The Royal Rumble is usually one of the most exciting and unpredictable evenings of the year, but not always. Let’s take a look at the worst Rumbles in history.
10 – 2011 (Winner: Alberto Del Rio)
2011 saw the only Rumble to feature 40 men and, whilst it is always nice to try new things, it didn’t really work. Santino Marella ended up as runner up which, for the biggest Royal Rumble ever, is a bit of a letdown. Del Rio ended up losing at Mania in the opening match too.
9 – 1993 (Winner: Yokozuna)
There are 2 main reasons I’m not a fan of this one. Firstly, having never been a fan of Yokozuna, the way he won the match was a joke. Randy Savage went for a pin (why? He has been in Rumbles before) and Yokozuna eliminated him by kicking out of the pin. Secondly, Undertaker was eliminated by Giant Gonzalez which just gives horrible flashbacks of their Wrestlemania match.
8 – 2013 (Winner: John Cena)
2013 wasn’t necessarily a bad Rumble. We had a great surprise return from Chris Jericho, which received a huge reaction from the crowd. However, the problem was that this match was so predictable. The fact that Cena won also made the title match between The Rock and CM Punk predictable because everyone knew Cena and Rock were heading towards a Mania rematch, which everyone knew Cena would win too.
7 – 2012 (Winner: Sheamus)
Again, this is another match which may be harshly placed but there is a reason. Chris Jericho had recently returned and was claiming that the Royal Rumble would be the end of the world as we know it. And nothing really happened. He just got beat by Sheamus. Massive disappointment.
6 – 1988 (Winner: Hacksaw Jim Duggan)
The first Royal Rumble deserves credit for being the original and creating a spectacle we still enjoy today. Having said that, this 20 man Rumble was a bit rubbish. No offence to Jim Duggan, but he is not really in the same league as future winners like Stone Cold and The Rock, nor was he in the same league as the likes of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, who were in WWF at the time.
5 – 1991 (Winner: Hulk Hogan)
Back in the days when Hulk Hogan had to win everything, even if people wanted to see something different. Bret Hart was eliminated early, Randy Savage no-showed and Earthquake finished as runner up. Says it all really.
4 – 1995 (Winner: Shawn Michaels)
1995 is a Rumble that will always live forever because of the legendary ending with Michaels surviving with 1 foot on the floor. However, when you look at the whole match, you can see why business was in the toilet in 1995. The star power of this Rumble is non-existent and, apart from the ending, the match was awful.
3 – 1999 (Winner: Vince McMahon)
A Rumble where more happened outside the ring than in it. Austin and McMahon were the first 2 in and the final 2, with the Chairman winning after The Rock distracted Austin. However, this was only because they went backstage for most of the match, with Austin being attacked in the ladies toilets. Undertaker abducted Viscera instead of actually being in the match. Kane was the only superstar who could realistically challenge Austin and Vince but he eliminated himself after the Corporation sent down white coats. A mess of a Rumble.
2 – 2014 (Winner: Batista)
In January 2014, the WWE Universe was swept up in the YES! movement. Everyone wanted Daniel Bryan to win and thought he was the final entrant. But no, Rey Mysterio entered to widespread boos. Batista won on his return, which not many people cared about, last eliminating Roman Reigns (who had eliminated 12 men, a new record). ironically, this was one of the last times a WWE crowd were fully behind Roman Reigns at the end.
1 – 2015 (Winner: Roman Reigns)
The good news a year later was that Daniel Bryan was in the Rumble and everyone was excited to see him finally get his victory…. oh no wait he was chucked out halfway through by Bray Wyatt. Not to worry, there was lots of young talent in this match. Oh no wait, Big Show and Kane went around getting rid of all of them. Roman Reigns won but no one wanted him to this time. Even The Rock couldn’t save Roman from getting booed out of the building. Truly horrible Rumble.