Building the Perfect Royal Rumble

#16: Mankind(1998)

The three faces of Foley taught us all that different aliases can be quite helpful when it comes to entries in a Royal Rumble. In 1998, Mick Foley entered the bout three different times under three different monikers including Cactus Jack and Dude Love. Cactus Jack started the match and Dude Love entered toward the end. However, it was at #16 when Mankind entered that people really were hit with a surprise that they didn’t see coming.

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Even though Cactus Jack had been eliminated already, Mankind still had a shot to win the Royal Rumble. He didn’t win. But, he’d have one more try later on with Dude Love…He didn’t win either, but that is some kind of dedication to find such a loophole.

Honorable Mention: Bo Dallas(2013)

#17: Chyna(2000)

Only three women have competed in the Royal Rumble match. Beth Phoenix and Karma each participated once, but Chyna found herself in the bout twice in her career. In 2000, the Ninth Wonder of the World entered at #17 and eliminated Chris Jericho before getting tossed herself. In 2018, we are finally getting treated to the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match, but long before that was a reality, Chyna was breaking barriers in the historic event.

#18: Irwin R. Schyster(1992, 1993)

It isn’t always the strongest or the biggest man that succeeds in the Royal Rumble match. Sometimes it takes some luck and it takes some brains. IRS was the man that solidified this notion in back-to-back Royal Rumbles in 1992 and 1993 from the #18 entry.

In year 1, he lasted 27 minutes. In the following year, he survived for 16 minutes. What’s amazing about that feat is he went both years lasting over 15 minutes without eliminating a single competitor. He stayed away from the action as best as possible and kept himself alive even if it didn’t ultimately lead to a win.

Author: Kyle Boris

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