Some Royal Rumble eliminations are memorable, no matter who wins the event. In fact, some of them can remain in our memories for years. But which of these eliminations have been the weirdest? With the WWE Royal Rumble in sight, we find them for you!
Santino Marella Makes History In 1.5 Seconds
If there was a prize for the weirdest yet most entertaining Royal Rumble elimination, it would probably go to Santino. As he was mainly a comedic wrestler, an original elimination for Santino was almost a given. Nevertheless, nobody could expect what would actually happen.
In 2009, Santino entered the rumble with a lot of vigor and passion. Unfortunately, he was eliminated from the competition in a whopping 1.5 seconds. The honor of the speedy elimination went to Kane, yet we will all remember Santino because of this moment.
The Rope Slip Elimination Of Alex Riley
You do not want to be eliminated from the rumble when you are not supposed to, but it did happen to Alex Riley. According to reports, Riley was supposed to eliminate none other than Big Match John Cena, who certainly has a lot of rumble experience. When Riley was supposed to eliminate Cena, he lost his footing on the top rope and eliminated himself! Cena was then forced to sit in the corner of the ring and await instructions from the referee. Talk about a major mishap!
Stay Away From The Top Ropes Mil Máscaras
Okay, so here’s the thing. During the rumble, you are not supposed to leave the ring over the top ropes. As its most basic rule, you would believe that everyone understands that before getting in the ring. Unfortunately, one of the wrestlers in the 1997 rumble forgot that basic rule completely!
When you talk about memorable WrestleMania moments, the little mistake of Mil is certainly one of them. Instead of avoiding the top rope, he ignored the rumble rules completely. He would jump off the top rope onto another wrestler. Hilariously, Vince McMahon used to be on commentary and his annoyance could be heard in his commentary. Vince would later regain his composure, but the moment became pretty much immortal in rumble history.
The Confusing Ending At The Royal Rumble
A confusing or weird ending of a pay-per-view is not that unusual, just think about the recent match between Seth Rollins and The Fiend at Hell in a Cell.
One of the most confusing and weirdest eliminations at the Royal Rumble took place in the year 2000. Surprisingly, it involved two of the greatest superstars in WWE history, Big Show and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Whoever goes over the top rope first and when both feet hit the ground, you are eliminated. Those are the simple rules of the rumble. However, this simple rule caused some controversy in 2000. Even though The Rock was declared the winner, his feet hit the floor before the Big Show’s!
After the incident, the company decided to include the incident in a storyline and make it appear like it was planned. They eventually brought things to an end at the No Way Out pay-per-view, but this moment is still etched in our mind.
Pinning Does Not Work
We continue our overview of weirdest rumble eliminations with none other than Randy Savage. While we remember his alongside Miss Elizabeth and Hulk Hogan, he also had his own weird Royal Rumble elimination.
During his feud with Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Savage willingly jumped over the top rope and started punching Jake outside the ring. Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon tried to save the situation on commentary, claiming they had not been eliminated as they willingly went over the top rope. I guess that’s one way of looking at it!
Mistakes With Baby Oil!
Baby oil can cause a hazard in the ring! Just ask Stone Cold Steve Austin! During his 1996 Royal Rumble match, baby oil made his slip over the top rope. Austin would later reveal on his podcast that his spot should have lasted a lot longer. Still, the baby oil had different ideas.
Accident Prone Rumble!
This weird elimination needs to be explained in detail to be believed. During the 2005 Royal Rumble, Batista accidently got eliminated by John Cena. However, Batista was supposed to take the win.
As the referees were trying to fix the situation, Vince McMahon came out furious. As he got into the ring to sort things out, he tore his quadriceps. Still, the show must go on and Vince sat down against the ropes in the ring, continuing to bark orders to his wrestlers. We don’t know which moment is more memorable. Batista being eliminated even though he was supposed to win? Or the boss’ mishap?
Khali Gets Seduced
One of my personal favorites of all time involves The Great Khali and the Glamazon Beth Phoenix. In 2010, Phoenix became the second woman to enter the men’s Royal Rumble. With a combination of strength as well as some serious wit, she managed to hold her own.
By seducing The Great Khali and kissing him in the middle of the ring, she managed to eliminate him from the match. Talk about a weird elimination that is etched in our brains! Despite the weirdness of it all, I think this is one of the moments that everyone remembers when it comes to the Royal Rumble.
Vince McMahon Wins The Rumble
In 1999, Vince McMahon won the Royal Rumble to spite Stone Cold Steve Austin. Stone Cold would have won his third rumble back-to-back, but a distraction from The Rock saw him eliminated by Vince McMahon.
A moment such as the one in 1999 would not be appreciated by fans today. However, you have to remember that this moment took place in the height of the feud between Mr. McMahon and Stone Cold Steve Austin. One could arguably say it was the biggest and best feud in wrestling history. This moment was just another reason for Stone Cold Steve Austin to continue torturing Vince McMahon in the most impossible ways.