The Royal Rumble is full of so many possible statistical accomplishments. And while everyone knows about the records for Most Eliminations In A Single Match and Longest Time In The Rumble, here’s a selection of crazy Rumble achievements that you probably weren’t aware of, and the Superstars who hold the record for a variety of interesting, and occasionally dubious, Rumble-related feats.
10. Most Rumble Appearances Without Eliminating Anyone
These days, you might recognize Matt Bloom as the head trainer in NXT, WWE’s developmental organization. But in his wrestling days, you might have seen him in a number of different gimmicks. But whether it was as Albert, A-Train, or Lord Tensai, there is one thing he never managed to accomplish. Despite appearing in six Royal Rumble matches, he has never eliminated a single person, a record for futility that has never been equaled. And unless he comes out retirement at some point, it’s extremely unlikely that he will ever manage to erase that goose egg.
9. Longest Time In Rumble Without Eliminating Anyone
It’s hard to believe now, but there was a time when Triple H wasn’t the most important guy in WWE. Way back in 1996, he was just a relatively new wrestler working under a gimmick as a slimy Connecticut blue-blood. Of course, at that point there were plans for him to win that year’s King of the Ring (a plan which would be sidetracked by the MSG Incident that led to Steve Austin winning instead, and indirectly created “Austin 3:16″), so he was entered into the Rumble match at #1 and survived for over 48 minutes, an impressive feat by any standard. Unfortunately, during his ridiculously long time in the ring (don’t forget, because of the shortened time between entrants in 1996, the entire Rumble only lasted a little over 58 minutes), Triple H failed to get credit for eliminating a single competitor. Given all the successes he would have in the future, it’s almost hard to believe, isn’t it?
8. Rumble Appearances In Four Different Decades
In any sport, there’s one cagey veteran who manages to stretch their career out so long that they manage to play over several different decades. For example, Gordie Howe played in the NHL over five different decades, the only player to ever accomplish that feat. In wrestling, WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young established a nearly impossible mark to beat by wrestling in nine different decades. And in the Royal Rumble, this unique longevity record goes to Shawn Michaels, who wrestled in Rumble matches in four different decades, starting with the 1989 match and finishing up with the 2010 event, just getting in under the wire before retiring at WrestleMania of that same year. At this point, the only even semi-active Superstars who currently have a shot at matching HBK are Triple H, Kane, and The Undertaker, who have appeared in Rumbles over three different decades, but would have to survive until 2020 to have a chance to tie Michaels, which seems fairly unlikely.
7. Most Times Drawing The Same Entry Number
Hey, here’s some shocking news for you: wrestling is scripted, right down to the numbers that Superstars allegedly draw to enter the Royal Rumble. If you wanted more proof, how about this series of coincidences that probably violate the laws of statistical probability? Over the history of the Royal Rumble, a total of three Superstars have managed to enter at the exact same number three different times. Edge, the unluckiest of the group, has managed to enter at #5 three times, while Shawn Michaels has drawn #18 on three occasions, winning once from that position. Meanwhile, The Undertaker, who clearly possesses some sort of mystical luck, has managed to enter three Rumbles from the final position of #30, although he’s only managed to win one Rumble while doing so. Obviously, the longevity of all three men’s careers gives them slightly better odds of repeating numbers. Also, Kane, who holds the record for total career Rumble entries with 18 (including previous gimmicks), has managed to draw the same number twice a total of 5 times, and has also never managed to enter at #1 or #30 (although in the expanded 2011 Rumble, he was the last to enter at #40).
6. Shortest Iron Man Time
The 2010 Royal Rumble match is considered by some to be one of the best Rumble matches ever. It’s also an incredibly fast-moving Rumble, with nobody spending a particularly long time in the match. And while it would take a Herculean effort to break the overall Iron Man record set by Rey Mysterio in 2005 of 62 minutes, 12 seconds, the usual Iron Man record for your typical Rumble is still upwards of 45 minutes. But that was not the case in 2010, as John Cena took home the Iron Man award with a relatively minuscule time of 22 minutes and 11 seconds, good for the shortest Iron Man time in the history of the Rumble by quite a large margin.
5. Shortest Time To Win The Rumble
Coupled with Cena’s unimpressive Iron Man record, there was one other accomplishment set by one of the shortest 30-man Rumbles in history (and the shortest to not use the abbreviated 60 second time of 1995 and 1996). By entering at #29 and winning the relatively short Rumble match, without much action after all 30 entrants were in the match, Edge earned himself the dubious distinction of being the Rumble winner who spent the least amount of time in the match, taking only 7 minutes and 19 seconds to take down the whole thing. When you consider that two other Superstars have won the Rumble from the 30th position, the end of the 2010 Rumble clearly came incredibly quickly.
4. Back To Back Rumble Wins
It’s incredibly hard to win the Royal Rumble once, and nearly impossible to win it twice. In the entire run of the Rumble, only five Superstars (Shawn Michaels, John Cena, Batista, Triple H, and Hulk Hogan) have won two Rumbles, and Steve Austin stands alone on top with 3 total victories. However, statistically speaking, if you win one Rumble match, you’re more likely to win the next one too, as three of those six Superstars were winners in consecutive years. Hogan won the 1990 and 1991 Rumbles, Michaels was victorious in 1995 and 1996, and Austin walked away with wins in 1997 and 1998, and was also the last Superstar eliminated in 1999, coming within a hair’s breadth of a three-peat.
3. Never Eliminated From The Royal Rumble
Curtis Axel may have spent a whole year claiming that he was often imitated, but never eliminated from the 2015 Royal Rumble match, but as of 2016, there is one Superstar who can legitimately lay claim to having never been eliminated from the Rumble match. In 1989, Big John Studd managed to win the only Rumble he ever took part in, which means that he’s never been eliminated. Everyone else who has won a Rumble has been eliminated at some point in another match. Brock Lesnar also held this odd record for many years due to his departure from WWE after only participating in (and winning) the 2003 Rumble, but was eliminated in his second Rumble, years later, in 2016. Meanwhile, Big John Studd will forever remain pristine, having never faced the reality of being eliminated from a Rumble.
2. Fewest Eliminations By A Rumble Winner
To win the Rumble, you have to outlast 29 other competitors. And while you almost certainly won’t eliminate them all, sooner or later you’re going to have to throw someone out of the ring in order to win. And that’s exactly what Vince McMahon, the winner of the 1999 Royal Rumble did. After entering the match second, Vince orchestrated a series of events which saw him sitting at the commentary desk for the balance of the match, while still remaining a legal entrant. Then, after being forcibly returned to the ring courtesy of Steve Austin, Vince, with the assistance of The Rock’s well-timed distraction, eliminated Stone Cold to win the match. It was Vince’s first and only elimination, and that’s a record for any Rumble winner that will hopefully never be matched.
1. Most Rumble Accomplishments Without Ever Winning
Poor Kane. He constantly has to play second fiddle to his older brother, and even when he does well, it’s never quite good enough. Take his long list of Rumble accomplishments. As of 2016, Kane (and any other gimmicks he may have appeared in before that) holds the record for most career Rumble eliminations with 44, as well as the most overall Rumble appearances with 19, and the most consecutive Rumble appearances with 13. He held the record for most eliminations in a single Rumble with 11 from 2001 until 2014, when Roman Reigns broke it with 12 eliminations. He’s also spent the third-most total time in the Rumble match over his career at 3 hours and 38 minutes. And yet, for all that he’s accomplished, he’s never actually won a single Royal Rumble, with his best chance coming in 2001, when he was the last man eliminated. And at this stage of his long career, it’s unlikely that he’ll ever get that one last achievement.