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Rumbling through the Rumble stats
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


Hacksaw Duggan: First Royal Rumble winner
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The Royal Rumble is one of the most unique events in wrestling. Throughout its 16-year history, the Rumble has been one of the most anticipated and most entertaining matches in WWF/E history. The 30-man over-the-top Battle Royal-inspired bout has, of course, come with some interesting statistical notes. Here are a few of the highlights of the past Royal Rumble matches.

· The first title to be defended at the Royal Rumble, and one of only two belts that have been defended that are now inactive, was the Women's Tag Team championship. The other, by the way, was the European title, which was defended once.

· The first Rumble consisted of only 20 men. Three other Rumble matches had less than 30 wrestlers compete: 1991, 1994 and 1998. each of those had 29 competitors.

· It may surprise some to know that Steve Austin has the most Rumble match victories. Only two other men have had multiple Rumble wins, those being Shawn Michaels and Hulk Hogan.

· The only wrestler who could repeat as Rumble winner this year is Rock, if he shows up. Brock Lesnar, HHH and Shawn Michaels, all former winners, are in title matches at the PPV this year.

· This will mark the fifth-straight year that the Dudley Boyz will be in a tag-team title match. None of the Dudleyz, by the way, have ever competed in the Rumble.

· Other wrestlers who never competed in the Rumble include Dean Malenko, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Taka Michinoku and Razor Ramon. Taka, along with Sho Funaki and the Mean St. Posse, made "run-ins" at one Rumble event. Ramon competed at four consecutive Rumbles, but never in the match itself.

· The first Canadian to enter a Royal Rumble is also the first to ever to enter the ring in a Royal Rumble match. That man would be Bret Hart. Bret is also the only man to be #1 twice. The other time was in 1991.

· Two Canadians share the distinction of being the latest Canuck entries into the Rumble. Both Rick Martel (1989) and Owen Hart (1999) have entered in the 29th spot.

· Is #30 an advantage in the Rumble? Hardly. No wrestler who has drawn the last entry position has ever won the bout. The latest was Lesnar, who was in the 29th spot.

· The most gimmicks by one wrestler in Rumble competition is shared by two wrestlers: Mick Foley (Mankind, Cactus Jack and Dude Love) and Glen Jacobs (Kane, Diesel II and Isaac Yankem). A footnote: Foley did all three gimmicks in one Rumble. In fact, he was only in two Rumbles, period.

· Also of note, Bob Holly is the only wrestler to have the same gimmick under two different names at the Rumble. Those would be Bob "Sparkplug" Holly and Thurman "Sparky" Plugg.

· Anyone who picks up the Ric Flair DVD compilation will want to check out the Rumble match included. During his commentary, Gorilla Monsoon noted that no wrestler who has entered one through five ever one the Rumble match. Since then (including that match), four men in one of those slots have won. They are Ric Flair (#3), Shawn Michaels (#1), Steve Austin (#5) and 1999 Vince McMahon (#2).

· As odd as it may seem, Terry Funk made his Rumble debut in 1997, one year after his brother Dory Funk Jr., made his Rumble debut.

· Interesting notes about the entry spot for some wrestlers: IRS came in at #18 two years in a row (1992, 1993), while Jake Roberts came in at #7 in consecutive years (1996, 1997) and Val Venis came in at #20 two years in a row (2001 and 2002).

· Only one women's match has not involved a title belt of some sort, and that would be the Dawn Marie/Torrie Wilson match last year.

· Chyna is the only woman to compete in the Rumble, and she did it twice.

· The first Rumble where the winner earned a Wrestlemania title shot was in 1993.

· Thanks to a depleted roster, 1994 was the first year in which wrestlers who had a match in the card also competed in the Rumble bout.

· Rikishi Fatu holds the record for most Royal Rumble matches with eight. He wrestled as Fatu in 1994, 1995 and 1996, The Sultan in 1997 and as Rikishi in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003. In second place are the Undertaker, Jake Roberts and Jacobs (five as Kane, one as Yankem, one as Diesel II).

· Kane and Test holds the current longest streak of consecutive Rumble matches at five. Roberts also had a run of five-straight Rumbles.

· What does this say about parity - the state of Texas can lay claim to more Rumble victories than countries outside of the U.S. Michaels and Austin account for five Rumble wins, while Yokozuna (Samoa) and Bret Hart (Canada) are the only non-American winners. Bret, it should be noted, can only lay claim to half a victory, since he shared his win with Lex Luger.

· Honky Tonk Man was in more Royal Rumbles in his post-WWE career than his tenure with the company; one during (1989) and two after (1998, 2001). Honky Tonk holds the record for longest span between Rumbles at nine years.

· Iron Shiek's only Royal Rumble appearance was as Col. Mustafa.

· Sergeant Slaughter, Shawn Michaels and The Rock are the only men to ever win the WWE title in a singles match at the Royal Rumble. HHH is 2-0 in title defences.

· No woman has fought in a Women's title match more than once at the Royal Rumble.

· The most popular gimmick match, outside the Rumble itself, is the two-out-of-three falls match, which was used three times in the first two years of the event.

· Families that have had multiple entrants in the Rumble include the Harts (Bret and Owen), the Hardys (Matt and Jeff), the Funks (Dory Jr. and Terry), and the Lawlers (Jerry and son Brian, aka Grandmaster Sexay), the Runnels (Virgil, aka. Dusty Rhodes and Dustin, aka. Goldust), the Guererros (Eddy and Chavo), the Steiners (Rick and Scott) and of course, the massive inter-related Samoan family (Haku, Tama, Yokozuna, Rock, Rikishi, Samu, Rosey and Jamal).

· What does this say about who the WWF/E has let go. Some of the top TNA stars, including Jeff Jarrett, Ron Killings, D'Lo Brown and Raven, have competed in the Rumble.

· Only three wrestlers to defect from WCW have won the rumble. Those were HHH, Austin and Luger. Austin is the only winner to have spent time in ECW.


THE ROYAL RUMBLE RESULTS
(Rumble winners in bold)

1988 Royal Rumble
· Steamboat d. Rude (DQ)
· Itsuki Yamazaki/Noriyo Tatemo v. Judy Martin/Lelani Kai (Women's tag titles) 2/3 falls
· Tama/Haku d. Roma/Powers 2/3 falls
1989 Royal Rumble
· Duggan/Hart/Neidhart d. J. Rougeau/R.Rougeau/Bravo 2/3 falls
· Rockin' Robin d. Judy Martin (women's)
· Haku d. Harley Race (crown)

1988 Rumble 1989 Rumble
1 Bret Hart Ax
2 Tito Santana Smash
3 Butch Reed Andre
4 Jim Neidhart Mr. Perfect
5 Jake Roberts Ronnie Garvin
6 Harley Race Greg Valentine
7 Jim Brunzell Jake Roberts
8 Sam Houston Ron Bass
9 Danny Davis Shawn Michaels
10 Boris Zhukov Butch
11 Don Muraco Honky Tonk Man
12 Nikolai Volkoff Tito Santana
13 Jim Duggan Bad News Brown
14 Ron Bass Marty Jannetty
15 B. Brian Blair Randy Savage
16 Hillbilly Jim Arn Anderson
17 Dino Bravo Tully Blancahrd
18 Ultimate Warrior Hulk Hogan
19 One Man Gang Luke
20 Junkyard Dog Koko B. Ware
21 Warlord
22 Big Bossman
23 Akeem
24 Brutus Beefcake
25 Terry Taylor
26 Barbarian
27 Big John Studd
28 Hercules
29 Rick Martel
30 Ted Dibiase

1990 Royal Rumble
· Luke/Butch d. Jaques/Pierre Rougeau
· Genius NC Brutus Beefcake
· Ronnie Garvin d. Greg Valentine submission
· Jim Duggan d. Bossman (dq)
1991 Royal Rumble
· Michaels/Jannetty d. Tanaka/Kato
· Mountie d. Brooklyn Brawler
· Bossman d. Barbarian
· Sgt. Slaughter d. Ultimate Warrior (WWF title)
· Dibiase/Virgil d. Dusty/Dustin Rhodes

1990 Rumble 1991 Rumble
1 Ted Dibiase Bret Hart
2 Koko B. Ware Dino Bravo
3 Marty Jannetty Greg Valentine
4 Jake Roberts Paul Roma
5 Randy Savage Kerry Von Erich
6 Roddy Piper Rick Martel
7 Warlord Saba Simba
8 Bret Hart Butch
9 Bad News Brown Jake Roberts
10 Dusty Rhodes Hercules
11 Andre Tito Santana
12 Terry Taylor Undertaker
13 Ax Jimmy Snuka
14 Haku Davey Boy Smith
15 Smash Smash
16 Akeem Hawk
17 Jimmy Snuka Shane Douglas
18 Dino Bravo ---
19 Earthquake Animal
20 Jim Neidhart Crush
21 Ultimate Warrior Jim Duggan
22 Rick Martel Earthquake
23 Tito Santana Mr. Perfect
24 Honky Tonk Man Hulk Hogan
25 Hulk Hogan Haku
26 Shawn Michaels Jim Neidhart
27 Barbarian Luke
28 Rick Rude Brian Knobbs
29 Hercules Warlord
30 Mr. Perfect Tugboat

1992 Royal Rumble
· O. Hart/Neidhart d. Kato/Tanaka
· Roddy Piper d. Mountie (IC)
· Beau/Blake Beverley d. Luke/Butch
· Earthquake/Typhoon d. Hawk/Animal (tags)
1993 Royal Rumble
· Rick/Scott Steiner d. Beau/Blake Beverly
· Shawn Michaels d. Marty Jannetty (IC)
· Bam Bam Bigelow d. Bossman
· Bret Hart d. Razor Ramon (WWE)

1992 Rumble
Winner gets title
1993 Rumble
*First winner gets title shot
1 Davey Boy Smith Ric Flair
2 Ted Dibiase Bob Backlund
3 Ric Flair Papa Shango
4 Jerry Sags Ted Dibiase
5 Haku Brian Knobbs
6 Shawn Michaels Virgil
7 Tito Santana Jerry Lawler
8 Barbarian Max Moon
9 Kerry Von Erich Tenryu
10 Repo Man Mr. Perfect
11 Greg Valentine Skinner
12 Nikolai Volkoff Koko B. Ware
13 Big Bossman Samu
14 Hercules Berzerker
15 Roddy Piper Undertaker
16 Jake Roberts Terry Taylor
17 Jim Duggan Damien Dimento
18 IRS IRS
19 Jimmy Snuka Tatanka
20 Undertaker Jerry Sags
21 Randy Savage Typhoon
22 Berzerker Fatu
23 Virgil Earthquake
24 Col. Mustafa Carlos Colon
25 Rick Martel Tito Santana
26 Hulk Hogan Rick Martel
27 Skinner Yokozuna
28 Sgt. Slaughter Owen Hart
29 Sid Repo Man
30 Warlord Randy Savage

1994 Royal Rumble
· Tatanka d. Bam Bam Bigelow
· Jacques Rougeau/Pierre Ouellet d. Owen/Bret Hart (tags)
· Razor Ramon d. IRS (IC)
· Yokozuna d. Undertaker (casket)
1995 Royal Rumble
· Jeff Jarrett d. Razor Ramon (IC)
· Undertaker d. IRS
· Bret Hart NC Diesel (WWE)
· 1-2-3 Kid/Bob Holly d.Bam Bam/Tatanka (tags)

1995 Rumble 1996 Rumble
*First to have previous match wrestlers in rumble
1 Scott Steiner Shawn Michaels
2 Samu Davey Boy Smith
3 Rick Steiner Eli Blu
4 Kwang Duke Drose
5 Owen Hart Jimmy Del Rey
6 Bart Gunn Barbarian
7 Diesel Tom Pritchard
8 Bob Backlund Doink
9 Billy Gunn Kwang
10 Virgil Rick Martel
11 Randy Savage Owen Hart
12 Jeff Jarrett Timothy Well
13 Crush Luke
14 Doink Jacob Blu
15 Bam Bam Bigelow King Kong Bundy
16 Mabel Mo
17 Thurman "Sparky" Plugg Mabel
18 Shawn Michaels Butch
19 Mo Lex Luger
20 Greg Valentine Mantaur
21 Tatanka Aldo Montoya
22 Great Kabuki Henry Goddwinn
23 Lex Luger Billy Gunn
24 Tenryu Bart Gunn
25 --- Bob Backlund
26 Rick Martel Steven Dunn
27 Bret Hart Dick Murdoch
28 Rikishi Fatu Adam Bomb
29 Marty Jannetty Fatu
30 Adam Bomb Crush
(co-winners)

1996 Royal Rumble
· Ahmed Johnson d. Jeff Jarrett (dq)
· Billy/Bart Gunn d. Skip/Zip (tags)
· Goldust d. Razor Ramon (IC)
· Undertaker d. Bret Hart (dq) (WWF)
1997 Royal Rumble
· HHH d. Goldust (IC)
· Ahmed Johnson d. Faarooq (dq)
· Undertaker D. Vader
· Perro Aguayo/Canek/Hector Garza d. Heavy Metal, Jerry Estrada/Fuerza Guererra
· Shawn Michaels d. Sid (WWF)

1996 Rumble 1997 Rumble
1 HHH Crush
2 Henry Goddwinn Ahmed Johnson
3 Bob Backlund Razor II
4 Jerry Lawler Phineas Goddwinn
5 Bob Holly Steve Austin
6 Mabel Bart Gunn
7 Jake Roberts Jake Roberts
8 Dory Funk Jr. Davey Boy Smith
9 Yokozuna Pierroth
10 1-2-3 Kid Sultan
11 Ohmari Mil Mascaras
12 Savio Vega HHH
13 Vader Owen Hart
14 Doug Gilbert Goldust
15 Headhunter #1 Cibernetico
16 Headhunter #2 Marc Mero
17 Owen Hart Latin Lover
18 Shawn Michaels Faarooq
19 Hakushi Savio Vega
20 Tatanka Jesse James
21 Aldo Montoya Bret Hart
22 Diesel Jerry Lawler
23 Kama Diesel II
24 Ringmaster Terry Funk
25 Barry Horowitz Rocky Maivia
26 Rikishi Fatu Mankind
27 Isaac Yankem Flash Funk
28 Marty Jannetty Vader
29 British Bulldog Henry Goddwinn
30 Duke Droese Undertaker

1998 Royal Rumble
· Vader d. Goldust
· Max Mini/Nova/Mosaic d. Battallion/Tarantula El Torito
· Rock d. Ken Shamrock (dq)
· LOD d. NAO (dq)
1999 Royal Rumble
· Bossman d. Road Dogg
· Shamrock d. Gunn (IC)
· X-Pac d. Gangrel (Euro)
· Sable d. Luna (Women's)
· Rock d. Mankind (WWE, I Quit)

1998 Rumble 1999 Rumble
1 Cactus Jack Steve Austin
2 Terry Funk Vince McMahon
3 Tom Brandi Golga
4 Rock Droz
5 Mosh Edge
6 Phineas Goddwinn Gillberg
7 8-Ball Steve Blackman
8 Bradshaw Dan Severn
9 Owen Hart Tiger Ali Singh
10 Steve Blackman Blue Meanie
11 D-Lo Brown Mabel
12 Kurrgan Road Dogg
13 Marc Mero Gangrel
14 Ken Shamrock Kurrgan
15 Thrasher Al Snow
16 Mankind Goldust
17 Goldust Godfather
18 Jeff Jarrett Kane
19 Honky Tonk Man Shamrock
20 Ahmed Johnson Gunn
21 Mark Henry Test
22 --- Bossman
23 Kama HHH
24 Steve Austin Val Venis
25 Henry Goddwinn X-Pac
26 Savio Vega Mark Henry
27 Faarooq Jeff Jarrett
28 Dude Love D-Lo Brown
29 Chainz Owen Hart
30 Vader Chyna

2000 Royal Rumble
· Tazz d. Kurt Angle
· Hardyz d. Dudleyz (tags, Tables)
· Chris Jericho d. Chyna, B. Holly (triple-threat, IC)
· NAO d. APA (tags)
· HHH d. Cactus Jack (WWF)
2001 Royal Rumble
· Dudleyz vs. E&C (tags)
· Chris Jericho d. Chris Benoit (IC)
· Ivory d. Chyna (women's)
· Kurt Angle d. HHH (WWE)

2000 Rumble 2001 Rumble
1 D'Lo Brown Jeff Hardy
2 Grandmaster Sexay Bull Buchanan
3 Mosh Matt Hardy
4 Christian Faarooq
5 Rikishi Drew Carey
6 Scotty II Hottie Kane
7 Steve Blackman Raven
8 Viscera Al Snow
9 Bossman Perry Saturn
10 Test Steve Blackman
11 Davey Boy Smith Grandmaster Sexay
12 Gangrel Honky Tonk Man
13 Edge Rock
14 Bob Backlund Godfather
15 Chris Jericho Tazz
16 Crash Holly Bradshaw
17 Chyna Albert
18 Faarooq Bob "Hardcore" Holly
19 Road Dogg K-Kwik
20 Al Snow Val Venis
21 Val Venis William Regal
22 Albert Test
23 Bob "Hardcore" Holly Big Show
24 Rock Crash Holly
25 Billy Gunn Undertaker
26 Big Show Scotty II Hottie
27 Bradshaw Steve Austin
28 Kane Billy Gunn
29 Godfather Haku
30 X-Pac Rikishi

2002 Royal Rumble
· Tazz/Spike d. Bubba/D-Von
· William Regal d. Edge (IC)
· Trish d. Jazz (Women's)
· Ric Flair d. Vince McMahon
· Chris Jericho d. Rock (United)
2003 Royal Rumble
· Brock Lesnar d. Big Show
· Dudleyz d. Regal/Storm (tags)
· Torrie Wilson d. Dawn Marie
· HHH d. Scott Steiner (World)
· Kurt Angle d. Chris Benoit (WWF)

2002 Rumble 2003 Rumble
1 Rikishi Chris Jericho
2 Goldust Shawn Michaels
3 Bossman Chris Nowinski
4 Bradshaw Rey Mysterio
5 Lance Storm Edge
6 Al Snow Christian
7 Billy Gunn Chavo Guererro Jr.
8 Undertaker Tajiri
9 Matt Hardy Bill DeMott
10 Jeff Hardy Tommy Deamer
11 Maven Bull Buchanan
12 Scotty II Hottie RVD
13 Christian Matt Hardy
14 DDP Eddie Guererro
15 Chuck Palumbo Jeff Hardy
16 Godfather Rosie
17 Albert Test
18 Saturn John Cena
19 Steve Austin Charlie Haas
20 Val Venis Rikishi
21 Test Jamal
22 HHH Kane
23 Hurricane Shelton Benjamin
24 Faarooq Booker T
25 Mr. Perfect A-Train
26 Kurt Angle Maven
27 Big Show Goldust
28 Kane Batista
29 RVD Brock Lesnar
30 Booker T. Undertaker



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