While WrestleMania is the granddaddy of them all and SummerSlam is the biggest party of the summer, for many diehard wrestling fans the Royal Rumble is their most anticipated match every year. The thing about expectations, however, is that they are made to be dashed and over the years the WWE has proven that they can be pretty skilled at letting us fans down.
An incredible feat of planning that has so many participants and so much pressure, the fact that this match ever comes off well is actually pretty difficult to believe. Ruined matches in our eyes for a wide variety of reasons, join us as we walk down memory lane. Hopefully, we put these demons of Rumbles past to rest before once again believing, despite all evidence to the contrary, that the next one will be great.
10 2004 – Benoit
At the time of this event, it was heralded as a success largely due to the efforts of The Canadian Crippler which served as proof to many that he was ready for a much bigger spotlight. A potentially controversial choice for our list, it isn’t the in-ring action that took place that earned it a spot here, instead, it is the horrible deeds of its winner three years later that did so.
9 2012 – Celtic Rumble
On a yearly basis, in the build-up to the beginning of WrestleMania season, fans worldwide love to speculate which star is going to advance to the main event. In 2012, the thirty men included largely seemed like Sophie’s Choice for many loyal viewers. When the most viable choices include former champs The Miz, Randy Orton, and The Big Show, all of whom the majority of fans had no interest in headlining the card, things aren’t great.
8 1988 – Humble Beginnings
Televised on the USA network, the debut Royal Rumble match set the table for the tradition we’ve come to know and love. Conceived by WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson, a man who is renowned for his creative mind, this match took the traditional Battle Royale and turned it on his head. Remembered best for being the first of its kind, it is actually somewhat amazing that this boring bout didn’t mark the end for the concept.
7 1993 – Horrible Debuts and Finishes
Giant González, an Argentine grappler who owes his short time in wrestling to his massive height, billed at eight feet tall, made his debut in the midst of this over the top battle. If that isn’t enough reason for making our list alone, then the horrifically horrible conclusion has to win you over to our train of thought.
6 2014 - Bootista
When Batista left the company in 2010, he was arguably the best he has ever been. An egotistical bad guy who seemed to relish embracing the hatred of fans, his departure disappointed many. When he was set to return, it should have been to a rousing response but there was one problem, he’s not Daniel Bryan.
5 2011 - Ten Men Too Many
Bigger is not always better. It stands to reason that taking a hugely successful formula and making it even larger should be a good idea. You get to promote the match as the biggest ever and even you get additional time to tell more of the stories that make wrestling great. Then you see it actually executed and the inherent problem becomes crystal clear. With that many people involved either we’ll get the cliché story of someone going the distance or the beginning of the match is going to have no bearing on the outcome.
4 1996 – Who is That Again?
One of two times HBK reigned supreme against some pretty awful competition, there is just not much to enjoy here. Sure, he got to eliminate Isaac Yankem, DDS, which had to be a career highlight but this production wasn’t even bad enough to be entertaining.
3 1999 - Vince Wins
At one time, the entire WWE seemed to revolve around the never ending feud between the badass, Steve Austin and the boss, Vince McMahon. You’d think even The McMahon’s had to realize at a certain point we deserved and desired a break, right? Apparently not, as they turned this event’s namesake match into nothing more than a twist in their tale.
2 2015 – Fool Me Twice
Another year, another winner shoved down the throat of a displeased audience. Roman Reigns is a charismatic man who became a star as one-third of The Shield. Obviously chosen by the powers that be as the next number one star in The WWE, many felt that he hadn’t earned the role that he was enjoying and resented having him shoved down their throat.
1 1995 – Patience be Damned
What do legendary laughingstocks like Mantaur, Aldo Montoya, Duke “The Dumpster” Droese and The Godwinns have in common with long since forgotten talents like Timothy Well and Jimmy Del Ray? They, along with other underwhelming talents, make up a large portion of the participants in what we believe is the worst Royal Rumble Match ever.
For fans of wrestling, one of the best parts of this match is anticipating the next entrant’s entrance and the resulting chaos, the new blood can bring with them. For some reason in 1995, somebody decided that they’d take away any resulting excitement and replace it with a seemingly never-ending dump of mediocrity. Entrants were billed to be coming out a minute apart from one another, in some cases, it feels like far less time took place between them. Before long you go from excitement at the prospect of fresh talent to wishing they’d let a moment breathe for once.
Leave A Comment
Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheRichest?Get Your Free Access Now!