Ranking The Royal Rumble Winners – Part 11
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. I’ll be ranking the winners every day until the we reach #1, and if you’re interested in checking out who’s already on the list, use the tricky magnifying glass at the top of the screen and search ‘Royal Rumble winners’ or scroll through the blog. Now, onto the rankings!
12. Edge – 2010 Royal Rumble
The 2010 Royal Rumble was an example of the most exciting Rumble match: when a wrestler makes a surprise return as an entrant in the Rumble and ends winning the whole thing. That’s exactly what happened with Edge, who returned from a lengthy absence to not only get revenge on Chris Jericho, but win the Rumble match and earn a title shot at the following WrestleMania. Unfortunately for Edge, his final match would come only a year later.
The Good: Edge was pretty much the modern day Bret Hart: a tag team specialist turned multiple time World Champion. Where he differed from Hart was his personality. The ‘Rated R Superstar’ was a perfect foil for the squeaky clean John Cena, and with the exception of CM Punk, I think Edge was Cena’s greatest rival. Edge accomplished pretty much everything you could accomplish in the WWE: he was a 14 time World/WWE Tag Team Champion, 5 time Intercontinental Champion, 11 time World/WWE Champion, King of the Ring winner, Royal Rumble winner, MITB briefcase winner and participant in the first and only live sex show on Raw. He was a vital part of the revitalization of the tag team division along with the Hardy’s and Dudley’s, and brought the TLC match into the WWE.
The Not So Good: Unless you count ‘retiring so you won’t be paralyzed forever’ as not so good, there’s really nothing to put here. Edge had about as great a career as you can have in the WWE, but unfortunately for Edge fans, the rest of this list is incredibly stacked.