WWE Royal Rumble 2016: Most Shocking Eliminations in Battle Royal History

Aaron Bower@@aaronbowerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2016

WWE Royal Rumble 2016: Most Shocking Eliminations in Battle Royal History

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    WWE's Royal Rumble pay-per-view is a show that rarely disappoints when it comes to shocks and twists.

    The last couple of years, however, have more been about disappointing shocks rather than ones that have fans screaming with excitement.

    Those revolve around the disappointing winners, which in turn means there were some disappointing and shocking eliminations during the bouts.

    Will the 2016 edition of the Royal Rumble provide more shocking eliminations? Probably.

    So with the event set to take place on Sunday, here are the most shocking eliminations in Royal Rumble history.

Beth Phoenix Eliminates The Great Khali (2010)

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    Beth Phoenix's participation in the 2010 Royal Rumble was history in itself given how Chyna had previously been the only female entrant, back in 1999.

    But she would create a whole new piece of history, as she provided fans with a shocking Rumble elimination.

    The Great Khali was hardly a credible winner of the Rumble, but it was still an impressive feat to eliminate him given his dominating, 7'1" stature.

    Phoenix took to playing smart, though, luring him in with a kiss before rolling him over the top rope.

    Khali looked stunned, and nobody was quite sure what was going on. It was a truly shocking moment that will likely never be repeated again.

Vince McMahon Eliminates Steve Austin (1999)

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    Even though Vince McMahon gave as good as he got throughout the entirety of the 1999 Royal Rumble, surely nobody expected him to actually go the distance and win the match?

    Steve Austin and McMahon actually started the match, but they spent most of it away from the ring as they brawled all over the arena.

    The fight would eventually spill back into the squared circle as the match reached its closing stages, when many expected Austin to emerge triumphant.

    Incredibly, though, The Rock would cause a sufficient enough distraction to allow McMahon to hurl Austin over the top rope and win the Rumble.

    It was one of the most shocking eliminations ever seen at the event at a time when WWE's stock was incredibly high.

Bret Hart and Lex Luger Eliminate Each Other (1994)

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    Arguably one of the most controversial and shocking eliminations in Royal Rumble history came in 1994, when two guys eliminated each other simultaneously to create a historic moment.

    Either Lex Luger or Bret Hart was set to advance to the main event of WrestleMania courtesy of winning the 1994 Rumble before WWE pulled the ultimate swerve.

    Both guys had their chances to win the match before Luger and Hart threw each other over the top rope at exactly the same time.

    There was drama at ringside as two different referees argued a case for each man while fans were equally confused as the timing of both men hitting the mat looked to be the same.

    Jack Tunney would eventually announce that both men were the winners. They each got a shot at the title at WrestleMania X.

Bray Wyatt Eliminates Daniel Bryan (2015)

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    It's looking increasingly unlikely Daniel Bryan will be in this year's Royal Rumble match, and his cameo in last year's bout was just too short.

    Fans were demanding a Bryan victory as the "Yes! Movement" still retained huge popularity among WWE fans.

    WWE clearly had other ideas and pinned the win on Roman Reigns, but the company didn't even tease the prospect of Bryan winning the Rumble.

    He would only score one elimination after coming in at No. 10 before becoming the 12th person to leave the match, courtesy of Bray Wyatt.

    The boos were deafening, and Roman Reigns must have known he was going to get a rough ride as the match reached its conclusion because WWE seriously dropped the ball with Bryan.

Sheamus Eiminates Chris Jericho (2012)

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    The 2012 Rumble produced a somewhat shock winner in the shape of Sheamus, a guy who was still carving a path out for himself in WWE at the time.

    What made the end of this match so shocking was that not only did Sheamus win, but he did so by eliminating a guy who seemed a hot pick to win the entire thing.

    Chris Jericho and Sheamus were the final two in the match, and they threw everything at each other for a good five minutes as the match reached its climax.

    Even when Sheamus looked to be getting the upper hand, you still felt Jericho was going to win. But Sheamus secured his path to the main event of WrestleMania by dumping Y2J over the top rope and winning the Rumble for the first time.

Maven Eliminates The Undertaker (2002)

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    "Maven from Tough Enough!"

    Jim Ross' commentary during the 2002 Royal Rumble is unforgettable—as is The Undertaker's shock elimination at the hands of Maven from, you guessed it, Tough Enough.

    When Maven strolled out to enter the Rumble for the first time, it seemed like he'd have little impact on the match.

    However, nobody could have imagined he'd dump one of the biggest stars on the roster out of the match in spectacular fashion. Maven took it upon himself to try and attack Taker from behind after he'd eliminated The Hardy Boyz.

    And amazingly, it worked. He hit Taker with a dropkick, sent him flying over the top rope and secured a spot in Royal Rumble infamy.

    Unfortunately for Maven, The Undertaker responded by returning to the ring and destroying the co-winner of the first series of Tough Enough.