Introduction

For the first time in history, the 2018 Royal Rumble event had two matches – one for the men, and one for the women. In the men’s version: Shinsuke Nakamura last eliminated Roman Reigns to become first ever Japanese born winner. Nakamura would go on to face AJ Styles at Wrestlemania 35, a match he would lose.

The match was a good match, with strong showings from Finn Balor in particular as well as the eventual winner, but it’s overshadowed a bit with the other match that took place that evening: the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match.

Promotional poster for Royal Rumble 2018 - Men

28th January, 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wells Fargo Center

17,629

1:05:29

Notable Records

Record Individual
Winner Shinsuke Nakamura
Iron Men Finn Balor (57:38)
Least time in Match Sheamus (00:06)
Most Eliminations Finn Balor (4)Roman Reigns (4)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 8 (Shinsuke Nakamura, Roman Reigns, John Cena, Finn Balor, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler, Goldust)
Number of debutants 6 (Finn Balor, Elias, Andrade, Shinsuke Nakamura, Aiden English, Adam Cole)
Last Rumble Appearances 6 (Rusev, Bray Wyatt, Matt Hardy, John Cena, Aiden English, Adam Cole)
Average Time in match12:50
Number of individuals with at least one elimination53.33%

Did You Know?

  • Three men: Cesaro, Sheamus & Seth Rollins – competed in the Royal Rumble before having another match. Many people have done double duty at the event, but they tend to have the standard match first.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura became the first Japanese winner of the Royal Rumble (Yokozuna was billed from Japan, but he came from California)
  • This marks the first time the current NXT Champion (Andrade) entered the Royal Rumble match.

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Results

Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Brand Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 Rusev Smackdown! 30:27 19 0 Bray Wyatt, Matt Hardy
2 Finn Balor Raw 57:38 4 4 John Cena
3 Rhyno Raw 02:13 30 0 Baron Corbin
4 Baron Corbin Smackdown! 01:00 29 1 Finn Balor
5 Heath Slater Raw 09:59 27 1 Bray Wyatt
  • Heath Slater was attacked by an already eliminated Baron Corbin on the way to the ring.
  • Heath Slater was attacked by Elias on the way to the ring. As they were both legal entrants, Heath Slater’s time is taken from then.

 

6 Elias Raw 25:31 16 0 John Cena

Elias attacked Heath Slater on the ramp, as they were both legal entrants, time is taken since then.

7 Andrade "Cien" Almas NXT 29:03 13 1 Randy Orton

Andrade attacked Heath Slater on the ramp, as they were both legal entrants, time is taken since then.

8 Bray Wyatt Raw 20:02 17 3 Matt Hardy
  • Bray Wyatt attacked Heath Slater on the ramp, as they were both legal entrants, time is taken since then.
  • Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy eliminated each other at the same time.
9 Big E Smackdown! 13:41 23 0 Jinder Mahal

Big E tried to help Heath Slater on the ramp, by feeding him pancakes. As they were both legal entrants, time is taken since then.

10 Sami Zayn Smackdown! 06:51 26 0 Shinsuke Nakamura
  • It was supposed to be Tye Dillinger, but was attacked backstage by Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Zayn took Dillinger’s place.
  • Zayn attacked Heath Slater on the ramp, as they were both legal entrants, time is taken since then.
11 Sheamus Raw 00:06 28 0 Heath Slater

Sheamus attacked Heath Slater on the ramp, as they were both legal entrants, Sheamus time is taken since then.

12 Xavier Woods Smackdown! 08:15 24 0 Jinder Mahal
13 Apollo Crews Raw 05:07 25 0 Cesaro
14 Shinsuke Nakamura Smackdown! 44:27 1 3 Winner
15 Cesaro Raw 04:59 22 1 Seth Rollins
16 Kofi Kingston Smackdown! 05:24 20 1 Andrade "Cien" Almas
17 Jinder Mahal Smackdown! 03:31 21 2 Kofi Kingston
18 Seth Rollins Raw 18:48 9 2 Roman Reigns
19 Matt Hardy Raw 01:04 18 2 Bray Wyatt

Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy eliminated each other at the same time.

20 John Cena Unaffiliated 28:33 3 3 Shinsuke Nakamura
21 The Hurricane Unaffiliated 00:23 15 0 John Cena
22 Aiden English Smackdown! 02:06 14 0 Finn Balor
23 Adam Cole NXT 06:34 12 0 Rey Mysterio
24 Randy Orton Smackdown! 13:36 6 1 Roman Reigns
25 Titus O'Neil Raw 05:52 11 0 Roman Reigns
26 The Miz Raw 05:02 10 0 Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins
27 Rey Mysterio Unaffiliated 09:24 5 1 Finn Balor
28 Roman Reigns Raw 21:29 2 4 Shinsuke Nakamura
29 Goldust Raw 02:21 8 0 Dolph Ziggler
30 Dolph Ziggler Smackdown! 01:34 7 1 Finn Balor

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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