WWE Royal Rumble 2014: Worst Matches in History of PPV

Aaron BowerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2014

WWE Royal Rumble 2014: Worst Matches in History of PPV

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    The Royal Rumble has been the scene for some of the most fantastic matches you're ever likely to see in professional wrestling.

    Even with the exception of the unique Rumble match—which consistently throws up surprises—the Rumble is a massively anticipated show every single year.

    Despite that, we have been treated to some pretty disastrous matches over the 26-year history of the pay-per-view.

    Whether it is a Rumble match that fails to capture the imagination or main events that massively let the show down, there have been some terrible, terrible matches at times.

    Let's take a look at the worst matches in the history of the Royal Rumble.

7. Bobby Lashley vs. Test (2007)

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    At the 2007 Royal Rumble, the ECW World Championship was at stake between Bobby Lashley and Test.

    Yes, the ECW brand—that featured the likes of Elijah Burke and CM Punk at that time—chose to pin a title shot on Test, of all people.

    Both Lashley and Test were pretty good workers, to give them some credit. But the notion that the two should represent a brand that was ailing and dying was a remarkably bad decision.

    It led to a terrible, terrible match between the two—with Lashley retaining the belt by count out.

    It set the tone for ECW's eventual death three years later.

6. The 2012 Royal Rumble Match

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    Even the main event of the show—the Royal Rumble match—is not excused from this list of worst matches of all time at the historic pay-per-view.

    The 2012 edition was eventually won by Sheamus, but that isn't the reason for this match making the list.

    It was just a terribly forgettable Rumble match all round. In truth, WWE could have made a better job of the winner by pinning it on Chris Jericho, who seemed to need it more with his feud against CM Punk.

    However, that is nothing compared to the decision to let all three members of the commentary team take part in the actual match. I could have coped with Booker T. The guy is a six-time world champion—and he always gets the crowd going.

    Jerry Lawler was almost too much—he didn't even last a minute before being eliminated by Cody Rhodes. And then, at No. 20, the decision was made to enter Michael Cole in the Rumble.

    It was an appalling piece of booking.

5. JBL vs. the Boogeyman (2006)

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    The 2006 Rumble card was scandalously bad. Granted, the actual Rumble match was pretty decent, as Rey Mysterio's remarkable win would testify to.

    However, the rest of the card was filled with absolute dross. This match is a shining example of that—John "Bradshaw" Layfield, one of the top guys in the company at the time—against The Boogeyman.

    Yes, this match actually happened. Thankfully, it lasted less than two minutes, but it was the latter who got the win, when he delivered a pumphandle slam on JBL to pick up the win.

    What followed was even more pathetic. With The Boogeyman attempting to stuff worms in JBL's mouth, he threw his valet, Jillian Hall, in the ring to get the treatment.

4. The 1999 Royal Rumble Match

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    The 1999 Royal Rumble is another showpiece match that was a bit of a disaster, in truth. When Vince McMahon actually won the game, it generated a huge reaction from the crowd—leading some to think it was a good bit of booking.

    It wasn't. The whole of the 1999 Rumble match was a shambles. The majority of it saw the cameras fixed on Stone Cold Steve Austin and McMahon fighting all over the arena—we didn't even see some of the Rumble match take place.

    There were ludicrous scenes like Viscera being kidnapped for no apparent reason, and then McMahon spent the second half of the match cowering at the commentary table.

    There were even times when the ring was empty. That, I'm afraid, is not a Royal Rumble match.

3. Brodus Clay vs. Drew McIntyre (2012)

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    Welcome back to the 2012 Royal Rumble, and here is a match that had as much merit being on a pay-per-view show as JBL vs. The Boogeyman.

    On the SmackDown taping before the Rumble, Drew McIntyre had requested an opportunity to prove himself in the ring, after falling down the pecking order since being Vince McMahon's "chosen one."

    General manager Teddy Long gave him a shot, but it was against a guy who was squashing people for fun at the time—Brodus Clay. Remember those days?

    It was a terrible match that had no storyline or imagination behind it whatsoever. The only thing keeping it off the top spot is that it only lasted a minute.

2. Kurt Angle vs. Mark Henry (2006)

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    Arguably one of the worst matches in the 26-year history of the Royal Rumble has to be Kurt Angle vs. Mark Henry.

    It was at the shambolic 2006 Royal Rumble—where Rey Mysterio's excellent victory in the Rumble match was consigned to almost the middle of the card.

    This was the main event, and it featured what is surely Angle's worst pay-per-view match in his entire time with the WWE.

    Mark Henry did nothing to really merit being in the main event of the show—and, after nearly 10 minutes of incredibly forgettable wrestling, we had a bizarre ending.

    The show that should have ended with Rey winning the Rumble in honor of Eddie Guerrero closed with The Undertaker making the ring collapse.

1. Triple H vs. Scott Steiner (2003)

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    Scott Steiner arrived from WCW on the back of a fascinating heel run that saw him become one of the top guys in a dying promotion.

    He arrived in the WWE with much hope and hype—but physically, he had slipped out of the shape in the intervening months between promotions.

    That meant he played his part in this awful, awful match—which killed Steiner's career as a main event man with the WWE.

    He was blowing throughout the entire match, and the crowd knew it. It turned on Steiner, who was working as a face, and everyone was praying for an ending of some decency to salvage a terrible championship match.

    We didn't get it. Triple H was disqualified after using the sledgehammer, bringing an end to arguably the worst title match of the 2000s.