Here are some statistics and records for the WWE Royal Rumble event over the years including entrants from 2007 onward, heel/face breakdowns of the competitors, a list of all winners, longest iron man times, most eliminations and some more standard occurrences that seem to show up each and every year.

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WINNERS

ROYAL RUMBLE WINNERS (by year):

1988 = Hacksaw Jim Duggan (#13)
1989 = Big John Studd (#27)
1990 = Hulk Hogan (#25)
1991 = Hulk Hogan (#24)
1992 = Ric Flair (#3)
1993 = Yokozuna (#27)
1994 = Lex Luger (#23) / Bret Hart (#27)
1995 = Shawn Michaels (#1)
1996 = Shawn Michaels (#18)
1997 = Steve Austin (#5)
1998 = Steve Austin (#24)
1999 = Vince McMahon (#2)
2000 = The Rock (#24)
2001 = Steve Austin (#27)
2002 = Triple H (#22)
2003 = Brock Lesnar (#29)
2004 = Chris Benoit (#1)
2005 = Batista (#28)
2006 = Rey Mysterio (#2)
2007 = Undertaker (#30)
2008 = John Cena (#30)
2009 = Randy Orton (#8)
2010 = Edge (#29)
2011 = Alberto Del Rio (#38)
2012 = Sheamus (#22)
2013 = John Cena (#19)
2014 = Batista (#28)
2015 = Roman Reigns (#19)
2016 = ?

  • Steve Austin holds the record for most Royal Rumble victories at 3.
  • Four people have won 2 Royal Rumbles (Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan, John Cena and Batista)
  • Number 27 is the luckiest number with the most Royal Rumble winners at 4, but #24 is close with 3.
  • Batista is the only person to win from the same spot twice, at #28
  • 2007 and 2008 is the only time the same number won in succession (#30)
  • When adjusted for inflation, Hacksaw Jim Duggan's #13 entrance number out of 20 wrestlers instead of 30 becomes an equivalent of #19.5 (rounded up to #20) by today's standards
  • When adjusted for deflation, Alberto Del Rio's #38 win out of 40 wrestlers translates to #28.5 (rounded up to #29) by today's standards
  • When factoring in both Lex Luger's and Bret Hart's victories as well as the adjusted entry numbers for Duggan and Del Rio, the 29 Royal Rumble victors had an average winning entry number of 19.758, otherwise known as #20.

However, statistics show that entries #1-10 have produced 7 winners, entries #11-20 have only produced 4 winners, and entries #21-30 have produced 18 winners (if you count #38).

Therefore, 62% of the time the winner will be from 21-30, 13.7% of the time the winner will be from 11-20, and 24% of the time they'll be in the first 1-10 entrants.

Judging by that, the #20 entrance will NOT be the winner of this next Royal Rumble most likely, but the safe bet is 21-30. Out of that group of numbers, the one with the highest winning record is good old #27 with 4 and second place is tied between #24 and #29. Keeping that in mind, our next winner should be either #25 or #26 to compensate for repetition.

ELIMINATIONS

MOST ELIMINATIONS (by year):

1988 = One Man Gang (6)
1989 = Hulk Hogan (9)
1990 = Ultimate Warrior (6)
1991 = Hulk Hogan (7)
1992 = Sid Justice (6)
1993 = Yokozuna (7)
1994 = Lex Luger + Diesel (7)
1995 = Shawn Michaels (8)
1996 = Shawn Michaels (8)
1997 = Steve Austin (10)
1998 = Steve Austin (7)
1999 = Steve Austin (8)
2000 = Rikishi (7)
2001 = Kane (11)
2002 = Undertaker + Steve Austin (7)
2003 = Chris Jericho (6)
2004 = Chris Benoit (6)
2005 = Batista + Edge (5)
2006 = Rey Mysterio (6)
2007 = The Great Khali (7)
2008 = Triple H (6)
2009 = Triple H + Big Show (6)
2010 = Shawn Michaels (6)
2011 = CM Punk + John Cena (7)
2012 = Cody Rhodes (5)
2013 = Ryback + Sheamus (5)
2014 = Roman Reigns (12)
2015 = Bray Wyatt + Roman Reigns + Rusev (6)
2016 = 

MOST ELIMINATIONS (total): Kane (43 or 42), Shawn Michaels (41 or 39)

* NOTE: WWE sometimes does not acknowledge Kane's elimination from the 1996 Royal Rumble as the Isaac Yankem character. Also, WWE only recognizes 39 of HBK's eliminations.

MOST ELIMINATIONS (in a single match): Roman Reigns (12), previously Kane (11)

AVERAGE MOST ELIMINATIONS: 7


TIME

EACH YEAR'S IRON MAN TIME:

1988 = Bret Hart (00:25:42) - Entrant #1
1989 = Mr. Perfect (00:27:58) - Entrant #4
1990 = Ted DiBiase (00:44:47) - Entrant #1
1991 = Rick Martel (00:52:17) - Entrant #6
1992 = Ric Flair (00:59:26) - Entrant #3
1993 = Bob Backlund (1:01:10) - Entrant #2
1994 = Bam Bam Bigelow (00:30:12) - Entrant #15
1995 = Shawn Michaels (00:38:41) - Entrant #1
1996 = Hunter Hearst Helmsley (00:48:01) - Entrant #1
1997 = Stone Cold Steve Austin (00:45:07) - Entrant #5
1998 = The Rock (00:51:32) - Entrant #4
1999 = Vince McMahon (00:56:38) - Entrant #2
2000 = Test (00:26:17) - Entrant #10
2001 = Kane (00:53:46) - Entrant #6
2002 = Stone Cold Steve Austin (00:26:46) - Entrant #19
2003 = Chris Jericho (00:38:54) - Entrant #2
2004 = Chris Benoit (1:01:30) - Entrant #1
2005 = Chris Benoit (00:47:26) - Entrant #2
2006 = Rey Mysterio (1:02:12) - Entrant #2
2007 = Edge (00:44:02) - Entrant #5
2008 = Batista (00:37:42) - Entrant #8
2009 = Triple H (00:49:55) - Entrant #7
2010 = John Cena (00:22:11) - Entrant #19
2011 = CM Punk (00:35:21) - Entrant #1
2012 = The Miz (00:45:39) - Entrant #1
2013 = Dolph Ziggler (00:49:47) - Entrant #1
2014 = CM Punk (00:49:15) - Entrant #1
2015 = Bray Wyatt (00:46:58) - Entrant #5
2016 = 

LONGEST TOTAL ROYAL RUMBLE TIME: Triple H (3:51:32 cumulative), second most is Shawn Michaels at (3:42:30)

LONGEST SINGLE ROYAL RUMBLE TIME: Rey Mysterio (1:02:12) in 2006

SHORTEST ROYAL RUMBLE TIME: Santino Marella (1.9 seconds) in 2009

AVERAGE IRON MAN ENTRANCE NUMBER: #5

AVERAGE IRON MAN TIME: 00:44:25 (74,352 seconds divided by 28)

TOTAL TIME FOR IRON MEN: 20:39:12

SHORTEST IRON MAN TIME: John Cena in 2011 (00:22:11)

LONGEST IRON MAN TIME: Rey Mysterio in 2006 (1:02:12)


HEEL/FACE ENTRANCE BREAKDOWN

To get an estimate of who will show up when, I've broken down the past few years, writing down all the entrances and cataloging whether they were a babyface or a heel at the time.


As you can see, some trends occur. Certain spots tend to breed heels or babyfaces. #30 is always someone important (usually a big guy, too) as opposed to a low-level midcarder.

Some of these trends don't hold up with older events, but I felt as though that was unnecessary to study, seeing as how this better reflects their current mindset and the writers they use now. Back in 1988, there were only 20 people and they hadn't worked out the bugs of the system yet, but now they seem to have it down to a science in some respects.

STANDARD EVENTS AND OCCURRENCES:

The following is a list of things that typically happen during the Royal Rumble match every year.

1) Quick Elimination = A competitor is eliminated within 10 seconds of entering the ring.

2) Comic Relief Segment = Something happens that is intended solely for comedic value and nothing else. Drew Carey's interaction with Kane in 2001 is an example, as is Ernest 'The Cat' Miller's "somebody call my momma" segment in 2004.

3) The Action Stops = For one reason or another, the action simply stops and there is only one person left in the ring. Rikishi took this time to dance in 2000. Austin used it to check his watch several times. CM Punk cut some promos in 2010.

4) Post-Elimination Elimination =  Someone that has previously been eliminated will orchestrate the elimination of someone else, normally the one who just threw them out.

5) Attacked Before Entrance = Before someone can make it to the ring, they get attacked. Oftentimes, this person will return later on to eliminate said person when THEY come out, hearkening back to #4.

6) Shock Entrance = A superstar nobody was expecting to show up is one of the participants, whether they were thought to be injured or a retiree or legend making a special appearance/return. Nobody expected RVD in 2009 or John Cena in 2008.

7) Nostalgia Competitor = A relic who isn't from the current roster competes. Oftentimes, this overlaps with #6. A great example is Piper and Snuka from 2008.

8) Tag Team Succession = Frequently, a tag team member isn't too far off from his partner in terms of entrance number. Most of the time, they're the next person or two people away.

9) Spawned Feud = This hasn't happened lately as much as it used to, but a wrestler gets eliminated by someone, then that sparks a feud between the two.

10) The Big Man Team-Up = In order to eliminate one of the giants, several people gang up on him.

11) The House Cleaner = A wrestler thins the ring out by eliminating multiple people at once. The average seems to be 3 or 4 within the span of a minute.

12) Shockingly Quick = Not necessarily the fastest elimination, but this is when someone who should have lasted much longer gets the short end of the stick and doesn't.

13) Friend or Foe = An ally turns on his friend.

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