The Royal Rumble is one of the most anticipated events on a
wrestling fan’s calendar each year. When done well, it builds drama and
suspense, delivers surprises, creates new stars and star-making moments, and
establishes potential new angles going forward.
Throughout its 30-plus year history, the Royal Rumble has produced
some signature moments that have been etched into wrestling history. It also
has served to kick off WrestleMania season, the sports equivalent of the playoffs.
And with a long history in WWF/E and being an event that easily lends itself to
record-keeping, there are plenty of statistics, numbers and records that can be
gathered about the Rumble.
Some of these statistics are pretty well-known facts: Who
has the record for eliminations in a Rumble? Who has lasted the longest in a
Rumble match? Who has won the most Royal Rumbles? But there are plenty of stats
and facts that are a little harder to come by, which we’ll dive into here.
For purists, last year’s Greatest Royal Rumble might be seen
as an abomination. The Royal Rumble takes place in January, with a world title
shot on the line (or the title itself). It’s not some massive sop to a foreign country
because they opened their checkbook. We’ll try to separate these out as best as
possible and acknowledge incorporation whenever possible.
Let’s take a look at some of the Royal Rumble statistics
that you really should know before the big match.
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.