Throughout its long and illustrious history, the Royal Rumble match has featured some outstanding instances of exemplary booking.
The 1990 match featured the staredown between Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior that teased their epic WrestleMania VI bout.
Ric Flair's 1992 run, which saw him enter at No. 3 and outlast 29 other Superstars en route to capturing his first WWE title, was an iconic moment in a legendary career.
Vince McMahon putting a kink in Steve Austin's plans to challenge for the WWE title at WrestleMania XV by dumping him over the top rope with the help of The Rock and winning the 1999 Rumble furthered his rivalry with Austin and set up a huge cage match the following month.
Kane's dominance in 2001, Maven eliminating Undertaker to the shock and awe of everyone in 2002, Batista and John Cena rising to stardom in 2005 and the finale of the 2007 bout involving Undertaker and Shawn Michaels are among the best booking decisions in Rumble lore.
While not as frequent, there have also been some head-scratching booking decisions in Rumble match history.
What are the worst booking decisions to ever occur in the annual January bout?
Let's take a look.