10 Wrestlers Who Hated WWE Royal Rumble Spots

9. Management Hated Paul London's Brilliant Bump - 2005

WWE Royal Rumble 2005 Vince McMahon

WWE is an incredibly petty company. In a way, it is almost impressive. The world’s largest wrestling promotion seems to have the flakiest of skin, liable to throw a hissy fit at the most ridiculous of events. Heck, the company is not above punishing its own performers for, you know, trying to make the show better.

Paul London was a victim of this, in the aftermath of the 2005 Royal Rumble. One of the few things that anybody remembers from that Rumble (besides from the finish, but let’s not get ahead ourselves) was London’s dramatic elimination at the hands of Snitsky. The junior heavyweight found himself on the apron as Big Gene came hurtling towards him, lariat-a-waiting. The clothesline found his mark, and London essentially performed a shooting star press to the floor. It was magnificent.

According to various reports following the match, WWE brass was mighty unhappy with what it saw as an attempt to stand out. London was punished, doing a whole lot of nothing for the rest of the year before his team with Brian Kendrick was established a year later. Yes, ‘winning the Cruiserweight Championship’ counts as doing a whole lot of nothing in WWE.

To be fair to Snitsky, it wasn’t his fault.


Born in the middle of Wales in the middle of the 1980's, John can't quite remember when he started watching wrestling but he has a terrible feeling that Dino Bravo was involved. Now living in Prague, John spends most of his time trying to work out how Tomohiro Ishii still stands upright. His favourite wrestler of all time is Dean Malenko, but really it is Repo Man. He is the author of 'An Illustrated History of Slavic Misery', the best book about the Slavic people that you haven't yet read. You can get that and others from www.poshlostbooks.com.