Its the most exciting hour in all of the WWE. The Royal Rumble match year after year has captivated any and all wrestling fans. How could it noe? The match has seemingly unlimited permutations of possibilities. On the first stop on the road to WrestleMania, there have been many memorable moments – the staredown between Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior, Ric Flair winning the WWE championship, Taker/HBK ending the Rumble one year and starting it the next, and the entire ring of combatants stopping in their tracks to watch Jimmy Snuka and Roddy Piper rekindle their 20–plus year rivarly.
While Pat Patterson is credited with creating the Royal Rumble concept and booking many of them as well, but booking a Royal Rumble has got to be a logistical nightmare. But for most part, many of the first 27 Rumble matches have been a joy to watch. For the most part, they are all enjoyable and at the very least decent affairs. But they can't all be great. Like any gimmick match, some occasionally don't live up to the hype. With sixty minutes of action to book, even the best rosters fail to put on a good show, and then there were the years were the event showcased just how thin the roster was.
Here are the ten worst hours in Royal Rumble history – the top ten worst Royal Rumble matches ever.
12 10. 1993 – Yokozuna
11 9. 1988 – Hacksaw Jim Duggan
10 8. 1994 – Bret Hart / Lex Luger
8 7. 1995 – Shawn Michaels
6 6. 1999 – Vince McMahon
5 5. 1991 – Hulk Hogan
4 4. 2013 – John Cena
3 3. 2011 – Alberto Del Rio
2 2. 2014 – Batista
1 1. 2015 – Roman Reigns
If you ever want to know how to heel a crowd and create a riotous atmosphere look no further than the 2015 edition of the Royal Rumble. Here's the template – announce that the WWE's most popular superstar who had to forfeit the title due to injury is coming back to action at the Rumble. Instead of having him go all the way, have him eliminated barely ten minutes into getting into the ring. On top of that, have it blatantly obvious that the company-appointed new superstar will be winning the whole thing but only after getting his butt kicked by two giants that the crowd cheers "please retire" at. Even Roman Reigns' mega popular cousin, the Rock could t even get him a positive reaction. #CancelWWENetwork appeared the next day, and thats how you create the worst Royal Rumble in history.
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