The 2013 Royal Rumble is about five-and-a-half weeks away and it’s time to take a look back at previous years.
The rumble match has seen its fair share of weak participants like Gillberg and Razor Ramon, which just seven minutes and 17 seconds.
However, there have been many dominant participants over the years.
The criteria I used to determine what “dominant” is: time spent in the ring and number of eliminations based on when they entered the match. For example, Mr. McMahon lasted over 56 minutes in the 1999 Royal Rumble, but he spent most of the time out of the ring.
Before I get to my top 10, here are some Superstars who just missed the cut:
He was the first entrant in the first ever Royal Rumble. He lasted over 25 minutes, but only had one elimination. It wasn’t until 1994 when Hart had his most impressive performance. He eliminated five Superstars on his way to becoming a co-winner with Lex Luger.
Jericho had a dominant year in 2003 when he entered at No. 2. He eliminated six men and lasted almost 40 minutes. However, in his next four rumbles, he only had a combined four eliminations and one final-four appearance.
Punk got off to a rough start in his first three appearances. He had one elimination in each match. He made an improvement in 2010 with five eliminations, but was sent packing early. Last year, Punk entered at No. 1 and eliminated seven Superstars with the help of the New Nexus. He was in the match for over 35 minutes before Cena tossed him out of the ring.