Originally published on January 26, 2012 - One of my favorite video packages that the WWE produce each year is the Royal Rumble by the numbers. It is one of the rare times that you will see the WWE acknowledge and promote off its history. This year’s video is no exception and includes some interesting Rumble statistics.
The video is only a little over four minutes but boy does it cover an entire history of 24 broadcasted Royal Rumble events. The video differs from year to year with new and updated stats. Here are just a few numbers that I found particularly interesting.
Shawn Michaels holds the record for eliminating WWE superstars from the Royal Rumble at 39. I do recall some of those early Rumbles where Michaels went crazy eliminating guys but I never expected him to hold that record. Kind of odd that a guy his size holds that record in a match that has featured the dozens of bigger guys from Hulk Hogan to the Great Khali. Kane follows him at 35. Eliminating 11 in one shot certainly doesn’t hurt. The chances are good that HBK’s record will be broken this or next year.
Steve Austin holds the record for most Royal Rumble wins at three. I found that interesting because I always thought there were guys who won more or just as many. It really is something that in 24 years of Rumbles (not counting the untelevised first one), that only one guy has won three. Especially guys like Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, The Rock, and Triple H have participated in Rumble matches in their primes. I would expect this record to be broken at some point as well.
My favorite stat revealed here in the video may be that #1 and #30 have produced the same number of winners in Rumble history. That is a fascinating stat because every year since the Rumble started it was booked in a way that put the #30 spot over huge while predicting an immediate loss for anyone who drew #1. Quite honestly I don’t even know if I would have mentioned that in the video but it could also provide a new spin on the “unlucky” #30 spot in the future.
Finally, since 1993 55% of the Royal Rumble winners have gone on to WrestleMania and won the WWE championship in which they challenged for. I always thought it was much more but at second glance, it really is a 50/50 split of winners who were victorious at WrestleMania.
There are some more fun stats in the video such as total weight, total number of entrants, total number of live audience members, and much more. I hope you enjoy the video as much as I did.