The Royal Rumble is without a doubt my favourite WWE pay-per-view event.
In truth, the 2000 Royal Rumble—which I sat gleefully watching on channel 4 at the tender age of seven—was my first ever real foray into the world of professional wrestling.
I didn't really know most of the competitors in the match, but the atmosphere and concept of the Rumble itself gripped me from the get-go.
Now, nearly 14 years later, I look back on that turn-of-the-century PPV with nostalgic warmth.
One thing that makes the Rumble what it is, is the unique organisation of the contest (no need, I'm sure, to lay that out to the masses of wrestling fans reading this).
The allocation of random numbers giving the Superstars who draw a later entry the advantage over those who come into the contest earlier seems a tad unfair on paper, but in reality, this is probably the driving factor that has kept the Rumble fresh for so many years.
The unknown tension of wondering who will be gliding down to the ring next keeps fans on the very edges of their seats.
In this slideshow, I will pay homage to my favourite event of the year by trying to piece together a few facts and statistics that are less trotted out every year than others.
For example: We all know Shawn Michaels won the Rumble at the No. 1 entrant. We all know the most "lucky" number is 27 (with Yokozuna, Bret Hart, Big John Studd and Stone Cold Steve Austin all winning with this slot). Everyone is aware that in 2001 Kane eliminated 11 guys, and that three women (Kharma, Beth Phoenix and Chyna) have competed in the big one itself.
No, this article will look to show off a few quirky facts and stats that aren't such common knowledge as the landmark PPV approaches at the end of the month.
So, sit back and (hopefully) enjoy a trip across Rumble history.