Ranking The Royal Rumble Winners – Part 18
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!
5. The Undertaker – 2007 Royal Rumble
While not the most impressive Rumble win, as The Undertaker entered at number 30 and was only in the match for 13 minutes, this Royal Rumble had one of the better finishing sequences in Rumble history, and would set up two of the greatest WrestleMania matches of all time. The final two combatants in the 2007 Royal Rumble were The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. They battled back and forth until Taker avoided an HBK super kick and tossed him over the top rope for the win.
The Good: any conversation about The Undertaker should probably start with The Streak. As most people know, The Undertaker is 21-1 in his career at WrestleMania, only losing to Brock Lesnar at last year’s event, and previously going 21-0. Doing anything for 21 years is impressive, and the fact that The Undertaker was able to keep his streak alive for so long should be considered a monumental accomplishment. The best part about The Streak is how great the matches became as he got older. Early on in his WrestleMania career, The Undertaker had some stinker matches, including bouts vs. Jimmy Snuka, King Kong Bundy and later The Big Boss Man. From WrestleMania 23 on, the WrestleMania where he beat Batista for the World Title, The Undertaker’s matches became a must see event. After WM 23, Taker fought Edge, HBK twice, HHH twice, CM Punk and Brock Lesnar. That is a murderers row list of performers, and more times than not, his match was the best on the show. Although his streak ended at the hands of Lesnar last year, Taker’s 21 match win streak on sports entertainments grandest stage will never be duplicated. Besides his impressive Streak, The Undertaker has been a fixture in the WWE for 25 years. He debuted at the 1990 Survivor Series, and only months later won the World Title from Hulk Hogan. He had iconic feuds with Mick Foley, Stone Cold, Shawn Michaels, HHH, Kane and many other superstars during his two decades of dominance. On any other list, The Undertaker might be top 3 or even number 1, but the four Rumble winners remaining are four of the most iconic superstars in the history of wrestling.