Introduction

The 2012 Royal Rumble saw a return to the much more popular 30 man format, as opposed to the 40 man format in 2011. Strong showings were from The Iron Man of the match The Miz, Cody Rhodes with the most eliminations and the relatively surprising winner Sheamus, who last eliminated Chris Jericho to claim his first victory.

Notable moments in the match include the fact that all 3 commentators: Booker T, Jerry Lawler & Michael Cole, took part in the match. Cole, surprisingly, doing the best. However he was eliminated by Kharma – the former Awesome Kong – who made her only WWE match appearance to date.

Amongst the individuals who made their debut in this match were Jinder Mahal: who would later go on to become WWE Champion, and Jey Uso: who would headline Wrestlemania 39. Sheamus didn’t get such glory, beating Daniel Bryan in the opener. A match that gave birth to the “Yes” movement.

Promotional poster for Royal Rumble 2012

29th January, 2012

St. Louis, Missouri

Scottrade Center

18,121

54:55

Notable Records

Record Individual
Winner Sheamus
Iron Men The Miz (45:39)
Least time in Match Epico (00:12)
Most Eliminations Cody Rhodes (6)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 8 (Sheamus, Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger)
Number of debutants 8 (Primo, Ricardo Rodriguez, Epico, Jinder Mahal, Hunico, Michael Cole, Kharma, Jey Uso)
Last Rumble Appearances 12 (Alex Riley, Justin Gabriel, Mick Foley, Ricardo Rodriguez, Epico, Jerry Lawler, Ezekiel Jackson, Hunico, Jim Duggan, Michael Cole, Kharma, Jesse James)
Average Time in match08:21
Number of individuals with at least one elimination50%

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Results

Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 The Miz 45:39 6 2 Big Show
2 Alex Riley 01:15 30 0 The Miz
3 R-Truth 04:57 29 0 The Miz
4 Cody Rhodes 41:55 7 6 Big Show
5 Justin Gabriel 06:18 27 0 Mick Foley, Ricardo Rodriguez

Cody Rhodes attacked Justin Gabriel before entering the ring, so time is taken from then.

6 Primo 01:57 28 0 Mick Foley
7 Mick Foley 06:34 23 3 Cody Rhodes
8 Ricardo Rodriguez 02:19 26 1 Santino Marella
9 Santino Marella 02:30 24 1 Cody Rhodes
10 Epico 00:12 25 0 Mick Foley
11 Kofi Kingston 17:55 13 0 Sheamus
12 Jerry Lawler 00:43 22 1 Cody Rhodes
13 Ezekiel Jackson 03:46 20 0 The Great Khali
14 Jinder Mahal 01:18 21 0 The Great Khali
15 The Great Khali 07:31 17 3 Cody Rhodes
16 Hunico 09:00 15 0 Kharma
17 Booker T 04:40 18 1 Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, The Great Khali
18 Dolph Ziggler 19:46 5 2 Big Show
19 Jim Duggan 00:57 19 0 Cody Rhodes
20 Michael Cole 01:24 16 0 Booker T, Jerry Lawler

Booker T and Jerry Lawler were both eliminated and returned to eliminate Michael Cole.

21 Kharma 01:01 14 1 Dolph Ziggler
22 Sheamus 22:21 1 3 Winner
23 Road Dogg 04:56 12 0 Wade Barrett
24 Jey Uso 07:03 11 0 Randy Orton
25 Jack Swagger 07:59 8 0 Big Show, Sheamus
26 Wade Barrett 03:55 10 1 Randy Orton
27 David Otunga 03:16 9 0 Chris Jericho
28 Randy Orton 05:46 3 3 Chris Jericho
29 Chris Jericho 11:34 2 2 Sheamus
30 Big Show 02:07 4 4 Randy Orton

Big Show’s time is taken from when he first laid hands on Jack Swagger outside the ring.

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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