#3. “The Longest Run”
(Rey Mysterio) – 2006 Royal Rumble
There are many underdogs in the WWE’s history, Rey Mysterio is the biggest one of them all. For his size mostly and the fact that majority of his opponents with his time at the top fought a lot, giants. In 2006’s Royal Rumble, Triple H and Rey Mysterio drew numbers #1 & #2 respectively. Triple H, Mysterio, and Orton were the final three participants. Triple H and Orton teamed to eliminate Mysterio but failed to do so, instead, Mysterio performed a 619 on both men, and then eliminated Triple H from the match. As retaliation, Triple H assaulted Mysterio and threw him into the steel steps, before rolling him back into the ring for Orton to eliminate. Orton tried to eliminate Mysterio, but Mysterio countered and was able to eliminate Orton to win the 2006 Royal Rumble match. Mysterio paid tribute to Guerrero by winning the match saying that he had won the match for Guerrero. Mysterio broke the record for lasting the longest in a Royal Rumble match, 1:02:12. The previous record was 1:01:30, set by Chris Benoit at the 2004 Royal Rumble. Finally, Mysterio was the second person to win from the #2 slot, the first being Vince McMahon in the 1999 Royal Rumble.
Rey Mysterio was awarded a match against Kurt Angle for the World Heavyweight Championship which was scheduled to take place at WrestleMania 22 but before that, Mysterio defended his spot against Randy Orton at No Way Out. Orton won the match and Rey’s title shot. Mysterio would later be readded to the match, forming a Triple Threat match between Angle, Mysterio, and Orton. At No Way Out, Angle successfully defended the World Heavyweight Championship against The Undertaker but lost the title to Mysterio at WrestleMania.
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