We are just waiting for that magic buzzer to sound here at Paddy Power as we’ve finally entered Royal Rumble weekend!
The wait has hit us harder than a Goldberg Jackhammer (no, not that thing in his pants), but we can’t wait for the annual 30-man battle royal to begin on Sunday.
However, sometimes it’s not always the winner of the match that grabs all the headlines in WWE. Often there can be Hornswoggle-like shenanigans during the match that lead to mega-clashes down the road.
With that being said here’s four times brilliant grudges started in the Royal Rumble match.
Shawn Michaels v Kurt Angle – 2005
Without a doubt this is one of the matches you’d paid your WWE network subscription alone for. After HBK Sweet Chin Music’d Angle out of the 2005 Rumble, Angle lost his Olympic cool and attacked Michaels from behind – tossing him out of the match in the process.
What followed was a classic feud, with Angle slapping the Ankle Lock on both Marty Jannetty (HBK’s former tag partner in The Rockers) and Sensational Sherri used to manage The Showstopper in the build-up. The pair would go on to have one of the best matches at the granddaddy of them all, with Angle claiming the all important ‘W’ at Wrestlemania 21.
Hulk Hogan v Randy Savage – 1989
Jealousy was the recurring theme of this rivalry both in and out of the ring, but it all kicked-off for the aptly known as the Mega-Powers at the 1989 Royal Rumble as the Hulkster ‘accidentally’ eliminated The Macho Man.
This act caused The Mega Powers to explode in a bitter row over Savage’s manager and then wife Miss Elizabeth setting up one of the best matches of all time at WrestleMania V.
The Undertaker v Kane – 2004
After burying The American Badass version of The Undertaker alive at Survivor Series, Kane thought he was finished with the Deadman, how wrong he was.
As he entered the 2004 Rumble, The Big Red Machine dominated all around him (as he usually does in the match). However, his act of deception against his brother only forced the resurrection of The Undertaker we know and love today.
Spooky images predicted the return of Taker began at that Rumble and led to The Brothers of Destruction throwing down for the second time at Wrestlemania XX.
Brock Lesnar v Goldberg – 2004
Ok, we know, we know the match at Wrestlemania XX that resulted from this feud was terrible and it was. But, the build-up was excellent and the rivalry is still going now, 13 years later, so give us a break.
Having exchanged views in the back pre-Rumble, Lesnar would attack Goldberg in the match and F5 him causing his elimination. In retaliation, Goldberg would spear Lesnar at No Way Out costing him the WWE title and handing the legendry Eddie Guerrero his first WWE crown (see some good did come out of it).
Oh and Stone Cold Steve Austin was throw in there too, so stop your whinging – brother!