Without a doubt, the Royal Rumble match has created some of the greatest wrestling memories of all time. Originally conceived as a unique twist on the traditional battle royal, the Rumble match has increased in importance over the years, and now sits as one of the biggest annual events in WWE, and the official start of the Road to WrestleMania. Along the way, the Rumble match has constantly evolved, and when combined with the high levels of talent that have been in WWE over time, has occasionally produced some excellent matches. And since we already covered the worst Rumble matches ever, it’s only fair that we present to you the 10 Royal Rumble matches that we feel are the absolute best of the best.
10. 2002 – Game On
To be fair, the result of this match was never in doubt. Triple H had just made his triumphant return at MSG, after over eight months on the injury list due to a torn quad muscle. The entire direction was clear: Triple H returns as a massive babyface, wins the Royal Rumble, and becomes the new Undisputed Champion at WrestleMania. Some things would go awry in the execution, but for the Rumble at least, Triple H was the consensus pick to win. In addition, while the WCW Invasion had failed on basically ever level while Triple H was on the shelf, this was the first Rumble since WWE’s acquisition of their former rivals, and as a result, the roster was at the deepest it had ever been in history, with the absolute cream of the crop showcased in a stacked Rumble lineup. Not satisfied with just relying on the remnants of WCW, four big returns were advertised ahead of time, leading to surprisingly good showings from Mr. Perfect and Goldust, which earned them longer-term contracts as a result. Ultimately, this match was the Triple H show, as he would survive challenges from competitors including Kurt Angle and Steve Austin in order to take the Rumble victory.