2-time Royal Rumble winners: A list of multiple Royal Rumble winners

2-time Royal Rumble winners: A list of multiple Royal Rumble winners

Grace Waruguru
March 26, 2024 at 11:59 AM

There have been several 2-time Royal Rumble winners since the contest started in 1988. The annual competition brings together the best of the best wrestlers in a thrilling and entertaining battle. Wrestlers with multiple Royal Rumble wins have cemented their place among WWE legends.

 Multiple-time Royal Rumble winners
Hulk Hogan (L), Batista (Centre), and Stone Cold Steve Austin (Right) are some of the multiple Royal Rumble winners. Photo: @hulkhogan, @davebautista, @steveaustinbsr (Modified by author)
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How many people won the Royal Rumble twice? The event features 30 wrestlers (men and women), each competing to eliminate the other and remain the last man standing. The winner receives a World Championship opportunity at WrestleMania.

2-time Royal Rumble winners

At the Royal Rumble, fighters eliminate opponents by tossing them over the rope until their feet touch the floor. The last man in the ring wins the competition. According to various online sources like Inside the Ropes and USA Network, here are the multiple Royal Rumble winners as of March 2024.


Years won

Cody Rhodes

2023, 2024

Brock Lesnar

2003, 2022

Hulk Hogan

1990, 1991

Shawn Michaels

1995, 1996

Triple H

2002, 2016


2005, 2014

John Cena

2008, 2013

Randy Orton

2009, 2017


2010, 2021

Stone Cold Steve Austin

1997, 1998, 2001

10. Cody Rhodes: 2023, 2024

Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes at the 2022 ESPYs at Dolby Theatre on July 20, 2022, in Hollywood, California. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez (Modified by author)
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  • Full name: Cody Garrett Runnels Rhodes
  • Ring names: Cody Rhodes, Cody, Dashing Cody Rhodes, Fuego 2, Stardust
  • Date of birth: June 30th, 1985
  • Nationality: American

American professional wrestler and actor Cody Rhodes is among the recent two-time Royal Rumble winners, winning the contest in 2023 and 2024. His back-to-back win came after almost 30 years since the last one.

In 2023, Rhodes entered the ring at number 30 and eliminated Gunther. He defeated the legendary CM Punk in 2024 after entering the ring at number 15. Rhodes was with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) from 2019 to 2022 before moving to WWE's Raw.

9. Brock Lesnar: 2003, 2022

Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar confronts Daniel Cormier in their UFC heavyweight championship fig inside T-Mobile Arena on July 7, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Josh Hedges (Modified by author)
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  • Full name: Brock Edward Lesnar
  • Ring names: The Next Big Thing, Broccoli, Brock Solid, Bork Laser, The Conqueror, The Beast Incarnate
  • Date of birth: July 12th, 1977
  • Nationality: American

Lesnar joined the WWE in 2000 and won the Royal Rumble in 2003. He became the youngest WWE Championship winner at 25. Brock was also the second-quickest wrestler to win the championship.

Brock Lesnar won his second Rumble title in 2022 after defeating Drew McIntyre. He entered the ring at number 30, setting the record for the fewest time before winning the title. The wrestler also holds the record for the longest gap between wins (19 years).

8. Hulk Hogan: 1990, 1991

Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan attends a New Era In Florida Gaming Event on December 08, 2023, in Tampa, Florida. Photo: Julio Aguilar (Modified by author)
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  • Full name: Terry Gene Bollea
  • Ring names: Hollywood Hogan, Hulk Boulder, Hulk Machine, Mr. America, The Super Destroyer
  • Date of birth: August 11th, 1953
  • Nationality: American

Hulk Hogan secured two successive victories in 1990 and 1991, putting him among the multi-time Royal Rumble winners. He was the reigning Wrestlemania champion when he won the 1990 match.

Hogan was the first wrestler to attain back-to-back victories. His professional debut was in 1977, and he retired in 2012 after winning numerous championships with WWE, New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), and the American Wrestling Association.

7. Shawn Michaels: 1995, 1996

Shawn Michaels at WWE News Conference
Shawn Michaels at the Donald Trump and WWE News Conference for WrestleMania 23 on March 28, 2007, at Trump Tower in New York City. Photo: Jamie McCarthy (Modified by author)
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  • Full name: Michael Shawn Hickenbottom
  • Ring names: Sean Michaels, Shawn Michaels, The Heartbreak Kid, The Best of the Best
  • Date of birth: July 22nd, 1965
  • Nationality: American

During his 1995 win, Shawn Michaels made history by starting at the number 1 spot and maintaining to the end. The following year, he entered the ring as number 18 and defeated Diesel to win the title. Michaels was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.

6. Triple H: 2002, 2016

Triple H at the WWE Wrestlemania XL
Paul "Triple H" Levesque, WWE Chief Content Officer, at the WWE Wrestlemania XL Kickoff on February 08, 2024, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Louis Grasse (Modified by author)
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  • Full name: Paul Michael Levesque
  • Ring names: Triple H,
  • Date of birth: July 27th, 1969
  • Nationality: American

After an eight-month hiatus, Triple H's 2002 return to the ring saw him bag his first Royal Rumble win after defeating Kurt Angle. Fourteen years later, he defeated Roman Reigns to attain his second victory and 14th world title. The former wrestler retired in March 2022 due to heart conditions, as reported by ESPN.

5. Batista: 2005, 2014

2-time Royal Rumble winners
Dave Bautista attends the "Dune: Part Two" New York Premiere at Lincoln Center on February 25, 2024, in New York City. Photo: John Nacion (Modified by author)
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  • Full name: David Michael Bautista Jr.
  • Ring names: Batista, Deacon Batista, Khan, Leviathan
  • Date of birth: January 18th, 1969
  • Nationality: American

Actor and retired wrestler Batista is one of the multiple-time Royal Rumble winners. He defeated John Cena to win his first Rumble title in 2005. In 2014, the crowd booed him when he flung Roman Reign out of the ring to claim his second title.

4. John Cena: 2008, 2013

How many people won Royal Rumble twice?
John Cena visits SiriusXM Studios on February 21, 2024, in Miami Beach, Florida. Photo: Jason Koerner (Modified by author)
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  • Full name: John Felix Anthony Cena
  • Ring names: Mr. Money in the Bank, The Cenation Leader, The Chain Gang Soldier, The Doctor of Thuganomics
  • Date of birth: April 23rd, 1977
  • Nationality: American

The 2008 Royal Rumble saw a remarkable comeback from John Cena. The WWE superstar and actor returned to the ring after an injury just a few months ahead of schedule.

Cena was a surprise entry at number 30 in the 2008 edition but edged out Triple H to win his first title and one of his best WWE victories, according to Bleacher Report. Five years later, Cena earned his second title after beating Ryback.

3. Randy Orton: 2009, 2017

Randy Orton
Randy Orton attends the WrestleMania 30 press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on April 1, 2014, in New York City. Photo: Taylor Hill (Modified by author)
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  • Full name: Randal Keith Orton
  • Ring names: Randy Orton, The Viper
  • Date of birth: April 1st, 1980
  • Nationality: American

Randy Orton is among the 2-time Royal Rumble winners (2009 and 2017). The American wrestler lasted 50 minutes in the 2009 match where he had joined as part of the Legacy faction with Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase Jr., as reported by All Rumble Stats.

In 2017, the wrestler defeated Roma Reign and joined the contest as part of the Wyatt Family. Orton is the only multiple-time Royal Rumble winner with few eliminations.

2. Edge: 2010, 2021

Adam Copeland
Adam Copeland (Edge) attends Disney's "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" New York premiere at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 13, 2023. Photo: John Lamparski (Modified by author)
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  • Full name: Adam Joseph Copeland
  • Ring names: Edge, Adam Impact, Damon Striker
  • Date of birth: October 30th, 1973
  • Nationality: Canadian

Adam Joseph Copeland, known as Edge, won the Royal Rumble in 2010 and 2021. He took the Number 29 spot in 2010 before defeating John Cena. In 2021, Edge returned after his initial retirement in 2011 to win his second Rumble title. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012.

1. Stone Cold Steve Austin: 1997, 1998, 2001

Stone Cold Steve Austin
Stone Cold Steve Austin won the Royal Rumble in 1997, 1998, and 2001. Photo: Moses Robinson (Modified by author)
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  • Full name: Steve Austin
  • Ring names: Stone Cold, The Ring Master, Stunning Steve Austin
  • Date of birth: December 18th, 1964
  • Nationality: American

Stone Cold is a 3-time Royal Rumble winner, having won back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998, then in 2001. The legendary wrestler became famous for looking at his wristwatch while waiting for the next act to come into the ring. His first Rumble title in 1997 was controversial after being ejected by Bret Hart before sneaking back without the referee noticing.

He later ejected Vader, The Undertaker and Hart to win the contest. His second saw him defeat The Rock, earning him a fight against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XIV. Stone Cold claimed his third Rumble victory in 2001 by clotheslining Kane over the top rope.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Royal Rumble has boosted several wrestlers' careers, earning them global recognition and accolades. Here are some frequently asked questions.

Who has won the Royal Rumble 3 times?

The legendary Stone Cold Steve Austin won the Royal Rumble thrice: 1997, 1998, and 2001. He retired from professional wrestling in 2003.

Has anyone won the Royal Rumble back-to-back?

Three wrestlers have won the Royal Rumble back-to-back: Cody Rhodes (2023, 2024), Shawn Michaels (1995 and 996), and Hulk Hogan (1990 and 1991).

Who won the 2024 Royal Rumble?

Cody Rhodes bagged the 2024 edition after eliminating CM Punk in the highly-contested fight in January 2024, as reported by USA Today. Rhodes became the third person to win back-to-back Royal Rumble matches after Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels.

Final word

These 2-time Royal Rumble winners have won several WWE championships that have impacted their profiles, cementing themselves among the best. The winner of the match takes part in the Wrestlemania battle, which significantly boosts their portfolio.

READ ALSO: Which are the 10 best Royal Rumble matches in WWE history?

Sports Brief published a list of the best Royal Rumble matches in history. The contest is one of the most watched in the WWE and has experienced some iconic moments.

The inaugural men's and women's Royal Rumble matches held in 1988 and 2020 are among the best contests fans have experienced. Follow the above link to discover the historic Royal Rumble matches and how they unfolded.

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Grace has over 4 years of experience in article writing and digital media content creation for various local and global brands. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication (Public Relations) from Daystar University, Kenya.