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30 Years of Royal Rumble Statistics

Royal Rumble

29 Years of Royal Rumble Statistics

On January 24, 1988, the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) presented their first ever Royal Rumble match.  The event was held in Hamilton, Ontario Canada and kicked off what has now become a yearly tradition.  On Sunday January 28, 2018, WWE will present the 30th annual Royal Rumble on the WWE Network.

The Royal Rumble match itself is a unique wrestling match concept.  It is a battle royal type match, where wrestlers are eliminated from the contest when they are thrown over the top rope, and their feet hit the floor.  To add intrigue to the contest, the match starts with only two wrestlers in the ring.  Then, every two minutes, another superstar joins the match.  The match continues on in this way until all 30 competitors have entered.  A wrestler can be eliminated at any time.

With the nature of the match itself, and with 29 years of history behind it, it’s obviously going to have some interesting historical statistics associated with it.  So here today, we’re going to take a look at some of the more interesting statistics from this great event!


First Man to Win the Royal Rumble:  “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan – 1988

Jim Duggan

The very first Royal Rumble match only featured 20 competitors, and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan was the 13th entrant to the match.  He became the first man to win a Royal Rumble match when he eliminated the One Man Gang.

 

Multiple Time Royal Rumble Winners:  7

Royal Rumble Winners

Hulk Hogan won the event in 1990 and 1991, Shawn Michaels was the victor in 1995 and 1996, Triple H claimed the top honor in 2002 and 2016, John Cena won in 2008 and 2013, Batista claimed victories in 2005 and 2014, Randy Orton claimed the top spot in 2009 and 2017, but “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is the only man to have won three Royal Rumble matches with victories in 1997, 1998, and 2001.

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The Buffalo Bills’ Dramatic History in the Playoffs

 

 

This past Sunday evening, the Buffalo Bills qualified for the NFL playoffs for the first time since 1999.  The team doesn’t appear to be a real Superbowl contender on the surface, but then again, stranger things have happened.  Like back in 1993, twenty five years ago today on January 03, when they were a wildcard team and had to face the offensive powerhouse Houston Oilers.  And they had to do it without their starting quarterback Jim Kelly, their starting tailback Thurman Thomas, and one of their best linebackers, Cornelius Bennett.  At least they were getting to play in their home stadium though.

My old man and myself decided to watch the game that afternoon.  My Dad was just a casual football fan and rarely watched a game unless it was the Superbowl, and even then I think it was just because it was a national event, and not because he personally enjoyed it so much.  As for me, I was really getting into football at that point, and watched full games every week, and was excited for all the playoff match ups.  What we thought was going to be just an enjoyable playoff game, turned out to be one of the most exciting NFL games ever played, and featured the greatest comeback in NFL playoff history.

 

 

At halftime, with the score being 35 – 3 in favor of the Houston Oilers, my Dad decided he had seen enough, and changed the channel to some western movie most likely.  Even though the game was a blowout, I decided I wanted to keep watching it and headed off to my bedroom to see the rest of it.

As the Bills started their comeback and continued to rack up points, I tried to keep my Dad informed by yelling from the bedroom to the living room, “THE BILLS JUST GOT A TOUCHDOWN!  IT’S 35 – 10!”.  “THE BILLS GOT AN ONSIDE KICK!”.  “THE BILLS JUST GOT ANOTHER TOUCHDOWN!!!  IT’S 35- 17!!!”.  It wasn’t until they had come all the way back and took the lead that he became interested once again and changed the channel back to the game.  I rejoined him and we watched the closing moments of regulation where the Oilers tied the game with a field goal with just a few seconds left.

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Top 5: Fads I Was Into

Top 5 Fads

 

So this week I’m starting what I hope to continue as a regular feature, where each Tuesday I do a quick “Top 5” list, and instead of doing some kind of big write up, I do it in pictures instead.  I’d love to see others join in the fun as well and chime in on the same topic on your own site, social channel, Instagram, podcast, or wherever you share your opinions online.  I’ll be posting under the tag #Top5, so if you do the same we can all see everyone else’s list.  Next week, I’ll start putting the topic up on the site on Mondays so you have some time to work on it.

This week, the topic is “Fads I Was Into”.  I was certainly into my fair share of various fads through the years, and here are the 5 I was most into…..

 

01:  Rock and Wrestling

While I missed the start of the craze, I was all aboard by mid-1985.  I watched the wrestling shows, had the LJN figures, the thumb wrestlers, watched the cartoon, and talked endlessly about all the goings on in the WWF with my friends at school.

 

 

02:  Hacky Sack

In the late 90’s, you could find me in the courtyard at college, or the back room at work fooling around with a Hacky Sack….for a few months anyway.

 

 

03:  Comics Boom of the Early 90’s

While the speculator market may have started with X-Men #1, I jumped in head first with the Death of Superman story line, and stayed in through about 1995.

I’ve written in the past about this period in my life, and you can check it out here:  The Beginning of My Comic Book Fandom in the 90’s

 

 

POGs

04:  POG’s

Man did I ever love playing POG’s.  We used to play for keeps, with whatever you pulled from the board, you kept.  Normally it was just the cheap off-brand milk caps, but once a week we’d all play with out best and most expensive ones.  That was a fun hobby that I wouldn’t mind doing all over again.

 

Zubaz

05:  Zubaz

Yeah, I wore them.  A lot.  I don’t know what to say.  Forgive me.

If you don’t want to jump in fully on social media, then chime in in the comments section below.  I want to see what fads you were really into too!

 

Others Playing Along This Week.  Check Out Their Lists Too!

Dave at Banzai Retro Club – I can’t believe he was into rolled up jeans…

 

Retro Christmas Ad for the Super Nintendo

SNES

Getting my Super Nintendo for Christmas back in 1991 is still near the very top of my list of favorite Christmas gifts all time.  My parents also got me the game Final Fight to go with it, so I spent the day wearing it out along with Super Mario World.

The Beginning of My Comic Book Fandom in the 90’s

Comic Books

Ever since I was young, I’ve enjoyed comic books.  Although I’ve never been a hardcore comics buyer or reader, I have dabbled in them from time to time, and my collection has expanded and retracted a lot through the years.

In the beginning, my older brother had a large collection of comic books that were kept under a table on our carport in the house I grew up in.  During the summer months, I would pull out random issues and read through them.  In his large pile of comics, there was Justice League America, Unknown Soldier, Sgt. Rock, Fantastic Four, Batman, Incredible Hulk, Mad Magazine, and Cracked.

Rainy days were whiled away kicked back on a sofa we had on the carport, watching and listening to it rain and reading issue after issue.  Since they were kept on the carport, they ended up drawing moisture and thus any monetary value they had vanished.  But that didn’t matter to me.  What mattered was the content inside.

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1989 Commercial for Matchbox Connectables Cars

Matchbox Connectables ruled my car and truck play time in the late 80’s and early 90’s!  Matter of fact, you can read all about that and the other Matchbox toys that I loved in my article at The Retroist, Five Fun Matchbox Toys From Back in the Day.