Royal Rumble’s longest lasting WWE stars from 1988 to 2019 with Triple H but not three-time winner Stone Cold in top 10 – The Sun

THE Royal Rumble is back to produce some of WWE's most compelling narratives of the wrestling year to begin the road to WrestleMania.

The annual men's and women's over-the-top-rope extravaganzas is regularly packed full of top superstars while featuring stunning returns and big debuts.

Each year is highlighted by one Iron-man or woman's efforts to outlast the rest, from Rey Mysterio's performance in memory of the legendary Eddie Guerrero in 2006 to Vince McMahon himself in 1999.

But certain superstars make it a habit of being able to cling to the ropes Rumble after Rumble, dating back to the inaugural event in 1988.

Chris Jericho is the undisputed all-time champion, despite never actually being the last man standing.

The Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla arrived at WWE in the late 1990s and became one of the biggest stars of the Attitude Era.

The 49-year-old has entered 11 Royal Rumbles since his first in 2000, spending a total of 4 hours, 56 minutes, and 15 seconds since he was last eliminated in the 50-man match in Saudi Arabia in 2018.

That is almost a full hour more than second-place Triple H, who has racked up 4 hours and 50 seconds in the event.

Since first debuting as Hunter Hearst Helmsley in 1996 and 1997's edition, the Game has become a two-time Rumble winner.

In third is Triple H's close friend Shawn Michaels, who became the trendsetter for benefiting from the rule that both feet must touch the floor to be eliminated.

The Heartbreak Kid is also a two-time Rumble winner, and is one of only three superstars to ever win successive matches, in 1995/96 respectively.

Longest cumulative time spent in Royal Rumbles

1. Chris Jericho – 4:56:15

2. Triple H -4:00:50

3. Shawn Michaels – 3:47:32

4. Rey Mysterio – 3:38:35

5. Kane – 3:36:18

6. Randy Orton – 3:07:44

7. Cody Rhodes – 3:06:45

8. John Cena – 2:48:29

9. CM Punk – 2:48:11

10. Chris Benoit – 2:37:24

11. Steve Austin – 2:30:41

12. Ted DiBiase – 2:28:34

13. Roman Reigns – 2:28:05

14. The Miz – 2:13:17

15. Bret Hart – 2:11:24

16. Kofi Kingston – 2:11:23

Mysterio's over an hour-long stint in 2006 almost amounts to a third of the overall 3 hours, 38 minutes and 35 seconds he has spent in the ring.

While Kane, who held the record of most eliminations in a single Rumble with 11 in 2001 for 13 years until it was topped by Roman Reigns and later Braun Strowman, comes in at number five.

The Big Red Machine has been in a mammoth 19 Rumbles during his WWE stint, amassing 3 hours, 36 minutes and 18 seconds.

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