The Royal Rumble is the second biggest wrestling event of the year after WrestleMania. Most diehard fans would say they enjoy Royal Rumble events more than WrestleMania, due to the unpredictable nature of the Royal Rumble match. A battle royal full of twists, turns, surprises and returns provides excitement for the world of wrestling. WWE has a rich history with many great and memorable moments coming at the huge show. The positive history of the Rumble is celebrated, but there has been a fair share of negativity surrounding the match and event.
WWE does their best to try to hide certain moments. They will always show off the clips of Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Steve Austin and John Cena winning the Rumble as a way to show the importance of the match. Certain other winners or errors or incidents will be hidden from the video packages. WWE will not mention them at all due to the shame associated with these negative memories from the big match. We’ll take a look at some of the regrets that definitely live on in the WWE world. These are fifteen moments that Vince McMahon absolutely wants wrestling fans to forget about when it comes to the Royal Rumble.
15. CM Punk’s Final Match
This isn’t something that was obvious when it was being aired, but Royal Rumble 2014 featured the final match of CM Punk’s WWE career. Punk’s frustration with the WWE reached a boiling point at the Rumble. A heated argument the night after the Rumble saw Punk tell Vince McMahon and Triple H that he was leaving the company after they failed to deliver on promises to him.
Punk walking out on WWE created a massive story that still exists today, as fans are still chanting for his name at live events. McMahon has tried to ignore Punk’s departure and the fact that Punk revealed all the information in a tell-all podcast is something Vince wishes never got out. McMahon hopes fans would forget about the details of Punk walking out and the fact that his final match was in a poorly booked Royal Rumble.
14. Vince Winning 1999 Rumble
The list of Royal Rumble winners usually features legends and all-time wrestling greats. One of the more embarrassing choices showed Vince McMahon booking himself to win the match in 1999. McMahon was in the middle of a heated feud with Steve Austin. It was the hottest thing in the wrestling industry at the time and the McMahon win was meant to add more heat to the fire in order to get fans behind Austin.
Sadly, the entire match and the booking of it was a horrible disaster. McMahon and Austin were the first two competitors and fought to the back, until returning for the end of the match. The Rumble’s prestige took a hit in 1999. WWE has rarely mentioned McMahon’s win in historical video packages. There’s no doubt McMahon does not want it remembered among the top Rumble moments.
13. Kharma Beats Up Dolph Ziggler
Kharma’s surprise Royal Rumble appearance in 2012 created a highly entertaining moment. It was one of the very rare occasions that a female wrestler entered the battle royal. Kharma didn’t last long in the Rumble, but she made an impact. The highly respected Dolph Ziggler took her signature moves to help make her look strong.
Kharma got the better of Ziggler to a huge crowd response. Vickie Guerrero ultimately distracted Kharma, leading to Ziggler eliminating her. WWE released Kharma just a short while after, making her Rumble appearance a regrettable decision. Kharma beating up one of WWE’s workhorses with ease has to be a huge Royal Rumble regret for WWE, especially since it didn’t lead to anything, nor did it help anyone in the WWE.
12. John Morrison Parkour Skills
Kofi Kingston has the reputation for being the guy that escapes Royal Rumble eliminations with his athleticism. This was actually something John Morrison did a few times during his final years in the WWE. Morrison did parkour outside of the WWE in his free time and started implementing it into his wrestling style. His creativity allowed him to avoid elimination by finding alternative routes from touching the floor.
Morrison jumped towards the guardrail and jumped his way back into the ring after being thrown over the top rope to remain in the match. It was as spectacular as any of Kingston’s moves in recent years. WWE has marketed Kofi as the guy with the crazy Rumble moments following Morrison leaving the company. Morrison working for Lucha Underground today means the WWE will not reference his amazing Rumble highlights.
11. WM Title Shot Wasn’t Always On The Line
The history of the Royal Rumble match goes deeper than many realize. Most current fans believe the WrestleMania title shot was always on the line in the battle royal, but that’s not the case. The stipulation of the title shot being awarded to the winner of the Royal Rumble started in 1993 when Yokozuna won the match to challenge Bret Hart at WrestleMania IX.
Fans always enjoyed the Royal Rumble match, but the importance of a title shot at the biggest show of the year added to the appeal. It also helped showcase the value of WrestleMania, with a title shot being a huge honor to have on the show. WWE does not often talk about the Rumble events that didn’t feature the title shot or the title being on the line because it would be confusing for newer fans.