The Royal Rumble returned for the third time to San Antonio for the 2017 Royal Rumble match. In it, Randy Orton became the 7th man to win the Royal Rumble twice, last eliminating Roman Reigns.

A star studded match – it featured all 6 of the men who would make up the Wrestlemania’s 3 main events – the stand out performers were Chris Jericho who was again Iron Man (though this time he lasted over an hour for the first time), and also Braun Strowman, an outside pick by many, who eliminated 7 men in the match.

Orton would then go on to beat Bray Wyatt for the WWE Championship, but this was post brand split, and other matches saw Roman Reigns beat The Undertaker in the main event of Wrestlemania, and Brock Lesnar defeat the Universal Champion Goldberg.

Promotional poster for Royal Rumble 2017

29th January, 2017

San Antonio, Texas



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Notable Records

Record Individual
Winner Randy Orton
Iron Men Chris Jericho (1:00:13)
Least time in Match James Ellsworth (00:14)
Most Eliminations Braun Strowman (7)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 7 (Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Chris Jericho, The Undertaker, Sami Zayn, The Miz)
Number of debutants 10 (Big Cass, Kalisto, Mojo Rawley, Jack Gallagher, Tye Dillinger, James Ellsworth, Baron Corbin, Xavier Woods, Apollo Crews, Enzo Amore)
Last Rumble Appearances 8 (Kalisto, Jack Gallagher, Big Show, James Ellsworth, Luke Harper, Enzo Amore, Goldberg, The Undertaker)
Average Time in match13:34
Number of individuals with at least one elimination40%

Did You Know?

  • This was the third royal rumble, along with the 1997 and 2007 one, to take place in San Antonio. Of those 3 years, The Undertaker competed in all 3. Frustratingly, he also nearly had the same number in all 3. Sadly he got 29 in this one!
  • This was the first Royal Rumble post 2nd brand split. As of 2023 it’s still going.
  • This became the first time that two different men became 2 time winners in back to back years. The next time it would occurr would be in 2021 and 2022, when Edge and Brock Lesnar would win the match.
  • This Royal Rumble saw a change of logo, a logo that remains in use until this day.

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Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Brand Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 Big Cass Raw 09:57 28 0 Braun Strowman
2 Chris Jericho Raw 1:00:13 4 2 Roman Reigns
3 Kalisto Smackdown! 08:17 27 0 Braun Strowman
4 Mojo Rawley Smackdown! 06:15 29 0 Braun Strowman
5 Jack Gallagher Raw 03:20 30 0 Mark Henry
6 Mark Henry Raw 03:16 26 1 Braun Strowman
7 Braun Strowman Raw 13:11 22 7 Baron Corbin
8 Sami Zayn Raw 46:54 6 0 The Undertaker
9 Big Show Raw 01:43 25 0 Braun Strowman
10 Tye Dillinger NXT 05:28 23 0 Braun Strowman
11 James Ellsworth Smackdown! 00:14 24 0 Braun Strowman

Ellsworth entered after Ambrose tricked him to enter, so time is taken from then.

12 Dean Ambrose Smackdown! 27:02 15 0 Brock Lesnar

Ambrose attacked Strowman before entering the ring, so time is taken from then.

13 Baron Corbin Smackdown! 32:46 10 1 The Undertaker
14 Kofi Kingston Raw 16:12 21 0 Cesaro, Sheamus
15 The Miz Smackdown! 32:41 7 0 The Undertaker
16 Sheamus Raw 12:15 17 4 Chris Jericho
17 Big E Raw 09:49 19 0 Cesaro, Sheamus
18 Rusev Raw 22:38 11 0 Goldberg
19 Cesaro Raw 06:46 18 3 Chris Jericho, Sheamus
20 Xavier Woods Raw 04:47 20 0 Cesaro, Sheamus
21 Bray Wyatt Smackdown! 24:09 3 0 Roman Reigns
22 Apollo Crews Smackdown! 05:46 16 0 Luke Harper
23 Randy Orton Smackdown! 20:54 1 1 Winner
24 Dolph Ziggler Smackdown! 04:21 14 0 Brock Lesnar
25 Luke Harper Smackdown! 09:56 9 1 Goldberg
26 Brock Lesnar Raw 04:30 12 3 Goldberg
27 Enzo Amore Raw 00:19 13 0 Brock Lesnar
28 Goldberg Raw 03:22 8 3 The Undertaker
29 The Undertaker Unaffiliated 05:02 5 4 Roman Reigns

The Undertaker appeared in the ring, so time is taken from when the lights come on from his entrance.

30 Roman Reigns Raw 05:04 2 3 Randy Orton

Roman Reigns’ entrance occurred off camera, so it’s best guess.


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Entrant Waterfall

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Eliminations by Number

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