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OO GUEST COLUMN  
2004 Royal Rumble: By the Numbers 
January 26, 2004

by Tony Cottam 
OnlineOnslaught.com/SmashWrestling.com

 

A few notes : All times are as noted by me, the clock on my trusty video recorder.
 
The match starts when the bell rings (surprise, huh?) and a wrestler is judged to have entered the rumble when he enters the ring.
 
In Spike Dudley's case, he never entered, so has no time.
 
Chris Benoit's elimination of Lamont (and his wig) does not officially count. Sadly.

Timeline of Events
 
0.00 : Chris Benoit and Randy Orton enter as #1 and #2 respectively; Orton & Benoit only 2 men in the ring.
1:30 : Mark Henry enters as #3
3:02 : Tajiri enters as #4
4:48 : Bradshaw enters as #5
5:25 : Bradshaw eliminated by Chris Benoit
6:24 : Rhyno enters as #6
6:55 : Tajiri eliminated by a combination of Mark Henry and Rhyno
7:03 : Mark Henry eliminated by Chris Benoit
8:07 : Matt Hardy enters as #7
8:26 : Matt Hardy tells the world he's "Veee One-ah"
9:50 : Scott Steiner enters as #8
10:30 : Tazz says "Rocketbuster" for the first and only time
11:31 : Matt Morgan enters as #9
12:17 : JR calls Matt Morgan a "hoss"
13:11 : Hurricane enters as #10
13:32 : Hurricane eliminated by Matt Morgan
15:08 : Booker T enters as #11
16:46 : Scott Steiner eliminated by Booker T
16:57 : Kane enters as #12
18:10 : Undertaker's Gong hits
18:27 : Kane eliminated by Booker T
18:30 : Spike Dudley is announced as #13, but never enters the match because...
18:53 : Kane chokeslams Spike Dudley on the ramp
20:25 : Rikishi enters as #14
20:26 : Rhyno eliminated by Chris Benoit
20:46 : Rikishi gives a Stinkface to Matt Morgan
22:02 : Rene Dupree enters as #15
22:25 : Matt Hardy eliminated by Rene Dupree; second year running Matt Hardy has not eliminated anyone, but lasted over 10minutes.
22:27 : Rene Dupree dances
22:35 : Rene Dupree eliminated by Rikishi
23:22 : A-Train enters as #16
23:45 : Matt Morgan eliminated by Chris Benoit
24:13 : Rikishi eliminated by Randy Orton
24:18 : Booker T eliminated by Randy Orton
25:03 : Shelton Benjamin enters as #17
25:05 : A-Train eliminated by Chris Benoit
35:40 : Shelton Benjamin eliminated by Randy Orton; Orton & Benoit only 2 men in the ring
26:48 : The Cat (with Lamont) enters as #18
27:38 : Lamont's wig eliminated
27:43 : Lamont eliminated
27:45 : The Cat eliminated by Randy Orton; Orton & Benoit only 2 men in the ring
28:31 : Kurt Angle enters as #19
30:05 : Rico enters as #20
31:10 : Rico eliminated by Randy Orton
31:38 : Test announced as #21
32:25 : Steve Austin replaces Test at #21 with...
33:05 : Mick Foley enters as #21
33:47 : Randy Orton eliminated by Mick Foley; Foley eliminates himself in the process; Benoit & Angle only 2 men in the ring.
34:59 : Christian enters as #22
36:31 : Nunzio announced as #23
36:40 : Nunzio eats Mr. Socko
38:57 : Big Show enters as #34
40:10 : Chris Jericho enters as #25
41:42 : Charlie Haas enters as #26
42:37 : Christian eliminated by Chris Jericho; second year running Jericho has eliminated his tag team partner.
43:15 : Billy Gunn enters as #27
45:23 : Nunzio enters as #23 - finally, with help from John Cena.
45:35 : John Cena enters as #28
46:36 : Rob Van Dam enters as #29
48:09 : Goldberg enters as #30; all entrants complete; 10 men in ring - most of entire match.
48:11 : Goldberg spears Big Show
48:13 : Goldberg spears Billy Gunn
48:37 : Charlie Haas eliminated by Goldberg
48:54 : Goldberg spears Nunzio
48:59 : Billy Gunn eliminated by Goldberg
49:12 : Nunzio eliminated by Goldberg
49:30 : Brock Lesnar enters ring
49:36 : Brock Lesnar F5's Goldberg
49:38 : Brock Lesnar leaves ring
50:16 : Goldberg eliminated by Kurt Angle
53:03 : John Cena eliminated by Big Show
53:19 : Rob Van Dam eliminated by Big Show; Final Four now in ring.
55:10 : Chris Jericho eliminated by Big Show
57:39 : Kurt Angle eliminated by Big Show; Benoit and Big Show only 2 men in the ring and final two competitors.
61:37 : Big Show eliminated by Chris Benoit; Benoit wins Royal Rumble
 
Length of time in Rumble
 
n/a (13) : Spike Dudley
n/a (21) : Test
0:21 (10) : Hurricane
0:33 (15) : Rene Dupree
0:37 (5) : Bradshaw
0:38 (17) : Shelton Benjamin
0:42 (21) : Mick Foley
0:57 (18) : The Cat
1:05 (20) : Rico
1:30 (12) : Kane
1:43 (16) : A-Train
2:08 (30) : Goldberg
3:48 (14) : Rikishi
3:49 (23) : Nunzio
3:53 (4) : Tajiri
5:33 (3) : Mark Henry
5:44 (27) : Billy Gunn
6:56 (8) : Scott Steiner
7:38 (22) : Christian
7:38 (28) : John Cena
7:43 (29) : Rob Van Dam
7:55 (26) : Charlie Haas
9:10 (11) : Booker T
12:14 (9) : Matt Morgan
14:02 (6) : Rhyno
14:18 (7) : Matt Hardy
15:00 (25) : Chris Jericho
22:40 (24) : Big Show
29:08 (19) : Kurt Angle
33:47 (2) : Randy Orton
61:37 (1) : Chris Benoit
 
Order Of Entry
 
Chris Benoit (Winner)
Randy Orton
Mark Henry
Tajiri
Bradshaw
Rhyno
Matt Hardy
Scott Steiner
Matt Morgan
The Hurricane
Booker T
Kane
Spike Dudley *
Rikishi
Rene Dupree
A-Train
Shelton Benjamin
The Cat
Kurt Angle
Rico
Test / Mick Foley
Christian
Nunzio
Big Show
Chris Jericho
Charlie Haas
Billy Gunn
John Cena
Rob Van Dam
Goldberg
 
* Spike was unable participate in the Rumble, after an attack by Kane.
 
Order Of Elimination
 
Bradshaw
Tajiri
Mark Henry
The Hurricane
Scott Steiner
Kane
Spike Dudley *
Rhyno
Matt Hardy
Rene Dupree
Matt Morgan
Rikishi
Booker T
A-Train
Shelton Benjamin
The Cat
Rico
Mick Foley
Randy Orton
Christian
Charlie Haas
Billy Gunn
Nunzio
Goldberg
John Cena
Rob Van Dam
Chris Jericho
Kurt Angle
 
* Spike was unable participate in the Rumble, after an attack by Kane.
 
Eliminations

(Spike did not enter the Rumble, Mick Foley replaced Test, and eliminated himself)
 

Mark Henry
Tajiri
 
1
Rene Dupree
Rikishi
Mick Foley
Chris Jericho
Matt Morgan
Kurt Angle
 
2
Booker T
 
3
Goldberg
 
4
Big Show
 
5
Randy Orton
 
6
Chris Benoit
 
Rumble Facts
 
Match Length : 61:37
Length of match after entry #30 : 13:28
Length of time Winner was in match : 61:37
 
Longest time in match : 61:37 - Chris Benoit
Shortest time in match : 0:21 - The Hurricane
 
Longest time in match without eliminating anyone : Matt Hardy - 14:18
Shortest time in match with an elimination : Rene Dupree - 0.33 (1)
 
Double eliminations : 1 - Mick Foley (Mick Foley and Randy Orton)
Double-Team eliminations : 1 - Mark Henry & Rhyno (Tajiri)
Self-eliminations : 1 - Mick Foley
 
Final Four : Big Show, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho and Kurt Angle
Time from Final Four to end of match : 8:18
 
Longest between eliminations : 8:50 (from Orton/Foley to Christian)
Shortest between eliminations : 0:05 (from Rikishi to Booker T)
 
Most in ring at one time : 10 - John Cena, Rob Van Dam, Billy Gunn, Goldberg, Chris Benoit, Nunzio, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, Charlie Haas and Big Show
 
Least in ring (except eventual winner) : 2 - Randy Orton & Chris Benoit (3 times); Chris Benoit & Kurt Angle; Chris Benoit & Big Show
 
Eliminations by Brand
(Spike did not enter the Rumble, Mick Foley replaced Test, and eliminated himself)
 
Raw - 13
SmackDown - 13
 
Number of wigs eliminated - 1
Spears by Goldberg - 3
 
0:46 - Time from entry of Matt Morgan to JR calling him a Hoss
0:02 - Time from Goldberg's entry to his first spear
0:45 - Time from Goldberg's entry to his final spear
8:42 - Time from Nunzio's appearance until his actual entry to the match
 
 
There we go - if you're still here, thanks for reading - if you're not still here, then thanks for lasting as long as you did - not that you'll be reading this part anyway, I guess... ho hum.

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