Ax versus Smash?
In 1989, it was quite unusual for tag team partners to face each other, unless there was a betrayal involved. But as it turned out, Ax and Smash were respectively # 1 and # 2 in that year's Rumble. Instead of wimping out, the Demolition members acted like men, brawling with each other until # 3 (Andre The Giant) emerged.
Lllllllllllet's get ready..... to Rumble!
We here in Canadian Bulldog's World are kind of obsessed with the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. In fact, there's an entire section called Required Royal Rumble Reading that contains more than a dozen unique columns and articles about the January classic.
The following Top 50 list looks at Royal Rumble Moments, which can apply to pretty much ANYTHING that has ever happened at the January PPV, be it a match, a confrontation, an interview and yes.... even something that happened inside a Royal Rumble match itself.
Some of these happened in a matter of minutes, or even seconds (a couple of them are literally one second!), yet these moments will live on forever.
In counting the Top 50 Royal Rumble Moments, we considered the following criteria:
How memorable was the moment?
Will it forever be tied to the Royal Rumble PPV? Or will it be something that just happened to occur then?
How original was the moment?
Has WWE (or anyone else) been able to replicate it since?
Ready? Here we go!
In the 2009 Rumble, Santino Marella (a heel at the time) was scheduled to be entrant # 28. He charged down to the ring, entered between the ropes and was promptly clotheslined out by Kane. Despite Marella claiming he wasn't ready, it stands as the fastest elimination in Royal Rumble history at just one second.
While CM Punk's final Royal Rumble match appearance wasn't much to speak for, his 2011 match was much more interesting. Surrounded by his cronies in the New Nexus, Punk entered at number 1 and lasted until 21 - more than 35 minutes in all, eventually being eliminated by future arch-rival John Cena.
In 1994, The Undertaker was in a Casket Match for the WWF World Title. Near the end of the match, half a dozen heel wrestlers filled the ring and forced The Phenom into his own casket. Smoke filled the arena and soon, The Undertaker was seen descending into heaven, giving a message on the Tron. Seriously.