Over the course of the Royal Rumble's 25-year history, there have been some great ones, some poor ones and everything in between. No matter what, however, it is always a special moment when one man outlasts 29 (usually) other superstars and reigns supreme over the WWE.
Some of those moments have simply risen above the rest and transcended time. Most of the iconic images that last in the minds of wrestling fans happen at WrestleMania, but the Royal Rumble is a close second in that regard. Many stars have been made at the Royal Rumble and that is why it continues to be one of the WWE's premier events.
Each and every Rumble win is significant, but some mean a little more due to the importance of the match or the circumstances surrounding the competitor. Hulk Hogan's wins were great, as was "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan's in the inaugural 1988 Rumble match, but they didn't mean all that much in the grand scheme of things.
When a wrestler goes the distance or returns from injury to win one of the most brutal matches in the WWE, it does even more for them than a run-of-the-mill Rumble win. Here are seven Rumble victories that have stood the test of time and exist as benchmarks for future Rumble winners to meet.