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With the 2019 Royal Rumble coming up, we look at the 10 best competitors in Royal Rumble history.

10 – Chris Jericho

Whilst not actually going all the way and winning a Rumble, Y2J has been a runner up, a 61-minute man and has also collectively lasted longer in Rumble matches than any other superstar, totalling over 5 hours.

9 – Kane

Another man, or monster, who has never actually won the Rumble but has made a huge impact. His performance in 2001, lasting over 40 minutes, coming runner up and eliminating a then-record 11 men was his best outing. You could always rely on Kane to clear the ring on arrival.

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8 – Batista

Maybe not the most popular of entrants on this list, given the ending of the 2014 match where everyone wanted Daniel Bryan. However, you can’t argue with Batista’s record of winning 2 Rumbles, in 2005 and 2014.

7 – Rey Mysterio

The Mexican legend became only the 2nd man to win the Rumble from the number 2 position in 2006, adding to Vince McMahon’s victory in 1999. While Vince, however, was out of the ring for most of that, Rey Mysterio set the record for longest time spent in a Rumble, lasting 62 minutes and eliminating Triple H and Randy Orton to get the win.

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6 – Triple H

The Cerebral Assassin has won 2 Rumble matches, a massive 14 years apart. His first came in 2002 after he had fought back from serious injury and his second came in 2016 when he was a surprise entrant and won the WWE Championship from Roman Reigns, who was forced to defend his title in the Rumble match.

5 – John Cena

Not only has Cena won the Rumble twice, in 2008 and 2013, but he has also come in the final 5 on his last 5 appearances and has never finished outside the top 10. You can always count on big match John to show up at this event and he remains one of the favourites in this year’s event too.

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4 – Ric Flair

Flair gets this spot on the back of one Rumble appearance, but what an appearance it was. In 1992, not long after joining from WCW, Flair entered at number 3 and managed to win the WWF Title, which was on the line after being vacated. This was also one of the greatest Rumbles ever, and possibly the most star-studded of all time.

3 – Roman Reigns

If Cena’s record of never finishing outside the top 10 is impressive, then Roman Reigns’ is astounding. In his 5 appearances, he has finished 2nd, 1st, 3rd, 2nd and 2nd. His lowest placed finish of 3rd came when he had to defend his WWE title as the number one entrant. Adding to this, he broke Kane’s record of most eliminations in a single Rumble when he took out 12 men in his first ever Rumble match.

2 – Shawn Michaels

The Heart Break Kid’s Rumble record is legendary. In 1995, he became the first man in history to win the Rumble as the number one entrant, last eliminating British Bulldog in a famous finish when only one of Michaels’ feet touched the floor. He repeated his success a year later, winning again. In 2007, he and Undertaker fought to an incredible finish but this time the Deadman won out. He has also eliminated more superstars in Rumble matches than anyone except Kane.

1 – Stone Cold Steve Austin

There are many records that wrestlers can claim in the Rumble, but there’s only one that really counts. Stone Cold has won more Rumble matches (in 1997, 1998 and 2001) than anyone in history. He also finished runner up in 1999, after being screwed by The Rock. The Texas Rattlesnake’s record of 3 victories has yet to be matched, making him the greatest competitor in Royal Rumble history.

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