25 Stunning Royal Rumble Match statistics

First Royal Rumble Winner: "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan (1988)

The first-ever Royal Rumble Match set a precedent in WWE history for what all-out chaos could become. Twenty WWE Superstars vied for supremacy, but only one could remain inside the ring victorious. WWE Hall of Famer “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan outlasted the field to have his name etched in WWE history as the first Royal Rumble Match winner. Though there was no prize beyond that evening, WWE’s most patriotic Superstar will always have the distinction of saying he was the first to win one of WWE’s longest-running contests, eliminating The One Man Gang to claim victory.