The Royal Rumble pay-per-view has long been one of the most important on the World Wrestling Entertainment calendar and a key stop on the road to WrestleMania, thanks in large part to the massive battle royal that determines the top contender to the WWE Championship.
The Rumble match itself has long sold the event to the masses, but over the course of the show's 26 years, it has been responsible for some truly great championship bouts.
They are title matches that, more often than not, establish who will possess the top prize in the industry heading into the Showcase of the Immortals and, on some occasions, are so good they overshadow the event's namesake match.
With the WWE World Heavyweight Championship all but guaranteed to be on the line, the 2014 event may see yet another phenomenal title match.
In anticipation of this year's championship match, whatever it may be, here is a look back at the greatest title matches in Royal Rumble history.
All title matches eligible, not just WWE or World Heavyweight Championship bouts.