Ranking The Royal Rumble Winners – Part 2
It’s Royal Rumble season, which means it’s almost WrestleMania season. Thanks to the WWE Network, you can go back and watch all the old Royal Rumble pay per views and matches, and in that spirit, I decided to rank the winners. Vince McMahon came in at #22 on the list, and now it’s time to see who’s next!
21. Hacksaw Jim Duggan – 1988 (Inaugural) Royal Rumble
The hardest part about ranking the Royal Rumble winners is figuring out who belongs towards the bottom of the list. Vince was an easy choice for last place because he’s not an actual wrestler, and he spent most of the match outside the ring. Other than Vince, every Rumble winner is a legit superstar or hall of famer, which makes sense, since the Rumble winner usually either won the WWE Championship or won the right to main event WrestleMania. With that said, Hacksaw was an easy pick here. Yes he won the inaugural Rumble, and yes he took the ball and ran with his “kind of mentally incompetent patriot” gimmick, but overall he was basically a goofball. He followed up his Rumble win by losing to Ted DiBiase in the first round of the WWF Championship tournament and basically remained a mid carder for life. There’s no doubt he was popular with the fans, but compared to the rest of the wrestlers who won the Rumble match, he’s right where he belongs at #21.