For the first time in history, the upcoming WWE Royal Rumble show will feature a women’s Royal Rumble bout.
Various names are already being bandied about as potential winners of the inaugural match, with perhaps the most interesting of all being that of Ronda Rousey.
Former UFC star Rousey has been training for her pro wrestling debut for a number of months now, and while a potential Rumble win in her first-ever match would certainly make for a major story, given that it’ll take place in front of a live crowd there’s always the risk that it may not go down quite so well on the day.
It’s something we’ve seen plenty of times before in Royal Rumble history, with certain plans that may have sounded good on paper going on to bomb in actuality. And then there’ve been those instances that haven’t been planned at all but also contributed to Royal Rumble disasters in their own right.
Here, we look back at ten such examples of things going wrong, or perhaps not quite as well as planned, over the course of the Royal Rumble’s 30-odd-year history.