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Royal Rumble
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Information
Created by Pat Patterson
Promotion(s) WWE
Brand(s) Raw
SmackDown
First event Royal Rumble (1988)
Signature match types Roya Rumble match

The Royal Rumble is a professional wrestling pay-per-view event, produced every January by professional wrestling promotion WWE. The initial event, however, was not a pay-per-view but was originally shown as a television special on USA Network. The following year's event was the first Royal Rumble pay-per-view event. The first Royal Rumble match, which involved 20 superstars as opposed to the typical 30, was won by Jim Duggan. The event's main feature is a take on a Battle Royal match, entitled the Royal Rumble. The pay-per-view is a part of WWE's "Big Four", along with WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series. The Royal Rumble has been classified as being one of WWE's most popular pay-per-view events.

Dates, venues, and winners

List of Royal Rumble dates, venues and winners
Event Date City Venue Winner Entry
1 1988 January 24, 1988 Hamilton Copps Coliseum Jim Duggan 131
2 1989 January 15, 1989 Houston The Summit Big John Studd 27
3 1990 January 21, 1990 Orlando Orlando Arena Hulk Hogan 25
4 1991 January 19, 1991 Miami Miami Arena 24
5 1992 January 19, 1992 Albany Knickerbocker Arena Ric Flair3 3
6 1993 January 24, 1993 Sacramento ARCO Arena Yokozuna 27
7 1994 January 23, 1994 Providence Providence Civic Center Bret Hart
Lex Luger
27

23

8 1995 January 22, 1995 Tampa USF Sun Dome Shawn Michaels 1
9 1996 January 21, 1996 Frenso Selland Arena 18
10 1997 January 19, 1997 San Antonio Alamodome Stone Cold Steve Austin 5
11 1998 January 18, 1998 San Jose San Jose Arena 24
12 1999 January 24, 1999 Anaheim Arrowhead Pond Mr. McMahon 2
13 2000 January 23, 2000 New York City Madison Square Garden The Rock 24
14 2001 January 21, 2001 New Orleans New Orleans Arena Stone Cold Steve Austin 27
15 2002 January 20, 2002 Atlanta Philips Arena Triple H 22
16 2003 January 19, 2003 Boston Fleet Center James Harrison 4
17 2004 January 25, 2004 Philadelphia Wachovia Center 1
18 2005 January 30, 2005 Frenso Save Mart Center 7
19 2006 January 29, 2006 Miami American Airlines Arena Rey Mysterio 2
20 2007 January 28, 2007 San Antonio AT&T Center The Undertaker 30
21 2008 January 27, 2008 New York Madison Square Garden James Harrison 6
22 2009 January 25, 2009 Detroit Joe Louis Arena Randy Orton 8
23 2010 January 31, 2010 Atlanta Philips Arena Edge 29
24 2011 January 30, 2011 Boston TD Arena Matthew Harrison 382
25 2012 January 29, 2012 St. Louis Scottrade Center Sheamus 22
26 2013 January 27, 2013 Phoenix US Airways Center John Cena 19
27 2014 January 26, 2014 Pittsburgh Consol Energy Center Batista 28
28 2015 January 25, 2015 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center Roman Reigns 19
29 2016 January 24, 2016 Orlando Amway Center Dean Ambrose4 19
30 2017 January 29, 2017 San Antonio Alamodome Bray Wyatt 21

Royal Rumble winner's Wrestlemania championship matches

Winner Event Year Championship match
1 Yokozuna Wrestlemania IX 1993 Yokozuna defeated Bret Hart for the WWF Championship.
2 Lex Luger Wrestlemania X 1994 Luger lost to Yokozuna by disqualification for the WWF Championship.
2 Bret Hart WrestleMania X 1994 Hart defeated Yokozuna for the WWF Championship.
3 Shawn Michaels Wrestlemania XI 1995 Michaels lost to Diesel for the WWF Championship.
4 Shawn Michaels (2) Wrestlemania XII 1996 Michaels defeated Bret Hart in a 60-minute Iron Man Match (1:56 of overtime) for the WWF Championship.
5 Steve Austin Wrestlemania 13 1997 Removed from Wrestlemania
6 Steve Austin (2) Wrestlemania XIV 1998 Austin lost to James Harrison for the WWF Championship
7 Mr. McMahon Wrestlemania XV 1999 Mr. McMahon gave his rights to The Rock who lost to James Harrison for the WWF Championship
8 The Rock Wrestlemania 2000 2000 Four corner elimination match against champion James Harrison, Mick Foley and the Big Show. Harrison retained the WWF Championship.
9 Steve Austin (3) Wrestlemania X-Seven 2001 Austin lost to Harrison for the WWF Championship via knockout. This was a no disqualification match.
10 Triple H Wrestlemania X8 2002 Triple H defeated Chris Jericho for the WWF Championship
11 James Harrison Wrestlemania XIX 2003 Harrison defeated Kurt Angle for the WWE Championship
12 James Harrison (2) Wrestlemania XX 2004 Harrison defeated Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship.
13 James Harrison (3) Wrestlemania 21 2005 Harrison defeated Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship.
14 Rey Mysterio Wrestlemania 22 2006 Mysterio lost his rights to Randy Orton at No Way Out. Mysterio was added to the match at WrestleMania to make a triple threat. Mysterio defeated defending champion Kurt Angle and Orton to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
15 The Undertaker Wrestlemania 23 2007 Undertaker defeated Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship
16 James Harrison (4) Wrestlemania XXIV 2008 Harrison defended his right to a WWE Championship match at WrestleMania against Triple H at No Way Out but after a double disqualification both men were added to the match at WrestleMania. Harrison won the WWE Championship in a triple threat match against Triple H and Randy Orton.
17 Randy Orton Wrestlemania XXV 2009 Orton lost to Harrison for the WWE Championship.
18 Edge WrestleMania XXVI 2010 Edge lost to Harrison for the World Heavyweight Championship
19 Matthew Harrison Wrestlemania XXVII 2011 Harrison defeated Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship
20 Sheamus Wrestlemania XXVIII 2012 Sheamus lost to Harrison for the World Heavyweight Championship
21 John Cena Wrestlemania 29 2013 Cena defended he right to fight at WrestleMania 29 against CM Punk on Raw on February 25. Cena defeated The Rock to win the WWE Championship.
22 Batista WrestleMania XXX 2014 Batista lost a triple threat match, which included previous champion James Harrison, to Daniel Bryan for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
23 Roman Reigns WrestleMania 31 2015 Reigns defended his right to fight at WrestleMania 31 against Daniel Bryan. Reigns lost after Seth Rollins successfully cashed in his Money in the Bank Contract during the match.
24 Dean Ambrose WrestleMania 32 2016 Ambrose defeated Roman Reigns who became #1 contender at Fastlane to retain his title.
25 Bray Wyatt WrestleMania 33 2017 Wyatt lost to The Undertaker for the WWE Championship.

Royal Rumble records

Most Rumble victories

Wrestler Royal Rumble wins Year
James Harrison 4 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008
Stone Cold Steve Austin 3 1997, 1998, 2001
Hulk Hogan 2 1990, 1991
Shawn Michaels 1995, 1996

Longest time spent in a single Royal Rumble

Top 20 individual longest times in a single Royal Rumble match. As of the 2017 Royal Rumble.

No Wrestler Time Year
1 Chris Jericho 1:02:17 2017
2 Rey Mysterio 1:02:12 2006
3 James Harrison 1:01:31 2004
4 Bob Backlund 1:01:10 1993
5 Triple H 1:00:15 2006
6 Ric Flair 1:00:02 1992
7 Roman Reigns 59:50 2016
8 Mr. McMahon 56:38 1999
9 Stone Cold Steve Austin 56:38 1999
10 James Harrison 54:08 1999
11 Kane 53:46 2001
12 Rick Martel 52:17 1991
13 James Harrison 51:48 2007
14 The Rock 51:32 1998
15 James Harrison 51:26 2008
16 Chris Jericho 50:50 2016
17 Triple H 49:58 2009
18 Dolph Ziggler 49:47 2013
19 James Harrison 49:41 2003
20 Rey Mysterio 49:24 2009

(Note: Bold indicates the winner of that year's match.)

Longest cumulative time spent in Royal Rumbles

Only wrestlers who have spent more than 3 cumulative hours are shown. As of the 2017 Royal Rumble.

Wrestler Time
Chris Jericho 4:58:16
James Harrison 4:51:43
Triple H 3:59:37
Rey Mysterio 3:52:45
Shawn Michaels 3:42:30
Kane 3:38:46
Stardust / Cody Rhodes 3:08:30

Most eliminations in a single Royal Rumble

Only wrestlers with at least eight eliminations are shown. As of the 2017 Royal Rumble.

Wrestler No. of eliminations Year
James Harrison 15 2008
James Harrison 13 2007
James Harrison 12 2003
Roman Reigns 12 2014
Kane 11 2001
Stone Cold Steve Austin 10 1997
Hulk Hogan 9 1989
Shawn Michaels 8 1995, 1996
Steve Austin 8 1999
James Harrison 8 1999

Total eliminations in cumulative Royal Rumbles

Top wrestlers with the most eliminations. Only wrestlers with at least 17 eliminations are shown. As of the 2017 Royal Rumble.

Wrestler No. of eliminations Rumbles entered
James Harrison 67 7
Kane 44 19
The Undertaker 39 11
Shawn Michaels 39 12
Stone Cold Steve Austin 36 6
Triple H 32 9
Big Show 31 11
Hulk Hogan 27 4
John Cena 22 7
Roman Reigns 22 3
Randy Orton 20 8
CM Punk 18 6
Batista 17 5
Edge 17 6

Most Rumble appearances

Only wrestlers with at least 8 appearances are shown. As of the 2017 Royal Rumble.

Wrestler Rumbles entered First Rumble Most recent Rumble
Isaac Yankem/Fake Diesel/Kane 19 1996 2016
Shawn Michaels 12 1989 2010
Goldust 11 1997 2016
Big Show 2000 2016
The Undertaker 1991 2017
The Sultan/Fatu/Rikishi 10 1993 2004
Chris Jericho 2000 2017
Mabel/Viscera/Big Daddy V 9 1994 2008
Triple H 1996 2016
The Miz 2007 2016
Kofi Kingston 2009 2017
Papa Shango/The Godfather 8 1993 2013
Mark Henry 1998 2016
K-Kwik/R-Truth 2001 2016
Booker T 2002 2012
Shelton Benjamin 2003 2010
The Great Khali 2007 2014
Cody Rhodes/Stardust 2008 2016
Dolph Ziggler 2009 2016
Matt Hardy 2001 2017
Rey Mysterio 2003 2017
Randy Orton 2004 2017

Female entrants

This is a list of the women who entered the men's rumble prior to 2016 when there was a women's rumble

Diva Rumbles entered
Chyna 2 (1999, 2000)
Beth Phoenix 1 (2010)
Kharma 1 (2012)

Women's Royal Rumble

List of Royal Rumble dates, venues and winners
Event Date City Venue Winner Entry
1 2016 January 24, 2016 Orlando Amway Center Sasha Banks 5
2 2017 January 29, 2016 San Antonio Alamodome Kimber Lee 1

Royal Rumble winner's WrestleMania championship matches

Winner Event Year Championship match
1 Sasha Banks WrestleMania 32 2016 Banks was allowed to challenge for either the
Divas or Women's Championship. She chose to Diva's title and
lost to Ana Sanchez.
2 Kimber Lee WrestleMania 33 2017 Lee announced her plans to challenge for the
Global Championship. She faced Asuka for the title, but she lost the match.

Records

Longest time in a single rumble

No Wrestler Time Year
1 Kimber Lee 44:32 2017
2 Charlotte 38:41 2016
3 Sasha Banks 30:27 2016
4 Lena 25:32 2017
5 Melissa 22:18 2017
6 Paige 21:44 2016
7 Sasha Banks 16:40 2017
8 Bayley 14:32 2016
9 Becky Lynch 12:58 2016
10 Ana Sanchez 11:38 2017

(Note: Bold indicates the winner of that year's match.)

Longest cumulatitive time spent in the rumble

No Wrestler Time
1 Sasha Banks 47:07
2 Kimber Lee 44:32
3 Charlotte Flair 38:41
4 Melissa 27:39
5 Lena 25:32
6 Paige 21:44
7 Becky Lynch 20:23
8 Bayley 14:32
9 Cherry Bomb 14:04
10 Carmella 13:51

Shortest time in a single rumble

Wrestler Time Year
Eva Marie 00:03 2016
Nikki Bella 00:06 2017
Summer Rae 00:07 2016
Stephanie McMahon 00:11 2016
Taryn Terrell 00:58 2016

Most eliminations in a single rumble

Wrestler No. of eliminations Year
Lena 7 2017
Paige 6 2016
Sasha Banks 4 2016
Ana Sanchez 4 2017
Bayley 3 2016
Charlotte 3 2016

Total eliminations in cumulatitive Royal Rumbles

No Wrestler No. of eliminations Rumbles entered
1 Lena 7 1
2 Sasha Banks 6 1
3 Sasha Banks 5 2
4 Ana Sanchez 4 1
5 Bayley 3 1
6 Charlotte Flair 3 1
7 Kimber Lee 2 1
8 Cherry Bomb 2 2

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