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The fastest eliminations in Royal Rumble history

Ahead of the 33rd Royal Rumble on BT Sport Box Office on Sunday 26 January, BTSport.com looks back on the 12 most fleeting appearances by WWE Superstars in the Rumble.

12. Gillberg

Time in Rumble: Six Seconds

Gillberg, who spent more time posing on the walkway than walking to the ring at the 1999 Rumble in Anaheim, California, spent only six seconds in the ring before he was eliminated by Edge. The unsuspecting Gillberg was playing to the crowd after his entrance when The Rated R Superstar, who was embroiled in a fight with Droz before Gillberg’s entrance, threw him over the top rope. The infamous 1999 Royal Rumble saw Mr. McMahon emerge victorious after eliminating Steve Austin.

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11. Titus O’Neill

Time in Rumble: Five seconds

Titus O’Neill entered the 2019 Royal Rumble match at No. 11 but lasted only five seconds before he was eliminated by Curt Hawkins. Famous for his hilarious Royal Rumble entrance in 2018 when he fell under the ring, O’Neill failed to make amends a year later at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.
 

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10. The Godfather

Time in Rumble: Five Seconds

The Godfather, one of the most entertaining characters in the history of WWE, failed to make an impression on his return to the Royal Rumble in 2013. The surprise entrant at number 17 made his way to the ring in typically flamboyant fashion, but unfortunately for him he was dropkicked over the top rope after only five seconds by Dolph Ziggler. John Cena went on to win the Rumble that year to set up a match with The Rock at WrestleMania.

9. Jerry Lawler

Time in Rumble: Four Seconds

Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler was dumped out of the 1997 Royal Rumble in San Antonio, Texas after only four seconds. While Steve Austin and Bret Hart were fighting in the middle of the ring, Lawler, a commentator at the time, put down his microphone and entered the Rumble. However, he was immediately greeted by Hart who wasted no time in punching him out of the ring. After his elimination, Lawler went back to commentary and called Stone Cold Steve Austin winning the Rumble.

8. Bushwhacker Luke

Time in Rumble: Four Seconds

Perennial Rumble flop Bushwhacker Luke was subject to one of the most hilariously quick eliminations in 1991. He was ejected by Earthquake four seconds after he entered the ring. Earthquake turned his attention away from Hulk Hogan to swiftly deal with Luke, grabbing him and throwing him over the top rope. Unfazed, Luke marched straight back up the ramp as if nothing had ever happened.    

7. Titus O’Neil

Time in Rumble: Four Seconds

Titus O’Neil, entrant number 26 at the 2015 Royal Rumble, was tossed out of the ring after only four seconds by Dean Ambrose and eventual winner Roman Reigns. O’Neill, one half of Slater-Gator with Heath Slater, was hyped up for the Rumble during his ring walk but he was helpless in the face of Ambrose and Reigns who teamed up to eliminate him. Reigns went on to win the Rumble with the help of The Rock in a dramatic finish in Philadelphia.

6. Owen Hart

Time in Rumble: Three Seconds

Owen Hart was attacked on the way to the ring by his brother Bret at the 1995 Royal Rumble. Reeling from the ambush, he was quickly eliminated from the match when his brother-in-law, The British Bulldog, threw him out of the ring after only three seconds.

5. Mo

Time in Rumble: Three Seconds

Mo’s short stay in the 1995 Royal Rumble was cut short by King Kong Bundy who flipped him over the top rope three seconds after he entered the ring in Tampa, Florida. Mo, who later held the WWF Tag Team Championship with Mabel as ‘Men on a Mission’, was helpless in the face of the 458-pounds Bundy.

4. Xavier Woods

Time in Rumble: Three Seconds

Xavier Woods set the record for the shortest Royal Rumble stay for any New Day member after being eliminated by the Scottish Psychopath, Drew McIntyre in three seconds in 2019. Woods managed to save Kofi Kingston from elimination but he couldn’t save himself in the face of McIntyre’s devastating strength.

3. The Warlord

Time in Rumble: Two Seconds

The Warlord, one half of The Powers of Pain, set a long-standing record for the fastest Royal Rumble exit in 1989 after being eliminated in two seconds by Hulk Hogan. The Warlord was one of five superstars to be dumped out of the ring in quick succession by Hogan in Houston, Texas.

2. No Way Jose

Time in Rumble: Two Seconds

The Dominican Dancing Machine’s near-instantaneous elimination at the hands of Samoa Joe in the 2019 Rumble didn’t faze him too much. In fact, he re-joined his conga line to dance back up the ramp until he ran into Drew McIntyre. The Scot, who was in no mood for frivolity, hit him with his Glasgow Kiss head-butt before he entered the ring in Phoenix, Arizona.

1. Santino Marella

Time in Rumble: One Second

Cult hero Santino Marella holds the record for the fastest elimination from the Royal Rumble in 2009. The Italian superstar was dumped out of the ring after 1.9 seconds by Kane (who holds the record for the most all-time eliminations) in Detroit, Michigan and has held unwanted record ever since. Randy Orton won the Rumble after clotheslining Triple H over the top rope to earn a world championship shot at WrestleMania XXV.

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