Stats And Facts Behind The Royal Rumble


The Road to Wrestlemania starts from the Royal Rumble, one of the most exciting pay-per-views in the WWE’s calendar year. The event is always a spectacle for fans since it is packed with chaos, surprise returns, shocking eliminations, new records, and occasional unexpected winners. The first-ever Royal Rumble match was held in 1988, throughout its subsequent editions. Below are some key stats and facts behind the Royal Rumble.

Jim Duggan And Asuka Are The First-Ever Royal Rumble Match Winners

WWE Hall of Famer “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan emerged victorious in the first-ever Royal Rumble match held in 1988. The event, which Duggan calls “the Wild West out there“, was organised by the then World Wrestling Federation at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Canada. Duggan eliminated The One Man Gang to win the event, including notable participants like Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Hillbilly Jim, and the late Ultimate Warrior. In 2018, Asuka won the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble, organized at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Shawn Michaels Is The Only Wrestler To Compete In The Event In Four Decades

The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, has entered the Royal Rumble event in four different decades. He first competed in 1989 and back-to-back in 1995. He was also the first to win the Royal Rumble as the number one entrant. Michaels participated in many Royal Rumbles in the 2000s, appearing in his last one in 2010.

Only 10 Superstars Have Won The Event At Their First Attempt

Nine men and one woman have won the Royal Rumble event on their first try. Asuka won the inaugural women’s event, taking the female crown. For the men, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Ric Flair, Yokozuna, Bret Hart and Lex Luger, Mr. McMahon, Lesnar, Benoit, Alberto Del Rio, and Shinsuke Nakamura are the fortunate ones who have achieved this impressive feat.

Matt Bloom Has Participated In The Most Events Without Eliminating Anyone


Lord Tensai, A-Train, and Prince Albert are some of the numerous gimmicks Matt Bloom has entered the Royal Rumble events over the years. However, his results in all five appearances have been the same; he has never eliminated anyone.

Here are some more quick Royal Rumble facts…

Glen Jacobs (Kane) has made 20 appearances at the Royal Rumble event, the most of any wrestler.


Since its inception, Chris Jericho, Triple H, and Kane have spent the most time in Royal Rumble Matches.


The first and second entrants have won the Royal Rumble four times.


Vince McMahon and Randy Orton are the only two participants to win the event by eliminating one competitor.


Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar hold a joint record for most eliminations, at 13.


The Greatest Royal Rumble match organized in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, had 50 participants instead of the usual 30.


Santino Marella spent just one second in the 2009 Royal Rumble match, holding the unenviable record of shortest time spent in a Rumble match.


Stone Cold has the most Royal Rumble wins (3).


Number 27 is the luckiest number in the Royal Rumble, producing 4 winners.


Numbers 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, and 26 have never produced any winners.