4 Interesting facts heading into Royal Rumble 2020
#3 Statistically, the 26th entrant is the unluckiest of all
Whilst 27 has statistically been the best entry number in the Royal Rumble match, with four wrestlers having won after entering at this position, the number before it is on the other end of the spectrum. Across all of the traditional Royal Rumble matches, the average amount of time the 26th entrant has spent in the match is only seven minutes and 24 seconds.
As you might expect with such a short amount of match time, several wrestlers that have entered with this unlucky number have been eliminated in less than a minute. This includes Shawn Michaels in 1990, Scotty 2 Hotty in 2001, and Bobby Lashley in 2019.
However, it’s not all bad news for whoever the 26th male entrant will be for this year’s Royal Rumble match. Two wrestlers who entered at number 26 have managed to get down to the final two in the Royal Rumble match - Big Show achieved it in 2000 (and only lost the match due to a controversial finish), and Kurt Angle in 2002.
Additional Fact – The 16th entrant is statistically the worst number to have in the Women’s Royal Rumble match.
There have only been two Women’s Royal Rumble matches, but the 16th entrants have thus far done very poorly, combining to last only a total of 2 minutes and 25 seconds. The first entrant in that spot was Vickie Guerrero in 2018, who lasted 57 seconds. She was collectively eliminated by Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Michelle McCool and Ruby Riott. One year later, Naomi was eliminated after only 1 minute and 28 seconds when Mandy Rose pulled her legs from under her after just escaping elimination moments earlier.Published 15 Jan 2020, 11:41 IST