The best moments in the history of the Royal Rumble, the great WWE event

Few days left for WWE Royal Rumble 2022, the Premium live event that will officially open the “Road to WrestleMania” and prepare to give a great show, as is the annual tradition, let’s go back to the best moments in the history of the Royal Rumble. For now 35 years, in fact, the Royal Rumble is a guarantee of surprise returns, shocking moments and title changes. Not for anything else is it considered one of the “Big Four” and the game itself is appreciated by fans from all over the world.

The greatest moments in WWE Royal Rumble history

“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan wins the first Royal Rumble

The late Hall of Famer Pat Patterson came up with the concept of the Royal Rumblewho decided to test the potential of combat in a house show of the then World Wrestling Federation in 1987. The first Royal Rumble in history was then presented in a television special for USA Network dating from January 24, 1988: the winner was ” Hacksaw ” Jim Duggan, entered with number 13. The rest, as they say, is history.

Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior, a face to face between titans

WWE Royal Rumble: The best moments

The 1990 Royal Rumble put, for the first time, Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior in the same ring. The Hulkamania frontman was the WWF Champion at the time, while the colorful superstar was the Intercontinental Champion. The fans then had an appetizer of what was then proposed in the historic main event of WrestleMania VI in Toronto, Canada.

Ric Flair wins the Rumble and becomes WWF Champion

The 1992 Royal Rumble, held in Albany, New York, It was characterized by the victory of Ric Flair who became WWF Champion. In fact, the title had been vacated and the royal brawl was chosen as a useful opportunity to decree the new champion. The “Nature Boy” promo is very famous in the post-match, accompanied by his allies Bobby Heenan and Mr. Perfect.

The three faces of Foley

Cactus Jack, Mankind and Dude Love. Three different characters, only one superstar who has brought them on stage.: Hall of Famer Mick Foley. At the 1998 Royal Rumble, Foley brought all three alter egos onstage, taking part in separate events in the actual match and setting a special record.

A brutal I Quit Match

WWE Royal Rumble: The best moments

At the 1999 Royal Rumble, The Rock and Mankind engaged in one of the most brutal matches in WWE history. Mick Foley’s alter ego was the victim of eleven chair blows and controversially lost the match. An I Quit Match not suitable for the impressionable, but that served to testify the tenacity and resistance of the Hardcore Legend.

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin wins his third Royal Rumble

WWE Royal Rumble: The best moments

There is no doubt that Steve Austin was one of the most important and influential wrestlers in WWE history. The “Texas Rattlesnake” holds the record for Royal Rumble wins: 3. His last victory was in 2001, when he last eliminated Kane and earned the right to face The Rock at WrestleMania 17.

The rise of Batista

The 2005 Royal Rumble marked the rise of two great names in the era of ruthless aggression: John Cena and Dave Batista. It was “The Animal”, a member of Evolution at the time, who won the match. and earn his spot in the main event of WrestleMania.

Rey Mysterio wins the Royal Rumble in honor of Eddie Guerrero

WWE Royal Rumble: The best moments

2005 was tragically marked by the death of the legendary Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio’s best friend. The superstar from San Diego was the protagonist of a memorable performance at the 2006 Royal Rumble, entering with the number 2 and remaining in the ring for more than an hour. Finally I eliminate a very young Randy Ortonearning his shot at the WrestleMania title and dedicating the victory to the late Eddie.

dead man’s trump

The Royal Rumble 2007 featured the victory of the Undertaker, who was the last to enter the ring with Shawn Michaels. The two birthed impressive exchanges, kick-starting what would later happen at WrestleMania 25 in 2009. Taker won the Rumble and faced Batista at WrestleMania 23, becoming the World Heavyweight Champion.

The shocking return of John Cena

In 2007 John Cena was forced to remain in the pits due to a serious injury. Nobody would have expected him to return in time for WrestleMania, but the leader of the Cenation amazed everyone again, entering with number 30 in the Royal Rumble 2008. A concrete example of how anything can happen within the Rumble.

Roman Reigns breaks the record for eliminations

At the 2014 Royal Rumble, Roman Reigns broke the elimination record previously held by Kane. The former Shield member, who entered with the number 15, threw 12 superstars over the third rope. The match was later won by Batista, but Reigns’ performance went down in history.

AJ Styles debut

After being the key face of Impact Wrestling for years and having a great time in Japan, AJ Styles stepped into a WWE ring for the first time at the 2016 Royal Rumble. A shocking debut that thrilled the Orlando audience. The titantron inscription “I Am Phenomenal” was enough to sanction the arrival of one of the greatest fighters on the face of the planet.

The first women’s Royal Rumble and the debut of Ronda Rousey

In 2018, the WWE women’s division also participated in a Royal Rumble. The winner was Asuka, who entered with the number 25, but the highlight was the impressive debut of Ronda Rousey, until then known for her past in the UFC.

The Edge is back in fashion

WWE Royal Rumble: Best Moments

The last great moment in the history of Royal Rumble dates back to 2020, a few months before the outbreak of the pandemic. After standing in the pits for 9 very long years, the “R-Rated Superstar” is back in the WWE ring.entering with the number 21 and proving to the whole world that he has never missed a beat.

We remind you that the WWE Royal Rumble 2022 will be available live the night between Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30, exclusively on WWE Network. The event will also be viewable on demand. You can subscribe to the platform by following this link.

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