Three WWE Royal Rumble Records You Didn’t Know
WWE Royal Rumble is one of the most exciting events of the year, with 30 wrestlers battling it out to see who will fight at a main-event at WrestleMania. It’s one of the oldest matches that WWE still does.
With 35 Royal Rumble matches, there is a large sample of historical data. WWE itself loves to look at the numbers surrounding the Royal Rumble every year, including who spent the most time in the match, who had the most eliminations, etc.
Of course, everyone knows the standard records like Stone Cold Steve Austin has the most Royal Rumble wins with three, and Rey Mysterio spent the most time in the match, excluding the Greatest Royal Rumble, at one hour, two minutes and 12 seconds.
But what are some records you don’t know about?
Chris Jericho has spent the most cumulative time in the Royal Rumble match
Every year, there is usually one wrestler who spends the most time in the match. Even if they don’t win, WWE likes to highlight the ironman/ironwoman of the Royal Rumble.
Well, Chris Jericho is the ultimate ironman in WWE Royal Rumble History. He’s spent a cumulative time of four hours, 59 minutes and 33 seconds in the match. This is interesting because Chris Jericho has never won the Royal Rumble. It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. That makes his record even more impressive, because how could someone spend so much time in the match and not win?
Although, this is a record that could be broken soon since Jericho is with AEW and likely won’t return to the WWE. Randy Orton has spent the second most cumulative time in the match at four hours, 34 minutes and eight seconds. So, Orton needs to spend about 25 minutes in the match to break the record.
It might not happen this year, but it is something that will likely happen in the future.
Vince McMahon has the fewest eliminations to win the Royal Rumble match
WWE has made a lot of questionable decisions in its history, but none more notable than when Vince McMahon won the 1999 Royal Rumble.
McMahon was in a feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin at the time, who was the first entrant in the 1999 Royal Rumble match. He had won the Royal Rumble the two years prior and was looking to make history by winning his third straight.
Well, as we all know, McMahon went on to win the match. But what makes his victory even more interesting is that he only eliminated one person in the entire match, Stone Cold Steve Austin. Taking it a step further, McMahon was notably the second entrant in this match.
Randy Orton is tied with McMahon with one elimination to win the match. Orton eliminated Roman Reigns to win the 2017 Royal Rumble match.
The winner enters the match in the 21-30 spots 60 percent of the time
There are a ton of interesting numbers surrounding the WWE Royal Rumble, but the most intriguing is which entrant has the best chance to win. The wrestlers who enter the match as the 21st to 30th entrants have won it all 60 percent of the time.
Such a statistic makes sense when you consider all of the surprise returns that come later in the match. If you count every single Royal Rumble match, 25 people have won entering the match between the 21st to the 30th spot. There is a clear advantage entering the match later as the wrestler will be more rested. The first to 10th entrants have only won the match 10 times and the 11th to 20th entrants only won seven times.
Ultimately, where wrestlers enter the match, especially in its latter stages, plays a huge part in who will win it all.