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The Royal Rumble stat pack
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


The 2009 Royal Rumble winner Randy Orton with his Legacy cronies, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea



The first Royal Rumble of the new decade (or last of the old decade, depending on whether you follow the Newmanian or Seinfeldian calendar) is now upon us, and you know what that means -- it's time for another numerical look at the years gone by.

Yes friends, the Stat Pack is back for the Rumble.

For those not familiar with the Pack, it's the Whose Line is it Anyway? of SLAM! Wrestling -- we keep track of numbers, even though they don't matter (just like in figure skating, only with far less controversy).

This semi-annual column (or whenever I'm feeling chipper) breaks down the real numbers in the all to unreal world of pro wrestling, and since the Royal Rumble is all about the numbers (especially numbers 1 and 30), there's no better time to bring back SLAM! Wrestling's own January tradition. Let's take a deeper look now, at the history of the Royal Rumble.

  • This year will be the 12th Royal Rumbles each for Shawn Michaels and Kane. However, if you go by Glen Jacobs the person rather than his popular red monster character, he's ahead of HBK by two Rumbles and is entering his 14th.
  • Jacobs also needs just four eliminations this year to become the all-time elimination leader. He currently sits at 33 elminations (which includes one while wrestling as Isaac Yankem, DDS). Michaels is second on the active roster with 31. Triple H (23) can pass Hulk Hogan (24) for fifth on the all-time elimination list this year, while Big Show needs two eliminations to enter into the exclusive 20-Elimination Club.
  • Kane and Steve Austin are the only wrestlers to eliminate 10 or more competitors in a single Rumble match.
  • Triple H was the last man eliminated each of the last two years. Poor guy.
  • Though Bret Hart won't be competing in this year's Royal Rumble, he is the only member of the WWE roster that competed in the first Rumble.
  • This is the first year since 2006 that Undertaker isn't competing in the Rumble match. That year he didn't compete in a match, though he made a post-match appearance in the Kurt Angle vs. Mark Henry World Title bout.
  • This is the second consecutive year that the previous year's winner won't defend the Rumble title. Randy Orton, last year's survivor, foregoes the qualifier and gets his title shot at Sheamus, while 2008's winner, John Cena, defeated JBL in a World Title match at 2009's event.
  • As of 4:30 central on Friday, January 29th, only one Canadian was named to the Rumble -- Chris Jericho (with Santino Marella having been pulled for unspecified reasons). Unless any are added, this will end the four-year streak of having two Canadians in the Rumble match.
  • This will be Jericho's 6th Rumble, moving him one Rumble ahead of Bret Hart and Christian on the list of Canadians who have competed in the most Rumbles. If Edge does return for the match, it would also be his sixth. Owen Hart still is the career leader with seven Rumble appearances. Also high on the sheet are Val Venis, John Tenta (as Earthquake and Golga) and Chris Benoit, each with four appearances.
  • The rookies in the Rumble this year include Yoshi Tatsu, Zack Ryder, Jack Swagger and Evan Bourne. These four do have luck on their side though, as there have been more than a few winners in their first Rumble appearances, including Big John Studd, Ric Flair, Yokozuna, Lex Luger, Vince McMahon, Brock Lesnar and Benoit.
  • Undertaker is the only man to draw #30 multiple times, and he did it thrice. On the other side of the coin, Shawn Michaels has been number one twice, as has his DX buddy Triple H.
  • Santino Marella set the record last year with the shortest time in the Rumble match at one second, 20 years after Warlord set the original standard at two seconds.
ROYAL RUMBLE HISTORY

Jon Waldman has been SLAM! Wrestling's statistician since 2000.