221989: Big John Studd
Big John Studd won the second Royal Rumble event and the first to feature thirty men. Studd won the match as a testament to his size as a near seven foot tall monster. This was one of the few Rumble matches before the WWE made the change to add the
WrestleMania title shot on the line. It worked out for the better as Studd chose to leave the company just a few months later due to not being happy with his pay.
Studd unfortunately passed away in 1995 from a combination of liver cancer and Hodgkin’s disease. WWE inducted him into the Hall of Fame class of 2004. Studd's legacy is remembered for his style as a powerful wrestler. Studd winning the Royal Rumble is always one of the major accomplishments associated with his career.