Add this to the list of "really good Big Four pay-per-views that don't get enough love." The 2007 Royal Rumble came along at an interesting time, when WWE was finding a balance between copious amounts of nostalgic integration, and letting the stars of tomorrow have a platform for which to shine. The 2007 Rumble struck a nice balance between the two concepts, as evidenced by the final two matches.
The WWE Championship match is one that is woefully underappreciated. John Cena, early in his year-plus reign with the gold, has to vanquish the beastly Umaga in a Last Man Standing match. It's almost unarguably Umaga's greatest match ever, as he and Cena brutalize each other over the course of 23 bloody minutes. Cena has to do what no man has done to date, and that's convincingly and soundly beat the monster into oblivion.
While those latter-day stars worked to steal the show, the Rumble match came down to two classics: The Undertaker, and Shawn Michaels. It was the longest segment between a Rumble's final two, one that could've gone either way, and had the fans watching breathlessly.
On the strength of the last two matches, the 2007 Royal Rumble was a winner, and deserves a little more love than it currently gets.
Here are ten facts about the 2007 Royal Rumble you may not have known.
Justin has been a wrestling fan since 1989, and has been writing about it since 2009. Since 2014, Justin has been a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine. Justin also writes for History of Wrestling, and is a contributing author to James Dixon's Titan series.