Introduction

The first of the Saudi/WWE partnerships, the “Greatest Royal Rumble” took place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia a few weeks after Wrestlemania. Ultimately a pretty controversial event, the winner – Braun Strowman last eliminated Big Cass to win the event.

With 50 competitors, individuals struggled to stand out, with a number of competitors lasting very short lengths. One who did was Daniel Bryan, who returned to in ring action at the 2018 Wrestlemania by setting a record for the longest time in any Royal Rumble. Strowman also set a record for most eliminations in a match, but was joined by Brock Lesnar soon after with 13.

Being a showcase event, Braun Strowman got a belt, a trophy, and nothing else.

Promotional poster for Greatest Royal Rumble

27th April, 2018

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

King Abdullah International Stadium

60,000

1:17:20

Notable Records

Record Individual
Winner Braun Strowman
Iron Men Daniel Bryan (1:16:07)
Least time in Match Mike Kanellis (00:03)
Most Eliminations Braun Strowman (13)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 8 (Braun Strowman, Big Cass, Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Bobby Lashley, Shane McMahon, Shelton Benjamin)
Number of debutants 18 (Mike Kanellis, Hiroki Sumi, Viktor, Tony Nese, Dash Wilder, Scott Dawson, Konnor, Luke Gallows, Drew Gulak, Tucker Knight, Bobby Roode, Chad Gable, Karl Anderson, Roderick Strong, Babatunde, Dan Matha, Curt Hawkins, Shane McMahon)
Last Rumble Appearances 28 (Sin Cara, Curtis Axel, Mark Henry, Mike Kanellis, Hiroki Sumi, Viktor, Tony Nese, Dash Wilder, Hornswoggle, Primo, Bo Dallas, Scott Dawson, Goldust, Konnor, Rhyno, Drew Gulak, Tucker Knight, Fandango, Mojo Rawley, Tyler Breeze, Roderick Strong, Heath Slater, Babatunde, Dan Matha, Tye Dillinger, The Great Khali, Big Cass, Chris Jericho)
Average Time in match09:02
Number of individuals with at least one elimination46%

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Results

Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Brand Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 Daniel Bryan Smackdown! 1:16:07 3 3 Big Cass
2 Dolph Ziggler Raw 21:44 39 2 Kurt Angle
3 Sin Cara Smackdown! 01:17 50 0 Dolph Ziggler
4 Curtis Axel Raw 01:59 49 0 Mark Henry
5 Mark Henry Hall of Fame 03:29 46 3 Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler
6 Mike Kanellis Raw 00:03 48 0 Mark Henry
7 Hiroki Sumi Unaffiliated 00:47 47 0 Mark Henry
8 Viktor Raw 00:51 45 0 Daniel Bryan
9 Kofi Kingston Smackdown! 16:34 37 2 Elias
10 Tony Nese 205 Live 07:13 42 1 Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods
11 Dash Wilder Raw 01:27 44 0 Daniel Bryan, Hornswoggle
12 Hornswoggle Unaffiliated 01:09 43 1 Tony Nese

Hornswaggle eliminated Dash Wilder before entering the ring, so his time is taken from then.

13 Primo Smackdown! 05:11 40 0 Kurt Angle
14 Xavier Woods Smackdown! 09:57 36 2 Elias
15 Bo Dallas Raw 01:34 41 0 Kurt Angle
16 Kurt Angle Raw 08:00 35 3 Elias

Kurt Angle’s entrance occurred off camera, so it’s a best guess.

17 Scott Dawson Raw 11:45 32 1 Bobby Roode, Scott Dawson
18 Goldust Raw 10:04 33 0 Bobby Roode
19 Konnor Raw 02:25 38 0 Elias, Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods
20 Elias Raw 34:24 10 5 Bobby Lashley
21 Luke Gallows Smackdown! 09:17 31 0 Rey Mysterio
22 Rhyno Raw 16:23 26 0 Roderick Strong
23 Drew Gulak 205 Live 01:48 34 0 Tucker Knight
24 Tucker Knight NXT 10:09 28 1 Big E
25 Bobby Roode Raw 17:47 22 2 Baron Corbin

Bobby Roode attacked Elias before entering the ring, so his time is taken from then.

26 Fandango Raw 03:42 30 0 Mojo Rawley
27 Chad Gable Raw 08:17 27 0 Apollo Crews
28 Rey Mysterio Unaffiliated 20:24 14 1 Baron Corbin
29 Mojo Rawley Raw 08:52 24 2 Randy Orton
30 Tyler Breeze Raw 00:16 29 0 Mojo Rawley
31 Big E Smackdown! 14:00 18 1 Braun Strowman
32 Karl Anderson Smackdown! 04:25 25 0 Randy Orton
33 Apollo Crews Raw 03:26 23 1 Randy Orton
34 Roderick Strong NXT 06:00 21 1 Baron Corbin
35 Randy Orton Smackdown! 10:58 12 4 Elias

Orton’s entrance occurred off camera, so time is a best guess.

36 Heath Slater Raw 07:39 17 0 Braun Strowman
37 Babatunde NXT 05:54 20 0 Braun Strowman
38 Baron Corbin Raw 07:28 13 3 Randy Orton

Corbin attacked Elias before entering the ring so time is taken since then.

39 Titus O'Neil Raw 04:43 16 0 Braun Strowman
40 Dan Matha NXT 02:02 19 0 Braun Strowman
41 Braun Strowman Raw 22:15 1 13 Winner
42 Tye Dillinger Smackdown! 00:30 15 0 Braun Strowman
43 Curt Hawkins Raw 00:38 11 0 Braun Strowman

Hawkins was attacked by Strowman before entering the match, so his time is taken from then.

44 Bobby Lashley Raw 14:39 6 2 Braun Strowman
45 The Great Khali Unaffiliated 00:34 9 0 Bobby Lashley, Braun Strowman
46 Kevin Owens Raw 10:43 4 0 Braun Strowman
47 Shane McMahon Smackdown! 08:07 7 0 Braun Strowman
48 Shelton Benjamin Smackdown! 04:24 8 0 Chris Jericho
49 Big Cass Smackdown! 07:22 2 1 Braun Strowman
50 Chris Jericho Smackdown! 03:19 5 1 Braun Strowman

Graphs

Entrant Waterfall
Elimination Pie Chart
Time by Number
Eliminations by Number

Entrant Waterfall

Elimination Pie Chart

Time by Number

Eliminations by Number

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