Wrestlemania is the ultimate extravaganza in the sports entertainment but the countdown begins every year with the Royal Rumble event and it’s the most exciting time of the year given the concept of the match. In the 30 superstars match, there always have been some surprising entries much delight and shock to the fans. Whether they are superstars coming back from injury, NXT up and coming stars, or Hall-of-Famers, the Royal Rumble is bound to surprise us once again.There is no other PPV in wrestling like the Royal Rumble, so fans can’t wait to see what happens every year. Let’s check out most shocking entries ever.
Chris Jericho (2013)
In one of the loudest pops in Royal Rumble history, Chris Jericho’s return in 2013 was monstrous. After being on a hiatus touring with his band Fozzy, Jericho entered the match second after and lasted over 47 minutes in the ring. Previously in the week he told the social media that he would not appear but as he lied, his appearance couldn’t have been more perfect.
Rob Van Dam (2009)
Rob Van Dam left WWE in the spring of 2007, less than one year after winning the WWE Championship. During that time, he wrestled on the independent circuit, but still kept ties to the company. At the 2009 Royal Rumble, he was the only surprise entrant, making a one-night-only appearance which was very well-received by the crowd. He lasted for 14 minutes before getting eliminated by Chris Jericho and never returned before returning to WWE on a part time basis in 2013.
Bubba Ray Dudley (2015)
This surprise entrance came almost ten years since the Dudley Boyz last competed in the WWE. But when the opportunity came to come back to the number one company in the world, Bubba took it and returned in Philadelphia, PA, the home of ECW, as the third entrant in the Royal Rumble. It was one of the only bright spots in a night where the fans were incredibly disappointed with the final result. The Interesting fact is that the Dudleyz had not entered in a Rumble match before.
Beth Phoenix (2010)
The beautiful diva Beth Phoenix entered the Royal Rumble in 2010, becoming the second woman to ever do so. Divas don’t normally wrestle superstars, so Phoenix making an appearance was quite intriguing. Entering the ring with The Great Khali and CM Punk, Phoenix bolted into the match. Phoenix would make a fool of The Great Khali as she would grab his face to kiss him, but eventually, pull him over the top ropes, eliminating him.
The Announce team (2012)
The 2012 Rumble event was pretty lean in terms of star power and had to depend mostly on gimmicks which saw the announce team get up from the booth and take off their suits revealing wrestling gear underneath. Jerry Lawler was the first to enter at number 12, followed by Booker T at number 17 and then finally Michael Cole at number 20. The three got nothing to do but to get eliminated quickly.
She was the only third woman to enter the Royal Rumble. Kharma got an amazing pop when her music hit but she got eliminated by Dolph Ziggler at the earliest, though. The monster was brought into WWE by Triple H before she took a hiatus for pregnancy reasons and, unfortunately, could not recover from that and got released thereafter.
Road Dogg (2012)
After an amazing 11-years outside of a WWE ring, Road Dogg made his return at the 2012 Royal Rumble. Lasting roughly five minutes in the ring, Road Dogg was eventually eliminated by Wade Barrett. Always a fan favourite, Road Dogg’s return at the Royal Rumble sparked some momentum as he continued to wrestle on the main roster for a few more years.
Booker T and Diesel (2011)
The only time in the history of Royal Rumble, where there were 40 men competing instead of 30 and there was an opportunity to include some serious surprises. The two big surprises came as Booker T and Diesel. Booker T made his return after three years since his jumping from TNA and Diesel aka Kevin Nash made an entry to WWE since 2003.
John Cena (2008)
That was the first time we get to know that Cena is a total freak of nature. After he tore his pectoral muscle in 2007 we thought he would not be available for Wrestlemania and so his return came as a shocker. He came at number 30, sending Madison Square Garden to a total frenzy and then finally eliminated Triple H from winning the Rumble.
The ‘shocker’ did store a shocker for us in the Royal Rumble 2010. Since he tore his Achilles tendon in 2009 he was sidelined and his tag partner Jericho did mock him repeatedly and called him weak. Edge came out as the 29th entrant as the Phillips arena came unglued. Whereas he was not supposed to be there he eliminated Jericho and then Cena to win the Rumble and headline Wrestlemania.