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Royal Rumble
The current Royal Rumble logo, first used in 2015
The Royal Rumble logo used since 2017
Information
Created by Pat Patterson
Promotion(s) WWE
Brand(s) Raw
(2003–2011, 2017–present)
SmackDown
(2003–2011, 2017–present)
ECW
(2007–2010)
First event Royal Rumble (1988)
Signature match types Royal Rumble match

The Royal Rumble is a professional wrestling event, produced every January since 1988 by professional wrestling promotion WWE.[1] It is named after the Royal Rumble match, a battle royal whose participants enter at timed intervals.[2]

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.[3]

History

Event

The Royal Rumble is a pay-per-view consisting of the Royal Rumble match, title matches, and various other matches, the first Royal Rumble event took place on January 24, 1988, and was broadcast live on the USA Network.[4] The following year, the event started to be broadcast on pay-per-view[5] and thus became one of WWE's "big four" pay-per-views, along with WrestleMania, Survivor Series, and SummerSlam.[6]

The men's Royal Rumble match is usually located at the top of the card, though there have been exceptions, such as the 1988, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2006, 2013, and 2018 events.[7] Due to the Rumble match taking up a large amount of time (most Rumble matches last roughly one hour), the Rumble event tends to have a smaller card than most other pay-per-view events, which routinely have six to eight matches per card, the 2008 Royal Rumble was the first WWE pay-per-view to be available in high-definition.[8] The 2018 Royal Rumble was the first to include a women's Royal Rumble match, which was the main event for that year.

Match

The Royal Rumble is 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][9] The winner of the event is the last wrestler remaining after all others have been eliminated.[1][10] According to Hornswoggle, who worked for WWE from 2006 until 2016 and participated in two Rumbles, participants may learn their eliminations by knowing the two wrestlers who are eliminated before them and which wrestlers are entering the Royal Rumble before and after their elimination.[11]

Dates, venues, and winners

List of Royal Rumble dates, venues, and winners
Event Date City Venue Main event Winner(s) Entry No. Ref
1 Royal Rumble (1988) January 24, 1988 Hamilton, Ontario Copps Coliseum The Islanders (Haku and Tama) vs. The Young Stallions (Paul Roma and Jim Powers) in a two out of three falls match Duggan, JimJim Duggan 13 [12][13]
2 Royal Rumble (1989) January 15, 1989 Houston, Texas The Summit 30-man Royal Rumble match Studd, Big JohnBig John Studd 27 [14][15]
3 Royal Rumble (1990) January 21, 1990 Orlando, Florida Orlando Arena 30-man Royal Rumble match Hogan, HulkHulk Hogan 25 [16][17]
4 Royal Rumble (1991) January 19, 1991 Miami, Florida Miami Arena 30-man Royal Rumble match 24 [18][19]
5 Royal Rumble (1992) January 19, 1992 Albany, New York Knickerbocker Arena 30-man Royal Rumble match for the vacant WWF World Heavyweight Championship Flair, RicRic Flair 3 [20][21]
6 Royal Rumble (1993) January 24, 1993 Sacramento, California ARCO Arena 30-man Royal Rumble match Yokozuna 27 [22][23]
7 Royal Rumble (1994) January 23, 1994 Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center 30-man Royal Rumble match Bret Hart
Lex Luger
27
23
[24][25]
8 Royal Rumble (1995) January 22, 1995 Tampa, Florida USF Sun Dome 30-man Royal Rumble match Michaels, ShawnShawn Michaels 1 [26][27]
9 Royal Rumble (1996) January 21, 1996 Fresno, California Selland Arena Bret Hart (c) vs. The Undertaker for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 18 [28][29]
10 Royal Rumble (1997) January 19, 1997 San Antonio, Texas Alamodome Sycho Sid (c) vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship Stone Cold Steve Austin 5 [30][31]
11 Royal Rumble (1998) January 18, 1998 San Jose, California San Jose Arena Shawn Michaels (c) vs. The Undertaker in a Casket match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 24 [32][33][34]
12 Royal Rumble (1999) January 24, 1999 Anaheim, California Arrowhead Pond 30-man Royal Rumble match Mr. McMahon 2 [35][36][37]
13 Royal Rumble (2000) January 23, 2000 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 30-man Royal Rumble match Rock, TheThe Rock 24 [38][39][40]
14 Royal Rumble (2001) January 21, 2001 New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans Arena 30-man Royal Rumble match Stone Cold Steve Austin 27 [41][42][43]
15 Royal Rumble (2002) January 20, 2002 Atlanta, Georgia Philips Arena 30-man Royal Rumble match Triple H 22 [44][45][46]
16 Royal Rumble (2003) January 19, 2003 Boston, Massachusetts FleetCenter 30-man Royal Rumble match Lesnar, BrockBrock Lesnar 29 [47][48]
17 Royal Rumble (2004) January 25, 2004 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wachovia Center 30-man Royal Rumble match Chris Benoit 1 [49][50][51]
18 Royal Rumble (2005) January 30, 2005 Fresno, California Save Mart Center 30-man Royal Rumble match Batista 28 [52][53][54]
19 Royal Rumble (2006) January 29, 2006 Miami, Florida American Airlines Arena Kurt Angle (c) vs. Mark Henry for the World Heavyweight Championship Mysterio, ReyRey Mysterio 2 [55][56][57]
20 Royal Rumble (2007) January 28, 2007 San Antonio, Texas AT&T Center 30-man Royal Rumble match Undertaker, TheThe Undertaker 30 [58][59][60]
21 Royal Rumble (2008) January 27, 2008 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 30-man Royal Rumble match Cena, JohnJohn Cena 30 [61][62][63]
22 Royal Rumble (2009) January 25, 2009 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena 30-man Royal Rumble match Orton, RandyRandy Orton 8 [64][65]
23 Royal Rumble (2010) January 31, 2010 Atlanta, Georgia Philips Arena 30-man Royal Rumble match Edge 29 [66][67]
24 Royal Rumble (2011) January 30, 2011 Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden 40-man Royal Rumble match Del Rio, AlbertoAlberto Del Rio 38 [68]
25 Royal Rumble (2012) January 29, 2012 St. Louis, Missouri Scottrade Center 30-man Royal Rumble match Sheamus 22 [69][70][71]
26 Royal Rumble (2013) January 27, 2013 Phoenix, Arizona US Airways Center CM Punk (c) vs. The Rock for the WWE Championship Cena, JohnJohn Cena 19 [72][73][74]
27 Royal Rumble (2014) January 26, 2014 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Consol Energy Center 30-man Royal Rumble match Batista 28 [75][76]
28 Royal Rumble (2015) January 25, 2015 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center 30-man Royal Rumble match Reigns, RomanRoman Reigns 19 [77]
29 Royal Rumble (2016) January 24, 2016 Orlando, Florida Amway Center 30-man Royal Rumble match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship; reigning champion Roman Reigns defended the title in the match Triple H 30 [78][79]
30 Royal Rumble (2017) January 29, 2017 San Antonio, Texas Alamodome 30-man Royal Rumble match Randy Orton 23 [80]
31 Royal Rumble (2018) January 28, 2018 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center 30-woman Royal Rumble match Shinsuke Nakamura 14 [81][82]
Asuka 25 [83][84]
32 Royal Rumble (2019) January 27, 2019 Phoenix, Arizona Chase Field TBD TBD TBD [85]

Video box set

In March 2007, WWE released a complete DVD box set titled Royal Rumble: The Complete Anthology, which showcases every Royal Rumble event in its entirety, up to the 2007 Royal Rumble.[86]

See also

References

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Further reading

  • Harley Race and Gerry Tritz (2004). King of the Ring: The Harley Race Story. Sports Publishing. ISBN 1-58261-818-6. 
  • Davies, Ross (2002). Kevin Nash. The Rosen Publishing Group. ISBN 0-8239-3492-6. 
  • Meltzer, Dave (2004). Tributes II: Remembering More of the World's Greatest Professional Wrestlers. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1-58261-817-8. 
  • Brian Fritz and Christopher Murray (2006). Between the Ropes: Wrestling's Greatest Triumphs and Failures. ECW Press. ISBN 1-55022-726-2. 
  • Steve Austin and Jim Ross (2003). The Stone Cold Truth. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-7434-7720-0. 
  • Scott Keith (2004). Wrestling's One Ring Circus: The Death of the World Wrestling Federation. Citadel Press. ISBN 0-8065-2619-X. 

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