World Wrestling Entertainment is all set to host its opening Pay-Per-View of the year, the Royal Rumble. The event would see the tradition 30-man and 30-woman royal rumble match, while the event would be held behind closed doors for the first time in the history.
The opening Pay-Per-View (PPV) of the year for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), the Royal Rumble, is set to take place on January 31. It would be the 34th edition of the event.
It is the second biggest WWE annual event after WrestleMania. It is famous for its traditional 30-man and 30-woman Royal Rumble match, which determines the World Championship contender at Wrestlemania.
Meanwhile, this year's event will be unique for being hosted behind closed doors, owing to the raging COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, it could see quite a few records being broken and scripted, as we analyse the same.
Most eliminations in a match: One of the fascinating aspects of the Rumble match is its unique eliminations, over the top rope. The record for the most eliminations in a match lies with Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman (13) for men, and it would be of no surprise if WWE decides someone to break it this year. As for women, Shayna Baszler and Bianca Belair currently hold the record, with eight eliminations. Who do you think can topple them this time?
Most eliminations: Overall, the record for most eliminations among men in the event is with Kane, who has 44 to his name under the gimmick, besides having 45 overall, while WWE does not consider the latter. Nonetheless, 44 still happens to be a massive record. As for the record being broken, anything can happen at the Rumble, as next to him is The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels (40), Stone Cold Steve Austin (36), Triple H (33) and Strowman (32). Who's the likeliest one to break it?
Most time at the Rumble: Staying alive at the Rumble for a long time is considered a unique achievement for any superstar. Chris Jericho holds the record of having spent the most time at the Rumble, of four hours and 59 minutes, overall. The nearest ones to him are Hunter (four hours) and Rey Mysterio (three hours and 56 minutes). WWE would love to get this record broken soon, especially with Jericho now associated with rival All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
Lowest attendance: As said before; this would be the first edition of the event being held behind closed doors. Furthermore, WWE is helpless in this situation, owing to the pandemic. Although the event would be held at the Tropicana Field, it would have empty stands, with almost no crowd. Even if WWE decides to have fans for this, it would be minimal. The lowest attendance at the event to date happened to be 9,600 in 1996.
Oldest WWE Champion: Now, this is not related to the Rumble match. However, Goldberg is challenging Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship at the event. What is unique that the two have a considerable age difference. While McIntyre is on his prime, at 35, Golberg is aged 54. Provided the latter wins the title at the event, he would become the oldest champion, at the age of 54 years and 34 days, going past the previous record held by the chairman himself, Vince McMahon (54 years and 21 days). The question is that if McMahon would allow that to happen.
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Last Updated Jan 13, 2021, 2:46 PM IST