WWE Royal Rumble Statistics, Records, Trivia & Facts | Smark Out Moment

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) and 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 = Triple H (#30)
2017 = Randy Orton (#23)
2018 [Men] = Shinsuke Nakamura (#14)
2018 [Women] = Asuka (#25)
Greatest Royal Rumble = Braun Strowman (#41)
2019 [Men] = Seth Rollins (#10)
2019 [Women] = Becky Lynch (#28)
2020 [Women] = Charlotte Flair (#17)
2020 [Men] = Drew McIntyre (#16)
2021 [Women] = Bianca Belair (#3)
2021 [Men] = Edge (#1)

  • Steve Austin holds the record for most Royal Rumble victories at 3.
  • Seven people have won 2 Royal Rumbles (Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan, John Cena, Batista, Triple H, Randy Orton and Edge)
  • Number 27 is the luckiest number with the most Royal Rumble winners at 4, but #1, #24, #28 and #30 are close with 3 a piece.
  • 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 win 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 normal standards
  • When adjusted for deflation, Braun Strowman's #41 win out of 50 wrestlers translates to #24.6 (rounded up to #25) by normal standards
  • If you factor in all current 40 Royal Rumble winners as of 2021, the average winning entry number is #19.09 (adjusted) and 19.575 (normal), making the most likely winning number #19 or #20.

Statistics show that entries #1-10 have produced 10 winners, entries #11-20 have only produced 7 winners, and entries #21-30 have produced 23 winners (if you count #38 and #41).

Therefore, 57.5% of the time the winner will be from 21-30, 25% of the time they'll be in the first 1-10 entrants, and 17.5% of the time the winner will be from 11-20. WWE has made a concerted effort to have more 11-20 winners from 2010 onward.

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 = Diesel and Lex Luger (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 = Steve Austin and Undertaker (7)
2003 = Chris Jericho (6)
2004 = Chris Benoit (6)
2005 = Batista and Edge (5)
2006 = Rey Mysterio (6)
2007 = The Great Khali (7)
2008 = Triple H (6)
2009 = Big Show and Triple H (6)
2010 = Shawn Michaels (6)
2011 = CM Punk and John Cena (7)
2012 = Cody Rhodes (5)
2013 = Ryback and Sheamus (5)
2014 = Roman Reigns (12)
2015 = Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns and Rusev (6)
2016 = Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns (4)
2017 = Braun Strowman (7)
2018 [Men] = Finn Balor and Roman Reigns (4)
2018 [Women] = Michelle McCool (5)
Greatest Royal Rumble = Braun Strowman (13)
2019 [Men] = Braun Strowman (5)
2019 [Women] = Charlotte Flair (5)
2020 [Women] = Bianca Belair and Shayna Baszler (8)
2020 [Men] = Brock Lesnar (13)
2021 [Women] = Rhea Ripley (7)
2021 [Men] = Big E and Damian Priest (4)

MOST ELIMINATIONS (total):

Top 10 Cumulative Men's Eliminations

  1.  Kane (45 + 1 as Isaac Yankem in 1996)
  2. The Undertaker (40)
  3. Shawn Michaels (39 recognized eliminations)
  4. Steve Austin (36)
  5. Braun Strowman (33)
  6. Big Show (32) - Roman Reigns (32) - Triple H (32)
  7. Hulk Hogan (27) - Randy Orton (27)
  8. John Cena (25)
  9. Brock Lesnar (24)
  10. Edge (23)

Top 10 Cumulative Women's Eliminations

  1. Shayna Baszler (14)
  2. Bianca Belair (12)
  3. Nia Jax (11)
  4. Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley (10)
  5. Natalya and Ruby Riott (6)
  6. Alexa Bliss and Bayley and Michelle McCool (5)

MOST ELIMINATIONS (in a single match):

Men's = Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar (13), Roman Reigns (12), Kane (11)

Women's = Bianca Belair (8) and Shayna Baszler (8)

AVERAGE MOST ELIMINATIONS: 6+ eliminations (6.635615385 exactly out of 52 examples)

FEWEST ELIMINATIONS TO WIN: Vince McMahon (1) and Randy Orton (1)

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 = Roman Reigns (00:59:50) - Entrant #1
2017 = Chris Jericho (1:00:13) - Entrant #2
2018 [Men] = Finn Balor (00:57:38) - Entrant #2
2018 [Women] = Sasha Banks (00:54:46) - Entrant #1
Greatest Royal Rumble = Daniel Bryan (01:16:05) - Entrant #1
2019 [Men] = Seth Rollins (00:43:00) - Entrant #10
2019 [Women] = Natalya (00:56:01) - Entrant #2
2020 [Women] = Bianca Belair (00:33:20) - Entrant #2
2020 [Men] = Drew McIntyre (00:34:11) - Entrant #16
2021 [Women] = Bianca Belair (00:56:49) - Entrant #3
2021 [Men] = Edge (00:58:28) - Entrant #1

TOP 20 MEN'S LONGEST CUMULATIVE TOTAL ROYAL RUMBLE TIME:  

  1. Chris Jericho (4:59:33)
  2. Randy Orton (4:31:47)
  3. Rey Mysterio (4:05:41)
  4. Triple H (4:00:50)
  5. Shawn Michaels (3:47:32)
  6. Edge (3:31:51)
  7. Kane (3:19:40)
  8. Cody Rhodes (3:06:45)
  9. John Cena (2:48:32)
  10. CM Punk (2:48:11)
  11. Dolph Ziggler (2:47:53)
  12. Steve Austin (2:45:04)
  13. Roman Reigns (2:44:06)
  14. Chris Benoit (2:37:24)
  15. Kofi Kingston (2:33:03)
  16. Undertaker (2:31:21)
  17. Daniel Bryan (2:24:21)
  18. Sheamus (2:15:53)
  19. The Miz (2:10:19)
  20. British Bulldog (2:06:02)

TOP 10 WOMEN'S LONGEST CUMULATIVE TOTAL ROYAL RUMBLE TIME:  

  1. Charlotte Flair (1:50:05)
  2. Natalya (1:38:18)
  3. Bianca Belair (1:30:09)
  4. Naomi (1:18:01)
  5. Ember Moon (1:00:26)
  6. Sasha Banks (0:54:46)
  7. Lacey Evans (0:48:40)
  8. Bayley (0:48:38)
  9. Rhea Ripley (0:47:01)
  10. Shayna Baszler (0:46:14)

MEN'S LONGEST IRON MAN TIME: Daniel Bryan (1:16:05) in Greatest Royal Rumble, Rey Mysterio (1:02:12) in 2006

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

LONGEST IRON WOMAN TIME: Bianca Belair (00:56:49) in 2021, then Natalya (00:56:01) in 2019

SHORTEST IRON WOMAN TIME: Bianca Belair (00:33:20) in 2020

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

SHORTEST WOMEN'S ROYAL RUMBLE TIME: Liv Morgan (8 seconds) in 2019

AVERAGE IRON MAN/WOMAN ENTRANCE NUMBER: #4.5

AVERAGE IRON MAN/WOMAN TIME: 00:46:55

TOTAL TIME FOR IRON MEN/WOMEN: 30:29:33

MOST APPEARANCES IN ROYAL RUMBLES: Kane (20 if you count Isaac Yankem and Fake Diesel...18 as Kane), Dolph Ziggler (14), Goldust and Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton (13), Shawn Michaels and Big Show and Rey Mysterio (13), The Undertaker and Chris Jericho and Shelton Benjamin (11), Rikishi and Mark Henry (10)

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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