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In professional wrestling, a battle royal (sometimes battle royale; plural battles royal or battle royals) is a multi-competitor match type in which wrestlers are eliminated until one is left and declared winner. Typical battle royals begin with 40 participants in the ring, who are then eliminated by being thrown over the top rope and having both feet touch the venue floor.



Created by World Championship Wrestling in 1991, the Battlebowl battle royal involved a multiple ring setup. Wrestlers were first thrown—over the top rope—from the first ring to the second, not actually being eliminated until going over the top rope of the second ring. "Survivors" of the first ring were allowed a rest period until the other ring was cleared.

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.

Gauntlet for the Gold[]

Main article: Gauntlet for the Gold

Gauntlet for the Gold is a variation on the battle royal used by Total Nonstop Action 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.

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.[1]

Reverse battle royal[]

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 in to the ring, at which point a standard last person standing wins the battle royal.[2]

Diva battle royal[]

A diva battle royal is one which features female competitors. However, in this variant divas can be thrown through or under the ropes as well as over the top rope.

Royal Rumble[]

World Wrestling Entertainment's Royal Rumble is a 30-person battle royal with two wrestlers in the ring initially, and the remaining participants are introduced in order in 90 second intervals, rather than all beginning at the same time. In addition, to be eliminated, a wrestler must be thrown over the top rope, with both feet touching the floor. Except on January 30, 2011, it was a 40-person battle royal. The first royal rumble ever held in January 24, 1988 was a 20-man Royal Rumble [3]

World War 3[]

World Championship Wrestling's World War 3 (also III) was an annual three ring, 60-man battle royal. The match begins with the wrestlers spread evenly among the three rings, and when 30 remain they are consolidated into the center ring. For the final year the rules were modified to allow pinfall and submission eliminations and change the consolidation point to 20.[4]

Team variations[]

Team variations of battle royals consist of two or more teams of wrestlers, with the number of wrestlers on each team usually being equal. There are different types of such matches:

  • A team is eliminated when only one wrestler for that team is eliminated.
  • Matches end when there are wrestlers for only one team (the winners), who have not been eliminated.


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Reference in the Puzzle Game Royal Match[]

In The Dock on Area 9 There is a Mermaid Statue Next to the gazebo who almost Exactly Look just like Ariel from the Movie The Little Mermaid.

Trivia/Reference to Royal Match Puzzle Game[]

The wrestling game is named after the puzzle game of the same name Royal Match (Because named after a puzzle game The Monarch King Robert is Divorced so he has to live alone in his castle with his pet dog Duke and his butler Winston so the three had to take care of the castle).

If you know the breed in the puzzle game The king's pet dog Duke who resides in the castle is a Cocker Spaniel.

At the Sanford Children's Hospital When the kids are taken to the Doctor's offices for their appointment There are Paper Models Throughout the Hall we're almost Look just Exactly like King Robert and of course the castle both from the puzzle game Royal Match when they walk past.

In the TV series Game of Thrones there is a character A Baratheon Family Member The king of the Andals and the First Men and the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros was also Named after the Royal Match Game Character.

In the pictures they show King Hubert throwing a fit over going back when he refused to leave the castle the transcript also shows the quotes.

King Stefan (angry): Hubert we're going back to our castle come on

Prince Philip (angry): Yeah Dad we had to go back home come on now you have to leave the castle cause that's Robert's home

Queen Leah (angry): I agree Come on now Hubert we're going back home to the castle

King Hubert (angry): No

King Stefan (angry): Hubert Come on Now We're going back home to the castle

King Hubert (angry): But I don't want to leave I want to stay in his castle

King Robert (angry): Hubert look This is my castle

Queen Leah: Yeah Let's go Hubert You need to leave Robert's castle

King Stefan: Yeah so come on already we're going back home to the castle

King Hubert: Ok

Princess Aurora: Then let's go Hubert back home to our castle

Duke: (Crying)

King Robert: Don't Worry Duke It's Okay The other monarch King Hubert is gone cause you know he is from Sleeping Beauty so He has to go back home to the castle with Aurora Stefan Leah and Philip Alright boy Don't Worry Just Trust Robert Okay Good Boy.

In Facebook There is a reference in the Royal Match puzzle game. In the picture Fiona from the Shrek Franchise was shown lost in the puzzle game because she didn't know to find them however she was lost but she ended up running to the castle (because the castle belongs to Robert.) and Fiona was alone.