Funny / Royal Rumble

  • To start us off, WWE's official Top 10 Fails has a number of the examples below contained therein.
  • 1991: Entry #27 was Bushwhacker Luke who, after doing The Bushwhackers' signature Silly Walk to the ring, was grabbed by Earthquake mid-stride and tossed out. This barely slows Luke down, and he simply continues the walk back out of the arena.
  • 1992: Just prior to interviewing Shawn Michaels before the Rumble match for the WWF Championship, Sean Mooney nearly gets down when The Barbarian gruffly walks past him.
  • 1993: Randy Savage executes his flying elbow drop on Yokozuna, and goes for the pin, apparently forgetting that it was the Royal Rumble. Yokozuna responds by tossing Savage over the ropes while still lying on the ground.
  • 1994: Doink the Clown comes out as Diesel and Crush are beating on each other, opting to take the Let's You and Him Fight approach by standing in the other corner laughing at them... until they notice his presence. He then uses a squirting flower to blind them and gain the upper-hand.
  • 1997:
    • Jerry Lawler's entry into the Royal Rumble match. He was already sitting at the commentator's booth when his music began to play, and the last thing he said to Vince was "It takes a King,". He climbed into the ring and was almost immediately knocked out by Bret Hart. He walked back to the commentator's booth and said "to know a King." And for the rest of the Royal Rumble match he forgot he was ever in it.
    • In the same Rumble, three Superstars eliminate themselves: Ahmed Johnson leaves the ring to attack Farooq, Mil Mascaras jumps to the outside, and Farooq is forced to flee from Ahmed after he interferes with a 2x4.
  • Kaientai's repeated interference in the 2000 Rumble. One instance led to Gangrel throwing Taka Michinoku out of the ring, causing Taka to land on his face. Jerry Lawler repeatedly requested to watch the replay throughout the rest of the Rumble.
  • 2001:
    • Kane eliminating the Honky Tonk Man immediately after he sang his song— grabbing his guitar and smashing him over the head with it. And then shaking his head slowly.
      Jerry Lawler: [Kane]'s a music hater!
    • Al Snow hitting Raven in the balls with a bowling ball.
    • Drew Carey enters the Royal Rumble just as Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy eliminate each other. Drew celebrates while he's alone in the ring, but then the timer runs out, and Kane makes his entrance. Drew desperately tries to get out of it, first by begging the referees for help, then offering a handshake to Kane, then trying to bribe him. Just as Kane is setting him up for a chokeslam, however, Raven enters, saving him from certain doom by smacking Kane with a pool cue. While Kane's distracted by Raven, Drew quickly climbs over the ropes and eliminates himself.
  • 2002:
  • 2003:
    • John Cena entered the Rumble with what is quite possibly his best Heel rap ever, where he manages to rhyme "explain to ya" with "WrestleMania" and the thing ends with the brilliant line, "my style is like a swollen penis, you can't beat me."
    • Maven, who in the 2002 Rumble became famous for eliminating The Undertaker with a dropkick, tried to repeat the feat in 2003, and failed miserably.
    • Matt Hardy (Version 1) avoiding elimination on numerous occasions because of Shannon Moore actively keeping Matt from touching the floor through such tactics as lying on the ground & letting Matt stand on him. It took Brock Lesnar F-5ing Hardy out of the ring onto Moore to eliminate him.
  • 2004: Chris Benoit and Randy Orton had just eliminated several guys in a row and then collapsed from exhaustion. The announcers mentioned that the next person to come out would have a huge advantage. But that person turned out to be Ernest "The Cat" Miller, who decided to dance to his theme music alongside his ostentatiously-wigged manager, Lamont, instead. Benoit and Orton were not amused, and threw both of them over the top rope, which was made even funnier by Lamont's wig coming off in Benoit's hand in mid-elimination. One recap listed "Lamont's wig eliminated" in the timeline.
  • 2005:
    • Eddie Guerrero and Ric Flair were drawing their numbers to enter the rumble. Flair seemed overjoyed with his number. Eddie pulled Flair in for a congratulatory hug, and swiftly left the room. Only a little later did Flair find out that Eddie had somehow swapped numbers with him during the hug! Later on Flair and Teddy Long were able to track down Eddie, and Teddy Long forced Eddie to give Flair his number back. But, after Eddie had already handed the number over, Teddy was still holding his hand out. Eddie shook his hand, but Teddy still wasn't impressed. "Hand it over, playa." Eddie then sheepishly handed over Flair's wallet. Cue Eddie making a speedy exit, and Flair becoming absolutely enraged. We later found out during the rumble that Eddie had drawn number one, while Flair had drawn number 30.
    • Eddie and Chris Benoit began the rumble with an exhibition of mat wrestling, when Tough Enough winner Daniel Puder comes down at #3, grabs a mic and boasts that he'll be the first Tough Enough winner to win the Royal Rumble, to Eddie and Benoit's consternation. As soon as he enters the ring, the two veterans immediately begin laying into him with stiff Whooooooooo! chops, taking turns abusing the rookie. Just as they begin throwing him around, notorious rookie hazer Bob Holly enters next and right away begins laying the chops himself. This eventually devolves into the three taking turns holding Puder's arms behind while the others chop him up. This is made funnier by Eddie's reactions the entire time, and even the famously stoic Benoit starts playing it up. Puder is mercifully eliminated after an Alabama Slam from Holly.
    • With eight guys in the ring, four from SmackDown! and four from Raw, they temporarily split up, then a SmackDown! versus Raw fight ensues. When Muhammad Hassan enters the Rumble, however, all the fighting in the ring stops, and all eight superstars immediately gang up on him, setting him up for Rey Mysterio to hit him with a 619, then six of them work together to dump Hassan out of the ring.
    • Kurt Angle came in with a full head of steam and just starts suplexing everyone until he got to Shawn Michaels who super kicked him out of the ring. That was Angle's shortest time in the rumble.
  • 2008:
    • The Miz getting eliminated by Hornswoggle. You're just paying your dues, Miz.
    • Shelton Benjamin was eliminated by Shawn Michaels with Sweet Chin Music after 18 seconds in the ring. The funniest part is the announce table was literally in the middle of praising him and saying how well he would do when it happened.
    • Jimmy Snuka enters at #18. You know who enters after him? Roddy Piper. In the words of good ol' JR, it was as if "time stood still" as the two confronted one another while every other wrestler in the Rumble watches from the sides in disbelief. CM Punk can visibly be seen Corpsing as this happens.
  • 2009: Santino Marella. Full stop. His entry and elimination makes The Warlord rest in peace as he did a huge favor for him. Courtesy of Kane who ends up laughing after his elimination. Funnier that most of the Superstars in the ring stop in confusion regarding his elimination in disbelief or amazement.
  • 2011:
    • Again with Santino Marella, who at this point had averaged about 15 seconds in two Rumble matches, would get knocked out by Sheamus within 20 seconds of his appearance and would have the fortune to fall under the bottom rope. This became a Brick Joke when later on, Alberto Del Rio would be celebrating his apparent victory only to turn around and get hit the with The Cobra! Unfortunately for Santino, he would take a few seconds too long to celebrate, and would instead go home as the runner up when Del Rio reversed his elimination attempt.
    • The New Nexus lead by CM Punk. He's very happy after having four members including himself. He's acting all and mighty with a nice troll face until Khali's music hits in. What he does next? Hide behind his fellow members. Not to mention, CM Punk is still scared in facing Khali in past Royal Rumble matches starting from the first time Khali enters the Royal Rumble in 2007.
  • 2012:
    • The Cobra vs. Mr Socko. After the elimination of Ricardo Rodriguez, these two have a standoff and decide to take out their own 'weapons' and wear it. It's more funnier that once Epico enters the ring and interrupt their battle, he gets Santino's Cobra and eliminated by Foley's Mr Socko in just 11 seconds.
    • Ricardo Rodriguez entering in Alberto Del Rio's place, driving The Alleged Car and imitating Alberto's entrance. This has to go down as one of the funniest swerves ever, since Alberto had been Put on a Bus several weeks before because of injury and injured superstars have had a pattern of returning at the Rumble. Several things made this funnier. First off being that the fans were genuinely entertained and several "Ricardo!" chants broke out. Second, Ricardo (with Mick Foley's help) actually got an elimination. Third and perhaps most hilariously, he was unfortunate enough to end up with a solid, all-white set of ring gear, giving the impression that he was wrestling in his underpants.
    • All three announcers revealed they have entered. However for Michael Cole's case, he was very happy he entered until his expression on his face change when Kharma returned. To make this more epic, he was eliminated by Booker T and Lawler in order to save him from being eliminated by Kharma.
    • Before the Big Show enters the ring, he helps Sheamus eliminate Jack Swagger. Swagger complains and shoves him and Big Show responds by punching him out cold.
  • 2013:
    • The Godfather's cameo in the Rumble. He came out with two of his hoes, removed his coat, sunglasses and hat, entered, and 5 seconds later, was eliminated by Ziggler. All while his music still played! Then, his reaction, which was merely a shrug, take the ladies by the arms and walk back again. All while his music still played!
    • Team Hell No's elimination. After Team Hell No eliminates Khali, Daniel Bryan eliminates his own partner Kane. Knowing it's the rumble, Kane is still in shock while looking at his partner. But it was short-lived for Daniel as he was sent out of the ring by Antonio Cesaro but Kane catches Daniel Bryan. Daniel tells Kane to put him back but he refuses as both Kane and Daniel keep yelling "NO!" And "YES!". After that Daniel was trying to go back in the ring but Kane decides to drop him down instead, eliminating him.
  • 2014:
    • This extended version of the commercial for the Royal Rumble is full of hilarious moments.
    • And when El Torito came and managed to take out Fandango before setting his sights on CM Punk, who just looks at dumbfounded at this sight and turns to Dean Ambrose, one of three guys sent to make sure he doesn't win and asks him something along the lines of "Tell me I'm not the only one who sees this, right?" and Ambrose for a quick second seems to be as confused and shrugs.
    • JBL is introduced at #24, whereupon he stands up from his spot at the announce table, climbs into the ring, hands his coat to Michael Cole... and is promptly eliminated by Roman Reigns, whereupon he resumes his spot at the table and continues on commentary as if nothing had happened.
    • The crowd hating on the Cena/Orton match chanting "Daniel Bryan", "Randy Savage" and "We Want Divas". And the Royal Rumble match itself, after the crowd realized that Daniel Bryan wasn't going to participate in it.
    • Zeb Colter had signs during the entrances of his allies.
  • 2015:
    • Once again the crowd hating on Daniel Bryan's elimination during the Royal Rumble match. Dean Ambrose's and Dolph Ziggler's eliminations didn't help, either. Note that if you hear the crowd chanting "CM Punk" (despite his departure from the company one year ago, mind you) or just getting booed, you know this is coming. And then there was a riot after the show. Why? The fans were demanding the Royal Rumble match continue because Curtis Axel, of all people, had never been eliminated. They really didn't want Roman Reigns to win. Given that the 2015 Rumble took place in smark-heavy Philadelphia, hardly any of this should be surprising.
    • Normally Kofi Kingston has loads of crazy moves that save him from being eliminated. What is this year's safe move? As Adam Rose is about to fall backwards from the apron into the arms of the 'Rosebuds' as Rose makes his entrance, Kofi goes flying over the top rope into the waiting arms of the completely oblivious Rosebuds as Rose looks on confused before yelling at the Rosebuds. As the Rosebuds carry Kofi around the ring, Rose is pulled into the ring & thrown back over the top rope, 2 seconds after the Rosebuds put Kofi on the apron. Only then do the Rosebuds realise their error, as JBL accurately calls them idiots.
  • 2016:
    • R-Truth's Wrong Genre Savvy moment of thinking he was in a Ladder Match. He runs to the ring, pulls out a ladder from underneath it, tosses it in, sets it up, climbs it... and then realizes there's nothing there waiting for him. The ref and the other wrestlers are watching stunned before Kane gets him down and promptly tosses him out.
    • The New Day were a treat the entire night. Not only did Xavier Woods get a new trombone, but a fan in the audience, who was sitting in plain view of the hard-cam, had a sign with a giant Horn of the Unicorn card on it, saying he increased New Day's attack power by 700 pts. Unfortunately, it wasn't LittleKuriboh.
    • Speaking of The New Day, Kofi Kingston again avoided elimination, this time by getting caught by Big E, then getting carried around the ring on his shoulders. However, Kofi would be eliminated by getting dropkicked off the apron by Chris Jericho while trying to get back in the ring.
    • During the Last Man Standing match between Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens:
      Fan: [while Owens is setting up tables] Happy Thanksgiving!
      Owens: Thanksgiving is in November, moron!
    • Also from the Last Man Standing match is Ambrose and Owens trolling Michael Cole. Owens gets tossed over the announce table thanks to a suicide dive and lands on Cole. As he tries to get up, he starts to pie Cole in the face with his hands as Ambrose takes a seat on the table and starts playing around with Cole's iPhone.

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