It seems like the WWE has at least one major surprise entry at every year's Royal Rumbleevent during the Rumble Match. If a WWE Superstar is going to have a match atWrestleMania, a good place to start the build is at theRoyal Rumble. What if the creative team throws the WWE Universe for a loop this year by putting Taker in the 30-man battle royal, suddenly revealing the possibility of Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns atWrestleMania 32? No such rumors have been leaked at this point, but as the WWE likes to say, "anything can happen."

The Undertaker first appeared at the Royal Rumble in 1991, and made his most recent appearance over half a decade ago in 2010.

Even so, The Undertaker has been a part of WrestleMania every year sinceWrestleMania 17 in 2001. He's also the only wrestler to have had a legitimate impact on theRumble three times without officially competing. With speculation thatWrestleMania 32 could be Taker's lastMania, could The Phenom get an early start this year on his "Road toWrestleMania"?The Undertaker will be the sixth in a series of "Royal RumbleRésumé" articles(includingJohn Cena, The Rock,Randy Orton, Triple H and The Big Show)in which we take a look at some of the biggest names in WWE, how they have fared at theRumble in the past, and then make predictions for how they will do this year.

For each WWE Superstar, we will take a look at both their experience in the Rumble Match and in other matches at theRumble PPV.

The Undertaker's singles matches atRoyal Rumble

Having appeared at 16 differentRoyal Rumble events, UT has wrestled in 7 different singles matches at WWE's annual January PPV. With an overall record of 3-4, he's only left theRumble with gold around his waist once (out of 4 opportunities), and has lost two Casket Matches while only winning one of his own.

After losing 75% of his title matches and 67% of a match-type of his own creation, theRoyal Rumble PPV doesn't put out a good vibe for theWrestleMania legend. Plus, two of his four wins were against IRS and Heidenrich, highlighting two of the most insignificant feuds in Undertaker's WWE career.

Royal Rumble Match entry number

Only two people have more Rumble Match entries than UT: Kane and HBK (although Goldust and Big Show will surpass Taker if they both compete this year and Taker does not). A fact rarely shared about UT is that he's the only wrestler to come in at #30 three times. He's also come in at #1. His average entry number over the years is #18 or #19.

Taker's entry has been all over the board in his 10 years, but if he decides to make a surprise return in 2016, expect it to happen near the very end.

Length of stay and elimination order

Of his ten attempts at winning one of the WWE's most prestigious matches, he's only lasted over 15 minutes three times. The one time he won, he only had to last 13:15.

To his credit, his last two attempts (in 2008 and 2009) lasted over thirty minutes each.

Having been tossed as early as 10th and staying until the final five on 4 occasions, the Undertaker's average placing in the Rumble Match is exactly 20th.

Eliminator / eliminated

4th all time in cumulative eliminations, the most Taker has tossed in a single year was 7 in 2002. Even so, he generally eliminates mid- to lower-card participants like Bushwhacker Butch, Jamal of Public Enemy and Snitsky.

In fact, it doesn't necessarily require a legendary status to eliminate the Undertaker from the Rumble Match, as guys like Maven, The Giant Gonzalez and Rikishi have already accomplished the feat.


Realistically, if The Undertaker has any impact at WWE's Royal Rumble 2016, it will probably be like 1999, 2004 and 2006—without UT officially participating.

If he does end up being a surprise entrant in the Rumble, you can expect him to come out near the end, eliminate a few guys who you'll forget about, and then begin a feud that will culminate atWrestleMania 32.

Royal Rumble 2016 will air live on the WWE Network on January 17.

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