LiquidAE.com is counting down to the WWE Royal Rumble event on January 28, 2018. Taking place live from Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA, this will be its 30th anniversary.
The Royal Rumble match is a variation of the traditional Battle Royal match with a total of 30 competitors. Two WWE Superstars start in the ring, every 90 seconds thereafter another Superstar enters. A Superstar is eliminated when they’re thrown over the top rope and both feet touch the floor.
The last remaining Superstar is guaranteed a championship opportunity at WrestleMania versus the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion or WWE Universal Champion.
Founder of the globally popular Bullet Club faction, a legend in New Japan, and the longest reigning NXT Champion in history, Finn Balor made an immediate splash on WWE’s main roster. Drafted to RAW during the reinstated brand split, Balor became the first ever WWE Universal Champion.
Sadly, he was forced to vacate the title the night after winning it due to injury. He has yet to hold it again.
A difficult grappler to best under normal circumstances, Balor’s even tougher when competing as his Demon alter ego. He could enter and win the Royal Rumble using his darker, more violent and intimidating personality to literally crawl into the main event of WrestleMania.
Once there on the biggest stage in the business Balor would no doubt pull out all the stops to reclaim a prize he never lost. |
Royal Rumble Winners: Jim Duggan (1988), Big John Studd (’89), Hulk Hogan (’90, ’91), Ric Flair (’92), Yokozuna (’93), Bret Hart/Lex Luger (’94), Shawn Michaels (’95, ’96), Steve Austin (’97, ’98), Mr. McMahon (’99), The Rock (2000), Steve Austin (’01), Triple H (’02), Brock Lesnar (’03), Chris Benoit (’04), Batista (’05), Rey Mysterio (’06), The Undertaker (’07), John Cena (’08), Randy Orton (’09), Edge (’10), Alberto Del Rio (’11), Sheamus (’12), John Cena (’13), Batista (’14), Roman Reigns (’15), Triple H (’16), Randy Orton (’17)
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