Battle royal (professional wrestling)

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A 24-Diva (plus Santino Marella) battle royal held at WrestleMania XXV.

In professional wrestling, a battle royal (sometimes battle royale; plural battles royal or battle royals[1]) is a multi-competitor match type in which wrestlers are eliminated until one is left and declared winner. Typical battle royals begin with a number of participants in the ring, who are then eliminated by going over the top rope and having both feet touch the venue floor.[2]

Variations

Battlebowl

A two-ring variation on a battle royal, the wrestlers start in one ring and try to throw wrestlers into the second ring, after which they can be eliminated by being thrown out of that ring. The last remaining wrestler in the first ring can rest until only one wrestler was left in the second ring, after which they fight in both rings until one is eliminated and a winner is declared, in similar fashion to a double elimination tournament. This was held by World Championship Wrestling at the 1991 Starrcade event, but future Battlebowl matches were contested under normal battle royal rules.

Battle Zone

Any number of men: One ring- Over the top rope elimination. Typical battle royal, except this one features tables covered with barbed wire, thumbtacks, and light bulbs on the outside of the ring, which may catch wrestlers as they are thrown out of the ring.

Bunkhouse Stampede

The National Wrestling Alliance's (NWA) Bunkhouse Stampede involved wrestlers wearing what was described as "bunkhouse gear"—cowboy boots, jeans, T-shirts—instead of their normal wrestling tights and not only allowed but encouraged the bringing of weapons. In 1988 the NWA named a pay-per-view after the Bunkhouse Stampede, headlined by a Bunkhouse Stampede match held inside a cage.[3]

Fulfill Your Fantasy battle royal

A WWE women's battle royal with the addition of fetish outfits, such as french maid, nurse, schoolgirl, etc. Often the type of outfit is chosen by an audience poll.

Hardcore battle royal

A battle royal with hardcore rules (no disqualifications and no count-outs) involving several competitors in the ring at the same time. The match could last for either 15 or 20 minutes. All participants are not eliminated by being thrown out of the ring both feet touching the floor. Pinning or forcing to submit whomever was current Hardcore champion would result in the victorious participant becoming the interim champion. Whoever the person held the title at end of time limit would be declared the winner of the match and the official champion.

Last Blood battle royal

A Last Blood battle royal is essentially a multi-competitor First Blood match. The winner is the last wrestler in the match not bleeding.[4]

Reverse battle royal

Generally used in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, a reverse battle royal begins with wrestlers surrounding the ring instead of inside it. At the start of the match they battle for half of them to get into the ring, at which point a standard last person standing wins the battle royal.[5]

Square Go!

Square Go! is Insane Championship Wrestling's (ICW) very own hybrid of WWE's Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank matches. The competitors will compete in a 30-man over-the-top-rope battle royal, the Square Go!, with the winner earning the Square Go Briefcase. It has mostly the same rules apply as Royal Rumble, two competitors who draw the numbers 1 and 2. The remaining participants which will enter the ring one-by-one at every 2 minute intervals.

5 people have drawn entry numbers that allow them to carry a weapon of their choice into the ring.

Participants were eliminated when thrown over the top ropes with both feet landing on the floor. The winner will win a briefcase that will entitle him to a match for the ICW World Championship at any time and anywhere of their choosing for 1 year (similar to Money in the Bank).

Thunderbowl

A variation of Battlebowl involves 100 wrestlers splits into 50 in two rings. The only way to be eliminated is to be thrown over the ropes. No matter how and where you hit, whether its apron, floor or barricade you are also eliminated. When 25 wrestlers are left in each ring stage 2 begins. This 2nd stage is when all 25 wrestlers get into one ring and there is no elimination. After a 5-minute period, the match turns into a Battle Royal where elimination is gained by throwing your opponent over the ropes and to the floor. When 5 wrestlers remain stage 3 begins. This 3rd stage then turns into a 5-Way match where pinfall and submission will eliminate an opponent. When 2 wrestlers are left, the match turns into a last man standing where KO is legal.

TNA Knockout Makeover Battle Royal

Match will begin as the multi-women over-the-top elimination battle royal. They are eliminated from the match if they being thrown over the top ropes and both feet landing the floor until final two competitors are left. The final two competitors will face each other in a ladder match, where the winner will receive a TNA Knockout Championship match, while the runner-up will have her head and hair shaved.

Women's battle royal

WWE Divas competing during a battle royal at a house show in 2009

A women's battle royal is one which features female competitors. This variant may allow women to be eliminated by being thrown through or under the ropes as well as over the top rope, although WWE's first official women's Royal Rumble match in 2018 used the same rules as the men's version.

World War 3

Created by World Championship Wrestling in 1995, the World War 3 battle royal involved a three-ring setup and 60 competitors. 20 wrestlers started in each of the 3 rings in which they would wrestle under regular battle royal rules. Once there were 30 competitors remaining (except in 1997, where the number was 20), all competitors would enter the center ring and continue under regular rules until only one wrestler was left standing.

Rumble Rules battle royals

In this version - unlike traditional battle royals where all the wrestlers begin the match in the ring - the competitors (after numbers 1 and 2 begin the match) enter at timed intervals until the entire field has entered.

Royal Rumble

WWE's Royal Rumble is the original battle royal to use this format. It begins with two wrestlers in the ring, with the remaining participants introduced one by one at a set time period, usually 90 seconds or two minutes. Elimination occurs in the normal way with the last person standing as the winner, after all participants have entered the ring. Currently, the winner receives a guaranteed shot at either of the two possible top championships—the Universal Championship (Raw) or WWE Championship (SmackDown) for the men's winner, and the Raw or SmackDown Women's Championship for the women's winner. These matches take place at the WrestleMania that follows the Royal Rumble.

Honor Rumble

Ring of Honor (ROH) also periodically features the "Rumble" style of battle royal on their shows, billing it as the Honor Rumble.

New Japan Rumble

New Japan Pro-Wrestling's annual "Rumble" battle royal, takes place on the pre-show of Wrestle Kingdom on January 4. Participants enter at one minute intervals and are eliminated via pinfall, submission or by being thrown over the top rope.[6] Typically leaning towards light comedy, the match includes past stars as surprise entrants.[7]

Gauntlet for the Gold

Gauntlet for the Gold is the "Rumble" style battle royal used by Impact Wrestling. In this version two wrestlers begin in the ring, with additional wrestlers entering on a set time period. Wrestlers are eliminated by being thrown over the top rope and to the floor until two wrestlers are left, at which point a standard singles match begins.[8]

WSX Rumble

Exclusively used in Wrestling Society X, the WSX Rumble match is a version of Royal Rumble match. In the only time the match was ever contested, ten wrestlers entered. The large box of electrical livewires, tables, and electrified steel fenced cage wall surrounding the ring, which may catch wrestlers as being thrown over the top rope and out of the ring and which the wrestlers could use at any time so long as they were involved in the match. Wrestlers draw numbers 1 and 2 are in the ring, with the remaining participants introduced one by one at 45 seconds. The match still continues until all ten men entered the ring, two contracts for a match for the WSX World Heavyweight Championship were put into play. Just both like and unlike the normal Royal Rumble, competitors were eliminated if they were thrown over the top rope with both feet or any other part of the body touching the floor (even if they were thrown into one of the obstacles such as a large box of electrical wire, tables, and electrified steel fenced cage wall, which were considered part of the floor). The winners of the match were the two men who managed to climb a ladder to retrieve two contracts.

Battle Riot

Major League Wrestling's "Rumble" style battle royal, which took place in episode MLW Fusion on July 19, 2018. Participants enter at one minute intervals and are eliminated via pinfall, submission or by being thrown over the top rope.[9] Typically leaning towards the match included roster without surprise entrants.

Aztec Warfare

Aztec Warfare is the Lucha Underground version of the "Rumble Rules" battle royal. Upwards to 20 participants enter every 90 seconds and elimination occurs by either pinfall or submission and has to take place inside the ring. There are no count-outs and no disqualifications. As of April 2016, three Aztec Warfare matches have occurred—one in each season of Lucha Underground.

Team variations

Team variations of battle royals consist of designated tag teams of wrestlers, usually two to a team. There are different types of such matches, and though most follow normal battle royal rules, teams may be eliminated when either one or both partners are eliminated from the ring. One notable version was the battle royal prior to WrestleMania XV, where each wrestler fought as a singles competitor, with the final two in the ring named joint winners, earning the right to challenge for the promotion's tag team championship later that night.

Notes

  1. ^ "battles royal". Merriam-Webster. 1671.
  2. ^ "Battle Royal". Specialty Matches. WWE. Archived from the original on 29 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
  3. ^ Furious, Arnold. "NWA Bunkhouse Stampede". 411mania. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
  4. ^ Foley, Mick. Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (p.192-194)
  5. ^ "October 26, 2006". TNA iMPACT! results. Online World of Wrestling. Archived from the original on 21 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
  6. ^ "戦国炎舞 -Kizna- Presents Wrestle Kingdom 11 in 東京ドーム". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  7. ^ Meltzer, Dave (January 9, 2017). "January 9, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Ronda Rousey loses potential final fight, NJPW Wrestlekingdom 11 review". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, California. p. 8. ISSN 1083-9593.
  8. ^ "June 19, 2002". NWA: Total Nonstop Action PPV results. Online World of Wrestling. Archived from the original on 20 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
  9. ^ "MLW BATTLE RIOT SPECIAL SPOILERS FOR TONIGHT - PWInsider.com". pwinsider.com.

References

  • Mick Foley (2000). Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-103101-1.
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