The Royal Rumble is one of the best wrestling events of the year: some may argue that the surprises make it more fun than WrestleMania itself. While the allure of the event may now be diminished slightly thanks to the Greatest Royal Rumble (which was actually anything but), the Royal Rumble winners still get a chance on the Grandest Stage of Them All. Whoever wins gets a shot at a title of their choosing at WrestleMania.
The Royal Rumble event pits thirty wrestlers against each other with two starting the match in the first and second spots — every few minutes, a new wrestler makes their entrance. To win, you must be the last man standing after twenty-nine other wrestlers have been eliminated with both feet touching the floor after going over the top rope. There’s always shenanigans, which is part of what makes the Royal Rumble so damn fun to watch each year.
Here are the men’s Royal Rumble winners in chronological order.
2019 – Seth Rollins 2018 – Shinsuke Nakamura 2017 – Randy Orton 2016 – Triple H 2015 – Roman Reigns 2014 – Batista 2013 – John Cena 2012 – Sheamus 2011 – Alberto Del Rio 2010 – Edge 2009 – Randy Orton 2008 – John Cena 2007 – The Undertaker 2006 – Rey Mysterio 2005 – Batista 2004 – Eddie Guerrero(SmackDown)/Chris Benoit 2003 – Brock Lesnar 2002 – Triple H 2001 – Stone Cold Steve Austin 2000 – The Rock 1999 – Mr. McMahon 1998 – Stone Cold Steve Austin 1997 – Stone Cold Steve Austin 1996 – Shawn Michaels 1995 – Shawn Michaels 1994 – Lex Luger/Bret Hart (co-winners) 1993 – Yokozuna 1992 – Ric Flair 1991 – Hulk Hogan 1990 – Hulk Hogan 1989 – Big John Studd 1988 – Jim Duggan
Most Royal Rumble Wins Stone Cold Steve Austin (3), Shawn Michaels & Triple H & Hulk Hogan & John Cena & Randy Orton (2)
Most Royal Rumble Eliminations In A Single Match Roman Reigns (2014, 12)
Most Cumulative Royal Rumble Eliminations Kane (42)
Longest Time In The Royal Rumble Rey Mysterio (2006, 62:12)
Shortest Time In The Royal Rumble Santino Marella (2009, 0:01.9)
Do you think anybody will ever be able to beat Stone Cold’s win counts at the Royal Rumble, or even last as long as Rey Mysterio? Watch this space.