WWE Royal Rumble 2023 will happen this Saturday in San Antonio, and fans will likely get a first-time winner at this year’s show. According to rumors, Cody Rhodes will win the 30-man match in 2023, meaning he will be the new addition to the legendary list of WWE Royal Rumble winners.
In case you didn’t know, WWE Royal Rumble is one of the most entertaining gimmick matches in pro wrestling history. It is a time interval-based battle royal, where 30 Superstars enter the match one-by-one at a fixed time interval. Superstars can only be eliminated when they are tossed up from above the top rope, and both their feet hit the floor.
Royal Rumble winners from 1988-2022Advertisement
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Not every Superstar who has participated in the Royal Rumble match has won it, but before the 2023 show, here’s a look at the complete list of men’s WWE Royal Rumble winners.
Year-wise List of Royal Rumble winners in WWE
- Jim Duggan – 1988.
- Big John Studd – 1989.
- Hulk Hogan – 1990 and 1991.
- Ric Flair – 1992.
- Yokozuna – 1993.
- Lex Luger – 1994.
- Bret Hart – 1994.
- Shawn Michaels – 1995 and 1996.
- Stone Cold Steve Austin – 1997, 1998 and 2001.
- Vince McMahon – 1999.
- The Rock – 2000.
- Triple H – 2002 and 2016.
- Brock Lesnar – 2003 and 2022.
- Chris Benoit – 2004.
- Batista – 2005 and 2014.
- Rey Mysterio – 2006.
- The Undertaker – 2007.
- John Cena – 2008 and 2013.
- Randy Orton – 2009 and 2017.
- Edge – 2010 and 2021.
- Alberto Del Rio – 2011.
- Sheamus – 2012.
- Roman Reigns – 2015.
- Shinsuke Nakamura – 2018.
- Seth Rollins – 2019.
- Drew McIntyre – 2020.
Which Superstar has won Royal Rumble most times?
Shawn Michaels owns the world record for winning the Royal Rumble match for the highest number of times. The Heart Break Kid won the match thrice – 1997, 1998 and 2001.
Who won the first ever Royal Rumble match?
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Jim Duggan wins the 20 man 1988 Royal Rumble! pic.twitter.com/otXBeVsYYR
— OVP – Retro Wrestling Podcast (@ovppodcast) January 24, 2022
The first ever Royal Rumble happened in 1988. Jim Duggan was the man who won the inaugural Rumble match.
How many times has Roman Reigns won Royal Rumble match?
The current Undisputed Universal Champion Roman Reigns has won the Royal Rumble match one time. He won the match in 2015.
What is the record for the most eliminations in Royal Rumble match?
Brock Lesnar owns the record for the most eliminations in one Royal Rumble match. He eliminated 13 Superstars in the 2020 Royal Rumble.