After participating in the 2016 Royal Rumble as an NXT Call Up, Sami Zayn was forced to qualify for the Royal Rumble by defeating Seth Rollins on an episode of Monday Night Raw. After qualifying, Zayn would come out in the 8th entry and straight into a waiting Braun Strowman.
While Chris Jericho was technically the ironman of the 2017 Royal Rumble, lasting over an hour in the Royal Rumble, a large part of that was spent on the outside of the ring as he constantly rolled out of the ring to avoid being in the ring. Sami Zayn, on the other hand, came in 8th and spent 47 minutes and 12 seconds in the ring during the Royal Rumble.
Zayn came to the ring when Braun Strowman was dominating all the competitors in the ring and lasted all the way until Roman Reigns came down to the ring as the 30th entry before being eliminated by the Undertaker.