Royal Rumble Appearances: 12
Sure, Shawn Michaels didn't win as many Rumbles as the man before him on this countdown, but that doesn't mean he isn't the greatest performer in the event's history.
The Heartbreak Kid's Rumble debut came in 1989. After lasting 14 minutes and 30 seconds in the match, Michaels was eliminated by fellow wrestling legends "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Arn Anderson. Fortunately for Shawn, he would see much greater success in his upcoming appearances.
In 1995, Shawn Michaels won the Royal Rumble after being the very first entrant of the match. He spent a total of 38 minutes and 41 seconds in the ring and eliminated the British Bulldog, the No. 2 entrant, to pick up his first Rumble victory. Michaels became the first man to win the event as the No. 1 entrant.
Michaels' second victory at the Rumble came along the very next year in Fresno, California. Here, Michaels entered 18th and ousted longtime friend Kevin Nash to win the match.
Although HBK hasn't won the most of these matches, he is undoubtedly the best Royal Rumble competitor of all-time. In addition to his two victories, Michaels was the first man to win the event after entering first, the second man to win back-to-back Rumbles and holds the record for most men eliminated in the event's history.
Here are Michaels' notable statistics in his Rumble career:
Eliminations in Rumble history: 39 (first all-time)
Rumble wins: 2 (tied for second all-time)
Rumble appearances: 12 (second all-time)
Final Six appearances: 6 (tied first all-time)
Eliminations in a single Rumble: 8 (tied for third all-time), 7 (tied for fourth all-time)
Consecutive eliminations in a single Rumble: 6 (tied for third all-time)
The Show-stopper certainly stops the show at the Rumble, making him the greatest Royal Rumble performer in WWE history.