Top 5 returns in WWE Royal Rumble history

There’s nothing like a good shock after counting down from 10


Make no mistake about the Royal Rumble is our favourite pay-per-view of the year here at Paddy Power. So much so, we’re are going to spend the next three weeks throwing each other over the desks in the office to build-up to it.

With the PPV taking place on Sunday, January 29 we’ve only got 20 days to wait and see who will be in the main event of the granddaddy of them all, WrestleMania.

We know wrestling is a secret love for most of our loyal punters and to make the time pass quicker to the annual showpiece we’re going to pack you full of wrestling content in the lead up to the Royal Rumble – and it all starts today!

The markets are already buzzing in the lead up to the Rumble, with The Undertaker, Chris Jericho and Ireland’s own Finn Bálor among the early favourites. Of course, we’ll have betting available on the shows other matches, but if you’re only interested the Rumble match you can even punt on who’ll have the most eliminations.

To kick-off our slamming coverage of the Royal Rumble, we’ve had a look at the best and most shocking returns in the events history. Don’t @ us if you disagree with our picks.

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The Honky Tonk Man – 2001

Commonly referring to himself as the ‘greatest Intercontinental Champion’ of all-time, The Honky Tonk Man does have the longest reign in the history of that title. That didn’t matter much to Kane as he battered the Elvis impersonator with his guitar on his return in 2001 however…

Diesel – 2011

When the famous truck sounds went off during the biggest Royal Rumble in history at Boston’s TD Garden, the crowd lost their minds as Diesel returned in 2011. Wade Barrett would eventually take him out later on, but it was nice to see the former WWE and WCW icon again.

John Cena – 2008

To be fair to the master of the Five Knuckle Shuffle, there’s now a begrudging respect for him from the fans that used to boo him out of the building. Part of that comes from his passion to return to the ring from injury as quickly as possible. After suffering a torn pectoral muscle late in 2007, Cena shocked fans by turning up as the 30th entrant in the 2008 Royal Rumble and winning the whole damn thing, despite being expected to be out for over a year.

Chris Jericho – 2013

Y2J is the master of reinventing himself (just look at his latest stuff for starters), but he also loves legitimately shocking the WWE Universe and one of the finest examples of that came at 2013’s version of the Royal Rumble. The best part of it all was no one saw it coming and the crowd in Phoenix lost their minds when they heard ‘break the walls down’.

Edge – 2010

The Rated ‘R’ superstar had torn his Achilles tendon the previous July and wasn’t predicted to be back for over a year. However, the place become unglued when Edge entered at number 29 and punched his ticket to the main event of Wrestlemania 26.

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