Introduction

Coming from Phoenix for the first time ever, the 2013 Royal Rumble was in all honesty a bit of a foregone conclusion. Setting up an eventual “passing of the torch” from The Rock to John Cena, Cena dominated the match, last eliminating hot rookie Ryback to become the number 1 contender to the championship, which was won by The Rock in the main event against CM Punk.

Other standout performers were Ryback, who was with Sheamus for the most eliminations in the match, and Dolph Ziggler who was the iron man. Cody Rhodes and a returning Chris Jericho also gave strong performances in the match.

Promotional poster for Royal Rumble 2013

27th January, 2013

Phoenix, Arizona

US Airways Center

15,103

  • Finally...

55:06

Notable Records

Record Individual
Winner John Cena
Iron Men Dolph Ziggler (49:47)
Least time in Match The Godfather (00:05)
Most Eliminations Ryback (5)Sheamus (5)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 9 (John Cena, Ryback, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, The Miz, Sin Cara, Damien Sandow)
Number of debutants 9 (Titus O'Neil, Tensai, Brodus Clay, Darren Young, Bo Dallas, Damien Sandow, Cesaro, Sin Cara, Ryback)
Last Rumble Appearances 6 (Santino Marella, David Otunga, Tensai, Brodus Clay, Darren Young, The Godfather)
Average Time in match12:31
Number of individuals with at least one elimination53.33%

Did You Know?

  • This is the first Royal Rumble since the 2006 Royal Rumble where the Royal Rumble match has not gone on last.
  • Bo Dallas became the first NXT Competitor to enter the Royal Rumble match.

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Results

Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 Dolph Ziggler 49:47 4 2 Sheamus
2 Chris Jericho 47:53 6 2 Dolph Ziggler
3 Cody Rhodes 27:28 19 4 John Cena
4 Kofi Kingston 21:06 22 2 Cody Rhodes
5 Santino Marella 00:40 30 0 Cody Rhodes
6 Drew McIntyre 02:29 29 0 Chris Jericho
7 Titus O'Neil 07:19 28 1 Sheamus

Sheamus launched David Otunga into Titus O’Neil, eliminating him.

8 Goldust 09:13 26 0 Cody Rhodes
9 David Otunga 04:04 27 0 Sheamus
10 Heath Slater 15:35 20 1 John Cena
11 Sheamus 37:14 3 5 Ryback
12 Tensai 05:26 24 0 Kofi Kingston, Titus O'Neil
13 Brodus Clay 03:17 25 0 Chris Jericho, Cody Rhodes, Darren Young, Heath Slater, Sheamus
14 Rey Mysterio 10:34 18 0 Wade Barrett
15 Darren Young 02:41 23 1 Kofi Kingston
16 Bo Dallas 21:33 10 1 Wade Barrett
  • Bo Dallas won a tournament and was the first NXT competitor to enter the Royal Rumble.
  • Time taken from when he attacked Cody Rhodes, before entering the ring.
  • Wade Barrett after being eliminated returned to the match to eliminate Bo Dallas.
17 The Godfather 00:05 21 0 Dolph Ziggler
18 Wade Barrett 17:09 11 2 Bo Dallas
19 John Cena 26:10 1 4 Winner
20 Damien Sandow 16:14 9 0 Ryback
21 Daniel Bryan 06:40 15 2 Antonio Cesaro, Kane

Kane caught Bryan after Cesaro knocked him from the ring. After being eliminated by Bryan he just dropped him on the floor.

22 Antonio Cesaro 07:34 13 1 John Cena
23 The Great Khali 02:42 17 0 Daniel Bryan, Kane
24 Kane 01:30 16 2 Daniel Bryan
25 Zack Ryder 02:26 14 0 Randy Orton
26 Randy Orton 10:10 5 1 Ryback
27 Jinder Mahal 01:58 12 0 Sheamus
28 The Miz 04:42 7 0 Ryback
29 Sin Cara 03:10 8 0 Ryback

Time is taken from when Sin Cara attacked Dolph Ziggler outside the ring.

30 Ryback 08:50 2 5 John Cena

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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