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WWE Royal Rumble: The 10 Best Rumble Matches Ever

Joe M.Correspondent IDecember 30, 2010

WWE Royal Rumble: The 10 Best Rumble Matches Ever

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    From the debut Rumble in 1988, which wasn't even on pay-per-view, to the 1994 Rumble where there were two winners in Bret Hart and Lex Luger, to the 1999 Rumble which Vince McMahon himself won, to the 2005 Rumble which went into overtime, there have been many Royal Rumble Matches, 22 to be exact. 

    And in just under one month, the 24th will be held in Boston.  In this slideshow, we'll look at the 10 Best Royal Rumble Matches ever, from 1988 to 2010.

    As always, you can leave a comment below or send me an e-mail at joe@wrestleslam.com

1988

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    The truth is this wasn't exactly an amazing match, however it was because of the popularity and success of this match that the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match we know today is even in existence.

    This match featured only 20 participants and aired on the USA Network, rather than on pay-per-view. 

    Jim Duggan would go on to become the first-ever Royal Rumble winner after he eliminated One Man Gang.

2008

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    The 2008 Royal Rumble was, simply put, a very good match from start to finish.  The first two entrants were The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, the last two superstars from 2007's Rumble and two of the greatest wrestlers of all-time.

    Whether or not you like John Cena, his return was one of the best in WWE(F) history, period.  In any Rumble, once you get down to the final four participants the whole dynamic of the match changes, and the 2008 Rumble had one of the best final four of any Rumble in history: Triple H vs. Batista vs. Kane vs. John Cena. 

    Cena, who made his return as the surprise No. 30 entrant, would go on to win the Rumble after he eliminated Triple H.

2005

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    The 2005 Rumble was really just an all right match straight through.  It definitely had its moments, but had it not been for the overtime, sudden-death extension this match would not be on this list. 

    John Cena and Batista both went over the top rope simultaneously when they were to last two participants left in the match.  The Raw referees went on the argue with the Smackdown referees about who won the match. 

    This was followed by Vince McMahon charging down to the ring (and tearing both of his quadriceps at the same time) demanding the match go into overtime. 

    Only a few minutes into overtime, Batista threw Cena over the top rope to win the match.

1994

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    The 1994 Rumble was the only Royal Rumble Match to ever feature two winners, as both Bret Hart and Lex Luger won the match. 

    That's not the only reason it's on this list, though.  Not even considering the ending, the rest of the match was great.

1989

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    The first-ever Royal Rumble Match in 1988 was such a success they decided to make it it's own pay-per-view the next year in 1989.  The 1989 Rumble was won by Big John Studd. 

    We always hear how the giants have a distinct advantage in this match, however Studd and Yokozuna are the only two real "giants" to win the match. 

    The 1989 Rumble did not disappoint, after the success of the 1988 Rumble, either.  In its own right, it was an amazing match and the first Rumble that resembles the ones we see today with 30 wrestlers.

2001

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    The 2001 Royal Rumble match was the last of the three Royal Rumble won by Stone Cold Steve Austin. 

    Stone Cold won after he eliminated Kane, who had eliminated 11 wrestlers in this one match.

1990

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    The 1990 Royal Rumble Match was won by then-WWF Champion Hulk Hogan after he eliminated Mr. Perfect. 

    This would be the first of two back-to-back Royal Rumble wins for Hulk Hogan.

2003

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    The 2003 Royal Rumble was held at the TD Bank Garden in Boston (then called the Fleet Center), the same location as the upcoming 2011 Royal Rumble. 

    The 2003 Rumble was won by Brock Lesnar after he eliminated The Undertaker.

2007

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    The 2007 Rumble was a big year, for the first time the No. 30 entrant won the match.  For over 20 years we had been hearing "The number 30 entrant has the clear advantage", but the No. 30 entrant had never won. 

    In 2007, The Undertaker would become the first superstar to enter at No. 30 and go on the win the match after he eliminated Shawn Michaels. 

    Aside from that, though, the entire match was fast-paced and full of great spots.

1992

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    The 1992 Royal Rumble was, no doubt, the best Royal Rumble match ever.  Unlike previous years, the winner of the 1992 Rumble would become the new WWF Champion. 

    The match was won by Ric Flair, who was the third entrant and lasted nearly an hour.

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