Ranking The Royal Rumble Winners – Part 13
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!
10. Brock Lesnar – 2003 Royal Rumble
While not the most impressive Rumble victory (Lesnar entered at #29) by a WWE superstar, the 2003 Royal Rumble win by Brock Lesnar was just another notch on the belt for one of the most dominant wrestlers in the history of the WWE. The phrase “there is no one else like him” is most definitely over used, but it describes Lesnar perfectly: an agile, impossibly strong athlete who has dominated in every ring he’s ever been in.
The Good: when Lesnar is ‘on’, there is absolutely nobody like him (see what I did there). His combination of strength, quickness and athleticism allowed him to have memorable feuds and great matches with big guys such as The Undertaker and smaller guys such as Eddie Guerrero and Kurt Angle. From the beginning, he was paired up with one of the greatest mouth pieces and managers in history, Paul Heyman, which only helped his legend grow. There’s something scarier about a monster who let’s someone else do the talking, because you never truly know what that monster is thinking, and that’s exactly what Heyman did for Lesnar. In 2002, he defeated The Rock to become the youngest WWE Champion at time at the age of 25. After a run in UFC that saw him win their Heavyweight title, Lesnar returned to the WWE and brought with him legitimate fighting credentials. 2014 may have been Lesnar’s greatest in ring year, as he defeated and broke The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania 30 and then dismantled John Cena at last year’s Summerslam to win the WWE title. He is the current WWE Champion, and whether you love or hate the fact that the champ has not been consistently on TV, there is no doubting the importance of Brock Lesnar to the current WWE product.
The Not So Good: the only thing working against Lesnar is the amount of time he’s actually been in the WWE. His first run only lasted from 2002-2005, and his current run, which started in 2012, will most likely be over after WrestleMania 31. In his brief stints with the WWE, Lesnar has been an immensely important star, but the lack of time in the ring, especially during his latest run, kept him from being lower on this list.