Royal Rumble 2013: Entrances
May 17, 2013 Leave a comment
Here’s a look at the moment each of the 30 entrants into the 2013 Royal Rumble arrived to the contest, featuring a wide array of jackets, a Money in the Bank briefcase, Funkadactyls, an afro comb, one brawl and two hos. For the full range of entrances, click the link below.
#1 Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler’s appearance in the 2013 Royal Rumble marked the first occasion a Money in the Bank contract holder appeared in the match. Despite being tricked into being the #1 entrant by Vickie Guerrero, Ziggler came close to winning, and managed to spend the most time in the contest than anyone else.
#2 Chris Jericho
Jericho’s appearance as a surprise entrant will be remembered as one of the best in Royal Rumble history, and the entrance itself as probably the best in Rumble history. Like Ziggler, Jericho came close the the end of the match, scoring the second best time after Dolph.
#3 Cody Rhodes
Cody was unlucky enough to draw a low number, even though he’d appeared in a tag team match immediately prior to the Royal Rumble. Despite the disadvantage, he maintained his strong level of performance he’s given in Rumbles past, lasting almost 30 minutes.
#4 Kofi Kingston
Having provided the video highlights of both the 2011 & 2012 Royal Rumble, all eyes were on Kofi Kingston and exactly what lengths he’d go to not be eliminated. He didn’t disappoint, using a unique combination of Tensai, the Spanish announce table and JBL’s chair to save himself.
#5 Santino Marella
Santino once again provided the light relief, and at one point believed he’d eliminated everyone in the ring, despite the fact that none of their feet hit the floor. Marella would become the first person eliminated in 2013.
#6 Drew McIntyre
McIntyre became the first member of 3MB to enter the Royal Rumble, but failed to make much of it, lasting just under three minutes.
#7 Titus O’Neil
O’Neil made his Royal Rumble debut, and although he didn’t make any real impact, managed a healthy seven and a half minutes of action before being eliminated by Sheamus.
Surprise entrant #2 of the match was Goldust, whose on-again-off-again relationship with WWE was back on. His entrance got one of the best reactions of the night, whilst his elimination by his brother Cody Rhodes accrued the most boos.
#9 David Otunga
Otunga sported both a cape and a black eye for his entrance into the Rumble, which would prove to be the highlight of his time during the match.
#10 Heath Slater
One of the surprises of the night was the solid performance by the leader of 3MB, Heath Slater. He was the only one the three to score an elimination, and clocked up over 15 minutes of time in the ring.
The winner of the 2012 Royal Rumble was trying to make it two in a row, and came close indeed after spending almost 40 minutes in the match. He also tied with Ryback for the most amount of eliminations that year with 5, before it was aforementioned Ryback who took out Sheamus.
Making his first Rumble appearance since the mid 2000s, Tensai’s new character proved as unsuccessful as previous ones, as he maintained his record for the most Rumble appearances without achieving an elimination.
#13 Brodus Clay
The Funkasaurus was another man making his Rumble debut in 2013, but his status as a big man worked against him, and he fell victim to the biggest group effort of the night, being eliminated by a team of five.
#14 Rey Mysterio
Rumble veteran and holder of the Rumble’s longest ever time made less of a splash than usual, although did clock over 10 minutes of action before Wade Barrett eliminated him.
#15 Darren Young
The second half of the Primetime Players apparently ain’t had no time for the Royal Rumble, lasting under three minutes.
#16 Bo Dallas
Bo Dallas’ appearance was history making in two ways, not only was he the first NXT contestant to enter the match, but he also became the first Rumble entrant that was younger than the Rumble match itself. He also had a surprisingly good performance, eliminating Wade Barrett and spending over 20 minutes in the contest.
#17 The Godfather
Despite it being 11 years since his last Royal Rumble, The Godfather’s entrance was as popular as ever, and was one of the great surprise entrances due to the fact it came from out of the blue. Although he spent just 5 seconds in the match, his presence at the 2013 Rumble will still be remembered.
#18 Wade Barrett
The reigning Intercontinental champion (of the time) Wade Barrett spent over 17 minutes in the ring before he was shockingly eliminated by the rookie Bo Dallas. Barrett exacted his revenge however, eliminating Dallas and KOing him with the Bullhammer Elbow.
#19 John Cena
The man who would go on to win the 2013 Royal Rumble entered at #19, making him just the third winner to enter at a ‘teen’ number in history. Cena also became the fourth person to win a second Royal Rumble match and was one of the few people in recent history to be successful in his Wrestlemania title match.
#20 Damien Sandow
The Intellectual Saviour of the Masses couldn’t save himself from Ryback, who eliminated Sanodw after a 16 minute plus performance.
#21 Daniel Bryan
After successfully retaining the tag team titles with Kane, it was his up and down relationship with the Big Red Machine that would be the story of Bryan’s Royal Rumble. Daniel eliminated his partner from behind, and soon followed him over the top rope thanks to Antonio Cesaro. Kane had the chance to save Bryan, but instead chose to drop him and cause his elimination.
#22 Antonio Cesaro
Cesaro entered the Rumble after retaining his U.S. title against The Miz on the YouTube pre-show and had almost 8 minutes of ring time before his elimination, after which he’d clash with The Miz once again (see below).
#23 The Great Khali
Believe it or not, 2013 marked Khali’s seventh consecutive Royal Rumble appearance, and although he failed to eliminate anybody, his time of over three minutes was better than some of his previous times.
Kane made his record breaking 14th Royal Rumble appearance in 2013, having failed to appear in it for the first time in 2012. He co-operated with his tag team partner Daniel Bryan up to a point, even eliminating The Great Khali together, but their turbulent relationship would cause both of their eliminations.
#25 Zack Ryder
Ryder continued his run of brief performances in the Royal Rumble, being quickly eliminated by the entrant immediately after him.
#26 Randy Orton
The fourth and final of the previous Royal Rumble winners to enter in 2013 was Randy Orton, who was also looking for his second win. After 10 minutes in the match he looked set to go the distance, but was abruptly eliminated by Ryback.
#27 Jinder Mahal
The third piece of the 3MB puzzle, Jinder Mahal entered at the Rumble’s luckiest ever number, but failed to make it work for him, being eliminated at just over two minutes of time in the match.
#28 The Miz
Despite the legitimate injury he picked up in his match on the pre-show, Miz entered the Royal Rumble at #28, and immediately clashed with his pre-show opponent Antonio Cesaro during his entrance. Once in the ring, Miz lasted over 5 minutes before Ryback arrived an asserted his dominance.
#29 Sin Cara
Sin Cara made his Royal Rumble debut as the penultimate entrant, but like many others, he fell victim to #30.
The luckiest man of the night was debutant Ryback, whose strength and mega-push made him one of the favourites going in. He matched Sheamus for the most eliminations that night, and finished as runner-up to John Cena.