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Every Royal Rumble match winner: Where are they now?

The winner of the Royal Rumble match gets a chance to main event WrestleMania
The winner of the Royal Rumble match gets a chance to main event WrestleMania
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Modified 18 Jan 2019
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The Royal Rumble PPV is just 9 nights away, which means we are just 9 nights away from the most unpredictable match of WWE, the Royal Rumble match. 30 superstars compete in a time interval battle royale to place their bid to main event WrestleMania 35.

The event always captures the fans’ attention with its unpredictability and amazing moments. The Royal Rumble match gives a huge opportunity to earn a golden ticket to headline WrestleMania. 

Since its introduction in 1988, Royal Rumble has proved as a career turning match for many wrestlers, when they emerge as the last man standing overcoming 29 other superstars.

A plethora of superstars and legends enter the Royal Rumble match every year to seal the spot for WrestleMania but only one superstar gets that golden opportunity.

With the Royal Rumble season hitting soon, here are those wrestlers who have won the Royal Rumble match and where are they now?


#1 Jim Duggan (1988)

Hacksaw Jim Duggan was the winner of the first ever Royal Rumble match
Hacksaw Jim Duggan was the winner of the first ever Royal Rumble match

Jim Duggan won the inaugural Royal Rumble match in 1988. The Hall of Famer is one of the most consistent and passionate wrestlers ever seen. You will be surprised to know that he wrestled till the year 2016 despite being almost 60 years of age.

The Hacksaw returned to WWE at Royal Rumble 2011 as a surprise entrant and resumed his stint as a part-timer. Jim Duggan was recently hospitalized because of bad health and is currently recovering from his heart disease after enjoying his life with his family for some time. 


#2 Big John Studd (1989)

Big John Studd is no more
Big John Studd is no more

Maybe, only a few of us would remember the name “Big John Studd”. But, he was a well known WWE Superstar who wrestled in the late 80s. He had emerged victorious in the Royal Rumble match of 1989. 

Unfortunately, he was recognized with liver cancer the same year and he later passed away in 1995 while battling with this disease.

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Published 18 Jan 2019
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