From the first event broadcast on the USA Network to Jan. 27's upcoming pay-per-view event, the Royal Rumble has become a hotbed of the unexpected. With a title shot as the prize for winning the contest, anything can happen.
From one moment to the next, the entire vibe of the match can change. Depending on who walks out of the curtain, there can be a brawl or scientific display of technical wrestling.
Commenting on the Rumble’s popularity on WWE.com, Jake “The Snake” Roberts said, “at the Rumble, every fan picks who they want to win and they ride that roller coaster every time someone new comes out.”
In the 26 years since the first Rumble, different events have shocked the WWE and changed the organization.
The 10 moments listed here are the most significant.
They are ranked by their level of unexpectedness and historical significance. Some are game changing events in the history of the WWE.
A few others are just damn jaw-dropping.
For the sake of simplicity, the initials WWE are used throughout, regardless of time period.