The Royal Rumble. Since its creation in 1988, it has been one of the cornerstones of WWE. Even before PPVs were a regular thing, the Rumble was a show all its own, a great way to kick the year off and sets the stage for WrestleMania. The concept is delicious: 30 men entering every two minutes with guys tossed out in between and the last man left gets a title shot at WrestleMania. Nearly 300 superstars have taken part since the Rumble began with several winning more than once. From runs of eliminations to long times to short times to sensational stunts, they have helped craft this into a must-see experience and one of the highlights of WWE’s year.
Over the years, there have been a lot of records in the Rumble and most are well known such as Kane having the most overall eliminations or Roman Reigns the most in one Rumble or Santino Marella holding the record for just one second in the ring. However, there are a lot of other stats about the Rumble that aren’t as well known to even more hardcore fans. Many have to do with time, others locations or such but all pull together for an interesting way to showcase the card. Here are 15 facts about the Rumble not as well-known as others and why the show remains so notable.
15 The Missing Rumble
14 WCW Connections
13 One and Done
12 International Flavor
11 If At First…
10 On the Show But Not the Match
9 All For Nothing
8 Over The Decades
7 #30, Meet #1
3 Before the Game
2 Short But Sweet
1 Created to Mess With Crockett
Even a lot of WWE fans will forget that the only reason the Royal Rumble exists is because Vince wanted to mess with Jim Crockett, the then-owner of what would become WCW. In early 1988, Crockett staged a PPV in New York, the Bunkhouse Stampede. Seeking to cut into that, Vince listened to an old idea of Pat Patterson to create the Rumble and put it for free on USA Network against the Stampede.
The irony is that Vince needn’t have bothered as the Stampede was a total disaster - barely half the arena was full; a ticket misprint had fans showing up an hour after the show started; Ric Flair defended the NWA World Title against Road Warrior Hawk; and Dusty Rhodes booked himself to win the steel cage battle royal main event. So if Vince hadn’t wanted to put the screws into Crockett for no real reason, we wouldn’t have the Rumble today. Funny how things work.
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