After 2 rather poor years, The Royal Rumble in 2016 was considered one of the best of the 2010s. In the match itself, Triple H returned to the ring to become WWE Champion, after Mr. McMahon had stated that Reigns must defend the title in the Royal Rumble, and start from the number 1 position.

A chaotic wonder of a match, the stage was set for surprises when AJ Styles, a world champion from all over the world, entered the match at the third spot. Another major surprise was Sami Zayn – who was an NXT regular – made his main roster debut eliminating his friend/foe Kevin Owens.

Chris Jericho had another strong match, being the true iron man of the contest, and it also marked the return to the Royal Rumble match of 2002 winner Brock Lesnar. However he was eliminated by another name with a very strong showing: Braun Strowman.

Promotional poster for Royal Rumble 2016

24th January, 2016

Orlando, Florida

Amway Center



Notable Records

Record Individual
Winner Triple H
Iron Men Roman Reigns (59:48)
Least time in Match Jack Swagger (00:15)
Most Eliminations Braun Strowman (5)Roman Reigns (5)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 7 (Triple H, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Sheamus, Chris Jericho, Bray Wyatt, Dolph Ziggler)
Number of debutants 7 (AJ Styles, Tyler Breeze, Curtis Axel, Neville, Braun Strowman, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn)
Last Rumble Appearances 6 (Ryback, Stardust, Neville, Jack Swagger, Alberto Del Rio, Triple H)
Average Time in match12:03
Number of individuals with at least one elimination50%

Did You Know?

  • This match is the third time last year’s winner has entered first, with Steve Austin in 1999 and The Undertaker in 2008 all preceding it.
  • Furthermore, it is also the second time the last two in the previous year’s rumble entered 1 and 2, with 2008 Royal Rumble being started by The Undertaker & Shawn Michaels.
  • This is the first time the WWE Title has been on the line in the Royal Rumble match since the 1992 Royal Rumble, although the first time the champion has had to defend it in the match itself (in that match, the winner was awarded the title).
  • This was the only Royal Rumble to have this logo, with it changing for the 2017 Royal Rumble. Oddly it used a similar classical livery for the 2006 Royal Rumble.

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Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 Roman Reigns 59:48 3 5 Triple H
2 Rusev 01:30 30 0 Roman Reigns
3 AJ Styles 27:48 20 2 Kevin Owens
4 Tyler Breeze 00:57 29 0 AJ Styles, Roman Reigns
5 Curtis Axel 01:08 28 0 AJ Styles
6 Chris Jericho 50:47 5 1 Dean Ambrose
7 Kane 18:43 22 1 Braun Strowman
8 Goldust 05:57 27 0 Titus O'Neil
9 Ryback 12:19 23 0 Big Show
10 Kofi Kingston 08:26 25 0 Chris Jericho

Kofi Kingston was eliminated off camera, so time taken from Wikipedia.

11 Titus O'Neil 08:55 24 1 Big Show
12 R-Truth 00:38 26 0 Kane
13 Luke Harper 23:43 12 4 Brock Lesnar

Harper attacked Ryback before entering the ring, so time taken from then.

14 Stardust 13:57 17 0 Luke Harper

Stardust’s entrance took place off camera, so the time is taken from a best guess.

15 Big Show 04:24 21 2 Braun Strowman

Stardust attacked The Big Show before he entered the ring, so the time is taken from then.

16 Neville 10:03 18 0 Luke Harper
17 Braun Strowman 17:44 11 5 Brock Lesnar
18 Kevin Owens 04:25 19 1 Sami Zayn
19 Dean Ambrose 29:35 2 1 Triple H
20 Sami Zayn 04:32 15 1 Braun Strowman
21 Erick Rowan 04:14 14 2 Brock Lesnar
22 Mark Henry 00:28 16 0 Braun Strowman, Erick Rowan, Luke Harper
23 Brock Lesnar 08:52 10 4 Braun Strowman, Erick Rowan, Luke Harper

After all three members of the Wyatt family were eliminated by Lesnar, they returned, directed by Bray Wyatt, and eliminated Lesnar.

24 Jack Swagger 00:15 13 0 Brock Lesnar
25 The Miz 01:38 9 0 Roman Reigns

The Miz entered after Brock Lesnar was eliminated, doing commentary from the desk until Dolph Ziggler entered the match.

26 Alberto Del Rio 06:47 8 0 Roman Reigns
27 Bray Wyatt 10:43 6 0 Sheamus, Triple H
28 Dolph Ziggler 07:00 7 0 Triple H
29 Sheamus 08:24 4 1 Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns attacked Sheamus before he entered the match, so the time is taken from then.

30 Triple H 07:50 1 4 Winner


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