Royal Rumble 2013 Results: Biggest Winners from 30-Man Battle

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJanuary 28, 2013

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John Cena is going to WrestleMania. 

Not only is the enigmatic star headed to the biggest event of the year with a shot at the WWE title after his Royal Rumble win on Sunday night, but he became just the fourth athlete ever to win the 30-man brawl multiple times.

Any time you can put your name in the same sentence as Stone Cold Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels, you know you're a winner from the night.

But that's more obvious than Ryback at a midget convention. 

Let's take a look at who else from the 30-man match left Phoenix with their stock on the rise. 

Note: For a complete look at all of the night's results, check out


Dolph Ziggler

It was pretty obvious that Ziggler wasn't going to win the Royal Rumble when it was revealed he would be the first participant, and while that forecast came true, he did about as much as he could without coming out victorious. 

While one elimination—of The Godfather, who lasted about four seconds, no less—isn't overly impressive, Ziggler was the 27th wrestler thrown over the top rope.

That means he was in the ring for almost the entire 55 minutes, and during that time, he showcased his athletic skill set, battled the whole time and was pushed over the top rope only to save himself about 55 times. 

The WWE is taking it slow with Ziggler's push, but he proved once again he has the skills to be a star.


Chris Jericho

Y2J could have simply showed up, been eliminated in the first minute, and he still would have been a winner. 

But he did so much more.

In his first appearance in several months, Jericho entered the rumble at No. 2, had the crowd going crazy for him the entire time and lasted longer than all but five men, meaning—just like Ziggler—he was in the ring for essentially the entire match.

And, most importantly, Jericho made it clear he hadn't lost a step (via Jim Ross):

@iamjericho was nothing short ig incredible tonight in the #royalrumble. Large part of @wwe future in those final 5 men. 3 fan favs left.

— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) January 28, 2013

It's unclear whether or not Jericho's return is permanent, but the fact he attacked Ziggler several times and was eventually eliminated by his rival could mean the WWE is returning to that feud. 

Either way, one thing is obvious: If Jericho is indeed back, he will instantly rise back to the top of the company as an ideal fan favorite with immense talent. 


Bo Dallas

Talk about the ideal debut for the 22-year-old NXT star. 

Dallas entered the Rumble at No. 16, but he lasted nearly 20 minutes and was the 21st wrestler eliminated. 

During that impressive span, Dallas showcased what makes him such an intriguing prospect and even got a massive knockout of Intercontinental champion Wade Barrett. 

The arrow is pointing straight up for Dallas.