Royal Rumble 2012: Power Ranking the Top 10 Royal Rumble Winners in History

BR StudiosFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2012

The Royal Rumble winner's circle is a select group of wrestling's timeless gems and incomparable legends.  Those who have gone on to win the Royal Rumble oftentimes use the momentous win as a foundation for which to build a Hall of Fame career. 

The 25-year history of the Royal Rumble has produced a handful of winners, many of whom are among a who's who of wrestling immortality. 

But of every Royal Rumble winner in history, which 10 stand out the most based upon a body of work highlighted by number of eliminations, length of time spent in the Royal Rumble, subsequent capitalization of the WWE title shot earned and even number of Royal Rumble victories?

Ric Flair became the only Royal Rumble winner to win the WWE Championship after his memorable 1992 victory. Does the Nature Boy deserve consideration as the top Royal Rumble winner of all time?  Shawn Michaels was tremendous every time he set foot in the 30-man, over-the-top-rope battle royal, so perhaps the Heartbreak Kid is deserving of top honors.

In any event, each Royal Rumble winner on this list either impressed in their Rumble performance, was able to build on their victory or both.  So who's No. 1?  Find out on the latest entry from Big Nasty and B/R video. 

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