In the lead up to this year's Royal Rumble, we'll be counting down the 20 greatest moments in the history of WWE's most famous match. This list was determined by a panel that included myself, Geno Mrosko and Sean Rueter. We tried to keep it diverse, with a mix of comedy, emotion, story, and wrestling.
Flew too close to the sun
The Radicalz and Chris Jericho may have been the first Internet darlings, but Paul London was probably the first Internet precious. He was the proto-Daniel Bryan: a guy who could have been capable of anything if WWE could just figure out how to use him, dammit. He and Brian Kendrick may have held the tag team titles forever, but they were treated as an afterthought -- when they were remembered at all.
London got his first chance to really shine during the 2005 Royal Rumble. He was told to get eliminated by Snitsky, and since he was a little guy who could fly, he was told to get eliminated spectacularly.
And boy, did he deliver.
It was probably the craziest elimination any of us had ever seen at that point ... possibly one of the craziest non-hardcore bumps, period. It had us buzzing for minutes afterward and it was one of those moments we rewound again and again. It certainly made WWE fans remember the name "Paul London" forever afterward.
The ironic thing is that the elimination was so spectacular that London claims he drew heat as a result, by putting too much of the spotlight on himself. Sometimes you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't.
But we'll be damned if this isn't one of our favorite Royal Rumble moments, to this day.