Although the Royal Rumble match has only been around since 1988, the overarching concept of the match has been in existence much longer in the form of battle royals. The battle royal has been a professional wrestling fixture since the 1970s, and there have been countless great ones over the years.
Former Intercontinental Champion Pat Patterson wanted to take the idea of a battle royal and expand upon it, and that is precisely what he did with the Royal Rumble, as a new superstar enters the fray in 90-second intervals rather than having every participant start in the ring.
I'm a huge fan of the Royal Rumble and consider it to be the best battle royal format, but there have been countless traditional battle royals that don't receive enough attention. In an effort to highlight the greatest battle royals to never take place at the Royal Rumble event, here are the 10 best non-Rumble battle royals in WWE history.
Most of them are traditional battle royals, while a couple follow the Royal Rumble format. Any type of battle royal was eligible for the list, though, as long as it wasn't an official Royal Rumble match. Without further ado, here is the countdown.