Are you ready to Rumble? At the very least, you'll be ready to watch the Royal Rumble after going this comprehensive list.
Unlike most of the lists on Wrestling Merchandise and Memories, this list is highly scientific. We used a mathematical formula and everything!
In counting the Top 50 Royal Rumblers, we poured through stats for the 399 different competitors that have participated in the Royal Rumble match since 1988 (including the men and women's Rumbles from the past few years and 2018's Greatest Royal Rumble). Then, we looked at three factors to give them a point score:
How many minutes did they last? This is a running total for every Rumble a wrestler appears in. If a wrestler lasts a full minute, they get one point. Minutes are rounded to the nearest point, so a showing of 5:30 would give a wrestler 6 points, but lasting 28 seconds would give a wrestler 0 points.
How many wrestlers did they eliminate? Each time a wrestler tosses someone out to the floor, they get 5 points. Multiple-wrestler eliminations (e.g. six guys toss out The Big Show) count as 5 points for each wrestler. But if they eliminate themselves for whatever reason, zero points for that.
How many Rumbles did they win? Each time that happens, the winner gets 50 points. Even in 1994, when there were co-winners.
So the formula for Royal Rumble points is: Time + (Eliminations x 5) + (Wins x 50)
Of note: if a wrestler competes in a Rumble one year as someone and another year under a different name or persona - we're counting them as one person (even when WWE doesn't).
Ready? Here we go!