Top 5 shocking WWE Royal Rumble winners of all-time

The Royal Rumble is one of the most anticipated events in the WWE calendar. With 30 Superstars entering the ring at staggered intervals, eliminations aplenty, and a coveted WrestleMania main event opportunity […]

The Royal Rumble is one of the most anticipated events in the WWE calendar. With 30 Superstars entering the ring at staggered intervals, eliminations aplenty, and a coveted WrestleMania main event opportunity hanging in the balance, it’s a recipe for thrilling chaos and memorable moments.

But some Rumble victories transcend mere excitement. They leave jaws agape, ignite passionate debates, and rewrite the script for storylines to come. These are the moments that etch themselves into wrestling lore, forever remembered as the nights when the unexpected became reality. On that note, here’s a look at the top 5 champions that truly sent shockwaves through the WWE Universe:

Edge (2010)

Edge won the 2010 edition of the Royal despite a life-threatening injury which eventually forced him to retire from the sport in 2011. He didn’t just participate; he dominated. He eliminated big names like Rey Mysterio and Chris Jericho before setting his sights on the final two- John Cena and Randy Orton. In a heart-stopping moment, Edge speared Cena over the top rope, securing his improbable victory and an emotional WrestleMania return match against The Undertaker. This comeback win was a testament to Edge’s fighting spirit and a reminder that even in the face of adversity, dreams can resurface.

Shinsuke Nakamura

Coming off a lacklustre 2017 with Roman Reigns’ heavily criticized Rumble win, WWE desperately needed a curveball in 2018. They were delivered in the form of Shinsuke Nakamura. The charismatic Superstar, popular for his electrifying entrance and in-ring prowess, had yet to truly breakthrough in the upper card. Entering at number 14, Nakamura weaved his magic, eliminating heavyweights like AJ Styles and Kevin Owens.

As the final four stood- Nakamura, Roman Reigns, Baron Corbin, and Finn Balor- all eyes were on Reigns, the expected victor. But, in a stunning display of agility and technique, Nakamura eliminated both Balor and Reigns consecutively, leaving Corbin bewildered. With a Kinshasa to Corbin, Nakamura cemented his victory, sending shockwaves through the WWE Universe and proving that sometimes, the underdog story reigns supreme.

Sheamus (2012)

Coming into the 2012 Rumble, Sheamus was a mid-card mainstay, known for his impressive strength and “brawling” style. While popular, he wasn’t considered a top contender for the Rumble win. However, that night, the stars aligned for the “Celtic Warrior.” Entering at number 22, Sheamus systematically eliminated established threats like Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, and Chris Jericho. In the final four, he faced the formidable Big Show, The Miz, and the heavily favoured Chris Jericho.

In a display of raw power and resilience, Sheamus eliminated Show and Miz, setting the stage for a tense battle with Jericho. Ultimately, a Brogue Kick sent Jericho flying over the top rope, crowning Sheamus the unlikely Rumble winner. This victory propelled him into the main event scene, proving that sometimes, sheer determination can pave the way for unexpected triumphs.

Yokozuna (1993)

The 1993 Royal Rumble was unique, featuring two rings and 40 participants. Yokozuna, a relatively new Superstar with limited in-ring experience, wasn’t a favourite to win. But he possessed two key advantages: size and power. Yokozuna dominated both rings, eliminating veterans like Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage with ease. The final four saw him face Lex Luger, The Undertaker, and Giant Gonzalez. While Gonzalez posed a physical threat, Yokozuna’s agility and timely Banzai Drops eliminated both him and Luger.

Left alone with a stunned Undertaker, Yokozuna delivered a final devastating splash, securing a shocking and controversial victory. This win marked the beginning of Yokozuna’s dominant reign as WWE Champion, proving that sometimes, sheer physical dominance can defy expectations and pave the way for a new era.

John Cena (2008)

John Cena, sidelined by injury, made a shocking return at the 2008 Royal Rumble as the 30th entrant. Despite the odds, he eliminated big names like Shawn Michaels and The Great Khali. In the final showdown, he countered Triple H’s finisher and delivered his signature attitude adjustment, throwing The Game out and securing a historic victory. This win defied expectations, solidified Cena’s dominance, and became a symbol of perseverance for fans.

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