The 2010 Royal Rumble – which hailed from Atlanta, Georgia – had a fun few overarching stories going through it. The first starting moment was CM Punk’s beginning early domination that lead to him cutting sermons for the Straight Edge Society in the early part of the match, only to be eliminated by Triple H.

The second part was the DX Story which took place from the beginning to towards the end: Shawn Michaels was driven to headline Wrestlemania against The Undertaker again, after coming close to breaking the streak the previous year. With Taker as the champion, he knew that winning the Royal Rumble would see him main event against The Deadman. A man possessed, he eliminated Triple H along the way to finishing ultimately just short.

The winner? A returning Edge, who had not been seen for nearly a year, eliminated his former tag team partner Chris Jericho – who won the World Heavyweight championship – to set up a match at Wrestlemania. A match the Ultimate Opportunist ultimately lost.

Promotional poster for Royal Rumble 2010

31st January, 2010

Atlanta, Georgia

Philips Arena


  • I Am The One


Notable Records

Record Individual
Winner Edge
Iron Men John Cena (22:12)
Least time in Match MVP (00:06)
Most Eliminations Shawn Michaels (6)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 4 (Edge, John Cena, Batista, Shawn Michaels)
Number of debutants 6 (Evan Bourne, Beth Phoenix, Zack Ryder, Drew McIntyre, Yoshi Tatsu, Jack Swagger)
Last Rumble Appearances 2 (Evan Bourne, Shawn Michaels)
Average Time in match05:46
Number of individuals with at least one elimination40%

Did You Know?

  • Beth Phoenix was the first woman to be a former women’s champion to enter the Royal Rumble (Chyna only became women’s champion after entering the Royal Rumble).
  • Only 4 entrants were eligible to win the match after the last entrant entered the match.
  • This was the last Royal Rumble to feature ECW as a separate brand.
  • As of 2024, this is the shortest Royal Rumble with 90 seconds between entrants, and 30 entrants in total. Both Royal Rumbles that are shorter either had 20 entrants (1988) or 60 seconds between entrants (1995)

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Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Brand Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 Dolph Ziggler Smackdown! 02:29 29 0 CM Punk
2 Evan Bourne Raw 02:27 30 0 CM Punk
3 CM Punk Smackdown! 10:04 24 5 Triple H
4 JTG Smackdown! 00:25 28 0 CM Punk
5 The Great Khali Smackdown! 01:39 27 0 Beth Phoenix
6 Beth Phoenix Smackdown! 01:38 26 1 CM Punk
7 Zack Ryder ECW 00:32 25 0 CM Punk
8 Triple H Raw 17:52 14 3 Shawn Michaels
9 Drew McIntyre Smackdown! 14:43 15 0 Shawn Michaels, Triple H
10 Ted DiBiase Jr. Raw 12:39 17 0 Shawn Michaels
11 John Morrison Smackdown! 11:36 16 0 Shawn Michaels
12 Kane Smackdown! 08:02 20 1 Triple H
13 Cody Rhodes Raw 07:58 18 0 Shawn Michaels

Time of Cody Rhodes’ entrance is taken from when he attacked Kane from outside the ring.

14 MVP Raw 00:06 22 1 Self

The Miz attacked MVP before entering the ring, MVP returned to eliminate himself & The Miz after Miz’s entrance.

15 Carlito Raw 04:34 19 0 Shawn Michaels
16 The Miz Raw 00:16 23 0 MVP
17 Matt Hardy Smackdown! 00:20 21 0 Kane
18 Shawn Michaels Raw 20:46 4 6 Batista
19 John Cena Raw 22:12 2 4 Edge
20 Shelton Benjamin ECW 00:48 13 0 John Cena
21 Yoshi Tatsu ECW 00:29 12 0 John Cena
22 Big Show Raw 04:05 9 1 R-Truth
23 Mark Henry Raw 02:24 10 0 R-Truth
24 Chris Masters Raw 00:29 11 0 Big Show
25 R-Truth Smackdown! 04:10 7 2 Kofi Kingston
26 Jack Swagger Raw 02:06 8 0 Kofi Kingston
27 Kofi Kingston Raw 02:52 6 2 John Cena
28 Chris Jericho Smackdown! 02:24 5 0 Edge
29 Edge Smackdown! 07:20 1 2 Winner
30 Batista Smackdown! 05:25 3 1 John Cena


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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