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Ranking The Royal Rumble Winners – Part 6

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 already ranked the bottom four, and I’ll be ranking the winners every day until the we reach #1. If you’re interested in checking out the bottom four spots on our 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!

17. Alberto Del Rio – 2011 Royal Rumble

Alberto Del Rio had one of the great four year runs in the modern WWE, winning both the WWE and World Heavyweight Championship twice, a MITB briefcase and the Royal Rumble. That he did all of this during the John Cena era was even more impressive. Before joining the WWE, Del Rio enjoyed a memorable run in Mexico as Dos Caras Junior, a reincarnation of his father, the Mexican legend Dos Caras, where he held their heavyweight championship for over 500 days. While Del Rio’s run in the WWE was short lived, his arrogant heel character was a highlight of the 2010’s. He had memorable feuds with John Cena, CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler, and his Royal Rumble win in 2011 marked the first and only time the WWE would run the match with 40 participants. He and his personal ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez left the WWE far too soon, but hopefully one day they’ll be back to reclaim their throne.

– Ryan

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