The Royal Rumble, one of WWE's big 4 or big 5 PPVs of the year, is one of the biggest annual spectacles the WWE has to offer. This year's Royal Rumble will host the 32nd men's annual Royal Rumble and the 2nd annual women's Royal Rumble.
The Royal Rumble has been a great opportunity for the WWE to celebrate itself in the first major event of the year, and the match itself generally presents an opportunity for current superstars to wrestle with members from the NXT roster as well as returning legends.
The Royal Rumble usually features 30 superstars trying to eliminate each other by throwing each other over the top rope with both feet hitting the floor. However, the first Royal Rumble in 1988 featured 20 superstars and was won by "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan and the 2011 Royal Rumble featured 40 superstars. Each superstar generally enters the ring in turn with 90 seconds between each entry
For many wrestling fans, the Royal Rumble is the best event of the year as it showcases the current day superstars, returning superstars, new signings for the WWE, NXT call-ups and returning legends appearing for a one-off. While usually, part-timers returning to the company is seen as a negative by many WWE fans, The Royal Rumble allows fans to see their former favorites in a way that doesn't detract from the current product.
This article covers the best and most memorable first entries to the Royal Rumble, like Chris Benoit's record run in 2004 or Steve Austin almost going back to back to back, and will count down the days until the 32nd Royal Rumble event on January 27th, 2019.