The Royal Rumble match is one of the biggest spectacles in professional wrestling, and one of the best gimmick matches ever created. There have even been Rumble matches that contended for the best match of the year on some occasions. But that doesn’t mean that every single Rumble match has been great. In fact, there have been quite a few Rumble matches that were mediocre, disappointing, or just plain bad, and because we thought you might want to know, we went out and assembled a list of the absolute worst Rumble matches that have taken place over the history of the event.
10. 2008 – A Surprise Ending, But Nothing Else
We’re probably going to take some heat for this one, as this Rumble match is mostly well-regarded thanks to the shocking ending of John Cena making his unexpected return from a serious injury that was supposed to keep him out for far longer, and winning the whole thing. That’s a great moment, of course, and the match taking place in WWE’s backyard of MSG gave it an even better atmosphere. However, that doesn’t excuse the fact that up until Cena entered at #30, the match was generally terrible, featuring walking fossils Jimmy Snuka and Roddy Piper hobbling their way into the match, Hornswoggle spending most of the match under the ring and not ever getting officially eliminated (though his protector Finlay, was apparently DQ’d for bringing his shillelagh into the match to protect Hornswoggle, taking them both out of the match), Mick Foley at his most out-of-wrestling-shape, and the death of WWE pretending that the ECW Title was a “World” title, with the current champion, Chavo Guerrero, entering the Rumble. Also, up until Cena’s entrance, fans were pretty much resigned to an inevitable Triple H victory, which was largely met with apathy. Watching it again, the entire match is literally just waiting around for Cena to surprise everyone, and in the end, it’s a pretty bad match.