Whatever happens in the Royal Rumble, all but one of the entrants will find themselves eliminated from the match.
This means that the WWE has to come up with a range of different ways to eliminate wrestlers.
To stop the Rumble from becoming repetitive, the WWE schedules the match to have several highlight moments. A common example is when one of the company’s resident giants enters the ring and produces a number of quick eliminations in a row. Alternatively, there can be an orchestrated moment where two long-term allies fight for the first time.
These are the highlights that stick in the memory, and which have helped build the Rumble’s reputation as a premium pay-per-view on the calendar.
However there are also a number of ways that wrestlers can be eliminated during the rather less eventful periods of the match. These exits keep interest flowing, and gives the match a sense that anything can happen.
These eliminations tend to occur when there is not a dominant Superstar in the ring. This means that they are often caused by deliberate mistakes rather than by someone forcibly throwing, or clotheslining, an opponent onto the floor.
Here are five common examples of a Superstar doing something that will get him eliminated from the Royal Rumble in a quiet period. It is highly likely that all five will happen at Sunday’s event.