Back around 2002 to 2007, I watched a lot of WWE pay-per-views with a close group of friends, and Royal Rumble was there with WrestleMania Like the people we look up to the most.
I don’t have many specific memories from those rallies, but one that always sticks in my mind is Gene Snitsky’s elimination of Paul London in the 2005 Royal Rumble match. London basically flipped a shooting star from the apron to the floor, and each of us instantly screamed a four. Unbelievable words when we saw it happen.
London has since claimed that WWE punished him for this memorable spot by removing him from television for six months, as it was not appropriate for someone with a low card like him to steal the spotlight from the bigger stars in the match by taking such a staggering shot. shocked. This sounds absurdly stupid, but it also seems like something WWE would totally do.
With London in mind, the latest WWE Top 10 list caught my eye, as it ranks the most brutal Royal Rumble eliminations of all time. Let’s see what they come up with:
10. Drew McIntyre launches Ricochet
9. The Rock flips X-Pac
8. Seth Rollins tramples Matt Riddle
7. Alexa Bliss lurches out of the loop
6. Brock Lesnar knocks out John Morrison
5. Bobby Lashley dumps Sylvan
4. Sheamus Brogue Kicks Hornswoggle. Sheamus Prog Kicks
3. Rhea Ripley Power Bombs Dana Brooke
2. Snitsky washes clothes Paul London
1. Kane chokeslams Sabu
As a longtime fan of ECW, I can’t be bothered that Sabu’s table spot tops this list, but I’ve maintained my stance that London is the most brutal elimination of all time. Just listen to that audience gasp as he flips Paul on his face.
Something else worth noting about this list is that there are no entries prior to the year 2000, which means that no first 12 Rumble matches will be found here. Is this an oversight from WWE, or just a reflection of today’s more exciting style bumps and more complex positions in modern Rumble matches? Regardless, I think Vince McMahon is ticking in the neck who 1999 The Rumble Company on me raw It would deserve a spot near the top of this list if it were to be considered an official Royal Rumble match.
That’s all I have for this one, Cagesiders. Feel free to remind us in the comments below of some of your favorite brutal takedowns that didn’t make the WWE roster.