The Royal Rumble is considered one of the most important matches in all of the WWE.
With next year being the 25th anniversary of this event, it is time to see exactly why the Rumble is so famous.
This list consist of 20 slides that gives past, present and future facts on the event.
If I forget any reasons, feel free to comment and the end of the slideshow.
There are certain accomplishments that every superstar strives for within the WWE.
Many people would consider these to be major accomplishments:
-First title win
-First singles title win
-First pay-per-view event
-First pay-per-view win
-First World Title
-Money in the Bank Win
Along with the list above, a Royal Rumble victory is considered a huge accomplishment.
Over the past several years, the WWE has focused on the stats and records that this match has made.
Some records are considered accomplishments, while others are considered failures.
There is one video that sums up all the statistics of the Royal Rumble quite nicely.
While the WWE does not usually use the Royal Rumble for this purpose, it can still be used to effectively end a storyline.
When John Cena was in a feud with the New Nexus, the Royal Rumble was used as a climax and conclusion.
Even if a certain superstar does not win the Rumble, they can still win over the crowd.
When John Morrison hung from the guard rail to prevent himself from touching the ground, he definitely gained the support of a lot of fans.
Over the past few years, the WWE has made it a tendency to give shorter matches with longer promos and backstage scenes.
This match is the one match every year that is guaranteed to be long and exciting.
When The Rock brought up the idea of having him wrestle at Survivor Series, he also discussed possibly paying a role at the Royal Rumble.
According to Wrestlenewz.com,
The Rock, Cena, Vince and Triple H have been working closely on the plans for Survivor Series with ideas about a possible Royal Rumble role thrown around.
Plans within the WWE tend to change on a weekly basis, so don't be surprised if this rumor doesn't materialize.
For nine months out of the year, superstars like John Cena and Randy Orton will be in the title scene.
However, at the Royal Rumble, they are not put into the title matches. Instead, they are put into the battle royal match to add star power and make the ending more epic.
What the WWE Universe wants, the WWE Universe gets.
The Royal Rumble pay-per-view is always an event people will pay to see.
That is why the WWE continues to do it.
It's as simple as that.
Before the WWE turned RAW into a "Supershow" every week, fans rarely saw the brands face off against each other.
In the Royal Rumble match, both brands are involved.
This means that fans get to see superstars fight against people they don't normally face.
Any superstar who makes it to the final four or five are considered the "next big thing."
When Alberto Del Rio won the Rumble, fans knew the WWE brass was going to push him to the World Championship.
Every year the WWE tries to create new gimmick pay-per-views to gain more viewership.
Instead, the only thing that happens is that they have too many pay-per-views and not enough buildup.
Thankfully, the WWE has not removed the Royal Rumble from their annual pay-per-view lineup.
The Royal Rumble is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Every year there is always something that is unique to each Royal Rumble.
Whether it is Mysterio winning the Royal Rumble, Alberto Del Rio almost losing to Santino Marella or John Cena and Batista going over the top rope at the same time, each rumble creates historic moments.
A couple of years ago there was a time within the WWE where every pay-per-view was predictable and uneventful.
Thankfully, the WWE has improved over the past few months and has given us some great moments.
I expect the Royal Rumble pay-per-view to continue this pattern and once again give fans a surprise or two.
For most of the year, the WWE is limited on who is allowed to get airtime.
At the Royal Rumble, everybody plays a role.
Main-eventers, mid-carders and the lower card all partake in this special match.
This slide goes back to the element of surprise.
If fans don't know who will win, it tempts them to pay and find out.
Money in the Bank 2011 was so successful because it was unexpected and it had never been seen.
Expect to see something new happen this year.
At every pay-per-view, the WWE Championship match usually closes the show.
This means that the WWE considers the Royal Rumble match more important than the world title match.
Just food for thought.
Feuds can end in the Royal Rumble, but nine times out of 10, it is where feuds begin.
These feuds normally climax at WrestleMania and end in early June.
When the winner of Royal Rumble points at the WrestleMania sign and the pyro goes off, that kicks off the "Road to WrestleMania."
From then on, everything on WWE TV is geared toward "the show of shows."
Over the past few years, the WWE has used the Royal Rumble as a place where big name stars return.
In 2011, Booker T and Kevin Nash returned.
In 2010, Edge returned to win the rumble.
In 2009, Rob Van Dam made a appearance.
In 2008, John Cena returned to win the rumble.
See a pattern?
The whole reason 30 superstars compete against each other in this match is for a chance to face a world champion at Wrestlemania.
70% of the royal rumble winners go on to win the "big one" at Wrestlemania.
That statistic says it all.
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