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!

50.

Mr. Perfect

WWE Hall of Famer Mr. Perfect wasn't quite perfect in the Royal Rumble (or else he would have won them all), but he did score 102 points over five appearances. In his first Rumble match in 1989, he lasted 28 minutes and when he returned to the ring in 2002, The Perfect One was one of the final competitors in the match.

48.

Elias

Who wants to Rumble with Elias? The quasi-musician has had several decent Royal Rumble outings since 2018, scoring 105 points. That year's Greatest Royal Rumble was actually his best performance to date, as Elias lasted nearly half an hour and eliminated five men, including Randy Orton and Kofi Kingston.

46.

Vince McMahon

Vince McMahon has perhaps the most unique success story in Royal Rumble history with 112 points. In the 1998 event (titled "No Chance In Hell," oddly enough), he entered the ring second and spent most of the match outside of the ring. When he returned  57 minutes later, McMahon managed to win the match.

44.

The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase

WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase scored 117 points over four Rumble matches. In 1989, The Million Dollar Man "bought" a high number and ended up entering second-last. Then in 1990 (after being drawn as first in the ring and unable to buy his way out), DiBiase lasted about 45 minutes.

42.

John Morrison

One wrestler who was known for innovative Rumble spots was John Morrison, who ended up with 121 points in six different Royal Rumble matches. In three of those appearances, the man who also competed as Johnny Nitro has lasted more than 20 minutes.

40.

Rusev

Rusev has scored 127 points, appearing in five Royal Rumbles. He debuted on WWE's main roster at 2014's event (competing as Alexander Rusev), and lasted more than half an hour in 2015, eliminating six competitors.

38.

Yokozuna / Hardcore Holly

Both WWE Hall of Famer Yokozuna and Hardcore Holly (who had also competed as Bob Holly and Sparky Plugg) scored 134 points. In Yokozuna's first Rumble in 1993, he eliminated seven competitors to win the match. Holly has appeared in seven Rumble matches.

36.

Rob Van Dam

Rob Van Dam scored 137 points through six different Royal Rumble appearances. One such appearance was in 2006, where RVD lasted nearly 24 minutes and eliminated three competitors, ending up as one of the match's final participants. 

34.

Rick Martel

Rick Martel scored 142 points for his seven consecutive Rumble appearances between 1989 and 1995. While the former Strike Force member was never really a serious contender to win the match, The Model did hold the longevity record in 1991, lasting 52 minutes.

32.

Rikishi

Thanks to a handful of different personas over the years (including competing in the Royal Rumble as Fatu and The Sultan), WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi scored 146 points over 11 Rumble matches between 1993 and 2004. 

30.

Ric Flair

WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair scored 162 points over five Royal Rumble matches.... but really it all comes down to one match. In 1992, The Nature Boy entered the Rumble third, lasted for nearly an hour and ended up winning the vacated WWF World Championship.

28.

Bray Wyatt

Bray Wyatt has come a long way since joining the Rumble in 2011 as New Nexus flunky Husky Harris. Over five career appearances, The Fiend has scored 168 points, including his 2015 campaign, where he lasted more than 47 minutes and eliminated six men. 

26.

Bret Hart

WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart scored 180 points over five Rumble matches. The Hitman held the longevity record in the very first match in 1988, and in 1994, he and Lex Luger co-won the match after The Hitman eliminating three other men. He was also the runner up in 1997's event.

24.

Davey Boy Smith

Davey Boy Smith scored 191 points over over six Rumble matches. His most famous effort was in 1995, when The British Bulldog (no relation) entered the match the same time as Shawn Michaels and lasted until the very end of the bout.

22.

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar has scored 218 points, spread over four Royal Rumble appearances. As The Next Big Thing, he won the match in 2003, eliminating four men. In 2020, he eliminated 13 competitors (tied for the all-time record) before being ousted by Drew McIntyre.

20.

The Big Show

The Big Show scored 220 points, thanks to appearances in 12 Royal Rumble matches in his career. His standout performance was in 2004, when he lasted nearly 23 minutes and was runner-up. Interestingly, Big Show was also runner-up in the 2000 version.

18.

Hulk Hogan

WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan scored 231 points over four Rumble matches. His track record was helped by winning the Rumble for two straight years (1990 and 1991), but his other two appearances (1989 and 1992) were almost as memorable for The Hulkster.

16.

CM Punk

CM Punk scored 247 points over six Rumble matches, and while he never came close to winning, he had some memorable moments. In the 2011 event (the only 40-man Rumble ever), Punk entered first and lasted 35 minutes with help from the New Nexus, eliminating seven men.

14.

Batista

Batista has scored 262 points with five Rumble appearances. Among his most memorable Rumbles was 2005, when he eliminated six competitors en route to winning the match. In 2014, The Animal returned to WWE, lasting 13 minutes and eliminating four men  to win the match.

12.

Chris Benoit

At 277 points, Chris Benoit participated in four Royal Rumble matches. His biggest moment (and one WWE probably wishes never happened) was in 2004, where Benoit entered first, lasted 61 minutes and eliminated six competitors to win the match.

10.

Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns has been in six Royal Rumble matches, with an impressive 331 points. In 2014, he lasted 34 minutes and eliminated 12 men and in 2015, he won the match, lasting 27 minutes and eliminating six. In 2016, Reigns lasted just short of an hour before losing the Rumble.

8.

Rey Mysterio

Rey Mysterio scored 362 points, spread out over 11 Royal Rumble appearances. Mysterio entered the 2006 event at number 2 and lasted a record 62 minutes, eliminating six men and winning the entire match in memory of Eddie Guerrero. 

6.

The Undertaker

The Undertaker scored 397 points, with appearances in eleven Rumble matches between 1991 and 2017. The Dead Man's finest hour was in 2007, when he lasted about 13 minutes and eliminated Shawn Michaels to win the bout. 

4.

Randy Orton

Randy Orton has scored 448 points, spread out over twelve Royal Rumble matches. The Viper's biggest Rumbles were in 2009, when he lasted about 48 minutes and eliminated three men to win the match, and in 2017, where he lasted just over 20 minutes to win once again.

2.

Shawn Michaels

WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels scored 502 points over 11 Rumble appearances. His best showing was in 1995, when he entered the match first, lasted nearly 39 minutes, eliminating eight wrestlers and winning the match. He replicated this in 1996, going 26 minutes and eliminating another eight to win.

49

Matt Hardy

Matt Hardy scored 103 points due to eight appearances in the Royal Rumble (most recently in 2018 after an absence of several years from the event). The Sensei of Mattitude was a staple of many of the Attitude Era Royal Rumbles during the 1990s and 2000s, and lasted nearly half an hour in the  2003 event.

47.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan

WWE Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan won the very first Royal Rumble in 1988, eliminating three men and lasting just 15 minutes. Duggan also appeared in four other Rumbles over the course of his career. All told, Hacksaw has scored 110 points in our study - tough guy. Hoooooooooo!

45

Becky Lynch

Becky Lynch has scored 114 points, thanks to her appearance in the first two Womens Royal Rumbles. In the 2018 Rumble, Lynch lasted more than a half an hour and eliminated two people. In 2019, The Man was in the bout for a shorter period of time, but still eliminated two ladies to win the match.

43.

Goldust

Goldust has 120 points, competing in 13 different Rumbles, more than once returning in the ring after disappearing from the business for months on end or sometimes years. The Golden One even competed in both the 2018 Royal Rumble and Greatest Royal Rumble during his most recent run, ensuring we'll never forget the name..... Goldust!

41.

Natalya

Although she's only competed in three Royal Rumbles, Natalya had scored 122 points for her contributions to the Womens Royal Rumble match. In 2018, she lasted nearly a half an hour and eliminated three competitors, whereas in 2019, she lasted almost an hour and eliminated two.

39.

Shinsuke Nakamura

Shinsuke Nakamura has 132 points to his credit, spread over three Royal Rumble appearances. In 2018, The Artist lasted nearly 45 minutes, eliminating three men (including runner-up Roman Reigns) to win his first Royal Rumble.

37.

The Miz

The Miz has scored 136 points competing 12 Royal Rumble matches, including consecutive appearances in seven of them between 2018 and 2018). In the 2012 Rumble, The host of Miz TV started the match and lasted more than 45 minutes, before being ousted by The Big Show near the end.

35

Lex Luger

Lex Luger scored 141 points - an impressive feat for only two Rumble matches. In his first effort (1994), Lex co-won the Rumble with Bret "Hit Man" Hart, lasting 22 minutes and eliminating six men. 

33.

Daniel Bryan

Daniel Bryan has scored 145 points, spead over four Royal Rumble appearances. However, most of his points were scored at The Greatest Royal Rumble, where Bryan started the match, lasted over one hour and sixteen minutes and even eliminated three men.

31.

Dean Ambrose

Dean Ambrose has scored 150 points by making five Royal Rumble appearances. The wrestler now known as Jon Moxley lasted over half an hour in 2014, eliminating three men, and lasted even longer in 2017's event.

29.

Charlotte Flair

Charlotte Flair pulls ahead of her famous father, scoring 166 points over just two Royal Rumble appearances. The Queen lasted nearly an hour in 2019 and eliminated four people, and eliminated just as many people in 2020 while also winning the entire match. 

27.

Drew McIntyre

Drew McIntyre scored 177 points, spread out over five Royal Rumble appearances. His most impressive performance by far was in 2020, when The Scottish Psychopath lasted 34 minutes and eliminated six competitors to capture his first-ever Royal Rumble win.

25.

Kofi Kingston

Not only is Kofi Kingston responsible for the craziest "near miss" spot in each year's Royal Rumble, but he has also scored 190 points while appearing in the past 13 consecutive Rumbles, hopping, handstanding and even borrowing an office chair to avoid elimination. 

23.

Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler scored 201 points for making appearances in the last 13 Royal Rumbles. In 2013, The Show Off had his best appearance to date, starting the match at # 1 and lasting nearly 50 minutes and eliminating two competitors.

21.

The Rock

Do you smell what The Rock is cookin'? Because it's worth 219 points, spread out over four Rumble matches. Of course, The Great One's greatest one happened in 2000, when he won the match; and he aslo competed as Rocky Maivia during his first Rumble in 1997.

19.

Seth Rollins

Seth Rollins has racked up 226 points over four Royal Rumble appearances. His biggest success was in the 2019 Rumble, in which The Monday Night Messiah eliminated three men on his way to winning, but he also had a great outing in the 2014 event.

17.

Sheamus

Sheamus scored 236 points, impressive for a fella who has only been in seven Royal Rumbles. The lion's share of that score comes from 2012, when The Celtic Warrior lasted about 22 minutes, eliminated three competitors and went on to (surprisingly) win that year's Rumble.

15.

Cody Rhodes

Perhaps the most surprising competitor to be ranked so highly, Cody Rhodes has 256 points, spread out over seven Rumble matches (where he also competed as Stardust). He's had several lengthy appearances In 2012, he entered fourth and lasted 42 minutes before being eliminated.

13.

Braun Strowman

Braun Strowman has score 274 points in five Royal Rumble appearances to date. While all of his outings have been quite successful, his best was the 2018 Greatest Royal Rumble, in which Strowman lasted 22 minutes and eliminated a record 13 people to win the 50-man bout.

11.

Edge

You think you know him? WWE Hall of Famer Edge has scored 303 points (including several after he was technically retired). The Rated R Superstar made surprises returns in 2010 (where he won the match) and in 202, and also had impressive outings in 2005 and 2006.

9.

John Cena

John Cena scored 338 points, spread out over eight Royal Rumble matches between 2003 and 2018. In 2008, he came in to the match at #30 as a surprise entrant and won the match. And in 2013, Cena lasted 27 minutes, eliminating four men to win the match again.

7.

Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho never actually won a Royal Rumble in his illustrious career and still earned 393 points, spread out over eleven Royal Rumbles. In 2013, he entered as number two and hung with number one for 48 minutes.

5.

Kane

Kane not only scored 435 points, but is also the highest-ranking wrestler to never win the Royal Rumble. The Demon has competed in 19 Rumble matches, the most of any wrestler. He tossed out 11 competitors in 2001, at the time a record.

3.

Triple H

WWE Hall of Famer Triple H scored 484 points over nine Rumble matches. In his first in 1996 (as Hunter Hearst Helmsley), he lasted 48 minutes. In 2002, Triple H won the Rumble match and in 2016, he was the 30th entrant and captured the vacant WWE World Championship.

1.

Stone Cold Steve Austin

WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin scored 506 points over six Royal Rumble matches. WHAT? Austin won the match in 1997, 1998 and 2001, becoming WWE's first three-time Royal Rumble winner. Equally impressive is that, over the course of those six Rumbles, Austin eliminated some 30 competitors.

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