* 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) were met with boos when they appeared...yes, '''BOOS'''; no other Royal Rumble in its 20+ year history ended with hisses and jeers from the audience, 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 {{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 repeats 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. That's right: one of the most popular and beloved wrestlers of all time couldn't calm down the raging crowd.
*** 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 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. Needless to say, the 2015 Royal Rumble may have [[JumpingTheShark become the tipping point]].
*** 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:
** After the two events illustrated above, fans have lost so much faith in the main roster's booking that many admit they're watching the Royal Rumble just to see how the company screws it up this year. In fact, many believe that the crowd hijacking the show for a ''third time'' might not be enough to convince the company to change their plans and give the fans what they want, which, after ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 2015'', seems to be a ForegoneConclusion these days.
** In a case of TropesAreNotBad, low expectations for the 2016 Royal Rumble actually had 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.
* RootingForTheEmpire: It really says a lot about how hated Wrestling/RomanReigns is when the fans are willing to cheer for Wrestlig/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.
* SignatureScene:
** 1988: HacksawJimDuggan's signature "Hoooo!" and a big thumbs up after winning the first event. Also, during the undercard, JesseVentura giving a little too much assistance to Dino Bravo in "helping" set a (non-legit) bench press record of 715 pounds.
** 1992: Wrestling/RicFlair winning the Royal Rumble to win the WWF Championship.
** 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.
** 2003: Wrestling/KurtAngle vs. Wrestling/ChrisBenoit for the WWE Championship.
** 2004: Chris Benoit winning the Royal Rumble as the #1 entrant.
** 2005: Wrestling/{{Batista}} winning the Rumble by last eliminating John Cena, but only after both men had gone over the top ''simultaneously'' in one of the best botches in Wrestling history.
** 2006: [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]] 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 at No. 30 and winning the Rumble.
** 2011: Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio winning the first-ever 40-man Royal Rumble.
** 2013: The Rock defeating Wrestling/CMPunk to win the WWE Title for the eighth time.
** 2015: John Cena vs Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins for the WWE title.
** 2016: Wrestling/AJStyles debuting in the Royal Rumble match or Triple H winning the match to win the WWE Title.
* SignatureSong: "Let it Rock", the 2009 theme. If that is disqualified due to SoundtrackDissonance, then the title goes to "[[Music/{{Skillet}} Hero]]", the 2010 theme.
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