I know we're a while off yet, but the Royal Rumble has always been my favourite WWE show of the year and it deserves a damned good build up!
So, lets get the ball rolling. Who do you think will this years Rumble match (both of 'em)? We all know that Asuka won the first ever women's match last year, but the male event is now on version 33 (including the Greatest Royal Rumble Match, which was a Rumble and should never be forgotten for Titus O'Neil reasons, so I have included below)- here's a few stats to get the thought process going:
Over 32 matches we have had 25 unique winners. This includes one double winner in 1994 when both Lex Luger and Bret Hart hit the floor at the same time.
Of those 25 unique winners, 7 have won the match more than once, with one man only (Steve Austin) managing the feat 3 times.
Of those 7 multi-time winners (Batista, Hogan, Cena, Orton, Michaels, Austin and Triple H) three have won in back-to-back years (Hogan in 90 & 91, HBK in 95 & 96 and Austin in 97 & 98)
The longest gap between Rumble wins goes to Triple H, who picked up the honours in 2002 and then again in 2016.
And the reason for those multi-man stats: of the 25 individuals to win a Royal Rumble match there are currently six wrestling on the active roster (Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, Braun Strowman, Sheamus, Rey Mysterio, Brock Lesnar), three that are semi-active (Triple H, John Cena and the Undertaker) and the unlikely but never say never of a just returned Shawn Michaels.
And why is this interesting? Well, the bigger/older stars tend to enter the Rumble match with a higher entry number and, as the graph below indicates - even after we take out the anomalies of the over-size matches (the 40 man match in 2011 and the 50 man match from April this year) the winning entry number is trending from further and further back in the entrance order.
And maybe this means nothing, but with WWE still being over-reliant on the older generation, maybe it means something...
So PWFers - what are your (early!) thoughts on the 2019 Royal Rumble? Who do you think is gonna win? Will anybody ever go coast-to-coast ever again?