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Encyclopedia > Battle royal (professional wrestling)

In professional wrestling, a battle royal (sometimes battle royale; plural battles royal) is a multi-competitor match in which wrestlers are eliminated from the match upon being thrown over the top rope and out of the ring, with both feet touching the floor of the venue. Professional wrestling is generally any form of wrestling in which the wrestlers receive payment for participating. ...

Traditional battle royals usually begin with 10, 15, 20 or more wrestlers in the ring and are continued until one competitor remains. The method of elimination is typically by removing opponents from the ring by throwing them over the top rope (and causing both feet to firmly hit the floor); sometimes, elimination by pinfall or knockout are allowed.



Team battle royals consist of two or more teams of wrestlers (there is usually an equal number of wrestlers on each team). These matches end when there are wrestlers for only one team, who have not been eliminated.

In American women's battles royal, due to the perceived difficulty of throwing opponents over the top rope, eliminations may be permitted by an egress between ropes (with some promotions also consider an egress under the bottom rope as an elimination).

Gauntlet for the Gold

Main article: Gauntlet for the Gold

The Gauntlet for the Gold is a variation on the battle royal held by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Two "randomly selected" wrestlers begin in the ring, with additional wrestlers entering the ring after a set time period (it is therefore desirable to have a high entrance number). Wrestlers are eliminated upon being thrown over the top rope and to the ground below. When only two wrestlers are left, the match becomes a standard singles match. The Gauntlet for the Gold match (also erroneously referred to as the Gauntlet Battle Royal) is a battle royal style matchup held exclusively by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. ... Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) is an American professional wrestling promotion, founded by Jeff Jarrett and his father Jerry Jarrett in May 2002 and now owned by Panda Energy International. ...

Hardcore battle royal

A match with hardcore rules (no disqualification, no countouts) between several competitors. Unlike typical battle royals, entrants are not eliminated by touching the arena floor - indeed, fighting may continue anywhere in the arena.

An hardcore battle royal was held at WrestleMania 2000 for the WWF Hardcore Championship. The match lasted for 15 minutes, with the title changing hands whenever the champion was pinned (with the pinned wrestler permitted to continue). The wrestler who held the title at the end of the 15 minutes was declared the winner of the match. WrestleMania 2000 (sometimes referred to as WrestleMania XVI) was the sixteenth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... World Wrestling Entertainments Hardcore Championship is a championship defended under hardcore rules: // No Disqualifications, meaning all weapons are legal. ...

Royal Rumble

Main article: Royal Rumble

The Royal Rumble is a 30-person battle royal held annually in the month of January by World Wrestling Entertainment. It is held under standard battle royal rules, with the exception that two wrestlers begin in the ring and more wrestlers enter the ring after a set time period, rather than all the wrestlers beginning in the ring. Official Royal Rumble logo. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ...

Three-ring, 60-man battle royal

In a three-ring, 60-man battle royal, a wrestler can be eliminated via pinfall, submission or by exiting the ring onto the floor in any way (not just simply from over the top rope). In addition, this match takes place with a total of sixty wrestlers divided among three different rings. When the field is reduced to 20 wrestlers, they are all moved into one ring and the match continues under the same rules until only one man is left. All wrestlers begin the match at the same time (as opposed to entering at intervals).

World Championship Wrestling held this match annually at their November "World War III" pay-per-view event from 1995 to 1998. Randy Savage won the first three-ring, 60-man battle royal, and was thus awarded the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Championship. In later years, the match was used to determine the number one contender to the title. World Championship Wrestling or WCW, was a highly successful professional wrestling promotion that was based in Atlanta and existed from 1986 to 2001. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Pay-per-view is the name given to a system by which television viewers can call and order events to be seen on TV and pay for the private telecast of that event to their homes later. ... Randall Mario Poffo, (born November 15, 1952 in Columbus, Ohio), better known by his ring name Macho Man Randy Savage (and alternately Randy Macho Man Savage), is a professional wrestler who achieved prominence in the World Wrestling Federation and later World Championship Wrestling. ... WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt (1994-2001) The WCW World Heavyweight Championship was the primary championship in the World Championship Wrestling professional wrestling organization. ...

External link

  • A description of the battle royal at WWE.com



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