Reliving the Most Shocking Eliminations in WWE Royal Rumble History
The WWE Royal Rumble is annually one of the most exciting pay-per-view events. Historically, many shocking moments have come out of the Royal Rumble.
Whether it be a surprise entrant or one Superstar double-crossing another, it is an event that keeps fans on the edge of their seats.
Over its 26-year history, the Royal Rumble has seen its fair share of shocking eliminations.
Whether it be a grizzled veteran getting tossed out by a young upstart or a Superstar getting thrown out by his own tag team partner, there have been some jaw-dropping moments.
We have gone over every single elimination in the history of the Royal Rumble and come up with the 10 most surprising of all time.
Honorable Mention: WWE Women Make History in the Rumble
In 2010, Beth Phoenix became the second woman to ever enter the Royal Rumble match. But she wasn't content with that being the only headline she made that night.
She would come face-to-face with the 7'0" Great Khali. What would Phoenix do? She actually planted a kiss on Khali, allowing her to pull the massive Superstar over the top rope for the elimination.
In 1999, Chyna pulled off an equally impressive feat.
Not only was she the first woman to ever enter the Royal Rumble, she was able to eliminate Mark Henry. Chyna overwhelmed Henry with punches before tossing him over the top rope.
Both women deserve recognition for their achievements.
10. Andre the Giant Eliminated by Demolition in 1990
To start the 1989 Royal Rumble, Ax and Smash of Demolition drew Nos. 1 and 2. The next man out at No. 3 was Andre the Giant.
The next year, the three men would cross paths again. This time, Demolition was able to use a double-team maneuver to take the 520-pound Andre out of the match, surprisingly eliminating one of the favorites to win.
9. Shawn Michaels Eliminated by Chris Jericho in 2003
Shawn Michaels is easily one of the greatest performers in the history of the Royal Rumble. However, the 2003 event was a very forgettable one for HBK.
He drew No. 1, and Chris Jericho had No. 2. But Jericho used a sneak attack and a steel chair to get the upper hand.
Not only was Michaels eliminated in under three minutes, he was the first Superstar eliminated that night. The ease in which Jericho dumped Michaels out of the ring was certainly unexpected.
8. Bo Dallas Eliminates Wade Barrett in 2013
Last year, NXT Superstar Bo Dallas won an eight-man tournament to qualify for a spot in the Royal Rumble match. The casual WWE fan likely had never heard of him.
Yet there he was, among the field of 30 Superstars. No chance he would eliminate anyone, right?
Dallas managed to eliminate Wade Barrett, something that likely surprised most everyone watching the event. Enraged, Barrett pulled Dallas out of the ring despite already being eliminated.
But the next night on Monday Night Raw, Dallas defeated Barrett in one-on-one action.
7. Hulk Hogan Eliminated by Sid Justice in 1992
The 1992 Royal Rumble was one of the most memorable on record. To this day, it is the only time the WWE title was given to the winner.
Coming off back-to-back victories at the 1990 and 1991 Royal Rumble events, Hulk Hogan had to be considered the favorite to win again.
But Sid Justice would put a stop to that. Justice heaved Hogan out of the ring, and though Hogan assisted in the elimination of Justice, ultimately allowing Ric Flair to win, it was surprising to see the main star in the company taken out in such a manner.
6. British Bulldog Eliminated by Shawn Michaels in 1995
At the 1995 Royal Rumble, Shawn Michaels and the British Bulldog started the match at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. It just so happened that the same two competitors finished the match as well.
The British Bulldog was so sure he had eliminated Michaels that he was already celebrating the victory. Little did he know that Michaels had staved off elimination with an athletic feat that fans still marvel at to this day.
Michaels then re-entered the ring and knocked Davey Boy Smith off the turnbuckle and down to the arena floor.
5. Too Cool Eliminated by Rikishi in 2000
At the 2000 event, fans were treated to all three members of Too Cool in the ring together at the same time. They even got to see the trio perform its signature dance.
But the fun didn't last long for Rikishi, as he went after both Grandmaster Sexay and Scotty Too Hotty, eliminating them both.
Rikishi proved that there are no friends and only foes in the Royal Rumble.
4. Shawn Michaels Eliminates Both Yokozuna and Vader in 1996
Michaels put together one of the best individual performances in Royal Rumble history in 1996.
Michaels came up with eight eliminations en route to winning that night, but the most impressive was a double elimination he scored on two of the biggest competitors in WWE history.
As Yokozuna and Vader battled near the ring ropes, Michaels charged in and used his momentum to tip both men over the top rope and to the floor.
Many Superstars have eliminated multiple opponents at once over the years, but none of them were able to take out two Superstars the size of Vader and Yokozuna.
3. Bret Hart Eliminated by Steve Austin in 1997
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin was eliminated in the 1997 Royal Rumble—yet still managed to win it.
The referees missed Bret Hart eliminating Austin from the match. Austin was able to get back in the ring, and just as Hart eliminated the fake Diesel, Austin came from behind and dropped Hart over the ropes.
Shockingly, Austin was declared the winner. It was his first of three Royal Rumble victories.
2. Mr. McMahon Eliminates Stone Cold in 1999
The 1999 Royal Rumble centered around the ongoing feud between Steve Austin and company chairman Vince McMahon.
The two men entered the ring as the first two participants in the match, and they finished as the last two men in the match. However, they spent more time outside the ring than in it.
Austin chased McMahon into the backstage area (neither man was eliminated because they didn't go over the top rope), but The Corporation was waiting for an attack. Austin was beaten so severely he had to be rushed to the hospital.
Meanwhile, McMahon opted to join the commentary team, thinking Austin was out of the mix. But in true Stone Cold fashion, Austin returned later that night, driving an ambulance.
Austin eliminated The Big Boss Man and all that stood between him and a victory was McMahon.
Austin proceeded to manhandle McMahon but was interrupted by The Rock. The momentary distraction allowed McMahon to come up with this shocking elimination (video).
1. Maven Eliminates the Undertaker in 2002
You knew this was going to be No. 1, right?
The Undertaker is easily one of the greatest Superstars in WWE history. So how exactly was he eliminated by the first-ever male winner of Tough Enough?
Undertaker was bullying Superstars around once he got into the 2002 Royal Rumble, and after taking care of both Matt and Jeff Hardy, he even took a shot at Lita.
But he made a mistake taking his eyes off Maven.
Maven drop-kicked Undertaker from behind, knocking him out of the ring. It was without doubt one of the most memorable moments in Royal Rumble history.
Though Maven paid dearly for his shocking elimination by being decimated by Undertaker for taking him out (video), this was an easy choice for the most shocking elimination of all time.