WWE News: ‘Royal Rumble’ Stats — Who Returned And Order Of Entry/Elimination

The Royal Rumble is over and Roman Reigns will head to WrestleMania 31 to take on whomever the WWE Champion will be at the time. For now, that is still Brock Lesnar as he was able to defeat both Seth Rollins and John Cena to retain his title. With the rumble match in the past, it’s time to look at the entries, eliminations, and surprise returns that shocked the fans.

The crowd in Philadelphia didn’t really seem to appreciate the early elimination of Daniel Bryan or the win by Roman Reigns. The surprise appearances are what really set them on fire though, and as Bleacher Report stated, Bubba Ray Dudley’s return was the biggest.

Bubba Ray entered in the number three spot and eliminated both The Miz and R-Truth. Let’s hope this wasn’t just a one-time appearance.

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Another surprise return was that of the Boogeyman, one of the strangest individuals to ever step foot inside a WWE ring.

Coming in at number 14 was Diamond Dallas Page, the master of yoga.

It is obvious that some changes were made as rumored and confirmed names such as Bo Dallas, Rob Van Dam, and others never made it into the match. One more surprise — and not so surprising — return was that of The Rock who saved Roman Reigns near the end of the rumble match.

Order of Entry per WrestleZone:

1. The Miz
2. R-Truth
3. Bubba Ray Dudley
4. Luke Harper
5. Bray Wyatt
6. Curtis Axel – Erick Rowan
7. Boogeyman
8. Sin Cara
9. Zack Ryder
10. Daniel Bryan
11. Fandango
12. Tyson Kidd
13. Stardust
14. Diamond Dallas Page
15. Rusev
16. Goldust
17. Kofi Kingston
18. Adam Rose
19. Roman Reigns
20. Big E
21. Damien Mizdow
22. Jack Swagger
23. Ryback
24. Kane
25. Dean Ambrose
26. Titus O’Neil
27. Bad News Barrett
28. Cesaro
29. Big Show
30. Dolph Ziggler

Order of Elimination and by Who:

29. Rusev (Roman Reigns)
28. Big Show (Roman Reigns)
27. Kane (Roman Reigns)
26. Dean Ambrose (Kane/Big Show)
25. Bray Wyatt (Kane/Big Show)
24. Dolph Ziggler (Kane/Big Show)
23. Cesaro (Dolph Ziggler)
22. Bad News Barrett (Dolph Ziggler)
21. Jack Swagger (Kane/Big Show)
20. Ryback (Kane/Big Show)
19. Big E (Rusev)
18. Titus O’Neil (Roman Reins/Dean Ambrose)
17. Mizdow (Rusev)
16. Goldust (Roman Reigns)
15. Stardust (Roman Reigns)
14. Kofi Kingston (Rusev)
13. Adam Rose (Rusev)
12. Daniel Bryan (Bray Wyatt)
11. Fandango (Rusev)
10. Diamond Dallas Page (Rusev)
9. Tyson Kidd(Daniel Bryan)
8. Zack Ryder (Bray Wyatt)
7. Sin Cara (Bray Wyatt)
6. Boogeyman (Bray Wyatt)
5. Luke Harper (Bray Wyatt)
4. Erick Rowan (Bray Wyatt)
3. Bubba Ray Dudley (Bray Wyatt)
2. R-Truth (Bubba Ray)
1. The Miz (Bubba Ray)

In an odd note, Curtis Axel came in at the sixth spot and was never technically eliminated as Erick Rowan beat him down and took his spot. Then again, Axel never actually entered the match either to need to be eliminated.

The Royal Rumble is now over and the road to WrestleMania 31 has truly started. Roman Reigns is heading on to face Brock Lesnar in the main event, but there is so much that could happen in the next two months. It could be interesting to see how much things change or don’t before then.

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