5 Best No. 24 Entries in the Royal Rumble
The Royal Rumble match is not without its controversy and there have been plenty of examples of wrestlers trying to cheat or use underhanded tactics to win the event, such as hiding outside of the ring, eliminating wrestlers after you have been eliminated, and more.
In terms of underhanded tactics and cheating, Vince McMahon seemed to intentionally spend the majority of the 1999 Royal Rumble actively avoiding conflict and allowed him to eventually win. Jerry Lawler hid under the ring during one of his ring appearances. Both of these bring the question of why don't wrestlers, especially heels, do this more often.
There are also multiple wrestlers who returned to the ring after they were eliminated to take revenge and eliminate a still competing wrestler. Hulk Hogan eliminated Sid Vicious in the 1992 Royal Rumble to help Ric Flair win, Jerry Lawler helped eliminate Mr. Perfect in 1993 and many, many more.
However, this was taken a step further when Steve Austin re-entered the Royal Rumble in 1997 after he was eliminated by Bret Hart, and would later be declared the winner after eliminating Bret Hart.
Some wrestlers never actually made it to the ring. Curtis Axel was laid out by Erick Rowan at the 2015 Royal Rumble. However, Rowan never participated in the Royal Rumble. As opposed to Sami Zayn, who with Kevin Owens, attacked the number 10 participant Tye Dillinger at the 2018 Royal Rumble to take his place. Mick Foley also used this tactic in 2004 when he took out Test and used his entry to eliminate his rival Randy Orton.
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#5 Kane (2015) - Eliminated 27th - 4 Eliminations
In one of Kane's last Royal Rumble appearances, the Big Red Machine entered the Royal Rumble as number 24 under his Corporate Kane gimmick. Wrestling in a plain pair of suit pants and sans mask, he entered the Royal Rumble for the second to the last time in his career.
Kane added to his elimination tally with the help of fellow Authority member and tag team partner the Big Show, as the two eliminated Ryback, Dolph Ziggler, Bray Wyatt, and Dean Ambrose before turning their attentions to Roman Reigns.
While the two big men attacked Reigns, he was granted a save in the form of fellow Anoa'i family member the Rock. As the Rock helped fight off both the Big Show and Kane, Roman Reigns then eliminated the two, leaving himself and Rusev, who was outside of the ring.
The four eliminations from the would put Kane's total eliminations tally at 43, overtaking the previous record of Shawn Michaels who sits on 40 eliminations. Kane has since added another elimination to his tally, leaving the current record standing at 44.