The 2006 Royal Rumble, returning to Miami, had a very gladiatorial theme associated with it, with the set design with such a theme. In the match itself – Rey Mysterio – who had the sympathetic push due to the death of Eddie Guerrero the year before – last eliminated Randy Orton to become #1 contender to Angle’s World Championship, a match he won at Wrestlemania.

Promotional poster for Royal Rumble 2006

29th January, 2006

Miami, Florida

American Airlines Arena



Notable Records

Record Individual
Winner Rey Mysterio
Iron Men Rey Mysterio (1:02:02)
Least time in Match Booker T (00:17)
Most Eliminations Rey Mysterio (6)Triple H (6)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 14 (Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, Triple H, Rob Van Dam, Carlito, Shawn Michaels, Shelton Benjamin, Johnny Nitro, Joey Mercury, Orlando Jordan, Goldust, Chris Masters, Viscera, Chris Benoit)
Number of debutants 10 (Psicosis, Bobby Lashley, Sylvan, Carlito, Joey Mercury, Johnny Nitro, Trevor Murdoch, Eugene, Super Crazy, Chris Masters)
Last Rumble Appearances 10 (Simon Dean, Psicosis, Jonathan Coachman, Sylvan, Joey Mercury, Tatanka, Trevor Murdoch, Eugene, Animal, Orlando Jordan)
Average Time in match13:59
Number of individuals with at least one elimination46.67%

Did You Know?

  • This is the first Royal Rumble post brand split that had “surprise” entrants, not affiliated with either Raw nor Smackdown. Although both competitors (Tatanka & Goldust) were signed by the WWE.
  • Rey Mysterio set a record for the longest time in a Royal Rumble. That would remain in place until Gunther beat it in 2023.
  • This is the first time two competitors had survived over 1 hour. Triple H also lasted 1 hour.
  • This was the first year for 8 years where the Royal Rumble match didn’t go on last. Kurt Angle main evented against Mark Henry. The first time two former Olympians had headlined a WWE Pay Per View.


Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Brand Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 Triple H Raw 1:00:00 3 6 Rey Mysterio

This match had no bell, so time taken from when Rey Mysterio and Triple H lock up.

2 Rey Mysterio Smackdown! 1:02:02 1 6 Winner

This match had no bell, so time taken from when Rey Mysterio and Triple H lock up.

3 Simon Dean Smackdown! 00:46 30 0 Rey Mysterio, Triple H
4 Psicosis Smackdown! 01:15 29 0 Rey Mysterio
5 Ric Flair Raw 01:18 28 0 Triple H
6 Big Show Raw 09:04 23 2 Triple H
7 Jonathan Coachman Raw 00:31 27 0 Big Show
8 Bobby Lashley Smackdown! 04:17 25 1 Big Show, Kane
9 Kane Raw 03:33 24 1 Triple H
10 Sylvan Smackdown! 00:18 26 0 Bobby Lashley
11 Carlito Raw 38:31 5 2 Rob Van Dam
12 Chris Benoit Smackdown! 30:33 14 2 Randy Orton
13 Booker T Smackdown! 00:17 22 0 Chris Benoit
14 Joey Mercury Smackdown! 29:16 9 1 Johnny Nitro, Shawn Michaels

Shawn Michaels threw Johnny Nitro into Joey Mercury.

15 Tatanka Unaffiliated 14:10 19 0 Joey Mercury, Johnny Nitro
16 Johnny Nitro Smackdown! 25:45 8 2 Shawn Michaels
17 Trevor Murdoch Raw 13:42 18 0 Shawn Michaels
18 Eugene Raw 16:25 16 0 Chris Benoit
19 Road Warrior Animal Smackdown! 02:48 21 0 Rob Van Dam
20 Rob Van Dam Raw 23:52 4 4 Rey Mysterio, Triple H

Triple H launched Rey Mysterio into Rob Van Dam to eliminate him.

21 Orlando Jordan Smackdown! 16:10 10 0 Randy Orton
22 Chavo Guerrero Raw 01:00 20 0 Triple H
23 Matt Hardy Smackdown! 07:42 17 0 Viscera
24 Super Crazy Smackdown! 07:43 15 0 Rey Mysterio, Rob Van Dam

Super Crazy’s elimination occurred during Goldust’s entrance, but records state that it was Rob Van Dam & Rey Mysterio who eliminated him.

25 Shawn Michaels Raw 12:55 6 4 Shane McMahon

Shane McMahon wasn’t in the rumble, but eliminated Shawn when Mr. McMahon came to ringside and distracted him.

26 Chris Masters Raw 07:01 12 1 Carlito
27 Viscera Raw 05:20 13 1 Carlito, Chris Masters
28 Shelton Benjamin Raw 06:52 7 0 Shawn Michaels
29 Goldust Unaffiliated 03:10 11 0 Rob Van Dam
30 Randy Orton Smackdown! 13:05 2 2 Rey Mysterio


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