WrestleZone’s Top 10: Royal Rumble Match Moments

Josh Isenberg

Number 8: A Journey Completed

May 21, 2001 could have been the worst night in the life of Triple H. On Raw, he tore his left quadriceps muscle when trying to break up a Walls of Jericho from Chris Jericho on Stone Cold Steve Austin. With a huge Invasion storyline coming to fruition, The Game had to sit out for over eight months to repair this career threatening injury. When his return was teased for Madison Square Garden in January of 2002, people felt he would come back, but unsure of how he looked and what his health consisted of. The Garden exploded and out came a juiced up Game, one who looked in even better shape. He would go on to Atlanta and the Royal Rumble match to try and earn a shot at the Undisputed WWE Championship at WrestleMania X-8. Entering at 22, The Game would eliminate Kurt Angle to earn the right to face Chris Jericho in Toronto. This was a tremendous journey for a man whose career was in question. His recovery, his attitude, and his desire to come back better than ever makes this story incredible to watch from beginning to end. His popularity rose even higher upon his return, and the Royal Rumble was the first of many shining moments he would see in years to come.

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