The Royal Rumble has always been an event that has some interesting matches. Of all the matches, one generally stands out above the rest: the Royal Rumble match itself typically has surprise entrants, and feats performed by participants to prolong their time in the ring. Whether it was the surprise return of Diesel in 2011 or Bubby Ray Dudley's entrance in the 2015 Royal Rumble, the names that have been a part of the match even for one night are certainly notable. Fans probably remember the various stunts that Kofi Kingston has performed over the years, or the parkour that John Morrison used to save himself from being eliminated one year.
One year saw Chyna compete in the Royal Rumble match as well. However, this match isn't the only one that has had moments that stood out and surprised fans. In fact, while some surprises are tied to who won, when they won and how they won, there are moments from the Royal Rumble that shocked fans because of other events that took place. This coming year will be the twenty-ninth annual Royal Rumble. The odds appear to be stacked against Roman Reigns, but the question is, will events occur that amount to another must see moment? We can surely anticipate a number of surprising moments in this year's event. Here are 15 of the Most Shocking Moments in Royal Rumble History.
15 Mankind receives 10 chairshots from The Rock at Royal Rumble 99'
14 Santino Marella eliminated after one second
13 Daniel Bryan's elimination is virtually unmentioned by commentary, but wrestling fans jeer mercilessly in 2015
12 Daniel Bryan NOT appearing in the Royal Rumble in 2014
11 Maven eliminates The Undertaker in 2002
10 Beth Phoenix eliminates The Giant Khali in 2012
9 Bret Hart and Lex Luger both winning in 1994
8 Kane eliminates 11 men in 2001 and Roman Reigns eliminated 12 men in 2014
7 Vince McMahon winning the Royal Rumble 99'
6 John Cena returns 2008
5 Rey Mysterio wins 2006 Royal Rumble, Enters the match at #2
4 Batista and Roman Reigns booed after winning the Royal Rumble in 2014 and then 2015
3 Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker were the last two men to face each other in the Royal Rumble 07'
2 Ric Flair winning the WWF title while entering at #3 in 1992
1 Shawn Michaels wins the 1995 Royal Rumble after being the #1 entrant
"The Heartbreak Kid" has been known for defying the odds. One of Shawn Michaels' greatest accomplishments was that he won the Royal Rumble in back-to-back years. In 1995, he outlasted twenty-nine other men and won the match. What was remarkable about the win was that he was able to take virtual defeat and turn it into a victory. Michaels and The British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith were the last two men remaining. Smith threw Michaels over the top rope, and believed he had won. But Michaels was able to save himself by only placing one foot on the floor, not both. When he returned in the ring, Smith was celebrating while standing on the second rope. Michaels pushed him over the top rope causing him to land on the floor, with the result being in a win by Michaels, a first by someone who was the number one entrant.
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