Today we kick-off our countdown to this year’s WWE Royal Rumble event by looking through the event’s long history and picking out some of the most famous moments in ‘The Royal Rumble in Numbers’. So strap yourself in and check out some of the most interesting records set at the January spectacle.
60: The number of minutes Ric Flair lasted in the 1992 Royal Rumble as he went on to win the Rumble match from number 3. In doing so, he also became WWF champion as a result of the belt being declared vacant after issues between Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker.
3: The most Royal Rumble matches won by a single superstar is 3. That superstar? Stone Cold Steve Austin who won the match in 1997, 1998 and 2001. After the 98 and 01 wins, Austin would head to WrestleMania and win the WWF title against Shawn Michaels and The Rock, respectively.
306: The number of superstars who have competed in the Royal Rumble in the event’s 29-year history.
3: The number of times Mick Foley appeared in the 1998 Royal Rumble, as Cactus Jack, Dude Love and Mankind. In total, he lasted just over 20-minutes.
1: The first ever man to enter the Royal Rumble was Bret Hart in 1988. He would last shy of 26 minutes and eliminated one superstar, Tito Santana along with the help of his tag team partner Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart.
12: The most eliminations in one single Royal Rumble. That Rumble was the 2014 edition and Roman Reigns was the superstar. Amongst those he eliminated were Seth Rollins, Kofi Kingston, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Nash, Sheamus and JBL.
4: The number of Royal Rumbles that have featured female competitors. The late Chyna appeared in 1999 and 2000, Beth Phoenix took part in 2010 and Kharma featured in the 2012 Rumble. Over her two appearances, Chyna eliminated Mark Henry and Chris Jericho. Beth Phoenix removed The Great Khali from the match whilst in 2012, Michael Cole succumbed to Kharma.
5: Both Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin have made it to the final four in five separate Royal Rumbles. Shawn Michaels might be Mr WrestleMania but he also has to be in with a shout of being Mr Royal Rumble too.
40: The number of men who took part in the 2011 Royal Rumble in Boston, which was won by Alberto Del Rio.
19: The number of Royal Rumbles that Glenn Jacobs has taken part in across his various gimmicks: Isaac Yankem DDS, Fake Diesel and Kane.
44: The number of superstars that Jacobs has eliminated across those 19 appearances, a record he established at last year’s event, surpassing Shawn Michaels’ 39.
27: The luckiest number in the Royal Rumble with four superstars who have drawn that number going on to win: Big John Studd, Yokozuna, Bret Hart and Steve Austin triumphing from that entry position. 24 is second with three.
163: The record for shortest number of days from a superstar debuting to winning the Royal Rumble. It took Alberto Del Rio that short amount of time to go from being a newcomer to the winner of the Royal Rumble.
28: The number that Batista has twice won the Royal Rumble from.
13: Unlucky for some but it’s also the number of Royal Rumble winners who have gone on to win the title at WrestleMania as a result of their Rumble victory.
62: Sixty-two minutes is the longest any superstar has lasted in a Royal Rumble match with the superstar in question being Rey Mysterio Jr. who won in 2006, a record set in no small part to having to eclipse the previous record which was set the previous year by a certain Chris Benoit.
9: Nine superstars have eliminated themselves from the match including Hall of Famers Andre the Giant, Macho Man Randy Savage, Farooq, Mick Foley and Mil Máscaras.
7: Well, 7 mins 19, the shortest time an eventual winner has spent in the Rumble match, a record set by Edge in 2009 when he returned from a lengthy lay-off to win that year’s Rumble.
70: The number of minutes of the longest ever Royal Rumble match. Unsurprisingly, with 40 superstars, it was the 2011 edition that lasted the longest.
33: The minutes of the Royal Rumble, with the first Rumble in 1988 lasting just over half an hour.
8: The record for the most amount of men needed to eliminate one superstar with it taking that many to eliminate Viscera in 2007. He also holds the record for second most, seven, in 1994 as Mabel.
2: Although commentators never tire of telling us it’s the best number to draw in a Rumble, only two superstars have won from that position: The Undertaker and John Cena.
1: The number of Royal Rumble winners who never won a single title during their run with the WWWF/WWF/WWE. That superstar being the first ever Rumble winner, Jim Duggan.
48: The number of minutes Triple H spent in the 1996 Royal Rumble, which lasted 58 minutes, and despite this, he failed to chalk up an elimination.
4: Shawn Michaels has appeared in Royal Rumbles in 4 different decades, starting with his appearance in the 1989 Rumble and ending with his appearance in 2010, shortly before his retirement. Triple H, Kane and The Undertaker have each appeared in three different decades but would have to stretch their careers to the 2020 Rumble to equal HBK’s record.
1: The record for the least number of eliminations by an eventual Royal Rumble winner. It was a record set by Vince McMahon in 1999.