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A Royal Tift: Some Fun & Interesting Facts From the Past Few Rumble Matches

Mike WalpoleContributor IOctober 24, 2016

A Royal Tift: Some Fun & Interesting Facts From the Past Few Rumble Matches

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    We are about two weeks away from what many consider, the most exciting hour on the WWE calender. The 24th annual Royal Rumble will emanate from the TD Bank Center in Boston, Massachusetts and yours truly will be making the trek from the suburbs of Philadelphia to be in attendance. This will be my first foray to the Rumble and I've officially got the fever! With all the records and rankings of past events, I have decided to take my shot and deliver you some fun and interesting notes from the past few Rumble matches that you may not have known. Let's get to it.

2010

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    Winner - No. 29 Edge

    Longest Time - No. 19 John Cena (22:11)

    Shortest Time - No. 14 MVP (:07)

    Most Eliminations - No. 18 Shawn Michaels (5 1/2)

    Shocking Elimination - No. 6 Beth Phoenix eliminates No. 5 The Great Khali

    Strong Showing - No. 9 Drew McIntyre (14:43; 4th best)

    Entrants No Longer With Company - No. 14 MVP, No. 15 Carlito, No. 17 Matt Hardy, No. 20 Shelton Benjamin, No. 28 Chris Jericho, No. 30 Batista

    Current WWE Champion, The Miz, enters 16th and lasts just 17 seconds.

    Only John Cena and Shawn Michaels lasted longer than 18 minutes.

    Over half the field (16 to be exact) didn't even last three minutes. Among them, past/future Champs Chris Jericho, Jack Swagger, The Great Khali and The Miz

    Edge's 7:19 is the shortest time for a winner in Royal Rumble history.

2009

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    Winner - No. 8 Randy Orton

    Longest Time - No. 7 Triple H (49:55)

    Shortest Time - No. 28 Santino Marella (:01)

    Most Eliminations - No. 7 Triple H & No. 30 Big Show (6)

    Shocking Elimination - No. 26 The Brian Kendrick Eliminates No. 22 Kofi Kingston

    Strong Showing - No. 12 Mike Knox (32:42; 7th best)

    Entrants No Longer With Company - No. 3 Carlito, No. 4 MVP, No. 11 Chris Jericho, No. 12 Mike Knox, No. 20 Shelton Benjamin, No. 25 Rob Van Dam, No. 26 The Brian Kendrick, No. 29 Jim Duggan

    Current No. 1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, Dolph Ziggler, entered 27th and lasted just 21 seconds. Also, current WWE Champion, The Miz, entered 13th and lasted only 1:18. Both good for bottom five times.

    One-third of the field lasted at least 22 minutes.

    Despite lasting a total of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 39 seconds, the three members of Legacy (Orton, Rhodes, and DiBiase) combined to eliminate just four men. While No. 6 Vladimir Kozlov eliminated three guys in just 2:40.

2008

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    Winner - No. 30 John Cena

    Longest Time - No. 8 Batista (37:42)

    Shortest Time - No. 27 Finley (:15)

    Most Eliminations - No. 29 Triple H (5 1/2)

    Shocking Elimination - No. 9 Hornswoggle eliminates No. 16 The Miz

    Strong Showing - No. 6 John Morrison (29:24; 4th best)

    Entrants No Longer With Company - No. 5 Hardcore Holly, No. 7 Tommy Dreamer, No. 8 Batista, No. 10 Chuck Palumbo, No. 14 Umaga, No. 15 Snitsky, No. 17 Shelton Benjamin, No. 18 Jimmy Snuka, No. 19 Roddy Piper, No. 21 Carlito, No. 22 Mick Foley, No. 23 Mr. Kennedy, No. 24 Big Daddy V, No. 28 Elijah Burke

    Hornswoggle entered at No. 9, proceeded to eliminate current WWE Champion The Miz (talk about a career lowlight), then hide under the ring without ever technically being eliminated. Controversy over who really won??

    Chavo Guerrero eliminated future World Champion CM Punk for his first (and to this day, only) Royal Rumble elimination.

2007

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    Winner - No. 30 The Undertaker

    Longest Time - No. 5 Edge (44:02)

    Shortest Time - No. 29 The Miz (:07)

    Most Eliminations - No. 28 The Great Khali (7)

    Shocking Elimination - No. 1 Ric Flair eliminated by No. 3 Kenny Dykstra (with help from Edge)

    Strong Showing - No. 2 Finley (32:32; 2nd best)

    Entrants No Longer With Company - No. 1 Ric Flair, No. 3 Kenny Dykstra, No. 4 Matt Hardy, No. 6 Tommy Dreamer, No. 7 Sabu, No. 8 Gregory Helms, No. 9 Shelton Benjamin, No. 12 King Booker, No. 13 Super Crazy, No. 14 Jeff Hardy, No. 15 The Sandman, No. 17 Chris Benoit, No. 18 Rob Van Dam, No. 19 Viscera, No. 21 Kevin Thorn, No. 22 Hardcore Holly, No. 26 MVP, No. 27 Carlito.

    The Great Khali eliminated seven superstars in just 3:45, good for an elimination every 32 seconds.

    13 of the 30 entrants were former or future WWE/World Heavyweight Champions. (tied most all-time) Ric Flair, Edge, Kane, CM Punk, King Booker, Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, Rob Van Dam, Shawn Michaels, The Great Khali, The Miz, The Undertaker.

2006

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    Winner - No. 2 Rey Mysterio

    Longest Time - No. 2 Rey Mysterio (1:02:12)

    Shortest Time - No. 10 Sylvan & No. 13 Booker T (:18)

    Most Eliminations - No. 2 Rey Mysterio (5)

    Shocking Elimination - Non-participant Shane McMahon eliminates No. 25 Shawn Michaels

    Strong Showing - No. 11 Carlito (38:29; 3rd best)

    Entrants No Longer With Company - No. 3 Simon Dean, No. 4 Psicosis, No. 5 Ric Flair, No. 7 Jonathan Coachman, No. 8 Bobby Lashley, No. 10 Sylvan, No. 11 Carlito, No. 12 Chris Benoit, No. 13 Booker T, No. 15 Tatanka, No. 17 Trevor Murdoch, No. 18 Eugene, No. 20 Rob Van Dam, No. 21 Orlando Jordan, No. 23 Matt Hardy, No. 24 Super Crazy, No. 27 Viscera, No. 28 Shelton Benjamin

    Kane may be tied for second all-time in career eliminations, but 2006 didn't help much as he added just 1/2 an elimination (along with Big Show to eliminate Coach) to his career total.

    Bobby Lashley made his only RR appearance and lasted an unimpressive 4:17.

2005

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    Winner - No. 28 Batista

    Longest Time - No. 2 Chris Benoit (47:26)

    Shortest Time - No. 15 Scotty 2 Hotty fails to enter match (:00)

    Most Eliminations - No. 28 Batista (4 1/2)

    Shocking Elimination - No 20 Kurt Angle is eliminated by No. 19 Shawn Michaels in just 37 seconds.

    Strong Showing - Jonathan Coachman (13:48; 8th best)

    Entrants No Longer With Company - No. 1 Eddie Guerrero, No. 2 Chris Benoit, No. 3 Daniel Puder, No. 4 Hardcore Holly, No. 5 The Hurricane, No. 6 Kenzo Suzuki, No. 9 Shelton Benjamin, No. 10 Booker T, No. 11 Chris Jericho, No. 12 Luther Reigns, No. 13 Muhammad Hassan, No. 14 Orlando Jordan, No. 15 Scotty 2 Hotty, No. 16 Charlie Haas, No. 17 Rene Dupree, No. 18 Simon Dean, No. 20 Kurt Angle, No. 21 Jonathan Coachman, No. 22 Mark Jindrak, No. 23 Viscera, No. 24 Paul London, No. 26 Snitsky, No. 28 Batista, No. 30 Ric Flair

    Plenty of quick exits as 14 of the 30 entrants couldn't last for four minutes including Kurt Angle, Ric Flair, Christian and Kane.

    Speaking of Kane, another lackluster showing by the Big Red Machine, lasting just 3:54 and eliminating only the future hall-of-famer Mark Jindrak.

    16 men had their hand in eliminating an entrant, most all-time.

2004

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    Winner - No. 1 Chris Benoit

    Longest Time - No. 1 Chris Benoit (1:01:30)

    Shortest Time - No. 13 Spike Dudley failed to enter match (:00)

    Most Eliminations - No. 1 Chris Benoit (6)

    Shocking Elimination - No. 7 Matt Hardy eliminated by No. 15 Rene Dupree

    Strong Showing - No. 6 Rhyno (14:00; 7th best)

    Entrants No Longer With Company - No. 1 Chris Benoit, No. 4 Tajiri, No. 5 Bradshaw, No. 6 Rhyno, No. 7 Matt Hardy, No. 8 Scott Steiner, No. 9 Matt Morgan, No. 10 The Hurricane, No. 11 Booker T, No. 13 Spike Dudley, No. 14 Rikishi, No. 15 Rene Dupree, No. 16 A-Train, No. 17 Shelton Benjamin, No. 18 Ernest Miller, No. 19 Kurt Angle, No. 20 Rico, No. 21 Mick Foley, No. 23 Nunzio, No. 25 Chris Jericho, No. 26 Charlie Haas, No. 27 Billy Gunn, No. 29 Rob Van Dam, No. 30 Goldberg

    The sub-6 foot Chris Benoit was a natural giant killer. First taking out 6'6 290 lb. Bradshaw, followed by 418 lb. Mark Henry, 270 lb. Rhyno, 7' 328 lb. Matt Morgan, 6'7 350 lb. A-Train, and finishing it off with 7'1 480 lb. Big Show.

    The trials and tribulations of Kane continued as he had his worst career Royal Rumble, lasting just 1:30 and failing to eliminate a single competitor. Rumble entrants with an '04 elimination, Rene Dupree, Matt Morgan and Rhyno.

    WCW Legend, Goldberg, participated in his only career RR, lasting just 2:07 but eliminating three men.

2003

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    Winner - No. 29 Brock Lesnar

    Longest Time - No. 2 Chris Jericho (38:54)

    Shortest Time - No. 11 B-Squared (:24)

    Most Eliminations - No. 2 Chris Jericho (5 1/2)

    Shocking Elimination - No. 17 Test eliminates No. 2 Chris Jericho

    Strong Showing - Matt Hardy (27:17; 3rd best)

    Entrants No Longer With Company - No. 3 Chris Nowinski, No. 8 Tajiri, No. 9 Bill DeMott, No. 10 Tommy Dreamer, No. 11 B-Squared, No. 12 Rob Van Dam, No. 13 Matt Hardy, No. 14 Eddie Guerrero, No. 15 Jeff Hardy, No. 16 Rosey, No. 17 Test, No. 19 Charlie Haas, No. 20 Rikishi, No. 21 Jamal, No. 23 Shelton Benjamin, No. 24 Booker T, No. 25 A-Train, No. 26 Maven, No. 28 Batista, No. 29 Brock Lesnar

    First time in WWE history the RR came down to No. 29 and No. 30.

    Worst showings of Shawn Michaels and Rey Mysterio's careers at 2:29 and 5:55 respectively, being eliminated first and third.

2002

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    Winner - No. 22 Triple H

    Longest Time - No. 19 Steve Austin (26:46)

    Shortest Time - No. 30 Booker T (:33)

    Most Eliminations - No. 8 The Undertaker (7)

    Shocking Elimination - No. 11 Maven eliminates No. 8 The Undertaker

    Strong Showing - No. 25 Mr. Perfect (15:18; 4th best)

    Entrants No Longer With Company - No. 1 Rikishi, No. 3 Big Boss Man, No. 4 Bradshaw, No. 5 Lance Storm, No. 6 Al Snow, No. 7 Billy, No. 9 Matt Hardy, No. 10 Jeff Hardy, No. 11 Maven, No. 12 Scotty 2 Hotty, No. 14 Diamond Dallas Page, No. 15 Chuck, No. 16 The Godfather, No. 17 Albert, No. 18 Perry Saturn, No. 21 Test, No. 23 The Hurricane, No. 24 Faarooq, No. 25 Mr. Perfect, No. 26 Kurt Angle, No. 29 Rob Van Dam, No. 30 Booker T

    Quick exits were the norm here, as 23 of the 30 entrants lasted 9:04 or less. Only Stone Cold and Triple H lasted longer than 16:09.

    Mr. Perfect made his first WWE appearance in six years, lasting all the way until the final three.

2001

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    Winner - No. 27 Steve Austin

    Longest Time - No. 6 Kane (53:46)

    Shortest Time - No. 15 Tazz (:10)

    Most Eliminations - Kane (11)

    Shocking Elimination - No. 25 The Undertaker eliminated by No. 30 Rikishi

    Strong Showing - No. 17 Albert (15:53; 4th best)

    Entrants No Longer With Company - No. 1 Jeff Hardy, No. 2 Bull Buchanan, No. 3 Matt Hardy, No. 4 Faarooq, No. 5 Drew Carey, No. 7 Raven, No. 8 Al Snow, No. 9 Perry Saturn, No. 10 Steve Blackman, No. 11 Grand Master Sexay, No. 12 Honky Tonk Man, No. 13 The Rock, No. 14 The Goodfather, No. 15 Tazz, No. 16 Bradshaw, No. 17 Albert, No. 18 Hardcore Holly, No. 22 Test, No. 24 Crash Holly, No. 26 Scotty 2 Hotty, No. 28 Billy Gunn, No. 29 Haku, No. 30 Rikishi

    Only 10 different men eliminated another entrant (which includes Drew Carey eliminating himself), the least of all-time.

    Almost half the entrants (14 of 30) couldn't last for more than 3 minutes.

    Of Kane's impressive 11 eliminations, only three were of superstars with a past/future major singles title (WWE/World Heavyweight/IC/US). Those three would be Albert, Honky Tonk Man and The Rock.

    Despite being the third entrant eliminated, Matt Hardy had three eliminations.

    Current Raw superstar, R-Truth, entered No. 19 as K-Kwik.

Conclusion

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    Hopefully, I brought some enjoyable Royal Rumble knowledge your way. As you can see, you can never predict all the surprises the Rumble will have in store. Who knows what can and will take place this year? Will a returning superstar like Triple H, Jericho, or Christian come back and take the win? Maybe it will be an established main eventer like John Cena, Big Show, or CM Punk looking to headline WrestleMania. Or it could always be a newcomer to the title picture like Morrison, Barrett, or Del Rio that takes the Rumble. All I know, is that I cannot wait to find out!

    Per the usual, enjoy what Cody Rhodes falls asleep next to every night..that lucky bastard!

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