Royal Rumble is a place where a single moment in time becomes immortalized. The rumble of excitement is growing louder as the road to wrestle mania begins 30 men and 30 women fight for the chance of a lifetime.
With January rolling in, the legendary Royal Rumble is just around the corner, ready to rock the Thunderdome at Tropicana Field in Florida on January 28th. This year marks the 37th edition of this iconic event, and its history is packed with jaw-dropping records and unforgettable moments. Without further ado, let's take a look at five records that could potentially be broken at the 2021 Royal Rumble event later this month.
1. Highest paid attendance
WWE aims to surpass the record for the highest-paid attendance at the Royal Rumble. The current record was established in 2023, with 44,569 attendees and a gate revenue of $7.3 million at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. WWE anticipates a gate close to $8 million and is targeting an attendance of 50,000 for the upcoming event.
With the inclusion of [CM] Punk in the match, they are optimistic about achieving this goal. As of now, only two participants, CM Punk and the 2023 winner Cody Rhodes, have been confirmed for the men's Royal Rumble.
Punk is likely to contend with Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship, potentially at WrestleMania 40, while Cody Rhodes is rumored to challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Title at 'Mania.
2. Winning back-to-back rumble matches
Winning back-to-back rumble matches is exceedingly rare. No superstar has won consecutive Rumble matches in 26 years, a feat last achieved by Stone Cold Steve Austin but Cody Rhodes is set to enter this year’s rumble to achieve this feat.
Cody made his triumphant return last year from injury and blazed his trail to the main event of WrestleMania. The American Nightmare has vowed to finish his story by winning back-to-back rumble matches.
3. First Two-time Women’s Rumble winner
In 2021, the Royal Rumble came to the Tropicana field, where Bianca Belair bested 29 other superstars. This year Belair looks to become the first two-time women’s Rumble winner. EST is tied with The Queen of Spades, Shayna Baszler, for most eliminations in a women’s Rumble match with eight.
4. Most wrestlers involved in the elimination
One of the common occurrences in a Royal Rumble is the collaborative effort of multiple superstars to eliminate a larger or dominant wrestler strategically. This collective approach aims to remove the most formidable threat before they have the chance to systematically eliminate other participants.
In 2007, a group of nine men joined forces to eliminate the sizable Viscera, preventing the nearly 500-pound wrestler from overpowering several other entrants. Similarly, during the inaugural women's Rumble in 2018, six women worked together to eliminate Nia Jax.
In the 2023 women's Rumble, this trend was surpassed as 11 women collaborated to eliminate the returning Jax. Despite entering at the #30 spot and taunting the entire roster, Jax was swiftly ousted in less than 2 minutes. This time this year record could break as more women gang up to eliminate the stronger one.
5. Total elimination/ Women
The women's Royal Rumble, still in its sixth year, remains dynamic, and a dominant performance in any given year could easily surpass the existing record. This trend was evident in the recent Rumble, where Charlotte Flair's record of 15 eliminations over four Rumbles was surpassed by Rhea Ripley.
With her seven eliminations in the 2023 Rumble, Ripley elevated her total to 20, establishing a new benchmark. The potential for a new record to be set is high in the ongoing evolution of the women's Royal Rumble.