A disappointing, cluster-muck of a Royal Rumble, the events first foray into Pittsburgh eventually descended into disarray, which mad rebooking lead to some success booked a stellar Wrestlemania 30.

But onto the match: Batista would return late in the match and eliminate last Roman Reigns to book his place in the main event. Reigns would beat Kane’s record of most eliminations in a match with 12, and CM Punk – who reportedly quit the promotion the next day – would be the iron man, lasting nearly 30 minutes.

However, the match was famous for who wasn’t in it. Daniel Bryan – who had been riding a wave of popularity since the previous summer – was notably absent from the match. When the last entrant was Rey Mysterio, the crowd turned, slamming the booking decision to give the match to Batista. Retrospectively, it’s considered a mistake, and Bryan eventually would be added to the main event of Wrestlemania 30, and win the world title.

Promotional poster for Royal Rumble 2014

26th January, 2014

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Consol Energy Center



Notable Records

Record Individual
Winner Batista
Iron Men CM Punk (49:13)
Least time in Match JBL (00:18)
Most Eliminations Roman Reigns (12)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 10 (Batista, Roman Reigns, Sheamus, CM Punk, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Antonio Cesaro, Luke Harper, Rey Mysterio, Big E Langston)
Number of debutants 11 (Seth Rollins, Rusev, Jimmy Uso, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Nash, Roman Reigns, Fandango, El Torito, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Big E)
Last Rumble Appearances 4 (Kevin Nash, El Torito, Bradshaw, Batista)
Average Time in match11:59
Number of individuals with at least one elimination43.33%

Did You Know?

  • Although Bradshaw had been in Royal Rumble matches before, this was the first appearance of JBL in the Royal Rumble.


Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 CM Punk 49:13 4 3 Kane

Although eliminated, Kane returned to the match to eliminate CM Punk.

2 Seth Rollins 48:31 5 4 Roman Reigns
3 Damien Sandow 02:08 30 0 CM Punk
4 Cody Rhodes 20:52 20 1 Goldust

Inadvertent elimination, Goldust was aiming for Dean Ambrose but eliminated Rhodes instead.

5 Kane 00:56 29 1 CM Punk
6 Alexander Rusev 06:42 28 0 CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Kofi Kingston, Seth Rollins
7 Jack Swagger 12:07 25 0 Kevin Nash
8 Kofi Kingston 12:32 24 1 Roman Reigns
9 Jimmy Uso 07:46 26 0 Dean Ambrose
10 Goldust 11:51 19 1 Roman Reigns
11 Dean Ambrose 33:46 6 4 Roman Reigns
12 Dolph Ziggler 05:58 23 0 Roman Reigns
13 R-Truth 00:28 27 0 Dean Ambrose
14 Kevin Nash 02:30 22 1 Roman Reigns
15 Roman Reigns 33:44 2 12 Batista

Reigns began the match by attacking CM Punk before entering the ring, so time is taken from then.

16 The Great Khali 00:28 21 0 Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins

Time taken from when he is first attacked by Dean Ambrose, before entering the ring.

17 Sheamus 28:12 3 1 Roman Reigns
18 The Miz 12:01 15 0 Luke Harper
19 Fandango 02:49 18 0 El Torito

Fandango attacked The Miz before entering the ring, so time is taken from then.

20 El Torito 01:25 17 1 Roman Reigns
21 Antonio Cesaro 16:59 7 0 Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins
22 Luke Harper 15:01 8 2 Roman Reigns
23 Jey Uso 04:22 14 0 Luke Harper
24 JBL 00:18 16 0 Roman Reigns
25 Erick Rowan 04:47 13 0 Batista
26 Ryback 03:50 12 0 Batista
27 Alberto Del Rio 02:47 11 0 Batista
28 Batista 12:53 1 4 Winner
29 Big E Langston 02:41 10 0 Sheamus
30 Rey Mysterio 02:01 9 0 Seth Rollins


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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