WWE Royal Rumble 2023 Records Predictions: Who Will Score the Most Eliminations?

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Welcome to part 2 of my predictions series breaking down which WWE Superstars will be entering the record books when it comes to the 2023 Royal Rumble matches.

In part 1, I focused my 3-Count on the men and women I think could have the best staying power and last the longest. For this part, I want to shift my attention onto people who may play the best offense, instead, by scoring the most eliminations and tossing people out left and right.

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While we don’t know the full field of competitors for either the men or women’s matches, I’ve narrowed down my picks to the top 3 Superstars I think have the best chance of standing out as the most dominant wrestlers in the crowd.

In no particular order, let’s start digging…

WOMEN’S ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH

Rhea Ripley

Look at how she’s been booked recently and tell me she doesn’t stand out as the powerhouse of this match. In particular, she was one of the first four names announced for this, which usually also means that she’s going to be given a prominent spot.

I have her down as a potential favorite to win, so I’m obviously anticipating her having at least a few eliminations. Considering how it often only takes around 4-7 in any given year to take that honor, I can certainly see her tossing out closer to the 10 mark.

She’s been slamming Luke Gallows and such. If she walks out of this match not having taken out a handful of opponents, I’ll be shocked.

Raquel Rodriguez

One of my other favorites to win, Raquel Rodriguez, could be the type of Superstar they set up nicely by being the one to take out a Rhea Ripley type. They’re friends. I’m sure they’d enjoy that spot.

Rodriguez has been perpetually booked as one of the most physically strong in the women’s division. I can see her being the fresh face that wins the Royal Rumble and goes on to win the title at WrestleMania from Charlotte Flair.

It certainly isn’t a guarantee by any means. But even if she fails to win, look at how someone like Roman Reigns fared in 2014 when he was the runner-up to Batista. It gave him a star-making performance with the most eliminations, but he was still being built up for the next year.

Ronda Rousey

If Ronda Rousey is in this match—and she hasn’t been announced at the time I’m writing this—she’s OBVIOUSLY going to have a strong showing.

I don’t have her on the list for the longest time, though, because I think she won’t be out there all too long. But when she does pop up (again, if), she’ll be a flurry of offense that eliminates a handful of people in rapid succession.

There’s always a chance she wins and challenges Bianca Belair. If that happens, you can already count 1 elimination toward her total. But I think more than likely, we’re looking at the 5-7 range, rather than her just taking out one big name at the very end.

5 HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • Becky Lynch – You can’t count out The Man. It would be foolish not to have her on this list.
  • Liv Morgan – Considering she could pop up at the No. 1 spot and last a long time, an elimination every few minutes could rack up in no time.
  • Damage CTRL – Yes, as a trio, Bayley, Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky could gang up on other Superstars. We’ve seen it before with groups like Evolution and Legacy. Maybe we’re in store for another one of those Royal Rumbles.
  • Shayna Baszler – If Rousey doesn’t compete, The Queen of Spades stands a better chance to match her previous record of 8 eliminations. Even if Rousey is in the match, these two could team up to take people out.
  • Naomi – I’m taking a shot in the dark to say Naomi not only returns here, but that she could turn heel, join The Bloodline, win, and fight for either of the titles at WrestleMania. In doing so, a few eliminations makes sense.

MEN’S ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH

Bobby Lashley

He’s called The All Mighty for a reason. Once he steps in the ring, he’s going to showcase his power by making quick work of whoever is there.

I don’t think Lashley stands much of a chance to win this match. It just isn’t his year, despite how he’d be a default challenger for Roman Reigns if others got injured. But a nice consolation prize could be that he comes off as the most dominant guy in the match who just happens to get taken out by another big gun like Brock Lesnar or the next person listed here.

Gunther

Gunther’s suffered very minimal losses in his WWE career over these past several years. He’s progressively booked like a behemoth who can chop down almost anyone, no matter how big they are. And when he’s in the ring against someone smaller, he tosses them around like they’re nothing.

The Royal Rumble is a great mechanism for pushing younger talent and giving them a standout moment. Gunther is exactly in that type of position right now, and with the Intercontinental Championship around his waist, the better showing he has, the better that title looks.

Cody Rhodes

So much is revolving around The American Nightmare that you have to put him down as a favorite for all aspects this year. This includes the possibility that he starts off super early (#1 or #2) and goes the distance, having to shave off a few opponents along the way.

If WWE wants to showcase Rhodes earning that title shot, that’s one of the best ways to do it. Otherwise, if he just comes out around #25 and takes out 1 or 2 people, it will come off more like an easy win.

Even if someone like The Rock shows up and wins this, I think we can count on Cody being one of the prime focal points who could take almost anyone out and it would be realistic.

5 HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • Seth Rollins – As mentioned in my Iron Man section of the previous post, I think Rollins stands a good chance to start off against Rhodes and still be in the Final 4. They could be trading off eliminations left and right.
  • Brock Lesnar – If The Beast Incarnate shows up, he’s getting a few eliminations, guaranteed. Anyone is fair game. Lashley? Gone. Logan Paul? Adios. John Cena? I can’t see you later. Fittingly, Lesnar holds the record alongside…
  • Braun Strowman – The Monster Among Men has 13 eliminations in the Greatest Royal Rumble and had the most eliminations in 2016 (4), 2017 (7) and 2019 (5). With that track record, he’s clearly in the running.
  • Drew McIntyre – The Scottish Warrior won’t win this, so maybe this is the backup plan for him to look strong.
  • Karrion Kross – This is more of a shot in the dark. All things considered, Kross hasn’t accomplished much since his return. I’m banking more on him getting one good elimination, rather than a series of them, but it’s still within the realm of possibility. I can picture Kross taking out 5 people more than I even can someone like Omos, who will be more about how you can’t take him out rather than how he’s eliminating others.

Who do you think will end up eliminating the most wrestlers? What number do you think they’ll reach? Tell us your predictions in the comments below!

For more information on Royal Rumble statistics, check out my running page of records on Smark Out Moment here: http://www.smarkoutmoment.com/p/wwe-royal-rumble-statistics-records.html

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