There are a lot of professional wrestling matches that exude excitement. Match types like Money in the Bank, Hell in a Cell, or Elimination Chamber all draw attention for their reasons. AEW has recently added some stipulations to the list like Anarchy in the Arena. And no one can forget old favorites like the Texas Deathmatch. But none stand above the WWE Royal Rumble as the most exciting match type in professional wrestling.
The Royal Rumble represents everything exciting about professional wrestling. The unknown of who is coming down the ramp. Multiple options for who will be the last man and woman standing in the ring. The implications of what an entry position, making it to the last four, and obtaining a victory means for the future of an individual and the promotion. All those are directly tied to what happens every January during the WWE Royal Rumble.
When done right, it’s hard to top what the Royal Rumble brings to wrestling. Are there examples of Rumbles that were marred by bad booking? Of course, look no further than the 2022 edition when Ronda Rousey and Brock Lesnar won to the overwhelming sound of fans all rolling their eyes at once. But there are certainly examples of when Rumble has delivered several top moments of the year. Think of moments like the Mega Powers of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage finally blowing up in 1989, Chyna entering back-to-back men’s Rumbles in 1999 and 2000, AJ Styles debut in 2016, John Cena’s surprise return in 2008, and plenty more moments that fans can all point to remembering. There are so many it’s almost hard to list them all out.
The 2024 edition of the Royal Rumble looks to be an especially important event. Free agency is shaping up to be the theme of 2024. Several top stars are coming to terms with contracts, and fans are speculating where they will show up next. While AEW seems like the landing point for many of them, WWE should never be counted out when it comes to bringing in new names. The Royal Rumble is the perfect place to do so. Could individuals like Kamille or Kazuchika Okada show up in the match? Potentially, under the right circumstances. Those are the types of moments that make every countdown important.
There are a lot of matches to get excited about. Professional wrestling truly has something for everyone. But the WWE Royal Rumble is the most exciting match of them all because the implications can be felt across the entire industry.