Royal Rumble Winners


Royal Rumble Winners

Since the Royal Rumble began in 1988 winning it became on of the highest and rarest accolades in the WWE. From it’s humble beginnings, to receiving the WWF Championship, to headlining Wrestlemania, winning the Royal Rumble has helped skyrocket the careers of 27 superstars. For the full list of the Royal Rumble winners, the facts and stats behind them, follow the link.

  • 1988  Hacksaw Jim Duggan
  • 1989  Big John Studd
  • 1990  Hulk Hogan
  • 1991  Hulk Hogan
  • 1992  Ric Flair
  • 1993  Yokozuna
  • 1994  Bret Hart/Lex Luger
  • 1995  Shawn Michaels
  • 1996  Shawn Michaels
  • 1997  Stone Cold Steve Austin
  • 1998  Stone Cold Steve Austin
  • 1999  Vince McMahon
  • 2000  The Rock
  • 2001  Stone Cold Steve Austin
  • 2002  Triple H
  • 2003  Brock Lesnar
  • 2004  Chris Benoit
  • 2005  Batista
  • 2006  Rey Mysterio
  • 2007  The Undertaker
  • 2008  John Cena
  • 2009  Randy Orton
  • 2010  Edge
  • 2011  Alberto Del Rio
  • 2012 Sheamus
  • 2013 John Cena
  • 2014 Batista

1988 Jim Duggan

  • Entry Number: 13
  • Time: 14:43
  • Eliminations: Nikolai Volkoff (#12), Danny Davis (#9); One Man Gang (#19)
  • Age: 34 years, 10 days
  • Number of Attempts: 1

1989 Big John Studd

  • Entry Number: 27
  • Time: 12:21
  • Eliminations: Akeem (#23); Ted DiBiase (#29)
  • Age: 40 years, 10 months, 27 days
  • Number of Attempts: 1

1990 Hulk Hogan

  • Entry Number: 25
  • Time: 12:49
  • Eliminations: Jimmy Snuka (#17); Haku (#14); Honky Tonk Man (#24); Ultimate Warrior (#21) with Rick Rude & The Barbarian; Rick Rude (#28) with Mr. Perfect; Mr. Perfect (#30)
  • Age: 36 years, 5 months, 10 days
  • Number of Attempts: 2

1991 Hulk Hogan

  • Entry Number: 24
  • Time: 19:55
  • Eliminations: Smash (#15); Greg Valentine (#3); Crush (#20); The Warlord (#29); Tugboat (#30); Brian Knobbs (#28); Earthquake (#22)
  • Age: 37 years, 5 months, 8 days
  • Number of Attempts: 3

1992 Ric Flair

  • Entry Number: 3
  • Time: 59:26
  • Eliminations: British Bulldog (#1); Texas Tornado (#9); Big Boss Man (#13); Randy Savage (#21) with Sid Justice; Sid Justice (#29) with Hulk Hogan
  • Age: 42 years, 10 months, 25 days
  • Number of Attempts: 1

1993 Yokozuna

  • Entry Number: 27
  • Time: 14:53
  • Eliminations: Tatanka (#19); Carlos Colon (#24); Earthquake (#23); Tito Santana (#25); Owen Hart (#28); Bob Backlund (#2); Randy Savage (#30)
  • Age: 26 years, 3 months, 22 days
  • Number of Attempts: 1

1994 Lex Luger

  • Entry Number: 23
  • Time: 21:58
  • Eliminations: The Great Kabuki (#22); Crush (#13) with Sparky Plugg & Bret Hart; Adam Bomb (#30); Bam Bam Bigelow (#15); Genichiro Tenryu (#24) with Bret Hart; Shawn Michaels (#18)
  • Age: 35 years, 7 months, 20 days
  • Number of Attempts: 1

1994 Bret Hart

  • Entry Number: 27
  • Time: 15:08
  • Eliminations: Crush (#13) with Sparky Plugg & Lex Luger; Sparky Plugg (#17) with Shawn Michaels; Genichiro Tenryu (#24) with Lex Luger; Fatu (#28)
  • Age: 36 years, 6 months, 20 days
  • Number of Attempts: 4

*The 1994 Royal Rumble was the first and only Royal Rumble that resulted in a tie. At the end of the match both Bret Hart & Lex Luger eliminated each other at the same time, and both of them touched the floor simultaneously. As a result they were declared co-winners.

1995 Shawn Michaels

  • Entry Number: 1
  • Time: 38:41
  • Eliminations: Duke Droese (#4); Tom Prichard (#7); Bushwhacker Luke (#13); Jacob Blu (#14); Bushwhacker Butch (#18); Aldo Montoya (#21); Lex Luger (#19) with Crush; British Bulldog (#2)
  • Age: 29 years, 6 months
  • Number of Attempts: 5

1996 Shawn Michaels

  • Entry Number: 18
  • Time: 26:09
  • Eliminations: Yokozuna (#9); Vader (#13); 1-2-3 Kid (#10); Jerry Lawler (#4); Owen Hart (#17) with Diesel; Isaac Yankem (#27); British Bulldog (#29); Diesel (#22)
  • Age: 30 years, 5 months, 30 days
  • Number of Attempts: 6

1997 Stone Cold Steve Austin

  • Entry Number: 5
  • Time: 45:07
  • Eliminations: Phineas Godwinn (#4); Bart Gunn (#6); Jake Roberts (#7); Marc Mero (#16); Owen Hart (#13); Savio Vega (#19); Jesse James (#20); Vader (#28); Undertaker (#30); Bret Hart (#21)
  • Age: 32 years, 1 month, 1 day
  • Number of Attempts: 2

1998 Stone Cold Steve Austin

  • Entry Number: 24
  • Time: 15:58
  • Eliminations: Marc Mero (#13); 8-Ball (#7); Thrasher (#15); Kama Mustafa (#23); Savio Vega (#26); Chainz (#29); The Rock (#4)
  • Age: 33 years, 1 month
  • Number of Attempts: 3

1999 Vince McMahon 

  • Entry Number: 2
  • Time: 56:38
  • Eliminations: Stone Cold Steve Austin (#1)
  • Age: 54 years, 5 months
  • Number of Attempts: 1

2000 The Rock

  • Entry Number: 24
  • Time: 14:47
  • Eliminations: Big Boss Man (#9); Crash Holly (#6); Al Snow (#20); Big Show (#26)
  • Age: 27 years, 8 months, 21 days
  • Number of Attempts: 3

2001 Stone Cold Steve Austin 

  • Entry Number: 27
  • Time: 9:43
  • Eliminations: Haku (#29); Billy Gunn (#28); Kane (#6)
  • Age: 36 years, 1 month, 3 days
  • Number of Attempts: 5

2002 Triple H

  • Entry Number: 22
  • Time: 23:14
  • Eliminations: The Hurricane (#23) with Stone Cold Steve Austin; Faarooq (#24); Mr. Perfect (#25); Kurt Angle (#26)
  • Age: 32 years, 5 months, 24 days
  • Number of Attempts: 4

2003 Brock Lesnar 

  • Entry Number: 29
  • Time: 8:59
  • Eliminations: Shelton Benjamin (#23); Charlie Haas (#19); Matt Hardy (#19); Undertaker (#30)
  • Age: 25 years, 6 months, 7 days
  • Number of Attempts: 1

2004 Chris Benoit

  • Entry Number: 1
  • Time: 61:30
  • Eliminations: Bradshaw (#5); Mark Henry (#3); Rhyno (#6); Matt Morgan (#9); A-Train (#16); Big Show (#24)
  • Age: 36 years, 8 months, 4 days
  • Number of Attempts: 1

2005 Batista 

  • Entry Number: 28
  • Time: 10:54
  • Eliminations: Snitsky (#26); Chris Jericho (#11); Christian (#29); Edge (#7) with John Cena; John Cena (#25)
  • Age: 36 years, 12 days
  • Number of Attempts: 2

2006 Rey Mysterio 

  • Entry Number: 2
  • Time: 62:12
  • Eliminations: Simon Dean (#3) with Triple H; Psicosis (#4); Super Crazy (#24) with Rob Van Dam; Rob Van Dam (#20); Triple H (#1); Randy Orton (#30)
  • Age: 31 years, 1 month, 17 days
  • Number of Attempts: 3

2007 Undertaker 

  • Entry Number: 30
  • Time: 13:15
  • Eliminations: The Great Khali (#28); MVP (#26); Shawn Michaels (#23)
  • Age: 41 years, 10 months, 4 days
  • Number of Attempts: 8

2008 John Cena

  • Entry Number: 30
  • Time: 8:28
  • Eliminations: Carlito (#21); Chavo Guerrero (#26); Mark Henry (#26); Triple H (#29)
  • Age: 30 months, 9 months, 4 days
  • Number of Attempts: 4

2009 Randy Orton 

  • Entry Number: 8
  • Time: 48:27
  • Eliminations: Kane (#23) with Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes; Big Show (#30); Triple H (#7)
  • Age: 28 years, 9 months, 24 days
  • Number of Attempts: 3

2010 Edge

  • Entry Number: 29
  • Time: 7:19
  • Eliminations: Chris Jericho (#28); John Cena (#19)
  • Age: 36 years, 3 months, 1 day
  • Number of Attempts: 6

2011 Alberto Del Rio

  • Entry Number: 38
  • Time: 9:33
  • Eliminations: Randy Orton (#39); Santino Marella (#37)
  • Age: 33 years, 8 months, 5 days
  • Number of Attempts: 1
2012 Sheamus
  • Entry Number: 22
  • Time: 22:21
  • Eliminations: Kofi Kingston (#11); Chris Jericho (#29)
  • Age: 34 years, 1 day
  • Number of Attempts: 2
John Cena
 2013 John Cena
  • Entry Number: 19
  • Time: 26:39
  • Eliminations: Heath Slater (#10); Cody Rhodes (#3); Antonio Cesaro (#22); Ryback (#30)
  • Age: 35 years, 9 months, 4 days
  • Number of Attempts: 7
Batista
 2014 Batista
  • Entry Number: 28
  • Time: 12:52
  • Eliminations: Erick Rowan (#25); Ryback (#26); Alberto Del Rio (#27); Roman Reigns (#15)
  • Age: 45 years, 8 days
  • Number of Attempts: 5

Facts & Stats

  • There have been a total of 28 Royal Rumble winners despite there being only 27 Royal Rumbles.
  • Only 21 different men have won the Royal Rumble, with five men winning the match more than once.
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin has won the Royal Rumble a record 3 times and Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, John Cena & Batista have won two Royal Rumbles each.
  • Batista is the only Royal Rumble winner to have won two Royal Rumbles from the same entry number (#28).
By the Numbers
  • The entry #27 has provided the most winners in history, creating 4 winners since 1988.
  • The #27 was also the first number to produce more than one winner.
  • The #27 was also the first entry number to produce consecutive winners, and only the #30 has done so since.
  • The #24 has produced a total of three numbers.
  • The following entry numbers have produced two winners: 1, 2, 22, 28, 29 & 30.
  • The following entry numbers have produced one winner: 3, 5, 8, 13, 18, 23, 25 & 38.
  • The following entry numbers have yet to produce a winner: 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 26, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39 & 40.
  • A total of 7 winners have entered at numbers between 1 & 10, 3 winners have entered between 11 & 20, 16 winners have entered between 21 & 30 and 1 winner has entered between 31 & 40.
Winning Times
  • Longest Time to Win: Rey Mysterio – 62:12
  • Shortest Time to Win: Edge – 7:19
  • Total Combined Time: 11:28:52
  • Average Time: 24:36
Eliminations
  • Most Eliminations: Stone Cold Steve Austin – 10
  • Least Eliminations: Vince McMahon – 1
  • Total Eliminations: 129
Age & Experience
  • Youngest Winner: Brock Lesnar – 25 years old
  • Oldest Winner: Vince McMahon – 53 years old
  • Most Attempts to Win: Undertaker – 8
  • Least Attempts to Win: A total of 10 men have won the Royal Rumble on their first attempt
  • Shortest Time in the Company: Yokozuna - 3 months
  • Longest Time in the Company: Undertaker – 16 years
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18 Responses to Royal Rumble Winners

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  2. Actually, this is interesting….. If it weren’t for those stupid referees in the 1997 rumble match, we’d have 4 men right now with two Royal Rumble victories apiece: Hogan, Michaels, Bret Hart (who should have been the winner in 1997, also co-won in 1994), and Steve Austin, who has the most with 3 wins, but was clearly thrown out by Bret in ’97. And if they applied the 1994 rule in the 2005 rumble match, when John Cena and Batista hit the lloor at the same time, instead of restarting the match, Cena would also be a 2-time winner on this list.

    • royalrumbler says:

      That’s true! Never really thought about it that way before. I get the feeling Cena will win another one at some point anyway.

      • He very well may, but I hope not. I’m hoping for Chris Jericho to finally win one, but Ziggler beat him on RAW last Monday and I guess he’s done. I don’t believe any of it, he’ll hopefully be back. As I said before, there hasn’t been a repeat winner since Austin in 2001 I hope that changes soon.

  3. Another interesting fact….. Steve Austin is the only wrestler ever to compete in a Royal Rumble match with 3 victories already to his credit. Came close in 2002, made the final 4. Might stay that way forever, or a very very long time……

  4. Oh, Sheamus lasted 22 minutes, 20 seconds in 2012. Entered the ring at 32:30 and was the winner when Chris Jericho hit the floor at 54:50. Only six wrestlers lasted 10 or more minutes in this one, one of the worst in history.

  5. Best wrestler EVER to never win the Royal Rumble match who has entered at least one, probably Kurt Angle. If Bret Hart had stayed in the WWE a couple more years, that would have been an extraordinary killer match between he and Kurt Angle.

    But Angle is my pick for best never to win.

    My next two choices would have to be RVD and Randy Savage.

  6. bharath kumar says:

    cena has won only one title…but he has the power to win one more,,,

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  8. Cena’s a 9-time champ isn’t he?

    I’d be up for another Cena/Rock at WM 29……

    Great rumble overall…..title match was dramatic, lots of Iron Men in this year’s, lots of guys jumped up the all time minutes list. A few hilarious comedy spots.

    Kane has the worst winning % ever in the Rumble and he will so forever more. Why do they waste him like that…..

    • royalrumbler says:

      I agree! I liked that the ring got a little crowded and it took a while for everyone to be eliminated. I don’t think Kane will ever win it, just because they probably don’t think he could main event Wrestlemania.

  9. Well if he can get away from Daniel Bryan maybe he’d be worthy and have a shot. I mean he’s a tag champ right now. That stuff is silly, lol.

  10. justin says:

    I like the wwe

  11. Alexander Mathis says:

    I don’t see why the undertaker even compete in the Royal Rumble Match when he is already undefeated at wrestle mania.

    Kane will never ever win the royal rumble now I could be wrong I could be right I don’t know.

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  13. Robert Anderson says:

    Disappointing ending. I was rooting so much for Roman Reigns, he broke Kane’s elimination record, even if he eliminated a midget, and a comedy entrant (JBL). Make that two comedy entrants. That was kind of funny though!

    But Batista etched his name into the history books as the 5th man to ever win at least two Royal Rumble matches (Hogan, HBK, Austin, Cena).

    CM Punk didn’t do enough in his 49 minutes, 11 seconds, he pretty much coasted after the beginning, but he still vaulted up the alltime minutes list with his performance. Sheamus is putting up quite a rumble match resume, over the last four years.

    But I think the writers are running out of ideas. I don’t get why they have the surprise entrants, and they only last a little bit anyway. RVD did that a couple times, and did very well. Why is Great Khali CONSTANTLY wasted in these matches? He had one good showing, eliminating 7 guys in less than a minute in ’07 in his rumble debut, then pretty much seven straight complete washouts.

    Not the worst rumble match, just a disappointing ending. But congrats to Dave Batista on #2!

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  15. Robert Anderson says:

    Now we seem to be on a streak of repeat winners, Cena in 2013, and Batista this year. Who will win next year? HHH? The Rock? They’ve won it each once before……

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