Every WWE Royal Rumble's Best Performer
The MVPs, the anchors, the marathon men and women, and those who held every Rumble together.
1988 - Bret Hart
Sure, in 1988 Bret Hart was still a good few years away from his big singles push, but he was easily the MVP of the very first Royal Rumble match.
The match itself was won by 'Hacksaw' Jim Duggan, but Duggan didn't really stand out and neither did anybody else bar The Hitman. To put it into perspective, the '88 Rumble lasted only a little longer than half an hour, and Bret Hart was in the ring for a solid 25 minutes, starting at #1 before eventually being eliminated by Don Muraco.
Being the inaugural Royal Rumble match, it was certainly a concept in its infancy, as reflected by having 20 superstars in the match as oppose to 30. It's also testament to Hart at how well a job he did with what he had to work with. Guys like Jake Roberts and eventual winner Duggan were over huge with the crowd, but most of the superstars out there were names like Ron Bass, Boris Zhukov, Hillbilly Jim, Sam Houston, Danny Davis and One Man Gang.
It may have been a shorter version of what fans are accustomed to today, but the first Royal Rumble was fun for what it was, and Bret Hart stood head and shoulders above the competition.