The Royal Rumble match is a professional wrestling match based on the classic Battle Royal match in which a number of wrestlers (traditionally 30) aim at eliminating their competitors by tossing them over the top rope, with both feet touching the floor.[1][2] The match is typically the main event of WWE's January pay-per-view event known as the Royal Rumble. The winner of the event is the last wrestler remaining after all others have been eliminated.[1][3] Stone Cold Steve Austin holds the record for victories with three, achieved in 1997, 1998 and 2001, while Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, John Cena, Batista, Triple H, Randy Orton, Edge and Brock Lesnar have all won the match twice. The match has been won from the number one position on three occasions, by Michaels in 1995, Chris Benoit in 2004 and Edge in 2021.

Concept

The Royal Rumble differs from the classical battle royal as the contestants do not enter the ring at the same time, but instead are assigned entry numbers, usually via a lottery, although desirable spots are occasionally assigned by other means, the most common being winning a match.[1] The match begins with the two wrestlers who have drawn entry numbers one and two, with the remaining wrestlers entering the ring at regular timed intervals, either 90 seconds or two minutes, according to their entry number.[1] This format is credited to Pat Patterson.[4] To date, only five men who have been one of the starting two wrestlers have won the Royal Rumble: Shawn Michaels in 1995, Vince McMahon in 1999, Chris Benoit in 2004, Rey Mysterio in 2006 and Edge in 2021 (Michaels, Benoit, and Edge were entrant number one while McMahon and Mysterio were number two), while only four men who have been the final entrant won the Royal Rumble: The Undertaker in 2007, John Cena in 2008, Triple H in 2016 and Brock Lesnar in 2022. Among them, The Undertaker remains the only one to not win two Royal Rumble matches (Cena won again in 2013, Triple H had previously won in 2002 and Lesnar had won the Royal Rumble in 2003). The most common numbers to win are 27 and 30, and 16 eventual winners entered at number 25 or later.

2010 Royal Rumble match
2010 Royal Rumble match

The Royal Rumble match traditionally involves 30 wrestlers and usually lasts an hour (the 2011 edition had a 40-man field). The Greatest Royal Rumble (the only edition to have a 50-man field)[5] was the longest, lasting one hour and 17 minutes of a five-hour pay-per-view event while the first televised Rumble match in 1988 involved only 20 men[6] and lasted 33 minutes of the two-hour broadcast.[7] The 1998 match nominally had the traditional 30-man field, but only 28 individual wrestlers competed as Mick Foley entered the Royal Rumble match three different times as three different gimmicks—first as Cactus Jack, then Mankind and finally Dude Love.[8] The 2018 Royal Rumble PPV was the first to include a women's Royal Rumble match,[9] contested under the same rules as the men's match, including having 30 participants.[10][11]

Steve Austin holds the current record for most Royal Rumble match wins, with three[7]
Steve Austin holds the current record for most Royal Rumble match wins, with three[7]

According to the rules, participants are eliminated from the match if moved over the top rope and both feet touch the floor. Hence, a wrestler who exits the ring without going over the top rope is not eliminated from the contest. For example, during the 1999 match, both McMahon and Stone Cold Steve Austin left the ring only to return later in the match.[12] Furthermore, a wrestler who only touches the floor with one foot is not eliminated from the match, a rule which greatly affected the 1995 match, allowing Michaels to re-enter the ring and win the match. Although he has not won a Royal Rumble match, Kofi Kingston has become synonymous with finding various ways to keep at least one of his feet from touching the floor.[13] In the 1994 match, the last two participants (Bret Hart and Lex Luger) were declared co-winners when officials were unable to determine whose feet touched the floor first.[14] Although this was the intended outcome, a similar situation occurred by a legitimate accident in 2005, when Batista and Cena eliminated each other and hit the ground at exactly the same time. This time, the match was restarted.[15] Though various referees are charged with observing the match, some eliminations have gone unnoticed to allow the eliminated participants to sneak back into the ring to continue. Austin was able to re-enter the ring in this way and win the 1997 match.[16]

Although eliminations are usually caused by active participants, eliminations caused by other means have been ruled legitimate, including self-eliminations (such as Andre the Giant after seeing a snake in 1989, Mil Mascaras diving out of the ring from the turnbuckle in 1997 and Kane in 1999, although Randy Savage's jump over the top rope in 1992 was not ruled as self-elimination), elimination by previously eliminated participants (such as The Undertaker eliminating Maven in 2002, Kurt Angle eliminating Michaels in 2005 or Sonya Deville eliminating Naomi in 2022) or non-participants (such as Shane McMahon eliminating Shawn Michaels in 2006 and The Miz eliminating John Cena in 2011). Furthermore, an injured wrestler can return to the ring as long as the match is still ongoing (such as Austin in 1999, Roman Reigns in 2016 and Randy Orton in 2021), but not if the match has already ended (such as Spike Dudley in 2004 and Scotty 2 Hotty in 2005) and can also be replaced by another wrestler (such as Mick Foley replacing Test in 2004, Sami Zayn replacing Tye Dillinger in 2018 and Nia Jax replacing R-Truth in 2019).

Prize

Since 1993, the winner of the Royal Rumble match is traditionally awarded a title match for WWE's top championship at WrestleMania—WWE currently promotes three major brands with a top championship for each and the winner can choose which championship to challenge for, regardless of the brand they belong to. For the men, that is the WWE Championship on Raw, the WWE Universal Championship on SmackDown.[17] Similarly, the winner of the women's Royal Rumble match (first contested in 2018) is awarded a match at WrestleMania for their choice of one of WWE's top women's championships: the WWE Raw Women's Championship, or WWE SmackDown Women's Championship.[9][18]

With the first brand extension introduced in mid-2002, the 30 male entrants from 2003-2006 consisted of 15 wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown brands, respectively. At first, the winner of the match received a shot for their brand's top championship, either the World Heavyweight Championship or WWE Championship.[19] Starting in 2004, the Royal Rumble winner had the option of challenging for either brand's top championship. For instance, Chris Benoit switched from SmackDown to Raw after winning the 2004 event to challenge for Raw's top championship at the time.[17] From 2007-2010, participants from the ECW brand competed along with the Raw and SmackDown brands, with the ECW Championship added as an option, although no winner ever chose it.[20] During ECW's participation, the entries for each brand were not evenly divided.[21] The ECW Championship was deactivated in 2010, leaving the two remaining titles until they were unified in December 2013 as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. This singular option lasted until the brand extensions' return in 2016, which introduced the Universal Championship, as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship reverted to being called the WWE Championship. Like the first brand extension, the winner of the 2017 event earned a match for their brand's top championship, the Universal Championship or WWE Championship, but beginning with the 2018 event, the winner has a choice. As a result of NXT becoming one of WWE's three main brands in September 2019, NXT's championships became eligible choices, beginning with the 2020 event. Since the return of the brand extension, the number of participants from each brand has not been evenly divided, as each match has featured wrestlers from NXT as well as surprise appearances from former, returning or debuting wrestlers.

WWE's top championship has been booked as on the line during the Royal Rumble match on two occasions. In 1992, the vacant World Heavyweight Championship was contested in the 1992 Royal Rumble match, which was won by Ric Flair,[22] while in 2016, Roman Reigns was scheduled to defend his World Heavyweight Championship as a participant of that year's Royal Rumble match as entrant number one. This has thus far been the only time that a reigning champion had to defend his title in the match, which was ultimately won by Triple H, who eliminated Reigns before lastly eliminating Dean Ambrose to win; Reigns would earn a rematch against Triple H at WrestleMania 32 and won back the title. In 2020, although he did not defend his title in the match, WWE Champion Brock Lesnar entered the Royal Rumble match as entrant number one, feeling as if no one on any brand deserved to challenge him at either the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania. This was the first time in which a reigning world champion competed in the match in which the winner could challenge them; Lesnar's participation was used as a way to set up his WrestleMania challenger, which ended up being Drew McIntyre, who eliminated Lesnar, won the Rumble match and then challenged Lesnar for his title at WrestleMania 36. In 2022, although she did not defend her title in the match, SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair entered the Royal Rumble match as entrant number 17, feeling as if no one on any brand deserved to challenge her at either the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania. This was the first time in which a reigning women's champion competed in the match in which the champion could choose their opponent; Flair's participation was used as a way to set up her WrestleMania challenger, which ended up being Ronda Rousey, who eliminated Flair, won the Rumble match and then challenged Flair for her title at WrestleMania 38.

The Royal Rumble winner may also choose to put his championship opportunity on the line in a match. This was first done in 1996, when Shawn Michaels risked his WrestleMania XII WWF World Heavyweight Championship opportunity in a match against Owen Hart at In Your House 6. The second time was in 2002, when Triple H lost his WrestleMania X8 Undisputed WWF Championship opportunity at No Way Out to Kurt Angle, but regained his spot in a rematch against Angle on the following Raw. The third time was in 2006, when Randy Orton defeated Rey Mysterio at No Way Out for Mysterio's WrestleMania 22 World Heavyweight Championship opportunity, though Mysterio was reinserted into the title match, making it a triple threat match. The fourth time was on the February 25, 2013 edition of Raw, where John Cena successfully defended his WrestleMania 29 WWE Championship opportunity in a match against CM Punk. The fifth time was in 2015 at Fastlane, where Reigns defended his WrestleMania 31 WWE World Heavyweight Championship opportunity against Daniel Bryan. In a reverse case in 2008, John Cena decided that instead of waiting until WrestleMania XXIV, he would use his world championship opportunity and challenge WWE Champion Orton at the preceding No Way Out event, though won the match but not the title when Orton intentionally got himself disqualified; however, after Triple H became Orton's WrestleMania opponent, Cena earned another opportunity and was inserted into that championship match, making it a triple threat match. In another case in 2017, Randy Orton relinquished his WrestleMania 33 WWE Championship opportunity after his stablemate Bray Wyatt won the title, but later turned on Wyatt and reverted his decision; he then defeated AJ Styles, who had become the new title challenger, to re-earn his title shot at WrestleMania.

During the Greatest Royal Rumble in April 2018, the winner Braun Strowman received a trophy and the Greatest Royal Rumble Championship.[23]

Dates, venues, and winners

List of Royal Rumble dates, venues, and winners
Event Date City Venue Winner Ref.
Men No. Women No.
Royal Rumble (1988) January 24, 1988 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Copps Coliseum Jim Duggan 13 N/A [24][25]
Royal Rumble (1989) January 15, 1989 Houston, Texas The Summit Big John Studd 27 [26][27]
Royal Rumble (1990) January 21, 1990 Orlando, Florida Orlando Arena Hulk Hogan 25 [28][29]
Royal Rumble (1991) January 19, 1991 Miami, Florida Miami Arena 24 [30][31]
Royal Rumble (1992) January 19, 1992 Albany, New York Knickerbocker Arena Ric Flair 3 [32][33]
Royal Rumble (1993) January 24, 1993 Sacramento, California ARCO Arena Yokozuna 27 [34][35]
Royal Rumble (1994) January 22, 1994 Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center Lex Luger 23 [36][37]
Bret Hart 27
Royal Rumble (1995) January 22, 1995 Tampa, Florida USF Sun Dome Shawn Michaels 1 [38][39]
Royal Rumble (1996) January 21, 1996 Fresno, California Selland Arena 18 [40][41]
Royal Rumble (1997) January 19, 1997 San Antonio, Texas Alamodome Stone Cold Steve Austin 5 [42][43]
Royal Rumble (1998) January 18, 1998 San Jose, California San Jose Arena 24 [44][45][46]
Royal Rumble (1999) January 24, 1999 Anaheim, California Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Mr. McMahon 2 [47][48][49]
Royal Rumble (2000) January 23, 2000 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden The Rock 24 [50][51][52]
Royal Rumble (2001) January 21, 2001 New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans Arena Stone Cold Steve Austin 27 [53][54][55]
Royal Rumble (2002) January 20, 2002 Atlanta, Georgia Philips Arena Triple H 22 [56][57][58]
Royal Rumble (2003) January 19, 2003 Boston, Massachusetts FleetCenter Brock Lesnar 29 [59][60]
Royal Rumble (2004) January 25, 2004 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wachovia Center Chris Benoit 1 [61][62][63]
Royal Rumble (2005) January 30, 2005 Fresno, California Save Mart Center Batista 28 [64][65][66]
Royal Rumble (2006) January 29, 2006 Miami, Florida American Airlines Arena Rey Mysterio 2 [67][68][69]
Royal Rumble (2007) January 28, 2007 San Antonio, Texas AT&T Center The Undertaker 30 [70][71][72]
Royal Rumble (2008) January 27, 2008 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden John Cena 30 [73][74][75]
Royal Rumble (2009) January 25, 2009 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena Randy Orton 8 [76][77]
Royal Rumble (2010) January 31, 2010 Atlanta, Georgia Philips Arena Edge 29 [78][79]
Royal Rumble (2011) January 30, 2011 Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden Alberto Del Rio 38 [80]
Royal Rumble (2012) January 29, 2012 St. Louis, Missouri Scottrade Center Sheamus 22 [81][82][83]
Royal Rumble (2013) January 27, 2013 Phoenix, Arizona US Airways Center John Cena 19 [84][85]
Royal Rumble (2014) January 26, 2014 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Consol Energy Center Batista 28 [86][87]
Royal Rumble (2015) January 25, 2015 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center Roman Reigns 19 [88]
Royal Rumble (2016) January 24, 2016 Orlando, Florida Amway Center Triple H 30 [89][90]
Royal Rumble (2017) January 29, 2017 San Antonio, Texas Alamodome Randy Orton 23 [91]
Royal Rumble (2018) January 28, 2018 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center Shinsuke Nakamura 14 Asuka 25 [92][93][94]
Greatest Royal Rumble April 27, 2018 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia King Abdullah International Stadium Braun Strowman 41 N/A [95][96]
Royal Rumble (2019) January 27, 2019 Phoenix, Arizona Chase Field Seth Rollins 10 Becky Lynch 28 [97]
Royal Rumble (2020) January 26, 2020 Houston, Texas Minute Maid Park Drew McIntyre 16 Charlotte Flair 17 [98]
Royal Rumble (2021) January 31, 2021 St. Petersburg, Florida WWE ThunderDome Edge 1 Bianca Belair 3 [99]
Royal Rumble (2022) January 29, 2022 St. Louis, Missouri The Dome at America's Center Brock Lesnar 30 Ronda Rousey 28 [100]

Male Royal Rumble winner's championship opportunity

Championship Wins Losses Total Success rate
WWE Championship[a] 10 8 18 .556
World Heavyweight Championship 5 2 7 .714
WWE Universal Championship 1 2 3 .333
Total 16 12 28 .607
  – WrestleMania victory
  – WrestleMania loss
  – Did not receive title match
Winner Event Year Championship match
1 Yokozuna WrestleMania IX 1993 Yokozuna defeated Bret Hart to win the WWF Championship.
2 Lex Luger WrestleMania X 1994 Luger lost to WWF Champion Yokozuna.
2 Bret Hart WrestleMania X 1994 Hart defeated Yokozuna to win the WWF Championship.
3 Shawn Michaels WrestleMania XI 1995 Michaels lost to WWF Champion Diesel.
4 Shawn Michaels WrestleMania XII 1996 Michaels successfully defended his title shot against Owen Hart at In Your House 6. Michaels went on to defeat Bret Hart in a 60-minute Iron Man match to win the WWF Championship.
5 Stone Cold Steve Austin WrestleMania 13 1997 Due to Austin re-entering the Rumble match when the referees did not see when he was thrown out of the ring, WWF President Gorilla Monsoon ruled that he would not be receiving his WWF Championship match at WrestleMania 13. A match in February was scheduled to determine who would challenge the champion at WrestleMania, but after Shawn Michaels forfeited the title, plans were changed.

Bret Hart won a match to become the new champion, but lost the title to Sycho Sid on an episode of Raw Is War. The Undertaker then became the number one contender and went on to defeat Sid to win the title.

6 Stone Cold Steve Austin WrestleMania XIV 1998 Austin defeated Shawn Michaels to win the WWF Championship.
7 Mr. McMahon WrestleMania XV 1999 The following night on Raw Is War, Mr. McMahon renounced his title opportunity to challenge WWF Champion The Rock at WrestleMania XV. WWF Commissioner Shawn Michaels awarded the title opportunity to the runner-up, Stone Cold Steve Austin, who defeated Mr. McMahon in a Steel Cage match to retain his opportunity. Austin went on to defeat The Rock in a No Disqualification match to win the title.
8 The Rock WrestleMania 2000 2000 Video footage later showed Rock's feet hit the floor first before runner-up Big Show. After multiple attempts to name a rightful number one contender failed, both The Rock and Big Show were added to the main event along with Mick Foley, who came out of retirement after losing a Hell in a Cell match to champion Triple H, making it a fatal four-way elimination match for the WWF Championship. Rock, along with Foley and Show, lost to Triple H for the title.
9 Stone Cold Steve Austin WrestleMania X-Seven 2001 Austin defeated The Rock in a No Disqualification match to win the WWF Championship.
10 Triple H WrestleMania X8 2002 Triple H lost his Undisputed WWF Championship title shot to Kurt Angle at No Way Out. The following night on Raw, Triple H was given a rematch by WWF co-owner Ric Flair and defeated Angle to win his title shot back. Triple H went on to defeat Chris Jericho to win the title.
11 Brock Lesnar WrestleMania XIX 2003 Lesnar from SmackDown! chose to challenge for his own brand's WWE Championship and defeated Kurt Angle to win the title; had Angle gotten counted out or disqualified, he would have lost the title per the stipulation.
12 Chris Benoit WrestleMania XX 2004 Benoit from SmackDown! chose to challenge for Raw's World Heavyweight Championship. Shawn Michaels, who was feuding with champion Triple H, later added himself to the match, making it a triple threat match. Benoit went on to defeat Triple H and Michaels to win the title.
13 Batista WrestleMania 21 2005 Batista from Raw chose to challenge for his own brand's World Heavyweight Championship and defeated Triple H to win the title.
14 Rey Mysterio WrestleMania 22 2006 Mysterio from SmackDown! chose to challenge for his own brand's World Heavyweight Championship, but lost his title shot to Randy Orton at No Way Out. On the following episode of SmackDown!, General Manager Theodore Long re-added Mysterio to the World Heavyweight Championship match, making it a triple threat match. Mysterio went on to defeat champion Kurt Angle and Orton to win the title.
15 The Undertaker WrestleMania 23 2007 Undertaker from SmackDown! chose to challenge for his own brand's World Heavyweight Championship and defeated Batista to win the title.
16 John Cena WrestleMania XXIV 2008 Cena from Raw chose to challenge for his own brand's WWE Championship, but used his title shot early at No Way Out. Cena defeated champion Randy Orton by disqualification, thus Orton retained as titles do not change hands by disqualification unless stipulated. Triple H then became Orton's opponent at WrestleMania by winning an Elimination Chamber match, while Cena earned another opportunity and was added to the match, making it a triple threat match. Cena, along with Triple H, lost to Orton for the title.
17 Randy Orton WrestleMania XXV 2009 Orton from Raw chose to challenge for SmackDown's WWE Championship, but lost to Triple H; had Triple H gotten counted out or disqualified, he would have lost the title per the stipulation.
18 Edge WrestleMania XXVI 2010 Edge from SmackDown chose to challenge for his own brand's World Heavyweight Championship, but lost to Chris Jericho.
19 Alberto Del Rio WrestleMania XXVII 2011 Del Rio from SmackDown chose to challenge for his own brand's World Heavyweight Championship, but lost to Edge.
20 Sheamus WrestleMania XXVIII 2012 Sheamus chose to challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship and defeated Daniel Bryan to win the title.
21 John Cena WrestleMania 29 2013 Cena chose to challenge for the WWE Championship and successfully defended his title shot against CM Punk on the February 25 episode of Raw. Cena went on to defeat The Rock to win the title.
22 Batista WrestleMania XXX 2014 After months of feuding, Triple H agreed to face Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania XXX, with the stipulation that whoever won would be inserted into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between champion Randy Orton and Batista to make it a triple threat match. Batista, along with Orton, lost to Bryan for the title, who had defeated Triple H to earn the spot in the match.
23 Roman Reigns WrestleMania 31 2015 Reigns successfully defended his title shot against Daniel Bryan at Fastlane. During Reigns' title match against champion Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and converted the singles match between Reigns and Lesnar into a triple threat match. Reigns, along with Lesnar, lost to Rollins for the title.
24 Randy Orton WrestleMania 33 2017 Orton from SmackDown chose to challenge for his own brand's WWE Championship. After his fellow Wyatt Family member Bray Wyatt won the championship at Elimination Chamber and retained it on the following SmackDown, Orton relinquished his championship opportunity. On the next episode of SmackDown, however, Orton reverted his decision and turned on Wyatt. The following week, Orton defeated new number one contender AJ Styles to re-earn his title shot and went on to defeat Wyatt to win the title.
25 Shinsuke Nakamura WrestleMania 34 2018 Nakamura from SmackDown chose to challenge for his own brand's WWE Championship, but lost to AJ Styles.
26 Seth Rollins WrestleMania 35 2019 Rollins from Raw chose to challenge for his own brand's Universal Championship and defeated Brock Lesnar to win the title.
27 Drew McIntyre WrestleMania 36 2020 McIntyre from Raw chose to challenge for his own brand's WWE Championship and defeated Brock Lesnar to win the title.
28 Edge WrestleMania 37 2021 Edge from Raw chose to challenge for SmackDown's Universal Championship. After a controversial finish in the main event of Fastlane, which saw champion Roman Reigns retain the title against Daniel Bryan in a match where Edge served as the special guest enforcer, a decision was made to add Bryan to the match, making it a triple threat match. Edge, along with Bryan, lost to Reigns for the title.
29 Brock Lesnar WrestleMania 38 2022 Lesnar, a free agent, chose to challenge for SmackDown's Universal Championship. Lesnar would go on to win the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber in an Elimination Chamber match, a title which he had previously lost against Bobby Lashley at the Royal Rumble. This turned Lesnar's title match against champion Roman Reigns into a Winner Takes All match for both the WWE and Universal Championships. Lesnar lost to Reigns for both titles.
  1. ^ The WWE Championship has had various names due to company name changes and title unifications. Since the 1993 Royal Rumble, these include the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, the WWF Championship, the Undisputed WWF Championship, and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Male Royal Rumble Winner Victories

Wrestler Year
Yokozuna 1993
Bret Hart 1994
Shawn Michaels 1996
Stone Cold Steve Austin 1998, 2001
Triple H 2002
Brock Lesnar 2003
Chris Benoit 2004
Batista 2005
Rey Mysterio 2006
The Undertaker 2007
Sheamus 2012
John Cena 2013
Randy Orton 2017
Seth Rollins 2019
Drew McIntyre 2020

Male Royal Rumble Winner Losses

Wrestler Year
Lex Luger 1994
Shawn Michaels 1995
The Rock 2000
John Cena 2008
Randy Orton 2009
Edge 2010, 2021
Alberto Del Rio 2011
Batista 2014
Roman Reigns 2015
Shinsuke Nakamura 2018
Brock Lesnar 2022

Female Royal Rumble winner's championship opportunity

Championship Wins Losses Total Success rate
WWE SmackDown Women's Championship 1 2 3 0.333
WWE Raw Women's Championship 1 0 1 1.000
NXT Women's Championship 1 0 1 1.000
Total 3 2 5 0.600
  – WrestleMania victory
  – WrestleMania loss
Winner Event Year Championship match
1 Asuka WrestleMania 34 2018 Asuka from Raw chose to challenge for the SmackDown Women's Championship, but lost to Charlotte Flair.
2 Becky Lynch WrestleMania 35 2019 Lynch from SmackDown chose to challenge for the Raw Women's Championship. Lynch was removed from the match and suspended after continuously attacking the McMahon Family and was replaced by Rumble runner-up, Charlotte Flair. At Fastlane, Lynch defeated Flair thanks to interference from champion Ronda Rousey, and as per the stipulation of that match, she was reinserted into the match at WrestleMania, making it a triple threat match. Flair won the SmackDown Women's Championship on the March 26 episode of SmackDown, leading Stephanie McMahon to announce that both titles would be on the line in a Winner Takes All match. At WrestleMania 35, Lynch defeated Rousey and Flair to win both titles.
3 Charlotte Flair WrestleMania 36 2020 Flair from Raw chose to challenge for the NXT Women's Championship and defeated Rhea Ripley to win the title.
4 Bianca Belair WrestleMania 37 2021 Belair from SmackDown chose to challenge for her own brand's SmackDown Women's Championship and defeated Sasha Banks to win the title.
5 Ronda Rousey WrestleMania 38 2022 Rousey, a free agent, chose to challenge for the SmackDown Women's Championship, but lost to Charlotte Flair.

Female Royal Rumble Winner Victories

Wrestler Year
Becky Lynch 2019
Charlotte Flair 2020
Bianca Belair 2021

Female Royal Rumble Winner Losses

Wrestler Year
Asuka 2018
Ronda Rousey 2022

Royal Rumble records

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Men's Royal Rumble

Most victories

Wrestler Royal Rumble wins Year
Stone Cold Steve Austin 3 1997, 1998, 2001
Hulk Hogan 2 1990, 1991
Shawn Michaels 1995, 1996
Triple H 2002, 2016
Brock Lesnar 2003, 2022
Batista 2005, 2014
John Cena 2008, 2013
Randy Orton 2009, 2017
Edge 2010, 2021

Total eliminations

Wrestler No. of eliminations Royal Rumbles entered Average
Kane/Diesel/Isaac Yankem, DDS 46 20[101][102][103] 2.3
The Undertaker 40 11 3.64
Shawn Michaels 39 12[104][105] 3.25
The Ringmaster/Stone Cold Steve Austin 36 6[101] 6
Braun Strowman 33 6 5.83
Triple H 32 9 2.97
Big Show 32 12 2.67
Roman Reigns 32 6 5.33
Randy Orton 30 14 2.08
Brock Lesnar 29 5 5.8

Most eliminations in a single Royal Rumble

Wrestler No. of eliminations Year
Brock Lesnar 13 2020
Braun Strowman 13 2018 (GRR)
Roman Reigns 12 2014
Kane 11 2001
Hulk Hogan 10 1989
Stone Cold Steve Austin 1997
Shawn Michaels 8 1995, 1996
Stone Cold Steve Austin 1999

Bold indicates the winner of that year's match.

Most Rumble Appearances

Wrestler Royal Rumbles entered First Last
Kane/Diesel/Isaac Yankem, DDS 20 1996 2021
Dolph Ziggler 15 2009 2022
Kofi Kingston 14
Randy Orton 2004
Goldust 13 1997 GRR 2018
Rey Mysterio 2003 2022
The Miz 2007 2021
Shawn Michaels 12 1989 2010
Big Show 2000 2017
The Undertaker 11 1991
Chris Jericho 2000 GRR 2018
Shelton Benjamin 2003 2020

Longest cumulative time

Wrestler Time
Chris Jericho 4:59:33[106]
Randy Orton 4:34:08
Rey Mysterio 4:14:45
Triple H 4:00:50
Shawn Michaels 3:47:32[106]
Edge 3:31:51
Kane/Diesel/Isaac Yankem, DDS 3:19:40
Dolph Ziggler 3:08:40
Cody Rhodes/Stardust 3:06:45

Shortest time spent in a single Royal Rumble

Wrestler Time Year
The Warlord 0:00:02 1989[101]
Santino Marella 2009[101]
Sheamus 2018[101]
No Way Hose 2019
Mo 0:00:03 1995[101]
Owen Hart
Mike Kanellis 2018 (GRR)
Xavier Woods 2019
Bushwhacker Luke 0:00:04 1991
Jerry Lawler 1997
Titus O'Neil 2015

Female entrants in male Royal Rumble matches

Wrestler Royal Rumbles entered
Chyna 2 (1999, 2000)[48][51]
Beth Phoenix 1 (2010)[79]
Kharma 1 (2012)
Nia Jax[a] 1 (2019)
  1. ^ Since the inception of the Women's Royal Rumble in 2018, Jax is the only wrestler to ever take part in both the men's and women's Royal Rumble matches on the same card, and one of two, along with Beth Phoenix, to score eliminations in both.

Women’s Royal Rumble

Total eliminations

Wrestler No. of eliminations Royal Rumbles entered Average
Charlotte Flair 15 4 3.75
Shayna Baszler 14 3 4.67
Bianca Belair 13 3 4.33
Rhea Ripley
Nia Jax 12 3 4
Natalya 8 5 1.6
Ruby Riott 6 3 2
Michelle McCool 2 3
Nikki Bella
Alexa Bliss 5 3 1.67
Bayley
Brie Bella 2 2.5
Sasha Banks

Most eliminations in a single Royal Rumble

Wrestler No. of eliminations Year
Shayna Baszler 8 2020
Bianca Belair
Rhea Ripley 7 2021
Shayna Baszler 6
Michelle McCool 5 2018
Charlotte Flair 2019, 2022
Charlotte Flair 4 2020
Alexa Bliss 2020
Bianca Belair 2021
Nia Jax 2018, 2021
Ronda Rousey 2022

Bold indicates the winner of that year's match.

Most times runner-up

Wrestler Times Year
Charlotte Flair 2 2019, 2022

Most Rumble Appearances

Wrestler Royal Rumbles entered First Last
Carmella 5 2018 2022
Dana Brooke
Liv Morgan
Naomi
Natalya
Tamina
Sarah Logan 4
Sonya Deville
Mickie James
Mandy Rose 2021
Charlotte Flair 2019 2022

Longest cumulative time

Wrestler Time
Charlotte Flair 2:22:30
Bianca Belair 2:17:12
Natalya 2:14:35
Naomi 1:25:15
Rhea Ripley 1:08:00
Sasha Banks 1:04:30
Ember Moon 1:00:26
Shayna Baszler 51:44
Liv Morgan 50:01
Lacey Evans 48:40

Shortest time spent in a single Royal Rumble

No Wrestler Time Year
1 Liv Morgan 00:08 2019
2 Chelsea Green 00:12 2020
3 Mighty Molly 00:20 2022
4 Ivory 00:25
5 Sarah Logan 00:28 2020
6 Tamina 00:39
7 Sarah Logan 00:43 2022
8 Liv Morgan 00:44 2020
9 Carmella 00:45 2021
10 00:50 2022

Other Royal Rumble matches

List of Royal Rumble dates, venues, and winners
Event Date City Venue Winner Ref. Note
1 House show October 4, 1987 St. Louis, MO St. Louis Arena One Man Gang [107][108] 12-man Royal Rumble
2 House show March 14, 1988 East Rutherford, NJ Brendan Byrne Arena Jake Roberts [109] 22-man Royal Rumble
3 House show March 16, 1988 Hartford, CT Hartford Civic Center Rick Rude [110][111] 22-man Royal Rumble
4 House show January 17, 1994 New York City Madison Square Garden Owen Hart [112] 30-man Royal Rumble
5 House show May 9, 1994 Osaka, Japan Castle Hall The Undertaker [112] 18-man Royal Rumble
6 Raw June 15, 1998 San Antonio, Texas Freeman Coliseum Kane and Mankind [112] 10-tag team Royal Rumble
7 Raw January 11, 1999 Houston Compaq Center Chyna [112] 10-person Corporation vs. DX corporate Royal Rumble for the number 30 spot in the 1999 Royal Rumble
8 SmackDown September 16, 1999 Las Vegas Thomas & Mack Centre The Undertaker [113] 5-man Royal Rumble to determine the number one contender for the WWE Championship later that night
9 SmackDown January 8, 2004 Huntsville, Alabama Von Braun Centre Chris Benoit [114] 4-man Royal Rumble
10 SmackDown January 29, 2004 Washington, D.C. MCI Center Eddie Guerrero [115] 15-man SmackDown! Royal Rumble to determine the number one contender for the WWE Championship at No Way Out
11 Raw January 22, 2007 Lafayette, Louisiana Cajundome The Great Khali [116] 7-man Royal Rumble
12 Raw January 14, 2008 Mobile, Alabama Mobile Civic Center Hornswoggle [117] Mini Royal Rumble; 6-man, all participants were midget wrestlers, with the exception of The Great Khali.
13 SmackDown January 28, 2011 Cincinnati, Ohio U.S. Bank Arena [118] 4-Man Royal Rumble
14 Raw January 31, 2011 Providence, Rhode Island Dunkin' Donuts Center Jerry Lawler [119] 7-man Raw Rumble to determine the number one contender for the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber
15 Royal Rumble January 28, 2018 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center Ric Flair[kfc 1] [120][121] KFC Colonel Rumble (9-man)
  1. ^ AJ Styles won the SmackDown dark match; the end of the match was subsequently re-recorded for the advert prior to the Royal Rumble event.

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