Introduction

The final Royal Rumble of the pandemic era in the WWE, the 2021 Royal Rumble took place in The Thunderdome in front of a crowd of zero. In the match, the hall of famer Edge last eliminated Randy Orton to book a match against Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 36.

This match had a number of potential winners coming in, Daniel Bryan & Shinsuke Nakamura were amongst the favourites. However amongst the standout performers was Damien Priest – an NXT competitor who had a strong showing eliminating a number of competitors including Kane, who himself extended his total eliminations tally.

Promotional poster for Royal Rumble 2021 - Men

31st January, 2021

St. Petersburg, Florida

WWE ThunderDome at Tropicana Field

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58:58

Notable Records

Record Individual
Winner Edge
Iron Men Edge (58:58)
Least time in Match The Hurricane (00:30)
Most Eliminations Damian Priest (4)Seth Rollins (4)Big E (4)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 10 (Edge, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Christian, Braun Strowman, Riddle, Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, Sheamus, Cesaro)
Number of debutants 3 (Damian Priest, Otis, Dominik Mysterio)
Last Rumble Appearances 8 (Mustafa Ali, Jeff Hardy, John Morrison, Daniel Bryan, Kane, The Hurricane, Christian, Cesaro)
Average Time in match13:26
Number of individuals with at least one elimination50%

Did You Know?

  • This was the third time that the first two competitors were the last in the match, the other times were 1999 and 1995
  • Christian made his return to the Royal Rumble, a year after his long time tag team partner Edge did. Although he retired after Edge, Christian had not been in a match since 2005.
  • Edge is the first member of the Hall of Fame to win the Royal Rumble.

Results

Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Brand Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 Edge Hall of Fame 58:58 1 3 Winner

Edge attacked Orton before the match began, so his time, and the start of the Royal Rumble is taken from then.

2 Randy Orton Raw 58:57 2 0 Edge

Orton was attacked by Edge at the start of the Rumble, so his time and the time of the Rumble is taken from then.

3 Sami Zayn Smackdown! 13:04 29 0 Big E
4 Mustafa Ali Raw 13:19 27 1 Big E
5 Jeff Hardy Raw 03:25 30 0 Dolph Ziggler
6 Dolph Ziggler Smackdown! 20:29 22 1 Kane
7 Shinsuke Nakamura Smackdown! 22:00 19 0 King Corbin
8 Carlito Unaffiliated 08:26 26 0 Elias
9 Xavier Woods Raw 03:42 28 0 Mustafa Ali
10 Big E Smackdown! 29:45 12 4 Omos
11 John Morrison Raw 08:14 24 0 Damian Priest
12 Ricochet Raw 11:37 21 0 Kane
13 Elias Raw 02:31 25 1 Damian Priest
14 Damian Priest NXT 15:34 15 4 Bobby Lashley
15 The Miz Raw 01:01 23 0 Damian Priest
16 Riddle Raw 30:46 6 1 Seth Rollins
17 Daniel Bryan Smackdown! 28:51 7 1 Seth Rollins
18 Kane Unaffiliated 01:51 20 2 Damian Priest
19 King Corbin Smackdown! 03:33 17 2 Dominik Mysterio
20 Otis Smackdown! 00:54 18 0 King Corbin
21 Dominik Mysterio Smackdown! 02:01 16 1 Bobby Lashley
22 Bobby Lashley Raw 04:03 13 3 Big E, Christian, Daniel Bryan, Riddle
23 The Hurricane Unaffiliated 00:30 14 0 Big E, Bobby Lashley
24 Christian Unaffiliated 18:30 5 2 Seth Rollins

Christian attacked Bobby Lashley before entering the ring, so his time is taken from then.

25 AJ Styles Raw 10:26 8 0 Braun Strowman
26 Rey Mysterio Smackdown! 03:47 11 0 Omos
27 Sheamus Raw 06:21 9 0 Braun Strowman
28 Cesaro Smackdown! 04:09 10 0 Braun Strowman
29 Seth Rollins Smackdown! 08:49 3 4 Edge
30 Braun Strowman Raw 07:23 4 3 Christian, Edge, Seth Rollins

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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