* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Many expected the first women's Royal Rumble in 2018 would be an epic botch fest that would convince the company to never do it again. The match turned out to be on par with some of the better men's Royal Rumble matches over the years, exceeding many people's expectations. While opinions vary as to whether or not it was as good as the men's Rumble that year, the women's Rumble is regarded as deserving of its main event spot.
* AuthorsSavingThrow:
** The 2005 finish was a great fix to a hilarious screw up. After Batista botched the ending, sending both himself and John Cena to the floor at the same time, the referees improvised a bit until things were restarted to get a proper ending.
** The 2018 Men's Rumble, and the finish with Shinsuke Nakamura eliminating Cena and Reigns, was regarded as an apology to the Philadelphia crowd for 2015.
* BrokenBase: The 2016 Royal Rumble. The general perception seems to be that the Rumble itself was a great match: Wrestling/AJStyles debuting to a ''massive'' pop, Wrestling/DeanAmbrose in the final two and looking really strong, etc. What causes the divide is the winner. Some are okay with Wrestling/TripleH winning, since it follows logical storytelling; others are pissed, wanting a younger talent to win. Not helping things is that he eliminated [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ambrose]] to win. All of this being said, everyone agrees that it was ''much'' better than the last two Rumbles.
* ContestedSequel:
** 2014 ended with a floodgate of resentment against WWE over the apparent shafting of Wrestling/DanielBryan in the Rumble, alongside a lackluster performance of the rest of the other matches, and Wresting/{{Batista}} winning the event for a second time. To put this into perspective, Bryan's match against Wrestling/BrayWyatt (which the former lost) was largely declared "Match of the Night". Although it didn't rule him out on being excluded from the Royal Rumble, as the number of entrants appeared and Bryan became a no-show, other superstars (like fan favorite and perpetual-{{Face}} Wrestling/ReyMysterio) [[XPacHeat were met with boos]] when they appeared...yes, '''BOOS'''; no other Royal Rumble in its 20+ year history prior to that event ended with hisses and jeers from the audience, face or heel winner, be it {{Smark}}s or not.
*** As if that wasn't enough, when the event went off the air, with people doing the "NO!" chants, Batista starts mocking Bryan and [[FlippingTheBird flips off the crowd]].
*** Even Wrestling/MickFoley would take to Website/{{Twitter}} to criticize WWE management:
----> "Does WWE actually [[TakeThatAudience hate their own audience]]? I've never been so disgusted with a PPV."
*** It also had the "honor" of being Wrestling/CMPunk's last match. Punk was probably the only other superstar in the Rumble that the fans would have accepted as a replacement winner for Daniel Bryan. When he got eliminated by an already eliminated Kane (who was pulling the "Corporate Kane" schtick at the time, which wasn't being well-received at all), the fans lost all hope and started cheering anybody who wasn't Batista. Then Punk legit quit the company the day afterwards, and the 2014 Royal Rumble was such a PR disaster that the entire "Road to ''Wrestling/WrestleMania''" had to be rewritten just so the event wouldn't implode in on itself.
** History repeated itself as the 2015 Royal Rumble also ended with the live crowd loudly booing winner Wrestling/RomanReigns in similar fashion, including chants for Bryan long after his elimination (including a Wrestling/CMPunk chant, despite his departure from the company). This has produced [[BrokenBase a similarly split reaction]], with some fans angry at the company as a whole for more or less {{Retcon}}ning what happened in the previous year, others angry at the creative team (but not ''at'' Reigns) for derailing Bryan's return momentum, and another group simply happy with how things turned out[[note]]Reigns being given the win coincides with his rumored bump to main event status prior to the Rumble[[/note]]. [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] coming out to support his cousin's victory and endorsing it didn't stop the jeers.
*** The crowd started booing the moment Bryan was eliminated. Oddly enough, when Wrestling/DeanAmbrose made his entry, things started winding down a bit. With his elimination, the outcome became more obvious. The appearance of last hope Wrestling/DolphZiggler also got cheers and heavy support, which quickly died down when he was eliminated.
*** Worth noting that near the end of the match there were "We Want [[Wrestling/AlexanderRusev Rusev]]!" chants. That's right, ''Rusev''; fans would rather have had [[ForeignWrestlingHeel an anti-American heel]] win over Reigns. {{Irony}} ensues, when the crowd in the 2014 Rumble cheered on ''Reigns to win'' when he and Batista were the last ones in the match.
*** The negative reaction was so massive that [=#CancelWWENetwork=] became the number one trending topic on Website/{{Twitter}} ''worldwide'', with many subscribers canceling their subscriptions the website couldn't handle the traffic and got a denial-of-service.
*** To top it off, the PPV was in ''Philadelphia''. Truth of the matter is, had anyone short of Bryan, Ambrose, or Ziggler had won, the crowd wouldn't have gone home happy. The fact that it was ''Reigns'' means that while most fans around the world were mad, Philly was going to be downright ''impossible'' to placate.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: In a case of TropesAreTools, after the two events illustrated above caused low expectations for the 2016 Royal Rumble, it ended up actually having fans genuinely surprised and elated when it turned out not to be the worst Rumble in history (except to Wrestling/BretHart). The highlight of the match was obviously Wrestling/AJStyles, but other parts of the event were well-received as well, such as the Last Man Standing match for the Intercontinental Championship between Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens. Some have even called it the best Rumble in the last five years.
* MostWonderfulSound: The Rumble's signature buzzer. Especially when a favorite superstar's entrance theme follows.
* RootingForTheEmpire: It really says a lot about how hated Wrestling/RomanReigns is when the fans are willing to cheer for Wrestling/TripleH to win the title in 2016 as long as Reigns isn't the one to hold it. In fact, one of the only times Hunter was not universally cheered during that match is when it was down to the final two and his last opponent was EnsembleDarkhorse Wrestling/DeanAmbrose, and the pop Hunter got when he personally eliminated Reigns (and followed it up with Wrestling/DGenerationX crotch chops) was one of the biggest in the entire match. It's all but confirmed that the reason Ambrose was the runner-up was because eliminating him was the only way Hunter was going to get heel heat after eliminating Reigns.
* SignatureScene:
** 1988: Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan's signature "Hoooo!" and a big thumbs up after winning the first event. Also, during the undercard, Wrestling/JesseVentura giving a little too much assistance to Dino Bravo in "helping" set a (non-legit) bench press record of 715 pounds.
** 1990: Wrestling/HulkHogan and Wrestling/UltimateWarrior's showdown during the Rumble match.
** 1991: Wrestling/SgtSlaughter defeating the Wrestling/UltimateWarrior for the WWF championship.
** 1992: Wrestling/RicFlair winning the Royal Rumble to win the WWF Championship.
** 1993: Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}} winning the Royal Rumble.
** 1994: Wrestling/BretHart and Wrestling/LexLuger becoming the only co-winners to date.
** 1995: Wrestling/ShawnMichaels winning the Royal Rumble as the #1 entrant, under very controversial circumstances.
** 1997: Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin winning the Royal Rumble under controversial circumstances.
** 1998: Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker in a casket match.
** 1999: [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] vs [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] in the first-ever "I Quit" match.
** 2000: Either Wrestling/TripleH vs Cactus Jack in a street fight for the WWF Title or The Rock winning the Royal Rumble.
** 2001: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin winning his third Royal Rumble.
** 2002: Wrestling/TripleH winning the Royal Rumble.
** 2003: Wrestling/KurtAngle vs. Wrestling/ChrisBenoit for the WWE Championship.
** 2004: Chris Benoit winning the Royal Rumble as the #1 entrant, [[PaterFamilicide though events years later]] [[CanonDiscontinuity have tarnished this.]]
** 2005: Wrestling/{{Batista}} winning the Rumble by last eliminating Wrestling/JohnCena, but only after both men had gone over the top ''simultaneously'' in one of the best botches in wrestling history.
** 2006: Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}} surviving the Royal Rumble match in over an hour.
** 2007: Wrestling/TheUndertaker winning the Royal Rumble by last eliminating Shawn Michaels.
** 2008: Wrestling/JohnCena returning from injury as the #30 entrant and winning the Rumble.
** 2009: Wrestling/MattHardy betraying his brother Jeff, allowing Westling/{{Edge}} to win the WWE championship.
** 2010: Westling/{{Edge}} returning from injury and winning the Rumble.
** 2011: Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio winning the first-ever 40-man Royal Rumble or the Wrestling/JohnMorrison "Spider-Man" spot.
** 2012: Wrestling/KofiKingston doing his very first "Rumble Save" moment.
** 2013: The Rock defeating Wrestling/CMPunk to win the WWE Title for the eighth time.
** 2014: Wrestling/{{Batista}}'s controversial Rumble victory.
** 2015: Either Wrestling/BrockLesnar vs. Wrestling/JohnCena vs. Wrestling/SethRollins for the WWE title or Wrestling/RomanReigns' controversial Rumble victory.
** 2016: Either Wrestling/AJStyles debuting in the Royal Rumble match or Triple H winning the match to win the WWE Title.
** 2017: Either Wrestling/JohnCena winning the WWE Title for the 16th time, tying Wrestling/RicFlair; or Wrestling/RandyOrton winning his 2nd Royal Rumble.
** 2018: Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura's celebration after winning the Royal Rumble, and Creator/RondaRousey's debut after [[Wrestling/KanakoUrai Asuka]] won the first-ever Women's Royal Rumble.
** Greatest Royal Rumble: Titus O'Neil's trip running down the ramp [[EpicFail and sliding underneath the ring]].
* SignatureSong: "Hero" by Music/{{Skillet}}, the 2010 theme. Which was so awesome they included it in ''[=SmackDown=] vs. Raw 2010''.
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: Every Rumble after the 2015 Rumble has gotten this reaction, with the 2018 men's Rumble having been considered one of the best Rumbles of all time.
* ToughActToFollow: Due to the novelty of the women's Rumble, it was decided it would main event the 2018 ''Royal Rumble'' PPV, so the men's Rumble was placed in the middle of the show. Said Rumble was the best Rumble the company had in ''years'', and subsequently wore out the crowd. The fans were dead for the following two matches, and it's believed that one of the main reasons why the women's Rumble had a proportionally higher amount of nostalgia entrants was to pop the crowd for the match and re-energize them.
* WTHCastingAgency: Some people were somewhat annoyed at Wrestling/KellyKelly's appearance in the first Women's Royal Rumble match, as they felt that she personified many things that the division had gotten away from in recent years. It should be noted that Wrestling/AliciaFox and Wrestling/{{Paige}} both got injured shortly before the Rumble, so she may have been a last minute replacement.
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