In this series, we look back on every Royal Rumble event to date. Up next: Royal Rumble 2007, featuring Undertaker making history by becoming the first wrestler to win after drawing number 30.
Event: Royal Rumble 2007
Date: January 28, 2006
Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas
Last Eliminated: Shawn Michaels
Iron Man: Edge
Quickest Out: The Miz
Most Eliminations: Great Khali
This match was dominated by big men. Kane wrecked shop when he came in, as did Great Khali. Actually, in the case of the latter, he was used as a phenomenal set up to bring in Undertaker at the number 30 spot. Khali was tossing everyone he came into contact with, seemingly on his way to winning the match with little to no effort.
Then, just as Michael Cole wondered aloud "who can stop this man," Undertaker's gong hit as the final entrant in the match, a position that had not produced a winner ever before. Naturally, "The Deadman" took Khali out of the match and went on to win, making history.
He eliminated Shawn Michaels last after an awesome one-on-one battle, which was a great story thanks to the storied past shared by the two and the respect they held within the company. The match was also in Michaels' hometown, so the crowd was super hot for this, though no one booed when 'Taker tossed him out.
Two records were also set in this match: It took eight wrestlers to eliminate Viscera, making for the most ever. The previous high was seven when it took that many to dump Yokozuna from the 1994 Rumble. And Kane entered the match for the 11th time in his career, setting a new mark for most times entered in a Rumble match.