So we're just two weeks away till the most exciting WWE match is upon us that is the Royal Rumble!
One of the best things about the Royal Rumble match is of course the surprise entrants, whenever the clock hits to 1 we're always eager to see who comes out of the Gorilla position.
For 30 years we've seen a lot of great ones and below are my Top 10 personal favorite Royal Rumble surprise entrants!
(Royal Rumble 2000)
The Madison Square Garden crowd cheered for Backlund and deservingly so as he main evented that arena so many times in the past.
He only lasted two minutes though, but those two minutes will always be an unforgetable moment in the Rumble and of Bob's career!
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
(Royal Rumble 2009)
As we all know good ol' Hacksaw is the inaugural winner of the Royal Rumble. Similar to Backlund, he didn't really last that long but it was still a fun moment nonetheless.
Hacksaw stuck around with the WWE for a few more months afterwards and even made another surprise return in the 2012 Royal Rumble but his 2009 return was better by a mile!
Rob Van Dam
(Royal Rumble 2009)
Nobody saw this coming at all, RVD was kind of having a rough time at this point of his life with his wife getting cancer and staying lay-low in the business.
But he shocked everybody when he returned in the 2009 Royal Rumble! I remember watching this for the first time too and marking out like a kid again!
He only did a couple of matches (usually on tours) with the WWE after the Rumble and then left to sign with TNA.
Roddy Piper & Jimmy Snuka
(Royal Rumble 2008)
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka came out first and got a decent pop, but the next entrant would turn out to be his old rival: "Rowdy" Roddy Piper!
The crowd popped crazy for Piper and the two faced off each other like old times! (no pun intended.) They didn't last so long though as they both got eliminated by Kane.
Still one of my all time favorite Royal Rumble moments!
(Royal Rumble 2012)
She had a short run with the WWE due to her pregnancy and took a long hiatus in wrestling because of that.
Then in the 2012 Royal Rumble, she made a surprise return and boy was I marking out like a kid again! I didn't know if these were spoiled in the dirt sheets and if they were, I'm glad I didn't looked them up.
Kharma managed to eliminate Hunico but got eliminated by Dolph Ziggler quickly. She is the third woman to enter the Royal Rumble and with all due respect to Chyna & Beth Phoenix, Kharma is my personal favorite to enter said match.
Hopefully she makes a comeback soon and teach Nia Jax a lesson on what a badass woman should be!
(Royal Rumble 2002)
He would make his return on the Royal Rumble 2002 and while it was already been announced that he will be there, it was still an awesome moment nonetheless!
Perfect managed to be in the final three with Kurt Angle and Triple H and got eliminated by the latter.
He continued wrestling for the company until having an altercation with Brock Lesnar on an airplane which got him fired.
(Royal Rumble 2011)
But the better surprise entrant that year I think we can all agree was Kevin Nash as Diesel!
The crowd went absolutely wild and all the faces of the wrestlers in the ring (especially Kofi Kingston) told the whole story!
Nash supposedly signed a deal with TNA that year but was released and managed to sign with a legends contract with the WWE. The last time Nash competed as Diesel was in 1996 before leaving the company for WCW.
He also made a surprise return in Royal Rumble 2014 but this one was more special in my opinion.
(Royal Rumble 2010)
But 8 months in, Edge surprised everybody by being an entrant in the 2010 Royal Rumble and even won the whole damn thing!
I was as shocked as you all probably were and it was just one of the greatest highlights of Edge's career!
(Royal Rumble 2016)
At entry No. 3, the day we never thought would happen and that is The Phenomenal One making his "debut" in the WWE!
I kinda already knew it was gonna happen thanks to the rumors but it still gave me chills seeing AJ in a WWE ring and the crowd also went wild for him!
As of the writing of this blog, AJ Styles is the current reigning WWE Champion and 2016 has definitely been his best year.
(Royal Rumble 2008)
Similar to Edge, Cena suffered an injury and was supposed to be out for about seven months to a year, but Super Cena strikes again and in just four months managed to make a comeback!
Triple H's reaction at the Rumble says it all, and whether the fans in the Garden loved or hated Cena, they all definitely went wild and to this day still one of the biggest pops I've ever heard in modern day WWE!
He even managed to win the Rumble match itself and went onto WrestleMania for a title match against Randy Orton & Triple H!
Also in case you haven't read it yet, here is the Top 100 Greatest Wrestlers of All Time RE-RANKED blog post or watch the video version here!
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