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As the WWE promos have been pointing out in recent years, the Royal Rumble is all about the numbers. But then, if you've watched more than a couple of these, you already knew that. Get a good number, your chances of victory are good. Get a bad number, and as Scott Steiner once said, your chances of winning drastically go down. Since half of the Royal Rumble match is in the numbers, here's a guide to the once-a-year battle royal of major significance:
15. The number of men who participated in the only Royal Rumble match to be broadcast on network television. Technically, this isn't a part of the Royal Rumble canon, but it's worth a mention. In 2004, following Chris Benoit defecting to RAW, a second Royal Rumble was commissioned with all of SmackDown's participants from the previous weekend's Royal Rumble match with Hardcore Holly replacing Matt Morgan and Eddie Guerrero replacing Chris Benoit.
Guerrero last eliminated Kurt Angle to win the right to challenge Brock Lesnar at No Way Out for the WWE Championship. Guerrero won his first and only world title that night. 15 was also the number drawn by Tatanka when he made his televised return to WWE in the 2006 Royal Rumble. 15 was also the latest number any of the final four in the 2009 Rumble drew, belonging to Cody Rhodes. The other three: Ted Dibiase (10), Triple H (7), and the winner Randy Orton (8). And speaking of 2009; 15 was the number of competitors in the ring when the Royal Rumble reached the money round (when the last guy enters).
14. The number of minutes (and 47 seconds) The Rock needed for his one and only Royal Rumble win in 2000. 14 was also the entry number for MVP in the 2010 Royal Rumble. He was attacked by The Miz and thought to be out of the Rumble. But he wasn't, as MVP did eventually report and immediately took out both The Miz and himself in seven seconds. 14 is also the number of entrants in the 2001 Royal Rumble that lasted less than three minutes. Add Steve Blackman, and that makes half the field that didn't get four minutes in that night.
13. Unlucky for most, but not Hacksaw Jim Duggan, as that was the winning number in the 1988 Royal Rumble. 13 is also the consecutive number of Royal Rumbles Kane appeared in, appearing in every encounter from 1999 to 2011. 13 is also the number of minutes (and 15 seconds) Undertaker was in the ring before he finally won a Royal Rumble in 2007. Most of those thirteen minutes he was tangling with former Royal Rumble winner (and future WrestleMania opponent) Shawn Michaels.
12. The number of minutes both Big John Studd and Hulk Hogan needed to win 1989 and 1990 Royal Rumbles respectively. Not Royal Rumble-match related, but it happened in a Rumble event: 12 is the number of unprotected chairshots consecutively Mankind took at the hands of The Rock at the conclusion of the I Quit Match in the 1999 Royal Rumble event. 12 is the entry number of Kurrgan in 1998. The seven-foot, 350-pounder needed six men to get him over and out: Ken Shamrock, 8-Ball, The Rock, Chainsaw Charlie, Phineas Godwin, and Bradshaw. Finally,12 is stunningly, the number of seconds Shawn Michaels (who himself has been in 12 Royal Rumbles) lasted in the 1990 Royal Rumble, more than a full minute less than anyone else.
11. The number of eliminations Kane scored in the 2001 Royal Rumble, a record that stands to this day. The 11 unfortunate souls (in no particular order): Raven, Al Snow, Perry Saturn, Steve Blackman, Grandmaster Sexay, Scotty 2 Hotty, Honky Tonk Man, Tazz, Albert, Crash Holly, and The Rock. 11 is also the number of different Royal Rumble winners since Steve Austin's third win in 2001.
10. The old record for most eliminations in a single Rumble set by two men. Stone Cold Steve Austin's 1997 list (in no particular order): Phineas Godwinn, Bart Gunn, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Owen Hart, "Marvelous" Marc Mero, Savio Vega, Jesse James (pre-Road Dogg), Bret Hart, Vader, and The Undertaker. Hulk Hogan's 10 eliminations from 1989 (again, in no particular order): Mr. Perfect, Bad News Brown, Macho Man Randy Savage, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Bushwhacker Luke, Bushwhacker Butch, Koko B. Ware, The Warlord, and The Big Boss Man.
9. The number of minutes Brock Lesnar needed to win the 2003 Royal Rumble from #29. Worth a mention: 9 is also the number of men that helped Yokozuna defeat The Undertaker to win the casket match in the 1994 Royal Rumble. 9 is also the number of men that lasted less than ten seconds in a Rumble match, including Santino Marrella's infamous 1.9 second elimination three years ago.
8. The number of men needed to send Viscera packing in the 2007 Royal Rumble: Rob Van Dam, Edge, CM Punk, Chris Benoit, Johnny Nitro, Shelton Benjamin, Hardcore Holly, and Kevin Thorn. It's the most number of men needed to eliminate one in a Rumble match. 8 is also the number of minutes (and 27 seconds) John Cena needed for his shocking 2008 Royal Rumble win. 8 was also the winning number for Randy Orton, lasting 48 of the 58 minutes in the 2009 Rumble.
7. The number of men Diesel eliminated in a row in the 1994 Royal Rumble. The unlucky seven (in order): Bart Gunn, Scott Steiner, Owen Hart, Kwang, Bob Backlund, Billy Gunn, and Virgil. 7 also just happened to be the number Diesel drew. But five men combined to put out that fire moments later. And moments after that, 7 men worked in unison to eliminate Mabel. 7 was also the number Triple H drew in his 2009 losing effort, which lasted just a shade under fifty minutes. Seemed like 7 isn't a lucky number in the Rumble, but you'd be wrong: 7 minutes (and 19 seconds) is all Edge needed to win the 2010 Royal Rumble, the shortest in-ring time for any winner ever.
Speaking of short, 7 seconds is all MVP needed in 2010. It's the shortest time spent in a Royal Rumble while still recording an elimination (The Miz). And 7 is the number of men who eliminated themselves in a Rumble: Andre the Giant (1989), Ahmed Johnson and Mil Mascaras (1997), Kane (1999), Drew Carey, Mick Foley (2004), and MVP (2011). And 7 (of 9) is the number of times the Royal Rumble winner chose to fight for the World Heavyweight Championship at that WrestleMania. Interestingly enough, the two that picked the WWE Championship (John Cena in 2008 and Randy Orton in 2009) both lost.
6. The number of men Chris Jericho eliminated in the 2003 Royal Rumble before being eliminated by Test after nearly 40 minutes. One of those six men: Jericho's tag partner at the time Christian, who drew #6. 6 is also the number of eliminations Big Show recorded in 2009 in his nine and a half minutes in the ring. One of those six: 2007 winner The Undertaker. And 6 was the number of men that lasted less than a minute in the 1999 Royal Rumble, the most ever.
5. Stone Cold Steve Austin's winning number in the 1997 Royal Rumble, though it does not come without controversy. Austin was eliminated by Bret Hart, but as referees were trying to separate Terry Funk and Mankind, Austin snuck back in and eliminated Hart, Undertaker and Vader to steal the victory. 5 was also the number Edge drew both in 2005 and 2007, but couldn't close the deal either time. He finished third both years. 5 is also the number of times Kane has made it to the final four (one of those five was as the fake Diesel in 1997), but he is sitting on zero Royal Rumble wins. Also with 5 final four appearances: Stone Cold Steve Austin, with three wins, a second (1999), and a fourth (2002). Arguably the greatest six-year Rumble Run anyone's had.
4. Surprisingly, 4 is the only number of the first five that has not produced a winner. 4 is also the number of men who lasted an hour or more in a Royal Rumble: Bob Backlund in 1993, Chris Benoit in 2004, Triple H and Rey Mysterio both in 2006. 4 is also the number of Royal Rumble winners in a row that lost their WrestleMania match (John Cena in 2008, Randy Orton in 2009, Edge in 2010, Alberto Del Rio in 2011) before 2012 winner Sheamus broke through with an 18-second victory at WrestleMania over Daniel Bryan. 4 is also the number of men that have 10 Royal Rumbles experience: Kane, Shawn Michaels, Undertaker, and Rikishi Fatu.
3. Ric Flair's winning number when he won the Royal Rumble in 1992, and with it the WWF Championship. He lasted just a few seconds shy of a full hour. 3 is also the number of divas that tried their luck in the Royal Rumble(Chyna in 1999 and 2000, Beth Phoenix, and Kharma in 2012). Total output: four eliminations, 4 minutes, 7 seconds of in-ring time. Male or female, 3 (and a third) is the percentage chance anyone has of winning a Royal Rumble match. And finally, 3 is the number of men that have won more than one Royal Rumble match: Shawn Michaels and Hulk Hogan each with two wins, and Stone Cold Steve Austin with 3. And how's this for stunning: twelve last place finishers in the Royal Rumble (meaning first man out) drew #3.
2. Besides being the number of Royal Rumbles won by Shawn Michaels and Hulk Hogan, 2 is the number Vince McMahon drew...or more accurately, got assigned to...when he won the 1999 Royal Rumble. His weasel win ended Austin's run of 2 straight Rumble victories. 2 is also the number Rey Mysterio got in his historic (and much less weasely) 2006 Royal Rumble win. 2 is also the number of winners of the 1994 Royal Rumble, won by Lex Luger and Bret Hart. Because officials couldn't agree on who won, Jack Tunney gave it to both Luger and Hart. 2 is also the number of wrestlers that got their entrance music until the 1996 Royal Rumble when every participant got their entrance music. It's a tradition that continues to this day. And 2 is the number of people that never received their WWF title match the year they won the Rumble since the stipulation was added in 1993. Austin lost his shot in 1997 after losing a Final Four Way at In Your House: Final Four, and McMahon voluntarily gave up his shot two years later.
1. The loneliest number, sure. But 1 was the winning number of Shawn Michaels in the 1995 Royal Rumble (which, by the way, had 1 minute between entrants), thanks to only 1 of his feet hitting the floor when British Bulldog thought to have eliminated him at the end of the match. 1 was also the winning number for the late Chris Benoit when he won the Rumble match in 2004. 1, interestingly enough, is the also the number of Rumbles to be held outside of the United States: the 1988 edition in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. 1 is the least number of eliminations recorded by a Royal Rumble winner: Mr. McMahon in 1999. And 1 is the number of wrestlers that have been disqualified from a Royal Rumble match: Finlay in 2008, who entered before his number was called. Technically, Al Snow should have been DQ'd too, since he did the same thing in 2000.
0. Yeah, we're ending with a zero. As in the number of eliminations Matt Bloom (as Prince Albert and Albert) recorded in his five Royal Rumble appearances: 0. The number of times either of the Dudley Boyz (generally regarded as the greatest tag team of this generation) appeared in a Rumble match: 0. The number of eliminations recorded by Triple H in 1996 despite drawing #1 and lasting 48 minutes: 0. The number of WWF champions 1994 Rumble winner Lex Luger won: 0 (the only such man to hold that distinction since the Rumble bonus was added in 1993). And 0 is the number of former Royal Rumble winners that entered the 2004 Royal Rumble match, the first such Rumble to have that distinction.
Now you know everything...well, pretty much everything, that there is to know about the Royal Rumble and its history. Maybe you can win some bets at your viewing party. Enjoy the Rumble, and don't get eliminated!
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