We watch the Royal Rumble, ultimately, for the carnage. 30 of WWE’s finest superstars past and present, filling the ring, and hurling one another around. It’s chaos, basically, and the very notion of orchestrating that many performers at once seems nigh on impossible.
Once the mayhem dies down, though, we’re left with just two. A well produced Rumble allows for subplots to play out across the hour long match, and it doesn’t get much more intense than the final two - a head to head clash, with the winner ascending to WrestleMania, the loser nought but a footnote in history.
Done right, the final two competitors have the chance to play out a mini-match in front of a (hopefully) by now molten crowd. The stakes couldn’t be higher, and the best superstars have taken the opportunity to demonstrate just why they’re the survivors of the high octane bout.
These 10 duos saw their status as the final two as an opportunity to headline the Rumble, and put on a show worthy of the position. Whether this was down to crowd intrigue, the inventiveness of the finish, or simple wrestling quality, they ensured that the audience went home talking about them.