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The Royal Rumble is a professional wrestling event, produced every January since 1988 by professional wrestling promotion WWE. It is named after the Royal Rumble match, a battle royal whose participants enter at timed intervals.

After the initial event was broadcast as a television special on USA Network, the Royal Rumble has been shown on pay-per-view and is one of WWE's "Big Four", along with WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series.


Dates, winners and main eventsEdit

Event Date Winner Entry No. Main event
Royal Rumble (2011) January 30, 2011 Triple H 22 30-man Royal Rumble match
Royal Rumble (2012) January 29, 2012 Edge 8 30-man Royal Rumble match
Royal Rumble (2013) January 27, 2013 The Undertaker 30 30-man Royal Rumble match
Royal Rumble (2014) January 26, 2014 Edge 19 30-man Royal Rumble match
Royal Rumble (2015) January 25, 2015 John Cena 27 30-man Royal Rumble match
Royal Rumble (2016) January 24, 2016 CM Punk 24 Cesaro (c) vs. Sheamus (c) for the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships
Royal Rumble (2017) January 29, 2017 Bad News Barrett 29 30-man Royal Rumble match
Royal Rumble (2018) January 28, 2018 Fandango 18 30-man Royal Rumble match
Royal Rumble (2019) January 27, 2019 AJ Styles 1 30-man Royal Rumble match
Royal Rumble (2020) January 19, 2020 30 30-man Royal Rumble match
Royal Rumble (2021) January 24, 2021 Elias 28 30-man Royal Rumble match

Royal Rumble winner's championship opportunity Edit

Championship Wins Losses
WWE Championship 6 2
World Heavyweight Championship 2 0
WWE Universal Championship 0 1
Total 8 3
# Winner Event Year Championship match
1 Triple H WrestleMania 2011 Triple H defeated Edge for the WWE Championship.
2 Edge WrestleMania II 2012 Edge defeated Chris Jericho for the World Heavyweight Championship.
3 The Undertaker WrestleMania III 2013 The Undertaker defeated John Cena for the WWE Championship.
4 Edge WrestleMania IV 2014 Edge defeated Chris Jericho for the World Heavyweight Championship.
5 John Cena WrestleMania V 2015 John Cena defeated Randy Orton for the WWE Championship.
6 CM Punk WrestleMania VI 2016 CM Punk lost to Sheamus for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
7 Bad News Barrett WrestleMania VII 2017 Bad News Barrett defeated Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
8 Fandango WrestleMania VIII 2018 Fandango defeated Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
9 AJ Styles WrestleMania IX 2019 AJ Styles defeated Kevin Owens for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
10 AJ Styles WrestleMania X 2020 AJ Styles lost to The Undertaker for the WWE Championship.
11 Elias WrestleMania XI 2021 Elias lost to Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship.

Royal Rumble recordsEdit

Most Rumble victoriesEdit

No. Wrestler Royal Rumble wins Year
1 AJ Styles 2 2019, 2020
Edge 2012, 2014

Longest time spent in a single Royal RumbleEdit

Top 20 individual longest times in a single Royal Rumble match. As of the 2021 Royal Rumble.

No. Wrestler Time Year
1 TBA TBA TBA

Note: bold indicates the winner of that year's match

Longest cumulative time spent in Royal RumblesEdit

Only wrestlers who have spent more than 3 cumulative hours are shown. As of the 2021 Royal Rumble.

No. Wrestler Time
1 TBA TBA

Shortest time spent in a single Royal RumbleEdit

Only wrestlers who spent 10 seconds or less in a single rumble are shown. As of the 2021 Royal Rumble.

No. Wrestler Time Year
1 Mojo Rawley 00:00 2020
2 Mason Ryan 00:01 2012
3 Alberto Del Rio 00:03 2019
Apollo Crews
5 Mark Henry 00:05 2015
6 The Miz 00:07 2013
7 Kevin Owens 00:09 2021
8 Rob Van Dam 00:10 2015

Most eliminations in a single Royal RumbleEdit

Top wrestlers with most eliminations in a single match. Only wrestlers with at least seven eliminations are shown. As of the 2021 Royal Rumble.

No. Wrestler No. of eliminations Year
1 Chris Jericho 11 2015
2 AJ Styles 8 2019
Fandango 2018
4 Chris Jericho 7 2011
The Great Khali 2013
Kane 2011
Roman Reigns 2016

Total eliminations in cumulative Royal RumblesEdit

Top wrestlers with the most eliminations. Only wrestlers with at least 10 eliminations are shown. As of the 2021 Royal Rumble.

No. Wrestler No. of eliminations Rumbles entered
1 Chris Jericho 25 7
2 AJ Styles 18 4
Baron Corbin 5
Christian 8
5 Kane 15 9
6 The Undertaker 13 5
7 Cody Rhodes 11 5
8 Fandango 10 8

Most Rumble appearancesEdit

Only wrestlers with at least 7 appearances are shown. As of the 2021 Royal Rumble.

No. Wrestler Rumbles entered First Rumble Most recent Rumble
1 Big Show 9 2011 2020
Kane 2011 2019
Kofi Kingston 2011 2021
The Miz 2011 2021
5 Christian 8 2011 2018
Dean Ambrose 2014 2021
Dolph Ziggler 2011 2021
Fandango 2014 2021
Sheamus 2011 2021
10 Bad News Barrett 7 2011 2017
Chris Jericho 2011 2020
Luke Harper 2015 2021
Mark Henry 2011 2018
Seth Rollins 2014 2021