jericho vs The Rock- 2002
    47. Maven eliminates The Undertaker- 2002
    48. The Steve Austin/Triple H staredown- 2002
    49. Triple H wins the Royal Rumble- 2002
    50. Scott Steiner vs Triple H- 2003
    51. Chris Benoit vs Kurt Angle- 2003
    52. Chris Benoit wins the Royal Rumble after entering #1- 2004
    53. Eddie Guerrero's backstage antics- 2005
    54. The Christian/John Cena Rap Battle- 2005
    55. Daniel Puder gets schooled in the Royal Rumble match- 2005
    56. Vince McMahon tears his quad- 2005
    57. John Cena's elaborate entrance/regains WWE Title from Edge- 2006
    58. Rey Mysterio wins the Royal Rumble- 2006
    59. The Undertaker's mind games- 2006
    60. Shawn Michaels & The Undertaker closing sequence/Undertaker wins Rumble- 2007
    61. John Cena vs Umaga(Last Man Standing)- 2007
    62. Rey Mysterio is booed- 2008
    63. The Jimmy Snuka/Roddy Piper staredown- 2008
    64. John Cena makes return from injury/wins the Royal Rumble- 2008
    65. Matt Hardy turns on his brother- 2009
    66. Rob Van Dam returns in the Royal Rumble match- 2009
    67. The Booker T/Kevin Nash returns- 2011
    68. Dolph Ziggler vs Edge- 2011
    69. Santino Marella almost wins the Royal Rumble- 2011

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Re: Wrestleview's Top 25 Moments in Royal Rumble History

Post by Slayer23 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:36 pm

I'd put John Cena raping the new Nexus in there personally, it was amazing, the new nexus dominates everyone, taking breaks in between, and then Cena comes out and cleans house. I would also put CM Punk cutting promo's in between eliminating contestants in the 2010 Rumble, that was amazing.
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Re: Wrestleview's Top 25 Moments in Royal Rumble History

Post by jsnnmk » Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:37 pm

great choices, cannot wait to hear your full Top 25.

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Re: Wrestleview's Top 25 Moments in Royal Rumble History

Post by Eboney » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:09 pm

Really, Ziggles vs Edge? People are that far in line to blow a guy with no charisma and negative testosterone levels?
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Re: Wrestleview's Top 25 Moments in Royal Rumble History

Post by SCXiao » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:14 pm

The only one I can think of right now that you haven't listed is Morrison jumping from the ring to the barricade and back to the steel steps, without his feet touching the floor.. That was pretty impressive
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Re: Wrestleview's Top 25 Moments in Royal Rumble History

Post by DJ » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:50 pm

Slayer23 wrote:I'd put John Cena raping the new Nexus in there personally, it was amazing, the new nexus dominates everyone, taking breaks in between, and then Cena comes out and cleans house. I would also put CM Punk cutting promo's in between eliminating contestants in the 2010 Rumble, that was amazing.
Yeah I second the CM Punk nomination for sure. It was extremely well done, right up to Triple H coming out. My favorite moment hands down was when he claimed he could Zack Ryder, only to whack him with the mic. Pure awesomeness.

I tried to think of moments that aren't on the list that I would consider worthy of being in my top 25 but really can't. Good job done on the list. Already can't wait for the Wrestlemania voting.

Wait...hold on....wheres the Giant Gonzales love????? :lol:

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Post by DJ » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:52 pm

DJ wrote:Yeah I second the CM Punk nomination for sure. It was extremely well done, right up to Triple H coming out. My favorite moment hands down was when he claimed he could Zack Ryder, only to whack him with the mic. Pure awesomeness.
Meant to say "when he claimed he could save Zack Ryder." my bad

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Re: Wrestleview's Top 25 Moments in Royal Rumble History

Post by starbucksaholic » Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:30 pm

I put my "favorite" favorites in bold.

1. The Andre the Giant/Hulk Hogan contract signing- 1988
2. Demolition enters the Royal Rumble at #1 & #2- 1989
3. The Hulk Hogan/Ultimate Warrior staredown- 1990
4. The commentary of Bobby Heenan in the Rumble match- 1992
5. The Royal Rumble performance/win of Ric Flair- 1992
6. The post-match promo of Ric Flair- 1992
7. Owen Hart turns on his brother Bret- 1994
8. Shawn Michaels wins back to back Royal Rumbles- 1996
9. The entrance of Bret Hart into the Rumble match- 1997
10. Steve Austin wins the Royal Rumble- 1997
11. Mr. McMahon wins the Royal Rumble- 1999
12. The debut of Tazz- 2000
13. Taka Michinoku's splat after being eliminated- 2000
14. Drew Carey enters the Royal Rumble- 2001
15. Maven eliminates The Undertaker- 2002
16. Chris Benoit vs Kurt Angle- 2003
17. Daniel Puder gets schooled in the Royal Rumble match- 2005
18. Vince McMahon tears his quad- 2005
19. John Cena vs Umaga(Last Man Standing)- 2007
20. Rey Mysterio is booed- 2008
21. John Cena makes return from injury/wins the Royal Rumble- 2008
22. The Booker T/Kevin Nash returns- 2011
23. Santino Marella almost wins the Royal Rumble- 2011

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Re: Wrestleview's Top 25 Moments in Royal Rumble History

Post by jsnnmk » Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:32 pm

good list man, is that in order? If not, could you please do so, thanks.

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Post by Slayer23 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:52 pm

Eboney wrote:Really, Ziggles vs Edge? People are that far in line to blow a guy with no charisma and negative testosterone levels?
That was my personal MOTY last year and definitely deserves to be on this list, shits on ANYTHING Wade Barrett has ever done PERIOD.

And Jason i will get my full list to you eventually, just gotta check most of these moments and matches out.
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Re: Wrestleview's Top 25 Moments in Royal Rumble History

Post by jsnnmk » Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:54 pm

no problem, take your time, have til the Rumble.

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Re: Wrestleview's Top 25 Moments in Royal Rumble History

Post by Eboney » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:33 am

Slayer23 wrote:
Eboney wrote:Really, Ziggles vs Edge? People are that far in line to blow a guy with no charisma and negative testosterone levels?
That was my personal MOTY last year and definitely deserves to be on this list, shits on ANYTHING Wade Barrett has ever done PERIOD.
Nothing to do with Wade.

Has everything to do with how people are really, really, REALLY overblowing how good Ziggles is. He was in the same position last year and went back to the midcard. And the match blew. Just had Edge doing stuff, two screeching women, and an asshole with no charisma and negative testosterone levels.
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Re: Wrestleview's Top 25 Moments in Royal Rumble History

Post by Big slim » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:46 am

1.The Andre the Giant/Hulk Hogan contract signing- 1988
2.John Cena vs Umaga(Last Man Standing)- 2007
3.Hacksaw Jim Duggan wins the 1st Royal Rumble match- 1988
4.Hulk Hogan accidentally eliminates Randy Savage- 1989
5.Sgt. Slaughter vs Ultimate Warrior/Randy Savage costs the Ultimate Warrior the WWE title- 1991
6.Kane going beast mode and eliminating 11 guys or as you worded it The Royal Rumble performance of Kane- 2001
7.Taka Michinoku's splat after being eliminated- 2000
8.Too Cool dances during the Royal Rumble match- 2000
9.Cactus Jack vs Triple H(Street Fight)- 2000
10.Mankind vs The Rock(I Quit Match)- 1999
11.Steve Austin wins his 3rd Royal Rumble- 2001
12.Eddie Guerrero's backstage antics- 2005
13.Chris Benoit vs Kurt Angle- 2003
14.Maven eliminates The Undertaker- 2002
15.The Hardys vs The Dudleys(Tables match)/Jeff Hardy does Swanton from top of entranceway)- 2000
16.3 Faces of Foley- 1998
17.Owen Hart turns on his brother Bret- 1994
18.The Royal Rumble performance/win of Ric Flair- 1992
19.The commentary of Bobby Heenan in the Rumble match- 1992
20.Roddy Piper wins the Intercontiental Title- 1992
21.Shawn Michaels wins the Royal Rumble after entering at #1- 1995
22.Shawn Michaels eliminates Vader & Yokozuna at the same time- 1996
23.Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker(Casket Match)/Kane sets casket on fire- 1998
24.The Miss Rumble contest- 2000
25.Chris Benoit wins the Royal Rumble after entering #1- 2004
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Post by jsnnmk » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:52 am

That is in order, correct Big Slim?

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jsnnmk wrote:That is in order, correct Big Slim?
Yes sir. Surprised I have Cena/Umaga so high?
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Post by jsnnmk » Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:33 am

No, not at all, surprised you have Andre-Hogan #1.

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Post by K-Dogg » Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:39 am



Always a personal favorite of mine.
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Re: Wrestleview's Top 25 Moments in Royal Rumble History

Post by starbucksaholic » Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:59 am

jsnnmk wrote:good list man, is that in order? If not, could you please do so, thanks.
1. The commentary of Bobby Heenan in the Rumble match- 1992
2. Owen Hart turns on his brother Bret- 1994
3. Taka Michinoku's splat after being eliminated- 2000
4. Chris Benoit vs Kurt Angle- 2003
5. Santino Marella almost wins the Royal Rumble- 2011
6. Maven eliminates The Undertaker- 2002
7. The Andre the Giant/Hulk Hogan contract signing- 1988
8. Daniel Puder gets schooled in the Royal Rumble match- 2005
9. Drew Carey enters the Royal Rumble- 2001
10. Vince McMahon tears his quad- 2005
11. John Cena vs Umaga(Last Man Standing)- 2007
12. The post-match promo of Ric Flair- 1992
13. The debut of Tazz- 2000
14. The Royal Rumble performance/win of Ric Flair- 1992
15. Shawn Michaels wins back to back Royal Rumbles- 1996
16. Demolition enters the Royal Rumble at #1 & #2- 1989
17. The Hulk Hogan/Ultimate Warrior staredown- 1990
18. John Cena makes return from injury/wins the Royal Rumble- 2008
19. Steve Austin wins the Royal Rumble- 1997
20. Rey Mysterio is booed- 2008
21. Mr. McMahon wins the Royal Rumble- 1999
22. The Booker T/Kevin Nash returns- 2011
23. The entrance of Bret Hart into the Rumble match- 1997
24. 3 Faces of Foley
25. Cactus Jack vs Triple H(Street Fight)- 2000

This is the actual order.

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Post by jsnnmk » Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:07 am

OK thanks.

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Re: Wrestleview's Top 25 Moments in Royal Rumble History

Post by candyxwrapper » Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:22 am

Eboney wrote:Really, Ziggles vs Edge? People are that far in line to blow a guy with no charisma and negative testosterone levels?
Are you talking about Ziggler? If so then I am standing in that line.
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