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View Poll Results: The GREATEST Royal Rumble
1988 - 1990 2 18.18%
1991 - 1993 7 63.64%
1994 - 1996 2 18.18%
1997 - 1999 2 18.18%
2000 - 2002 2 18.18%
2003 - 2005 1 9.09%
2006 - 2008 1 9.09%
2009 - 2011 1 9.09%
2012 - 2014 1 9.09%
2015 - 2017 1 9.09%
2018 - The Greatest Royal Rumble 2 18.18%
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The Greatest Royal Rumble has come and gone, and it got me thinking. What was actually the “Greatest” Royal Rumble?? I’m not just talking about the Royal Rumble matches themselves, but also take into consideration the rest of the matches on the cards. Which Royal Rumble was the “Greatest”??

Note, since I can only have a max of 15 choices in the poll, I made each choice 3 events, and then put 2018 and The Greatest Royal Rumble together as the last choice. So for example, if you think 1992 is the Greatest Royal Rumble ever, just pick “1991 - 1993”, and explain your choice in the comments.
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My candidates are 2001, 2007, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

I'll rate these depending on Rumble match quality, Rest of the card match quality and impatct that the event made.

Rumble match quality
That's a tough one. I remember that the 2018 Royal Rumble match was the best one in years, so this beats 2017 and 2016. 2013 had a pretty ok Rumble match. So it's between 2001, 2007 and 2018 and I think that 2018 wins this one by a little. Second comes 2001 and third comes 2007.

Rest of the card
2001 - 2 more great matches in this card: Angle vs Triple H and Jericho vs Benoit in a Ladder match. Plus two ok bouts (women's match and tag team championships match)
2007 - Here you have the LMS match between Cena and Umaga and the rest is just ok.
2013 - This was a solid card. A LMS match between Big Show and Del Rio, Team Hell No vs Rhodes Scholars who were the most over tag team at that time besides Team Hell No and also Rock vs CM Punk.
2016 - Another good card. A great match between Ambrose and Owens and the rest of the card was also good.
2017 - One great match. Styles vs Cena and the rest is also good.
2018 - This card had two Royal Rumbles and that's about it actually. The rest of the card was OK.
Ranking the cards I'd say: 2001, 2013, 2017, 2007, 2016 and 2018.

Now onto the impact.
Rumble 2001 was the beginning of the highest two months in the history of the WWE. You have the historic victory of Stone Cold which would lead to him beating The Rock and turning heel. Jericho and Benoit's ladder match is underrated because of the name Chris Benoit, but it's one of the greatest ladder matches out there and HHH vs Angle is probably the best heel vs heel match out there.

2007, 2016 didn't have much of an impact. In 2013 you had The Rock ending CM Punk's championship reign, which was a huge deal at the time. In 2017 you had Cena tieing Ric Flair's record and in 2018 you had the first ever Women's Royal Rumble.

This one is a tie between 2001 and 2018.

Given the results, 2001 wins this contest as the greatest Royal Rumble ever, opening the Road to the Greatest Wrestlemania ever. 2018 comes second by a little. What 2018 lacked was a big memorable non-Rumble match, in order to boost the card to the skies.
2013 takes the third place and correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the Rumble match there wasn't anything special. If that card had a great Rumble like 2001 or 2018, then this would probably had won here.

So, 2001 for me.
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Forgetting the undercard- the best royal rumble match was 1992.
The RIC flair show- with the vacant world title on the line the stakes were never higher, and with the exception of Dibiase who was eliminated beforehand- Flair was the first guy to walk through the entire field of participants (and those days it was 2 mins per entry as opposed to 90 seconds).

The wrestler list was a whos of who of the time- Hogan and Flair (the Ying and Tang of pro wrestling)- All time legends in Savage and Piper, future legends Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, past/future world champs in Sgt Slaughter and Sid and classic wrestlers such as Ted Dibiase, Davey Boy Smith, Tito Santanna, Rick Martel, Jake Roberts, Jimmy Snuka.

It was booked magnificently as Flair cleared the ring mid-Rumble only for Piper (who was involved in a fued with Flair) raced through next for a one on one grudge battle, and the Sid turn on Hogan to set up the WM8 main event.

This match solidified Flairs greatness in the WWE- fans had read about his acomplishments in NWA/WCW but he proved his nickname here- the marathon man- by going an hour.
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Forgetting the undercard- the best royal rumble match was 1992.
The RIC flair show- with the vacant world title on the line the stakes were never higher, and with the exception of Dibiase who was eliminated beforehand- Flair was the first guy to walk through the entire field of participants (and those days it was 2 mins per entry as opposed to 90 seconds).

The wrestler list was a whos of who of the time- Hogan and Flair (the Ying and Tang of pro wrestling)- All time legends in Savage and Piper, future legends Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, past/future world champs in Sgt Slaughter and Sid and classic wrestlers such as Ted Dibiase, Davey Boy Smith, Tito Santanna, Rick Martel, Jake Roberts, Jimmy Snuka.

It was booked magnificently as Flair cleared the ring mid-Rumble only for Piper (who was involved in a fued with Flair) raced through next for a one on one grudge battle, and the Sid turn on Hogan to set up the WM8 main event.

This match solidified Flairs greatness in the WWE- fans had read about his acomplishments in NWA/WCW but he proved his nickname here- the marathon man- by going an hour.
What I loved about it. The mini-matches were great and Heenan was on fire w/ commentary.
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Forgetting the undercard- the best royal rumble match was 1992.
The RIC flair show- with the vacant world title on the line the stakes were never higher, and with the exception of Dibiase who was eliminated beforehand- Flair was the first guy to walk through the entire field of participants (and those days it was 2 mins per entry as opposed to 90 seconds).

The wrestler list was a whos of who of the time- Hogan and Flair (the Ying and Tang of pro wrestling)- All time legends in Savage and Piper, future legends Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, past/future world champs in Sgt Slaughter and Sid and classic wrestlers such as Ted Dibiase, Davey Boy Smith, Tito Santanna, Rick Martel, Jake Roberts, Jimmy Snuka.

It was booked magnificently as Flair cleared the ring mid-Rumble only for Piper (who was involved in a fued with Flair) raced through next for a one on one grudge battle, and the Sid turn on Hogan to set up the WM8 main event.

This match solidified Flairs greatness in the WWE- fans had read about his acomplishments in NWA/WCW but he proved his nickname here- the marathon man- by going an hour.
Good post. 1992 is my choice as well. I bought the event on VHS around the time I started watching wwf in 1998. I remember when Piper won the IC title I popped like crazy at home. The new foundation vs the orient express was a pretty good opening match as well.
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1990-92 would be my favorite 3-year window, but to follow the rules, I'll go with 1991-93.

1991 - I enjoyed the Warrior/Slaughter/Savage/Sherri portion. I thought it was well done. I also think Rockers/Orient Express is one of the most underrated tag matches I've ever seen.

1992 was an all-time Rumble match and had an entertaining undercard.

1993 I am not familiar with, which is why I wanted the range to be 1990-92 (that and the 1990 Rumble match may be my favorite of all time--what a lineup!). The only thing that stands out to me from this one is that just one year removed from his foolish self-elimination in 92 (which they explained away with some nonsense of having to be thrown out by someone else) Savage actually doubles down on his cluelessness and goes for the pin on Yoko. Granted, it was a spot where Yoko could kick out and launch him over the ropes. But when the spot requires a mistake like that, in my opinion, go back to the drawing board for another spot.

Actually, thinking back now to the 1988-90 option, it's closer than I first thought. But, I'll stick with 1991-93 here. Put it this way, the first Rumble DVD collection I bought was 1988-92 and I never regretted leaving 1993-97 on the shelf.
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1990-92 would be my favorite 3-year window, but to follow the rules, I'll go with 1991-93.

1991 - I enjoyed the Warrior/Slaughter/Savage/Sherri portion. I thought it was well done. I also think Rockers/Orient Express is one of the most underrated tag matches I've ever seen.

1992 was an all-time Rumble match and had an entertaining undercard.

1993 I am not familiar with, which is why I wanted the range to be 1990-92 (that and the 1990 Rumble match may be my favorite of all time--what a lineup!). The only thing that stands out to me from this one is that just one year removed from his foolish self-elimination in 92 (which they explained away with some nonsense of having to be thrown out by someone else) Savage actually doubles down on his cluelessness and goes for the pin on Yoko. Granted, it was a spot where Yoko could kick out and launch him over the ropes. But when the spot requires a mistake like that, in my opinion, go back to the drawing board for another spot.

Actually, thinking back now to the 1988-90 option, it's closer than I first thought. But, I'll stick with 1991-93 here. Put it this way, the first Rumble DVD collection I bought was 1988-92 and I never regretted leaving 1993-97 on the shelf.
Sorry, I didn’t mean pick the range. I meant just pick the choice that your favorite falls on. The selections are only the way they are due to the limited number of choices we have for polls. Also I set it up so you can pick more than one.
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1992: I don't think many dispute the actual rumble as being the best there was. The cast of wrestlers is this rumble is unmatched. Flair going the distance from the 3 spot with Hennan rooting for him the entire way was classic. The undercard was decent as well with LOD in the tag title match and Piper in the IC title match.

1995: I think this is a very underrated undercard. Bret and Diesel always had good matches, only thing I would change is Diesel should have went over here. I liked the tag match with Kid/Holly pulling off the upset then the set up for mania with LT/Bam Bam. The rumble itself was pretty good, it did have a lot of filler guys but Shawn and Bulldog made the match.

2001: The last rumble of the attitude era. Austin gets number 3. The undercard has Jericho/Benoit and and Angle/H, both having great matches. Really good job setting up wrestle mania X7.

2004: Benoit goes the distance. One of the more entertaining rumble matches. I really enjoyed HBK/HHH. I'll put this one as an honorable mention since the other undercard title match featured someone with no chance to win the title and a few very short matches.
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1992 followed by 1990

The depth of HOF talent in 92 plus Flairs performance make that a no brainer for me

1990 wa built perfectly to showcase Hulk vs Warrior and that moment still gives me goosebumps to watch it
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1992 is probably the best one, but 1990 is my favorite. That era of WWF, 1989-1990, is my personal favorite year leading up to WM6. That Hogan/Warrior moment was unlike anything I had ever seen before as a kid. It was like Superman and Batman were going at it.
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