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.
WWE Superstar: Samoa Joe
Height: 6′ 2”
Weight: 282 lbs.
From: Huntington Beach, CA
Samoa Joe is deadly serious within the squared circle. He’s a mix of the strong men grapplers from eras long ago mixed with MMA and Japanese strong style. He punishes his opponents with barbaric strikes, chilling submission holds, them leaves them and audience stunned by executing crushing aerial maneuvers. What doesn’t surprise anyone are his victories. They’re expected, especially championship matches. Among the many titles reigns of his storied career, he’s the record holder for longest reigning Ring of Honor World Champion (21 months and 4 days) and was the first 2-time NXT Champion. Samoa Joe winning the Royal Rumble match wouldn’t shock anyone. It would only put the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion or WWE Universal Champion on notice.
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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