Introduction

The second Royal Rumble at the Tropicana field in 2024 was the Men’s Royal Rumble. The story coming in surrounded 2 men: Cody Rhodes pushing to “Finish His Story” with a second shot against Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania, and a newly returning CM Punk to compete in the main event of Wrestlemania, returning in his first match on TV for the WWE for 10 years.

In the end Cody last eliminated Punk to win in a fair-to-middling Royal Rumble. Notable moments included an R-Truth comedy spot where he was convinced it was a tag-team match, a return to the WWE for Andrade, and an impressive performance from NXT’s Bron Breakker, who eliminated 4 men on his debut. It had an impressive final 4, with Cody, Punk, Gunther & Drew McIntyre, but it was felt there wasn’t really anything to get it going until Rhodes’ entrance.

Promotional poster for Royal Rumble 2024 - Men

27th January, 2024

St. Petersburg, Florida

Tropicana Field

48,004

1:08:13

Notable Records

Record Individual
Winner Cody Rhodes
Iron Men Jey Uso (50:56)
Least time in Match JD McDonagh (00:05)
Most Eliminations Cody Rhodes (4)Bron Breakker (4)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 7 (Cody Rhodes, CM Punk, Gunther, Drew McIntyre, Sami Zayn, Damian Priest, Ricochet)
Number of debutants 8 (Grayson Waller, Carmelo Hayes, Ludwig Kaiser, Bronson Reed, Ivar, Bron Breakker, Pat McAfee, JD McDonagh)
Last Rumble Appearances 30 (Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Grayson Waller, Andrade, Carmelo Hayes, Shinsuke Nakamura, Santos Escobar, Karrion Kross, Dominik Mysterio, Carlito, Bobby Lashley, Ludwig Kaiser, Austin Theory, Finn Balor, Cody Rhodes, Bronson Reed, Kofi Kingston, Gunther, Ivar, Bron Breakker, Omos, Pat McAfee, JD McDonagh, R-Truth, The Miz, Damian Priest, CM Punk, Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, Sami Zayn)
Average Time in match12:54
Number of individuals with at least one elimination60%

Did You Know?

  • With 60% of the field having at least 1 elimination, this set the record of the majority of the field having at least one elimination without anybody being eliminated by more than one person (2023 had Omos eliminated by 6 people and 1988 had Kurrgan eliminated by 5)
  • Although all the talk of CM Punk wrestling his first televised match in 10 years, he isn’t the only competitor to go 10 years between consecutive Royal Rumble entries: Jimmy Uso last Royal Rumble before 2024 was the 2014 match as well.
  • This rumble, and the 2024 women’s Royal Rumble, saw the second time a married couple drew the same number. Jimmy Uso drew number 2, the same as Naomi. Becky Lynch & Seth Rollins both drew number 15 in the 2023 women’s and men’s Royal Rumble respectively.

Results

Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Brand Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 Jey Uso Raw 50:56 8 1 Gunther
2 Jimmy Uso Smackdown! 34:09 19 0 Bron Breakker
3 Grayson Waller Smackdown! 04:17 30 0 Carmelo Hayes

Waller was attacked by Jey Uso before entering the ring, so his time is taken from then.

4 Andrade Unaffiliated 23:00 23 0 Bronson Reed

Andrade’s entrance occurred off camera, so his time is a best guess.

5 Carmelo Hayes NXT 17:06 25 1 Finn Balor
6 Shinsuke Nakamura Raw 20:50 22 0 Cody Rhodes
7 Santos Escobar Smackdown! 06:39 29 0 Carlito

Escobar attacked Jey Uso before entering the ring, so his time is taken from then.

8 Karrion Kross Smackdown! 06:21 27 1 Bobby Lashley
9 Dominik Mysterio Raw 33:21 10 1 CM Punk
10 Carlito Smackdown! 02:23 28 1 Bobby Lashley
11 Bobby Lashley Smackdown! 01:34 26 2 Karrion Kross

Karrion Kross was already eliminated before he eliminated a distracted Bobby Lashley from the match.

12 Ludwig Kaiser Raw 09:29 21 0 Kofi Kingston
13 Austin Theory Smackdown! 03:58 24 0 Cody Rhodes

Theory attacked Kaiser before entering the ring, so his time is taken from then.

14 Finn Balor Raw 11:20 18 1 Bron Breakker
15 Cody Rhodes Raw 43:20 1 4 Winner
16 Bronson Reed Raw 10:39 17 1 Omos
17 Kofi Kingston Raw 03:35 20 1 Gunther
18 Gunther Raw 30:11 3 3 Cody Rhodes
19 Ivar Raw 04:58 16 0 Bron Breakker
20 Bron Breakker NXT 05:19 13 4 Dominik Mysterio
21 Omos Unaffiliated 02:42 14 1 Bron Breakker
22 Pat McAfee Unaffiliated 00:39 15 0 Self
23 JD McDonagh Raw 00:05 12 0 Jey Uso

JD McDonagh was attacked by R-Truth before entering the ring, so his time is taken from then.

24 R-Truth Raw 03:44 11 0 Damian Priest

R-Truth attacked JD McDonagh before entering the ring, so his time is taken from then.

25 The Miz Raw 06:06 9 0 Gunther
26 Damian Priest Raw 10:24 6 1 Sami Zayn
27 CM Punk Raw 21:45 2 2 Cody Rhodes
28 Ricochet Raw 05:11 7 1 Ricochet
29 Drew McIntyre Raw 09:52 4 1 CM Punk
30 Sami Zayn Raw 03:19 5 1 Drew McIntyre

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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