The WWE's Royal Rumble is one of the company's flagship events, and over the years has featured amazing athleticism, remarkable feats of strength and compelling drama. In the event's 29-year history, there have been a number of stellar performances from WWE superstars who clocked in many Royal Rumble eliminations. What was once simply a special attraction is now must-see television and the official kickoff for the Wrestlemania season. The winner of the 30-man, over-the-top rope match will get an automatic title shot at #Wrestlemania.
As for the match, the Rumble comes close to resembling professional sports because of the countdown clock. Entrants enter the match every 2 minutes and the #WWE shows the clock at 10, sparking the crowd to engage in a massive countdown. With every entrant, the audience is on its feet, wondering who the next competitor will be. When the music hits, there's massive delight or disappointment.
Stars have been made at the Royal Rumble and there's nothing like watching a guy enter and throw out a bunch of dead weight. Let's take a look at the Top 10 WWE wrestlers with the most Royal Rumble eliminations.
10. Randy Orton (20)
The 36-year-old Viper is one of the WWE's cornerstones. A former multi-world champion, Orton is always a favorite to win the Rumble. Whether he is a member of the hillbilly clan, The Wyatt Family, or on his own as a heel or babyface, Orton is a threat to come out on top. There's a lot of life left in Orton, one of the company's pillars. Orton won the Rumble match in 2009.
9. John Cena (22)
The Franchise of the company has appeared in 7 Royal Rumble matches and has won the match twice. Unless he is a surprise entrant, Cena won't be appearing in this year's Royal Rumble match. He might be the 16-time champion by the time the match happens. Cena challenges AJ Styles for the championship. When it's all said and done, however, Cena might become No. 1 on this list. He's only 39 years old and will probably appear in at least 5 more Royal Rumbles before he is done.
8. Roman Reigns (26)
"The Guy" is the Vince McMahon's chosen one. He too is young. At the age of 31, if he stays healthy, Reigns has a lot of Royal Rumble fight left in him. His character is one of an overpowering monster, who will likely be winning and chasing the WWE title over the next several years. Reigns will likely Superman Punch his way to No. 1 on this list before he retires.
7. Hulk Hogan (27)
The Immortal Hulk Hogan is a two-time Royal Rumble winner. He's high on the list of eliminations, which is fairly remarkable, considering who has only appeared in 4 Rumble matches. Hogan won the match in back-to-back matches in 1990 and 1991. Hogan's time is likely done, but who knows? If he can do anything inside the ring, it's throw a few guys over the top rope. Hogan might add to this list yet.
6. The Big Show (31)
Expect The Big Show to add to this list and is a contender to reach the No. 1 spot at some point. Big Show has showed tremendous longevity in the WWE and is one of the company's favorites. In every Rumble he competes in, he's going to clothesline and choke slam a few guys over the top rope. Big Show, surprisingly, has never won a Rumble match.
5. Triple H (33)
The 2016 winner has a way of coming through in big-match situations. A perennial crowd favorite largely because of his power and longevity in the sport, the semi-retired Triple H could be a surprise entrant in this match. His current arch-rival Seth Rollins is not in the match, but it wouldn't surprise anyone to see The Architect spoil a Triple H appearance. Triple holds the record for longest span between Rumble victories; he won the match in 2002 and 2016. Triple H also owns the record for longest time in a Royal Rumble match: 3:59:37. It's good to be the king.
4. Stone Cold Steve Austin (36)
No one was hotter than Stone Cold Steve Austin in the late 1990s. You can go ahead and call Austin "Mr. Royal Rumble." The Texas rattlesnake has won the match a record three times, in 1997, 1998 and 2001, back when WWE business was like a raging fire. With severe neck injuries and a successful career outside of wrestling, Austin's 36 eliminations likely won't change, but he has solidified his legacy as the greatest Royal Rumble competitor of all-time.
2. The Undertaker (39) (Tied)
I wouldn't be surprised to see The Undertaker move into second place on the all-time list of eliminations at some point, although he will have to work hard to overtake the No. 1 spot. . Taker usually only appears at Wrestlemania these days, but is returning early for a reason. The Taker is always a favorite to come up big at the Rumble. And if he doesn't win, he will make an impact. Hell hath no fury like The Dead Man in the Royal Rumble. The Undertaker won the big match in 1997.
2. Shawn Michaels (39) (Tied)
In the mid-1990s, Shawn Michaels was quite simply the greatest wrestler in the world. He won the Rumble twice in 1995 and 1996, during his run as a good guy, before the disastrous 1997 nearly sunk his career. Michaels won the Rumble as the No. 1 entrant in 1995. As he has made it very clear, Michaels is retired. Had he not retired, Michaels would easily break this record.
1. Kane (44)
Kane, in all his forms, even as the evil dentist Isaac Yankem in 1996, is the ruler of the Royal Rumble match. Kane, 49, made his debut in 1992 before joining the WWE in 1995, as Jerry "The King" Lawler's hired hand to dispose of Bret "The Hitman" Hart. Who knew that the guy who played the character would turn into Kane and enjoy one of the most successful careers in the history of the sport. Kane was repackaged as the even more evil younger brother of The Undertaker. Today he goes back and forth in his role as the masked Kane and as the suit-wearing Corporate Kane. If Kane appears in more Royal Rumble matches, expect him to hit the 50 mark.
Most Royal Rumble Eliminations (as of the 2017 Royal Rumble)
- Kane (44)
- Shawn Michaels (39)
- The Undertaker (39)
- Stone Cold Steve Austin (36)
- Triple H (33)
- The Big Show (31)
- Hulk Hogan (27)
- Roman Reigns (26)
- John Cena (22)
- Randy Orton (20)