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    The Northern Star Presents: The RRBTN Volume 2 #2 (Now updated daily)

    I said I'd be back in a few days, and here I am. I'm going to try doing this as a daily to try and make it more accessible. Part two was to have concerned #s 7 through 12, but instead will be updated daily until #15 is hit. For those who missed part one, it's available here. If you missed part one and aren't interested in reading it, the purpose of this column is to answer the following questions:


    What is the best number to be in the Rumble? What’s the worst? Who’s done the best in the Royal Rumble match itself? Who’s done the best overall at the event? So, I decided to endeavor to find out. Behold, the first in a seven part series in which we will discover the answers to these questions and more. Perhaps everything you ever wanted to know about the Royal Rumble and were afraid to ask. Perhaps you’ll still have questions and will give me an opportunity to ask them. Either way, please join me as we embark on our latest voyage as…









    Presents











    By The Numbers





    The Key:



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    Longest time in the year’s event
    
    Shortest time in the year’s event
    
    Won their first time entering
    
    Holds a record
    
    Eliminated himself


    #7

    1988 Jim Brunzell 12:06--Combined with Jake Roberts to eliminate Boris Zhukov, who was then avenged by his fellow Bolshevik, Nikolai Volkhoff.

    1989 Jake Roberts 2:08--Last of three people besides Andre eliminated by Andre the Giant and then helped Andre eliminate himself by chasing him with Damien.

    1990 The Warlord 8:16

    1991 Saba Simba 2:27--One of 3.5 eliminated by Rick Martel

    1992 Tito Santana 13:55

    1993 Jerry Lawler 14:35--Eliminated only Max Moon (making his only PPV appearance) before being one of three dismissed by Mr. Perfect.

    1994 Diesel 17:41--It took five guys; including his own client, Shawn Michaels; to eliminate him after he made mincemeat out of seven of the other nine guys who had entered.

    1995 Tom Prichard 5:30--One of 7.5 eliminated by eventual winner, Shawn Michaels.

    1996 Jake Roberts 14:39--Making his second appearance at #7, The Snake lasted nearly seven times as long as his previous time seven years before and was then one of four overwhelmed by Vader.

    1997 Jake Roberts 1:10--Just when you'd think he's getting comfortable with this number, Stone Cold proves you wrong, by making him one of the ten eliminations in his winning bid.

    1998 8-Ball 30:43--All he did in over half an hour was help out good old Phineas from #6 and four others as they took care of Kurrgan; then was one of eventual winner Steve Austin's seven victims.

    1999 Steve Blackman 7:22--One of the soon-to-be Viscera's 4.5 casualties.

    2000 Steve Blackman :44--This time he got to be one of Rikishi's seven instead.

    2001 Raven 8:51--Ran into the 10.5 person buzz saw known as Kane.

    2002 Billy 3:37--His "the one" elimination was Bradshaw before the Undertaker made him "the one" of his seven victims. If you don't get that pun, you haven't been watching pro wrestling long enough.

    2003 Chavo Guerrero 7:10--One of Edge's three put-outs.

    2004 Matt Hardy 14:18--Was Rene Dupree's "version one" of an elimination.

    2005 Edge 40:19--Eliminated 4.5 before being eliminated by Cena and Batista just prior to their epic war for the title shot on the night Vince McMahon blew out both quads.

    2006 Jonathan Coachman :30

    2007 Sabu 5:28--One of three eliminated by Kane.

    2008 Tommy Dreamer 2:09--First of 3.5 eliminated by Batista

    2009 Triple H 49:55--Finished second by eliminating six, including Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase (Jr.) before he was tossed out by their winning Legacy stablemate.

    2010 Zach Ryder :32--Last of five Punked out by Cookie Monster.

    2012 Mick Foley 6:34--Eliminated an entire tag team (Primo & Epico,) as well as helping Ricardo Rodriguez with the gigantic Justin Gabriel before he was added to Cody Rhodes five person hit list.

    2013 Titus O'Neil--One of Sheamus' 3.7 victims.



    {Evaluation: #7 would not be the number I'd choose to enter the Royal Rumble at. Even guys like Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Steve Blackman who had multiple shots at it couldn't fare well. Only two men who have 21 World Championships between them were able to turn this lemon of a digit into anything worthwhile, with Triple H taking the prize both in minutes and spot eliminated in. As for the worst showing? I don't have the heart to say it's the Coach, because he was never really a wrestler. This leaves it between Zach Ryder--who lasted all of 32 seconds and the aforementioned Blackman who made it 12 seconds longer than that in his second straight appearance. It's no contest, really. The latter ran into Rikishi, while the other was the end of CM Punk's run. Zach, stick to internet Royal Rumbles in the future.}

    Have a pleasant night...
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    That Diesel performance in 94 was so eye catching it pretty much assured him a title reign. Just shows you how important the Rumble can be as a proving ground.
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    I didn't get the pun because I haven't been watching long enough :P

    Nice change, though. More digestible, surely.

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    Maverick--Yes it does.

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    #8



    1988 Sam Houston 14:39

    1989 Ron Bass 12:36--Ironically eliminated Houston the year before. The only one eliminated by either of The Rockers, who double-teamed him.

    1990 Bret Hart 16:16

    1991 Bushwacker Bush 10:07--The second of three eliminated by the Undertaker.

    1992 The Barbarian 12:55

    1993 Max Moon 1:56

    1994 Bob Backlund :41--One of seven run over by Diesel.

    1995 Doink the Clown 4:50

    1996 Dory Funk, Jr. 10:53--A former NWA World Champion lasts less than a dozen minutes and is eliminated by the imminently forgettable Savio Vega, who coincidentally also eliminated Doink the previous year while playing the character of Kwang.

    1997 The British Bulldog 8:04--Eliminated only The Sultan before being eliminated by his brother-in-law and tag team partner, Owen Hart.

    1998 Blackjack Bradshaw 35:45--Lasted over half an hour, eliminated not a soul, and was one of two taken out by the second face of Foley, Dude Love.

    1999 Dan Severn 5:43--One of 4.5 crowned by Mabel.

    2000 Viscera 1:25--Last of seven eliminated by Rikishi.

    2001 Al Snow 7:08--One of the record 10.5 annihilated by Kane.

    2002 The Undertaker 7:40--Eliminated an average of one entrant per minute before being dropkicked out of the ring by Maven in one of the most famous spots in Royal Rumble history.

    2003 Tajiri 5:41--The Japanese Buzz saw ran into a Canadian one in Chris Jericho and his 5.5 eliminations.

    2004 Scott Steiner 6:49

    2005 Rey Mysterio 38:25--One of Edge's 4.17 victims after getting rid of 1.5 himself.

    2006 Bobby Lashley--Eliminated only Sylvan before being eliminated by the pairing of Kane & The Big Show.

    2007 Gregory Helms 6:50--One of three eliminated by Booker T.

    2008 Batista 37:40--Finished 28th, as he was one of 5.5 eliminated by Triple H after taking out 3.5 of his own.

    2009 Randy Orton 48:27--Only eliminated two on his own, but they're two of the biggest names in the history of the company: Triple H and the Big Show.

    2010 Triple H 17:51--Eliminated CM Punk and Kane on his own, then helped Shawn Michaels eliminate Drew McIntyre right before Michaels got rid of him.

    2012 Ricardo Rodriguez 2:19

    2013 Goldust--Interesting that he and Cody battled it out for a while in this one, until his younger brother got the better of him and now they're rumored to face off at this year's Wrestlemania.



    {Evaluation: Excluding Rey Mysterio's 2005 effort, the two best performances from the 8-hole belong to former Evolution members. Randy Orton is the only winner in this category, but he didn't do it alone, which cheapens the victory in my eyes, but he did get the victory and lasted a full 10 minutes longer than any of his competition. So Orton edges out Batista who finished in third place in 2008, being thrown out by yet another Evolution member--Triple H--who finished second two years in a row. The worst performance belongs to former WWF Champion Bob Backlund, though he lasted longer against Diesel in the '94 Rumble than he did 10 months later when the same man destroyed him to end his second reign with the WWF Championship.}

    Pleasant nights

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    i got the 2010 match quite interesting being wrestled among the Shaun Michaels, Triple H and Kane .. and at last, two friends have to contest unfortunately

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    Probably could have been if Michaels and Triple H hadn't wrestled against each other a billion times before that. I'm never quite as willing to accept the bygones being gone in wrestling, as others. I always tend to believe there's still a rivalry simmering underneath.



    The Key:

    Code:
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    Shortest time in the year’s event
    Won their first time entering
    Holds a record
    Eliminated himself
    #9


    1988 Danny Davis 17:51--Not a bad showing at all by the original renegade referee. He was one of three eliminated by eventual winner, Jim Duggan.

    1989 Shawn Michaels 14:30--He and his fellow Rocker dismissed Ron Bass before Double A and Macho Man got rid of him.

    1990 Bad News Brown 6:04--He and Roddy Piper's sole eliminations were each other.

    1991 Jake Roberts 12:58--Eliminated only "Pretty" Paul Roma before becoming one of Rick Martel's 2.5 victims.
    1992 The Texas Tornado 9:20--One of eventual winner Ric Flair 3.5 eliminations.

    1993 Genichiro Tenryu 13:17--The second of four buried by the Undertaker.

    1994 Billy Gunn :14--Cooled down by Diesel before he even had a chance to get going.

    1995 Kwang 4:01--Got rid of the guy that came in right before him; Doink; and then became one of Sione's victims.

    1996 Yokozuna 19:14--The first of eventual winner Shawn Michaels 7.5 victims, but not before dealing with the likes of Bob Backlund, King Mabel, and Squat Team #2. So between him and his eliminator, that's over 1/3 of the match competitors thrown out.

    1997 Pierroth 10:32--I have literally no memory of the man who helped Mil Mascaras eliminate Cibernetico before himself being eliminated by Mascaras.

    1998 Owen Hart 2:00--Due to shenanigans perpetrated by Jeff Jarrett and Jim Cornette, actually didn't enter the ring until just after Jarrett himself did at #18. Then he proceeded to eliminate his antagonist before being cheated by the injured Triple H and becoming the first ever elimination by a woman--Chyna.

    1999 Tiger Ali Singh 4:02--The second out of four competitors that Mabel made Singh the blues.

    2000 Big Boss Man 22:47--The first of The Rock's three victims, but did manage 2.17 eliminations of his own first.

    2001 Perry Saturn 5:02--One of the ten and a half mopped up by Kane in his runner-up performance.

    2002 Matt Hardy 4:16--Next to last of seven eliminated by the Undertaker.

    2003 Bill Demott 2:13--One of three eliminated by Edge.

    2004 Matt Morgan 12:14--Eliminated only The Hurricane before he was one of six to have his chances strangled by eventual winner Chris Benoit.

    2005 Shelton Benjamin 14:35

    2006 Kane 3:33--One of the 4.5 eliminated by Triple H in his runner-up performance.

    2007 Shelton Benjamin 22:22--Did little of note in his palindromic time other than being the second of Shawn Michaels' four victims.

    2008 Hornswoggle 26:57--The Miz was the only one unfortunate enough to be thrown out by The Little Bastard. He was never officially eliminated, so dude's got a beef with John Cena.

    2009 JTG 11:59--One of the Undertaker's three eliminations (seems like he's always got at least a triple, doesn't it?)

    2010 Drew McIntyre 14:43--One of 5.5 eliminated by Shawn Michaels and 2.5 eliminated by Triple H. In case you didn't guess, DX eliminated him.

    2012 Santino Marella 2:31--The first of three eliminated by Cody Rhodes without the help of Dolph Ziggler.

    2013 David Otunga--The useless lawyer was another of 3.7 eliminated by Sheamus.

    {Evaluation: #9 just kind of exists and Otunga continued that tradition last year. Billy Gunn was eliminated after less than a quarter of a minute in '94, so he's obviously the worst, but there's been a lot of worse performances in the history of the event, so while not even decent, that's hardly terrible as far as worst rumbles go. As much as I despise his existence and as irrelevant as the little guy has always been (yes, even when he claimed to be the illegitimate son of Vince McMahon) Hornswoggle actually did have both the longest run as the 9th entry and a pseudo victory. For non-midgets, Big Boss Man's performance in the last year of the last century wasn't bad, but these really are slim pickings.}

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    #10



    1988 Boriz Zhukov 2:33

    1989 Bushwacker Butch 18:13--One of the 9.5 eliminated by Hulk Hogan.

    1990 Dusty Rhodes 18:18--Eliminated a total of 7 world championships in Randy Savage and Bret Hart before being thrown out by Earthquake.

    1991 Hercules 37:36--Over half an hour and all he did was help Rick Martel eliminated Hawk before being eliminated by half of another tag team--Brian Knobs of the Nasty Boys.

    1992 Repo Man 6:23--I just watched this match over the weekend on my Ric Flair dvd and Repo was hilarious. He gets tossed over by the Big Boss Man and then looks around in his sneaky way like he's the one who did something. Great stuff.

    1993 Mr. Perfect 9:15--Eliminated three contestants--including the previous year's winner, Ric Flair--before being overwhelmed by Ted Dibiase and KoKo B Ware.

    1994 Virgil :32--Last of seven eliminated by Diesel

    1995 Rick Martel 2:29--Continues to disappoint in Royal Rumbles after being so strong in 1991. First of three eliminated by Sione.

    1996 1-2-3 Kid 15:40--Shouldn't he have changed his name for this type of match? I mean you can't win with a 1-2-3. Anyway, one of eventual winner Shawn Michaels' 7.5 eliminations.

    1997 The Sultan 3:23

    1998 Steve Blackman 5:58

    1999 The Blue Meanie 2:59--Thrown out by a black meanie, Mabel, after less than 3 minutes.

    2000 Test 26:17--Possibly the weakest performance by a performer who led his rumble in minutes. His only contribution was helping five others get rid of Rikishi and was one of four shown the floor by The Big Show.

    2001 Steve Blackman 3:08--One of the Big Red Machine's conquests.

    2002 Jeff Hardy 1:30--The Undertaker basically gave him the night off, making him one of his seven eliminations.

    2003 Tommy Dreamer :48--One of 5.5 eliminated by Chris Jericho

    2004 The Hurricane :19

    2005 Booker T 10:42--Eliminated Luther Reigns and Orlando Jordan before becoming one of Eddie Guerrero's three tandem eliminations.

    2006 Sylvan :18

    2007 Kane 13:21--Eliminated three people, including King Booker, before King Booker illegally eliminated him.

    2008 Chuck Palumbo 4:00--Eliminated only Jamie Noble before becoming CM Punk's sole elimination.

    2009 Ted Dibiase 45:11--In 3/4 of an hour, he only had 1/3 of an elimination, but his job in this match was to help Randy Orton win, which he did. One of Triple H's 6 eliminations in his second straight runner-up performance..

    2010 Ted Dibiase 12:40--Nowhere near as good as the year before and once again he's eliminated by a DX member: Shawn Michaels, who notched 4.5.

    2012 [color=yellow[Epico[/color] :11--Only he and Primo were solo eliminations by the retired Mick Foley. Sad.

    2013 Heath Slater--Lasted one spot higher than his entrance, and was four spots higher than I estimated him to be. Got rid of only 1/5 of a competitor before being tossed out by the eventual winner, John Cena.



    {Evaluation: Technically nobody has won the Royal Rumble from the 10 slot, but Dibiase's mission (along with Cody Rhodes) was to help Randy Orton win a Wrestlemania title shot and he made sure he was there at the end to do just that. What can really be said about Epico's appearance in 2012 other than, "Out of three sub-twenty second performances, his was easily the worst, especially since he was eliminated by old, out-of-shape, retired Mick Foley."?}

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    #10 doesn't look like a winner at all, filler almost.

    Just a question, who came in at number 10 at 2011's Royal Rumble?

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    For purposes of this series, there was no Royal Rumble in 2011. In actuality, it was Chavo.


    No reason to double-post, so:


    #11



    1988 Don Muraco 16:16--Eliminated the likes of Bret Hart, Harley Race, and Ron Bass before being stopped by the tandem of Dino Bravo and the One Man Gang

    1989 The Honky Tonk Man 4:12--Thrown out by Butch and Sund...um, no, Bushwacker Butch and Tito Santana

    1990 Andre the Giant 10:16--Eliminated by tag team champions Demolition after eliminating The Warlord and the Red Rooster.

    1991 Tito Santana 30:23--In over half an hour, took an 0-fer before becoming one of Earthquake's 3.5 eliminations.

    1992 Greg Valentine 4:12

    1993 Skinner 3:05--Second of three straight eliminated by Mr. Perfect.

    1994 Randy Savage 4:38--Eliminated only Jeff Jarrett before being Crushed over the top rope.

    1995 Owen Hart :03--After being jumped by his brother, Bret, was easy pickings to be the second eliminated by runner-up The British Bulldog.

    1996 Takao Omori 2:48

    1997 Mil Mascaras 7:28--Including himself, participated in 2.5 eliminations. Well done, oh Uncle of blandness.

    1998 D'Lo Brown 32:21--Another of those inexplicable half hour + performances in which the performer only gets one elimination. He was one of two Nation of Domination members tossed out by their former leader, Faarooq.

    1999 Mabel 1:26--A real tour de force performance in which he eliminated 4.5 competitors very quickly before being taken out himself by members of the Ministry of Darkness and then re-christened Viscera one night later.

    2000 British Bulldog 15:22--Did jack squat in his quarter hour except help five others overcome Rikishi.

    2001 Grand Master Sexay 1:03--Ran into Kane in 2001. Nuff said.

    2002 Maven 3:34--Eliminated the Undertaker and was then completely decimated by him.

    2003 B-2 :24--Third and final of Edge's victims.

    2004 Booker T 9:11--Got the best of only Scott Steiner and Kane before he was one of five ousted by Randy Orton.

    2005 Chris Jericho 28:22--One of 5.5 eliminated by eventual winner, Batista, but not before he got rid of Rene Dupree and helped in the ousting of Muhammad Hassan.

    2006 Carlito 38:29--How the fuck did Carlito get nearly 40 minutes in a Royal Rumble match? Anyway, he and Chris Masters eliminated Viscera and then he eliminated Masters before he became Rob Van Dam's third and final Van Termination.

    2007 CM Punk 27:16--Being the huge mark for him that I am, it actually causes me physical pain that he was in this match for almost half an hour, yet his only statistical contributions were being one of The Great Khali's seven victims and participating in the record 8-person elimination of Viscera.

    2008 Jamie Noble :28

    2009 Chris Jericho 37:17--Almost ten minutes longer than his first appearance at this spot, but more of the same for Y2J, as he only eliminated Rob Van Dam before the Undertaker made him famous.

    2010 John Morrison 11:37--Just kinda there before Shawn Michaels made him one of his 5.5 casualties.

    2012 Kofi Kingston 17:55--One of only 2.5 eliminated by Sheamus. That's a damned low total for a winner.

    2013 Sheamus 37:23--The winner of the previous edition had another strong showing, as he went almost 2/3 of an hour and eliminated 5, before being tossed out by the runner-up, Ryback.



    {Evaluation: Last year, I said, "What occurs to me most is how much I think this spot would be perfect for Ryback. Assuming he doesn't win the WWE Title on Monday--which he bloody well shouldn't--then he absolutely has to win the Royal Rumble and then go on to win at Wrestlemania to remain his credibility as a major main event player in WWE. He can't start too early and he can't start too late, because he has to have an impressive, dominant showing. That's why this spot would be an ideal spot for him to begin his January 27 feeding." He obviously didn't come in at this spot, didn't win, and didn't get the title shot at Wrestlemania and it was all downhill for Ryback as a result. A lot of times I get called a pessimist, but I'm never far wrong. As far as what did happen in 2013, Sheamus has the best performance in the history of the #, instead of Ryback and he's been injured since June or so. Guess it didn't work out for either man. Hey, WWE, a big FUCK YOU for your treatment of Jamie Noble in 2008's edition, since he's one of the best workers you've ever had in your entire goddamn existence. But, at least B-2 beat him out for the absolute worst showing at #11 five years earlier.}
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    Kinda mized bag #11. Lots of double figure performances but, many short ones, too. Even though the large no. of mini marathons make it a highly prestigious one, I think.

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    Yes, that's true. Next year I'll have to address that instead of making one last stab at what WWE should have run at Wrestlemania.

    #12



    1988 Nikolai Volkoff 11:40--Got rid of only Jim Brunzell before becoming the first of eventual winner Jim Duggan's victims.

    1989 Tito Santana 12:47

    1990 The Red Rooster 1:58

    1991 The Undertaker 14:18--Eliminated by the Legion of Doom after getting rid of three of the other entrants.

    1992 Nikolai Volkoff 1:03--First of two eliminated by the Repo Man, lasting less than 10% of the time he did at the same spot in 1988.

    1993 KoKo B. Ware 8:31--Helped Ted Dibiase eliminate Mr. Perfect and just minutes later was eliminated by him.

    1994 Jeff Jarrett 1:19

    1995 Timothy Well :23--One of four eliminated by The British Bulldog

    1996 Savio Vega 12:28--Managed to eliminate Dory Funk, Jr. before he had the honor of being the last of four thrown out by Vader.

    1997 Hunter Hearst Helmsley--6:42

    1998 Kurrgan 3:38--This large oddity got the third and fourth eliminations of the match--Mosh and Steve Blackman, respectively--before being sextuple-teamed on his elimination.

    1999 The Road Dogg 10:41--Did manage to throw Edge over before having the honor to start Kane's four straight eliminations.

    2000 Gangrel 23:19--This vampire wasn't much of a warrior, but he did manage to participate in Rikishi's ousting before becoming one of Big Show's four victims.

    2001 The Honky Tonk Man 1:16--I wonder if Kane caused him to have flashbacks of his I-C Title reign.

    2002 Scotty 2 Hotty 2:36

    2003 Rob Van Dam 33:56--Eliminated Jeff Hardy and helped Kane eliminate A-Train before Kane turned on him.

    2004 Kane 1:30

    2005 Luther Reigns 7:13

    2006 Chris Benoit 30:31--Disposed of Booker T and Eugene before runner-up Randy Orton got the better of him.

    2007 King Booker 9:22--Last of three eliminated by Kane, but then came back in and made Kane his second and final elimination of the night.

    2008 CM Punk 13:50

    2009 Mike Knox 32:42--One of six eliminated by The Big Show. Half an hour of nothing.

    2010 Kane 7:59

    2012 Jerry Lawler :43--One of five total eliminations (and last of three straight) by Cody Rhodes. A ridiculous entry for a guy who needs to stop the physical shit. Of course, he needs to stop the verbal shit, also, but that's another story.

    2013 Tensai 5:37--Gave Kofi Kingston a memorable piggyback ride while continuing his tradtiion of never eliminating anyone six tries in.



    {Evaluation: As you can see, absolutely nothing of note happened from the #12 spot. Nobody has ever come within 3 spots of winning from #12, with Rob Van Dam's performance in 2003 being the longest entry both in terms of time competing and spot eliminated in (26.) So, he'd have to be considered the best at this position over the years. However, let's take a moment to consider Chris Benoit, who only competed in four Royal Rumbles total in his 7 years with WWE. The one in which he drew #12, 2006, saw him remain in the match for thirty minutes and thirty-one seconds. That, coupled with his 2004 and 2005 performances, gives him an impressive three year total of 139:27. That works out to an average of over forty-five minutes per year. On the flip side, there's Jerry Lawler, who should have retired from anything having to do with professional wrestling at least five years ago. Even though the numbers say Timothy Well was twenty seconds worse than Lawler, I'm going to call The King's as the worst ever, because he should have never been in the match to begin with.}

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    Kinda weird how much I marked for the Red Rooster as a really young kid. I had the Saturday Night's Main Event VHS from Woolworths and old Terry smacking Bobby Heenan about when leaving his management was gold of the highest order.

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    I'm just a Honky Tonk Man,
    Just a Honky Tonk Man,
    I'm cool, I'm cocky, I'm bad.

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    Eliminated

    Loved every moment of Honky Tonk Man's elimination in 2001.

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    Agreed on King...dude needs to retire. Time to let the new generation get in there.
    Cole and JBL can handle things just fine.

    Had a thought while I was reading some of these....there are quite a few guys who don't eliminate anyone. I wonder if their strategy is to create as little attention as possible so they can sneak their way into the end. I mean, if a guy doesn't pick on any one opponent too much, they don't have any one particularly gunning for them. Not sure it means very much but it's a thought nonetheless.

    Great work Xan! The evaluation and commentary at the end of the list has been quite entertaining, especially the frustrations shared about spot #11
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    Mav--Did you really? I liked Terry Taylor and all, but you marked for his Red Rooster gimmick? That's just crazy talk. The York Foundation, now? That's the stuff.

    MW--Honky probably loved it, too.

    Cool--Maybe that kind of narrative would surface if one were to watch all the Royal Rumbles consecutively. Thanks. I'm glad you're enjoying them.


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    1988 Jim Duggan 14:43--Eliminated Nikolai Volkhoff, Danny Davis, and, finally, the One Man Gang to win the inaugural--and only 20 man--Royal Rumble.

    1989 Bad News Brown 16:24--Helped Hulk Hogan toss out Bushwacker Butch and was then eventually eliminated by the Hulkster.

    1990 Ax 12:50--He and his partner Smash got rid of Andre the Giant before Earthquake made short work of him.

    1991 Jimmy Snuka 8:06

    1992 The Big Boss Man 3:38--Short, but productive, as he humorously eliminated the Repo Man and then made sure Hercules lasted less than a minute before becoming one of evntual winner Ric Flair's eliminations.

    1993 Samu 4:49--First of the four-person body-count of the Undertaker.

    1994 Crush 25:03--Eliminated only the Macho Man before becoming one of co-winner Lex Luger's five eliminations. Actually co-eliminated by Sparky Plugg.

    1995 Bushwacker Luke :12--One of eventual winner Shawn Michaels' 7.5 victims.

    1996 Vader 11:04--For the second straight year, this spot is eliminated by eventual winner Shawn Michaels. At least this time, though,the spot got some back, as Vader bombed out four entrants. Actually, between those two, they threw out over 1/3 of their opponents.

    1997 Owen Hart 8:29--Hey, what do you know? #13 is part of a dominant winning performance once again. This time Stone Cold Steve Austin fired the first volley in what would become a feud that would last the whole year. Owen did get two eliminations first.

    1998 Marc Mero 19:40--What a waste of talent this guy was. Anyway, Mr Sable did nothing in his 1/3 of an hour except start Stone Cold Steve Austin's run of seven eliminations as he won the whole thing.

    1999 Gangrel :26--One of Road Dogg's three ousts, breaking the string of four straight years that this spot was eliminated by the eventual winner.

    2000 Edge 14:48

    2001 The Rock 38:42--The closest anyone has come to winning in this spot since 1988. The Rock did manage to get rid of The Godfather, Big Show, and Rikishi before running into Kane's unstoppable force.

    2002 Christian 12:14--Stone Cold's at it again; making #13 the first of his 6.5 victims. Before that, Christian did eliminate Diamond Dallas Page and help Chuck get rid of both The Godfather and Albert.

    2003 Matt Hardy 27:17--Did fuck-all in almost half an hour before he was one of four to feel the pain as Brock Lesnar won.

    2004 Spike Dudley--Did Not Compete

    2005 Muhammad Hassan :54--Perhaps the ultimate heel in WWE history was dispatched by six guys, despite not being a superheavyweight.

    2006 Booker T :18

    2007 Super Crazy 4:32--One of 3.62 who were Edged out.

    2008 Cody Rhodes 23:14--First of 5.5 Xed out by runner-up, Triple H.

    2009 The Miz 1:18--For the second straight year Triple H was the runner-up and for the second straight year, he eliminated #13.

    2010 Cody Rhodes 7:54-DX just does not like this spot. This time Michaels is back at it, as he gets Rhodes with one of his 5.5 eliminations.

    2012 Ezekial Jackson 3:46

    2013 Brodus Clay 3:47--Didn't last long, but it did take 5 guys to get rid of him.


    {Evaluation: #13 was lucky for Jim Duggan way back in 1988 when it all started and winning the rumble was only about bragging rights. Since a title or title shot has been on the line, only The Rock has come as close as 28 to win it from spot #13. Former six-time world champion Booker T should be thanking his lucky stars right now for Bushwacker Luke, because if it wasn't for him, Booker would take the cake as the worst #13 of all time. Hell, he wasn't even one of the six to be eliminated by either the winner or runner-up. The former Smackdown GM certainly should hang his head about this one...and send Luke a nice fruit basket. But not by using the force. Different Luke.}

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    It was more just that moment when Rooster snapped at Heenan and beat the crisp out of him that I marked for. Classic!

    The Rock in 01 and Christian in 02 both put in a very entertaining night's work. Austin throwing Christian out and then deciding to eliminate him all over again for something to do was fantastic.

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    Well, that makes more sense.


    #14




    1988 Ron Bass 10:14—Eliminated Sam Houston and Junk Yard Dog before becoming Don Muraco’s third and final elimination.

    1989 Marty Jannetty 7:52—He and his fellow rocker dismissed the previous year’s holder of the spot before Tully Blanchard ended him.

    1990 Haku 22:31—Eliminated 1.20 participants before he became one of eventual winner Hulk Hogan’s 4.33 victims.

    1991 Davey Boy Smith 36:43—Like Jannetty, eliminated his previous year’s same number, as well as Mr. Perfect and then was one of 3.5 shaken up by Earthquake.

    1992 Hercules—Second and final opponent the Big Boss Man made serve hard time.

    1993 The Berzerker 5:21—Eliminated only the amazing Virgil before becoming the last of four eliminated by The Undertaker.

    1994 Doink the Clown 1:48

    1995 Jacob Blu :17—One of 6.5 eliminated by eventual winner Shawn Michaels.

    1996 Doug Gilbert 2:59—Doug Gilbert was in the World Wrestling Federation? Why don’t I remember this? Hey may not either, since he was one of four decimated by Vader.

    1997 Goldust 5:33—Eliminated #12 Hunter Hearst Helmsley before being one of two eliminated by #13 Owen Hart. There’s some kind of weird symmetry there, but damned if I know how.

    1998 Ken Shamrock 9:15—He and the Rock were two the six co-eliminators of Kurrgan before the Rock got rid of him.

    1999 Kurrgan 6:54

    2000 Bob Backlund 2:00

    2001 The Goodfather :14—First of three eliminated by The Rock.

    2002 Diamond Dallas Page 5:15—Eliminated only Scotty 2 Hotty before Christian made him his only solo tossover.

    2003 Eddie Guerrero 16:29

    2004 Rikishi 3:48—First of four whose chances were killed by Randy Orton, while he himself only got rid of #15 Rene Dupree.

    2005 Orlando Jordan 3:36

    2006 Joey Mercury 29:14—He and partner Johnny Nitro eliminated #15 Tatanka before his tag partner turned on him. Remember, folks, it’s every man for himself.

    2007 Jeff Hardy 3:39—One of 3.62 eliminations by his old rival Edge.

    2008 Umaga 26:05—In his incredibly productive time, bulldozed only Hardcore Holly before he was one of the 3.5 eliminated by Batista.

    2009 Finlay 29:59—Half an hour of nothing. So between he and Umaga, that’s one elimination in almost an hour. Amazing stuff.

    2010 Montel Vontabius Porter :07

    2012 Jinder Mahal 1:17

    2013 Rey Mysterio 15:43--Wow. He lasted over a quarter of an hour. I thought that was the entire time he wrestled for the first 11 months of the year.


    {Evaluation: There’s not much to evaluate here, guys, say sorry. Obviously MVP was anything but in 2010 and the best showing was Davey Boy Smith’s in 1991, as he finished 26th. But even he wasn’t that great, as he only had one elimination in over thirty minutes of work. Bottom line, #14 should be a fairly decent number. It’s almost halfway through the list, but absolutely nothing of note happened at this spot.

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    Ah the dreaded number 14! I think it's almost certain that one day someone will win from there just because the fact it's "cursed" has become such a thing.

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    I still love that they gave the 14 spot to Rey Rey. He's certainly done a marvellous job of living up to the curse so far.

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    Vontabius?

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    Maverick--Go on to win and then get hit by a bus the day before Wrestlemania, maybe?

    S-cubed--Me too.

    T.O.--Indeed.


    #15



    1988 B. Brian Blair 5:50—One Man Gang had 20% of this match’s eliminations and this was the first.

    1989 Randy Savage 12:26—Eliminated 1.83 of his own before Hulk Hogan made him one of his then-record 9.5 eliminations.

    1990 Smash 15:01—Eliminated only .7 people before being stopped by Haku after just over a quarter hour.

    1991 Smash 18:22—In three minutes + longer than the previous year, he eliminated even less people and was the first of eventual winner Hulk Hogan’s six eliminations.

    1992 Roddy Piper 34:06—Good night for Piper. Not only did he win the Intercontinental Title from the Mountie, but he got to spend over half an hour battling with his hated rival, Ric Flair. Not only that, but he did what everybody wants to do. Threw IRS out of the area. He made it to #26 before being one of runner-up Sid Justice’s six victims.

    1993 The Undertaker 4:14—Eliminated four people before being manhandled by Giant Gonzales.

    1994 Bam Bam Bigelow 30:12--Eliminated 2.34 before co-winner Lex Luger made him one of the five he got rid of.

    1995 King Kong Bundy 3:00--Took out #16 Mo in 3 seconds before his fellow Man on a Mission at #17 got the better of him.

    1996 Squat Team #1 1:11--One of four eliminated by Vader.

    1997 Cibernetico 1:25

    1998 Thrasher 28:08--Okay, that's just fucking ridiculous. Goddamn Thrasher of the stupid Headbangers lasted almost half an hour? Fuck that. Seriously. One of seven eliminated by eventual winner Stone Cold Steve Austin.

    1999 Al Snow :47

    2000 Chris Jericho 3:47--Eliminated only Jerry Lawl...er...Bob Backlund before becoming Chyna's second and final career elimination.

    2001 Tazz :10--One of Kane's record onslaught.

    2002 Chuck 9:04--Helped Christian eliminate The Godfather and Albert before becoming the first of 7.5 to get derailed by the Austin train.

    2003 Jeff Hardy 7:29

    2004 Rene Dupree :33--Somehow mananged to eliminate Matt Hardy before Rikishi made him his sole elimination.

    2005 Scotty 2 Hotty Did Not Compete

    2006 Tatanka 14:09

    2007 The Sandman :13

    2008 Snitsky 12:26--One of Undertaker's three eliminations.

    2009 Cody Rhodes 37:01--Finished 28th, eliminated his brother Golddust four years before eliminating him again, and combined with the rest of Legacy to get rid of Kane. One of six eliminations by runner-up Triple H.

    2010 Carlito 4:34--First of 5.5 eliminated by Shawn Michaels.

    2012 The Great Khali 7:29--Eliminated the two who immediately preceded him into the rumble, Ezekiel Jackson and Jinder Mahal, one of two eliminated by the tandem of Cody Rhodes and Dolph Ziggler.

    2013 Darren Young 2:51



    {Evaluation: Just like #14, there's not much happening here. Obviously middle of the pack is not the place to be. Cody Rhodes, like his then partner Ted Dibiase did not win the 2009 event, but he did accomplish his goal, which was to help Randy Orton win. That, his second runner-up finish, and his 37:01 lasting makes him a shoo-in for being the best at the halfway point ever. Two of the old ECW guard are the worst, Tazz at ten seconds, who ran into Kane and The Sandman at 13 seconds, who didn't. Pretty much a toss-up, in my book.}

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    Another thought crossed my mind as I read the latest updates...

    It would be at least a little bit funny to have a wrestler reveal a superstition of his, regarding a lucky number. Let that number be well established to fans before the Rumble and then, in the weeks leading up to the Rumble, have him beg for that spot or fight for it, depending on the GM's decision-making process. Let's say he gets the spot, and it's hyped up to be a big deal by that wrestler and by the announce team at the Rumble. Heck, depending on the fans' attitude towards him, they may cheer him on or boo/laugh as he comes to the ring.

    He could even be booked to survive fairly well at that spot and then, in the following years, call for that spot every Rumble. Could become kind of a running gag...with the announcers saying, "Oh, #14 is so and so's spot".


    Anyways, I like that you've made reference to wrestlers who have assisted the Rumble winner in their quest. It doesn't really make the number important but it does help the reader understand the reasons for that wrestler's success or lack of it.

    Would you consider starting a new thread for spots #16-30 or do you have enough of these written up that you can go daily?
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    Both of those are good ideas. Tazz as #13 would have worked.

    I'll start a new daily thread for 16-30.

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    The middle of the line lives up to its name of being middle of the line. Nothing to write home about, yet a few glimpses of good performances. The next half should be where the money is.

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