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What could be crazier than a reality star eliminating the WWE’s phenom? Try winning it at No. 1 and having a rule named after you.
Shawn Michaels and Davey Boy Smith, aka the British Bulldog, entered the 1995 Royal Rumble as the first two men. They were also the last two men in the match.
Smith tried everything he could to eliminate Michaels, but to no avail. Smith clotheslined Michaels over the top rope, and it was over. He won and celebrated in the ring. His music played until Michaels knocked him off the turnbuckle and over the top rope.
What just happened? Didn’t the British Bulldog win the match?
He didn’t, as Michaels hung on with one foot on the floor, not two. Michaels made history by becoming the first man to win at No.1. His clutch play would also be dubbed the “Shawn Michaels rule” in fans’ minds.
Others avoided their feet touching the floor during the match. Two years ago, John Morrison landed on the barricade and not on the floor. He leaped on the steps and stayed in it. This past Rumble match saw Kofi Kingston using his hands to avoid elimination.
Michaels’s performance and that very last elimination showed the Royal Rumble’s unpredictability. In addition to demonstrating that every entrant from Nos. 1-30 is a threat, it made wrestlers sure to actually eliminate their opponents.