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Interesting WWE Royal Rumble Statistics

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The annual WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view, which features the highly entertaining Royal Rumble match itself, a match concept that was created by veteran WWE executive Pat Patterson, takes place in a little over a month from now.

The Rumble match is a unique version of a Battle Royal, where two men enter the ring, and in times intervals, which have ranged from one minute to three minutes over the years, new competitors will enter the match. To be eliminated from the match you must be thrown over the top rope, with both feet hitting the floor. This continues until there is only one man standing. The Rumble winner then goes on to receive a WWE Championship match, usually at the WrestleMania pay-per-view later in the year.

The Royal Rumble is a rare match concept in that it is one of few where rabid wrestling fans will analyze it inside and out. Statistics are a big part of the Rumble, as nearly every year since the match began, fans will look at stats such as who eliminated the most competitors, who lasted in the match the longest, who lasted the least amount of time, and so on and so forth.

Below I have compiled a number of interesting statistics related to the annual event, which since 1988 has been one of the “big four” pay-per-views in WWE. Let’s take a look at some interesting facts connected to the 15-year tradition …

WWE Royal Rumble Stats

WWE Hall Of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin holds the record for most victories in a Royal Rumble match with three. Austin won the Royal Rumble in 1997, 1998 and 2001.

Current WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio holds the record for the longest time in a Royal Rumble match. In the 2006 Royal Rumble, Mysterio lasted a total time of one hour, two minutes and 12 seconds.

Current WWE Superstar Santino Marella holds the record for the shortest time in a Royal Rumble match. In the 2009 Royal Rumble, Marella was eliminated in 1.7 seconds by Kane.

Current WWE Superstar Kane holds the record for most consecutive appearances in a Royal Rumble match. Kane appeared in every Rumble match from 1999 to 2011.

Current WWE Superstar Kane also holds the record for the most eliminations in a single Rumble match, as he eliminated 11 participants in the 2001 Royal Rumble.

WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels holds the record for most overall eliminations, as he has eliminated a total of 39 participants in his combined Rumble appearances.

WWE Hall Of Famer Mick Foley holds the record for most appearances in a Rumble match, as he appeared in the 1998 Rumble match as Mankind, Cactus Jack and Dude Love.

Current WWE Superstar Hornswoggle is the smallest wrestler to compete in an official Royal Rumble match in WWE at 4’4”.

Current WWE Superstar The Great Khali is the tallest wrestler to compete in an official Royal Rumble match at 7’3”.

WWE Hall Of Famer Yokozuna is the heaviest Superstar to win the Royal Rumble, at well over 500 pounds.

Current WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio holds the unique distinction of being the shortest competitor in history to win a Royal Rumble match. He is also the only masked wrestler in history to win the match.

Current WWE Superstar Alberto Del Rio is the fastest newcomer in WWE history to win a Royal Rumble match. Del Rio won the 2011 Royal Rumble after having made his official WWE main roster debut only 163 days prior to the match.

The 1994 Royal Rumble match is the only in history to feature two winners, as Bret “The Hitman” Hart and Lex Luger, who simaltaneously eliminated each other, were both announced as the winners.

Every winner of a Royal Rumble match has held at least one Championship during their reign in the company except for “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, who won the first ever Rumble match in 1988.

Every winner of a Royal Rumble match has held at least one WWE or World Heavyweight Championship during their reign in the company except for “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Big John Studd and Lex Luger.

The longest Royal Rumble match in history was in 2011, when the match lasted one hour, ten minutes and ten seconds. However, the match actually featured 40 Rumble participants instead of the usual 30. The longest Royal Rumble match in history with the regular 30 participants was in 2002. The Royal Rumble match that year lasted one hour, nine minutes and 22 seconds.

The shortest Royal Rumble match in history was in 1998, when the match lasted 33 minutes. However, the match actually featured 20 Rumble participants instead of the usual 30. The shortest Royal Rumble match in history with the regular 30 participants was in 1995. The Royal Rumble match that year lasted 38 minutes and 39 seconds.

Former WWE Superstar Viscera holds the record for the most participants necessary to eliminate him, as it took eight wrestlers to dump him over the top rope during the 2007 Royal Rumble match. His other character, Mabel, also holds second place in this same category, as it took seven wrestlers to eliminate him in the 1994 Royal Rumble match. Tied for third in this category are Earthquake, Rikishi and Muhammad Hassan. In the 1990 Rumble, it took six men to eliminate Earthquake. It took six men to eliminate Rikishi in the 2000 Royal Rumble. It took six men to eliminate Hassan in the 2005 Royal Rumble.

The record for the most consecutive eliminations in a single Royal Rumble match is seven. Three men have accomplished that feat, as Diesel did it in the 1994 Rumble, Rikishi did it in the 2000 Rumble and The Great Khali did it in the 2007 Rumble.

A total of 48 percent of all past Royal Rumble winners have gone on to capture the WWE or World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania during the year that they won.

WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels holds the record for the longest combined amount of time in the Royal Rumble. HBK has spent a total of two hours, 49 minutes and three seconds in his combined Rumble appearances. Runners-up in this category include Chris Benoit, who spent a total of two hours, 37 minutes and 19 seconds, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, who spent two hours, 34 minutes and 12 seconds and Triple H, who spent two hours, 32 minutes and 25 seconds.

While technically entering the Royal Rumble at number 30 would be the best possible entry number, prior to the 2011 Rumble, only The Undertaker (in 2007) and John Cena (in 2008) have actually won the Rumble entering at number 30.

Number 27 is the luckiest entry number in Royal Rumble history, as four men have won a Rumble after entering in that slot (Big John Studd, Yokozuna, Bret “The Hitman” Hart and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin).

WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels and Chris Benoit have won the Royal Rumble match while entering the match at number one. Since one and two both start the match off, technically Vince McMahon and Rey Mysterio have achieved this feat as well, as they both won the Rumble match after entering at number two.

Current WWE Superstar John Cena holds the record for winning a Royal Rumble in the shortest amount of time. Entering number 30 in the 2008 Rumble match, Cena went on to win after spending eight minutes and 27 seconds in the match.

Nine wrestlers who competed in their very first Royal Rumble match have gone on to win the match. Those are “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Big John Studd, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Yokozuna, Lex Luger, Vince McMahon, Brock Lesnar, Chris Benoit and Alberto Del Rio.

Three former WWE Superstars have won two Royal Rumble matches in consecutive years. Hulk Hogan was the first to do it, winning the 1990 and 1991 Rumble matches back-to-back. Shawn Michaels did it in 1995 and 1996, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin did it in 1997 and 1998.

Former WWE Divas Chyna, Kharma and Beth Phoenix are the only women to ever compete in a Royal Rumble match. Additionally, all three ladies successfully managed to eliminate at least one participant during their Rumble appearances.

Royal Rumble Winners

1988 – “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan (entered at number 13)

1989 – Big John Studd (entered at number 27)

1990 – Hulk Hogan (entered at number 25)

1991 – Hulk Hogan (entered at number 24)

1992 – Ric Flair (entered at number 3)

1993 – Yokozuna (entered at number 27)

1994 – Bret Hart and Lex Luger (Hart entered at number 27, Luger entered at number 23)

1995 – Shawn Michaels (entered at number 1)

1996 – Shawn Michaels (entered at number 18)

1997 – Steve Austin (entered at number 5)

1998 – Steve Austin (entered at number 24)

1999 – Vince McMahon (entered at number 2)

2000 – The Rock (entered at number 24)

2001 – Steve Austin (entered at number 27)

2002 – Triple H (entered at number 22)

2003 – Brock Lesnar (entered at number 29)

2004 – Chris Benoit (entered at number 1)

2005 – Batista (entered at number 28)

2006 – Rey Mysterio (entered at number 2)

2007 – The Undertaker (entered at number 30)

2008 – John Cena (entered at number 30)

2009 – Randy Orton (entered at number 8)

2010 – Edge (entered at number 29)

2011 – Alberto Del Rio (entered at number 38)

2012 – Sheamus (entered at number 22)

2013 – John Cena (entered at number 19)

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