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8th Feb '17 12:49:03 AM dbfnq
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** Although ChrisBenoit did take advantage of a different loophole due to the brand split that divided wrestlers between the Raw and Smackdown shows. Benoit was a Smackdown wrestler when he won the Rumble, but after he earned a world championship match it was pointed out that no rule said he had to challenge for the ''Smackdown'' world title. Instead he turned up on the next Raw to challenge for that belt.
23rd Oct '16 6:36:34 AM Gimere
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* On the 2/5/01 edition of Raw Is War, Vince [=McMahon=] announced a Three Stages of Hell match between Steve Austin and Triple H at ''Wtestling/NoWayOut'' to settle their differences. [=McMahon=] then instituted a "zero tolerance" decree and said that if either man attacked the other before No Way Out, Austin would lose his WrestleMania match and Triple H would be suspended for six months. After Austin signed his name on paper, Triple H struck him in the back of the head with the clipboard and assaulted him. He then revealed to an irate [=McMahon )=] that he still had to sign the contract, which he then did.

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* On the 2/5/01 edition of Raw Is War, Vince [=McMahon=] announced a Three Stages of Hell match between Steve Austin and Triple H at ''Wtestling/NoWayOut'' to settle their differences. [=McMahon=] then instituted a "zero tolerance" decree and said that if either man attacked the other before No Way Out, Austin would lose his WrestleMania match and Triple H would be suspended for six months. After Austin signed his name on paper, Triple H struck him in the back of the head with the clipboard and assaulted him. He then revealed to an irate [=McMahon )=] [=McMahon=] that he still had to sign the contract, which he then did.
23rd Oct '16 6:34:48 AM Gimere
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* The ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'' match is technically inter-gender because it's open to ''all'' divisions, including [[Characters/WWEDivas Divas]], and there have been three so far[[note]]Wrestling/{{Chyna}} in 1999 and 2000, Wrestling/BethPhoenix in 2010, and [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Kharma]] in 2012[[/note]]. Since the winner is given a chance to challenge the current champion (in this case WWE World Heavyweight Champion), but there ''isn't a rule it has to be a guy'', if a diva enters and wins the Royal Rumble, she could, in theory, challenge the current champion, even if it's an inter-gender since the WWE Divas Championship, WWE Intercontinental Championship, nor WWE United States Championship is mention... it used to be the WWE Championship or World Heavyweight before it was unified.
* Others have pointed out that nothing in the rules explicitly states that the winner must challenge for a ''WWE'' world championship (which is assumed to be a given); all it says is that the winner gets a championship match at ''[=WrestleMania=]''. Thus, the winner could theoretically jump promotions by challenging for the Wrestling/{{TNA}} Heavyweight Championship, necessitating [[CanonWelding a cross-promotional main event]] at ''[=WrestleMania=]'' (although this has, of course, never actually happened).

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* The ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'' match is technically inter-gender because it's open to ''all'' divisions, including [[Characters/WWEDivas Divas]], female wrestlers]], and there have been three female entrants so far[[note]]Wrestling/{{Chyna}} in 1999 and 2000, Wrestling/BethPhoenix in 2010, and [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Kharma]] in 2012[[/note]]. Since the winner is given a chance to challenge the current champion (in this case WWE World Heavyweight Champion), but there ''isn't a rule it has to be a guy'', if a diva woman enters and wins the Royal Rumble, she could, in theory, challenge the current champion, even if it's an inter-gender since the WWE Divas Championship, WWE Intercontinental Championship, nor WWE United States Championship is mention... it used to be the WWE Championship or World Heavyweight before it was unified.
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* Others have pointed out that nothing in the rules explicitly states that the winner must challenge for a ''WWE'' world championship (which is (because it's assumed to be a given); all it says is that the winner gets a championship match at ''[=WrestleMania=]''. ''Wrestling/WrestleMania''. Thus, the winner could theoretically jump promotions by challenging challenge for another promotion's championship (e.g. the Wrestling/{{TNA}} Heavyweight Championship, Championship), necessitating [[CanonWelding a cross-promotional main event]] at ''[=WrestleMania=]'' (although this has, of course, never actually happened).



*** Those won't aren't entrants can do this to just as long the referees don't see them. At the 1999, The Undertaker simply had the room darken in order to have [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield The]] [[Wrestling/RonSimmons Acolytes]] and [[Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness Mideon]] to go get Mabel [[spoiler: in order to turn him into Viscera]].

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*** Those won't who aren't entrants can do this to just as long the referees don't see them. At the 1999, The Undertaker simply had the room darken in order to have [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield The]] [[Wrestling/RonSimmons Acolytes]] and [[Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness Mideon]] to go get Mabel [[spoiler: in order to turn him into Viscera]].



** Three: The feet have to be on the mat to count as an elimination, but there are no rules against any method to avoid elimination.

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** Three: The feet have to be on the mat to count as an elimination, but there are no rules against any method to avoid elimination.elimination, including:



*** Most famous example of this was in the 1999 Royal Rumble when both Steve Austin and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon went through the ropes and returned later on, though the latter had help in hopes of keeping the former from return in order to have him eliminated since that can be happened if the wrestler isn't able to return. [[spoiler: It didnít work, as Austin was able to return by driving an ambulance while Wrestling/TheUndertaker was taking Mabel]].

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*** Most A famous example of this was in the 1999 Royal Rumble when both Steve Austin and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon went through the ropes and returned later on, though the latter had help in hopes of keeping the former from return in order to have him eliminated since that can be happened if the wrestler isn't able to return. [[spoiler: It didnít work, as Austin was able to return by driving an ambulance while Wrestling/TheUndertaker The Undertaker was taking Mabel]].



** Nine: Speaking of which, size doesn't matter: much like Divas, those with dwarfism are also allowed, such as Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} in 2011 and El Torito in 2014.
** One loophole that was considered, but never actually played involved Zach Gowen, a one-legged wrestler that, the script said, could not be eliminated because he doesn't have "both feet".

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** Nine: Speaking of which, size doesn't matter: much like Divas, the women, those with dwarfism are also allowed, such as Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} in 2011 and El Torito in 2014.
** One loophole that was considered, but never actually played involved Zach Gowen, a one-legged wrestler that, the wrestler--the script said, said he could not be eliminated because he doesn't have "both feet".



* This is the main reason why Wrestling/ReyMysterio was allowed to keep his mask in the WWE in spite of the fact that he was unmasked in WCW. He was unmasked as Rey Mysterio ''Jr.'', and by dropping the "Jr." In his ring name, he was representing his uncle's image on TV. At least, that's the ''official'' ruling -- the reality is because Wrestling/EricBischoff's handling of his unmasking was extremely disrespectful, especially when his reasoning for doing so was that masked wrestlers weren't "marketable" (which, as the thousands of Rey Mysterio masks amongst legions of WWE fans can tell you, is the ''farthest'' from the truth). This angered the commission enough to allow Rey to re-mask without any repercussions. (Even then- Mysterio would wrestle under the mask in the United States and in most countries, but wrestled unmasked in events in Mexico, either past WCW's closing or in the WWE, until 2006, passing the time period given before a unmasked wrestler is allowed to re-mask.)
* On the 2/5/01 edition of Raw Is War, Vince McMahon announced a Three Stages of Hell match between Steve Austin and Triple H at No Way Out to settle their differences. McMahon then instituted a "zero tolerance" decree and said that if either man attacked the other before No Way Out, Austin would lose his WrestleMania match and Triple H would be suspended for six months. After Austin signed his name on paper, Triple H struck him in the back of the head with the clipboard and assaulted him. He then revealed to an irate McMahon that he still had to sign the contract, which he then did.

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* This is the main reason why Wrestling/ReyMysterio was allowed to keep his mask in the WWE in spite of the fact that he was unmasked in WCW. He was unmasked as Rey Mysterio ''Jr.'', and by dropping the "Jr." In his ring name, he was representing his uncle's image on TV. At least, that's the ''official'' ruling -- the reality is because Wrestling/EricBischoff's handling of his unmasking was extremely disrespectful, especially when his reasoning for doing so was that masked wrestlers weren't "marketable" (which, as the thousands of Rey Mysterio masks amongst legions of WWE fans can tell you, is the ''farthest'' from the truth). This angered the commission enough to allow Rey to re-mask without any repercussions. (Even then- Mysterio would wrestle under the mask in the United States and in most countries, but wrestled unmasked in events in Mexico, either past WCW's closing or in the WWE, until 2006, passing the time period given before a unmasked wrestler is allowed to re-mask.)
* On the 2/5/01 edition of Raw Is War, Vince McMahon [=McMahon=] announced a Three Stages of Hell match between Steve Austin and Triple H at No Way Out ''Wtestling/NoWayOut'' to settle their differences. McMahon [=McMahon=] then instituted a "zero tolerance" decree and said that if either man attacked the other before No Way Out, Austin would lose his WrestleMania match and Triple H would be suspended for six months. After Austin signed his name on paper, Triple H struck him in the back of the head with the clipboard and assaulted him. He then revealed to an irate McMahon [=McMahon )=] that he still had to sign the contract, which he then did.
27th Aug '16 1:25:01 PM JC96
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* On the 2/5/01 edition of Raw Is War, Vince McMahon announced a Three Stages of Hell match between Steve Austin and Triple H at No Way Out to settle their differences. McMahon then instituted a "zero tolerance" decree and said that if either man attacked the other before No Way Out, Austin would lose his WrestleMania match and Triple H would be suspended for six months. After Austin signed his name on paper, Triple H struck him in the back of the head with the clipboard and assaulted him. He then revealed to an irate McMahon that he still had to sign the contract, which he then did.
19th Apr '16 10:22:20 PM Reflecto
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* This is the main reason why Wrestling/ReyMysterio was allowed to keep his mask in the WWE in spite of the fact that he was unmasked in WCW. He was unmasked as Rey Mysterio ''Jr.'', and by dropping the "Jr." In his ring name, he was representing his uncle's image on TV. At least, that's the ''official'' ruling -- the reality is because Wrestling/EricBischoff's handling of his unmasking was extremely disrespectful, especially when his reasoning for doing so was that masked wrestlers weren't "marketable" (which, as the thousands of Rey Mysterio masks amongst legions of WWE fans can tell you, is the ''farthest'' from the truth). This angered the commission enough to allow Rey to re-mask without any repercussions.

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* This is the main reason why Wrestling/ReyMysterio was allowed to keep his mask in the WWE in spite of the fact that he was unmasked in WCW. He was unmasked as Rey Mysterio ''Jr.'', and by dropping the "Jr." In his ring name, he was representing his uncle's image on TV. At least, that's the ''official'' ruling -- the reality is because Wrestling/EricBischoff's handling of his unmasking was extremely disrespectful, especially when his reasoning for doing so was that masked wrestlers weren't "marketable" (which, as the thousands of Rey Mysterio masks amongst legions of WWE fans can tell you, is the ''farthest'' from the truth). This angered the commission enough to allow Rey to re-mask without any repercussions. (Even then- Mysterio would wrestle under the mask in the United States and in most countries, but wrestled unmasked in events in Mexico, either past WCW's closing or in the WWE, until 2006, passing the time period given before a unmasked wrestler is allowed to re-mask.)
29th Mar '16 7:10:41 AM Gimere
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* The ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'' match is technically inter-gender because it's open to ''all'' divisions, including [[Characters/WWEDivas Divas]] and there have been three so far[[note]]Wrestling/{{Chyna}} in 1999 and 2000, Wrestling/BethPhoenix in 2010, and [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Kharma]] in 2012[[/note]]. Since the winner is given a chance to challenge the current champion (in this case WWE World Heavyweight Champion), but there ''isn't a rule it has to be a guy''. Therefore, if a diva enters and wins the Royal Rumble, she could in theory challenge the current champion, even if it's an inter-gender since the WWE Divas Championship, WWE Intercontinental Championship, nor WWE United States Championship is mention... it used to be the WWE Championship or World Heavyweight before it was unified.

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* The ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'' match is technically inter-gender because it's open to ''all'' divisions, including [[Characters/WWEDivas Divas]] Divas]], and there have been three so far[[note]]Wrestling/{{Chyna}} in 1999 and 2000, Wrestling/BethPhoenix in 2010, and [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Kharma]] in 2012[[/note]]. Since the winner is given a chance to challenge the current champion (in this case WWE World Heavyweight Champion), but there ''isn't a rule it has to be a guy''. Therefore, guy'', if a diva enters and wins the Royal Rumble, she could could, in theory theory, challenge the current champion, even if it's an inter-gender since the WWE Divas Championship, WWE Intercontinental Championship, nor WWE United States Championship is mention... it used to be the WWE Championship or World Heavyweight before it was unified.



** One: Have to been seen by the referee in order for an elimination to count. Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin took advantage of this at the 1997 Rumble while the referees had to deal with Wrestling/TerryFunk and [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] when Wrestling/BretHart eliminated him, but Austin got back into the ring because of the distraction and the ring announcers didn't have a say... the referees do.

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** One: Have to been seen by the referee in order for an elimination to count. Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin took advantage of this at the 1997 Rumble while the referees had to deal with Wrestling/TerryFunk and [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] when Wrestling/BretHart eliminated him, but Austin got back into the ring because of the distraction and the ring announcers didn't have a say... say, the referees do.did.



** Three: The feet have to be on the mat to count as elimination, but there are no rules against any method to avoid elimination.

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** Three: The feet have to be on the mat to count as an elimination, but there are no rules against any method to avoid elimination.



** Four: Elimination by going over the top Rope only, through the ropes or under them doesn't count. Many wrestlers had this happened and they were safe because of it.
*** Most famous example of this was in the 1999 Royal Rumble when both Steven Austin and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon went through the ropes and returned later on, though the latter had help in hopes of keeping the former from return in order to have him eliminated since that can be happened if the wrestler isn't able to return. [[spoiler: It didnít work, as Austin was able to return by driving an ambulance while Wrestling/TheUndertaker was taking Mabel]].

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** Four: Elimination by going over the top Rope rope only, through the ropes or under them doesn't count. Many wrestlers had this happened and they were safe because of it.
*** Most famous example of this was in the 1999 Royal Rumble when both Steven Steve Austin and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon went through the ropes and returned later on, though the latter had help in hopes of keeping the former from return in order to have him eliminated since that can be happened if the wrestler isn't able to return. [[spoiler: It didnít work, as Austin was able to return by driving an ambulance while Wrestling/TheUndertaker was taking Mabel]].



*** Mick Foley and Terry Funk did just that in 1998, although a chainsaw brought by Funk should've been banned [[note]] a referee did remove the chainsaw, much to the relief of Wrestling/JerryLawler[[/note]] while the former brought in trash cans and steel chairs, which are okay. Later on, Austin used his [[Main/ImprobableWeaponUser jacket.]]

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*** Mick Foley and Terry Funk did just that in 1998, although a chainsaw brought by Funk should've been banned [[note]] a referee did remove the chainsaw, much to the relief of Wrestling/JerryLawler[[/note]] while the former brought in trash cans and steel chairs, which are okay. Later on, Austin used [[ImprobableWeaponUser his [[Main/ImprobableWeaponUser jacket.]]



*** Wrestling/JakeTheSnakeRoberts brought one in 1989 in order to deal with Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes who's afraid of snakes]]. He did it again in 1996 and 1997, though Steve Austin wasnít going to let that happened. The snakes were later removed and [[ObviousRulePatch hopefully this is changed]] to only allow humans, though dressing up as an animal like a bull is still okay... we're looking at you El Torito.
** Nine: Speaking of which, size doesn't matter... much like Divas, those with dwarfism are also allowed, such as Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} in 2011 and El Torito in 2014.

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*** Wrestling/JakeTheSnakeRoberts brought one in 1989 in order to deal with Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes who's afraid of snakes]]. He did it again in 1996 and 1997, though Steve Austin wasnít going to let that happened. The snakes were later removed and [[ObviousRulePatch hopefully this is changed]] to only allow humans, though dressing up as an animal like a bull is still okay... we're okay--we're looking at you you, El Torito.
** Nine: Speaking of which, size doesn't matter... matter: much like Divas, those with dwarfism are also allowed, such as Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} in 2011 and El Torito in 2014.



** Ten is a spoof one: If for some reason you cannot enter the match or are prevented from entering it and the match ends before you can climb in the ring, then, technically, you're "still in the Royal Rumble Match." Of course, this loophole doesn't count because the match has to end ''sometime'', and anyone who does not enter the match - for whatever reason - is considered a "no-show" and is forfeited. But in 2015 that didn't prevent Wrestling/CurtisAxel, who was attacked from behind by non-entrant Wrestling/ErickRowan and knocked unconscious just as he was about to enter, to rant about "never having been eliminated" for ''more than three months'' after the event ended. This mindset [[SanitySlippage gradually drove him insane]] - and, oddly enough, culminated in his HeelFaceTurn.

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** Ten is a spoof one: If for some reason you cannot enter the match or are prevented from entering it and the match ends before you can climb in the ring, then, technically, you're "still in the Royal Rumble Match." Of course, this loophole doesn't count because the match has to end ''sometime'', and anyone who does not enter the match - for whatever reason - is considered a "no-show" and is forfeited. But in 2015 that didn't prevent Wrestling/CurtisAxel, who was attacked from behind by non-entrant Wrestling/ErickRowan and knocked unconscious just as he was about to enter, to rant about "never having been eliminated" for ''more more than three ''three months'' after the event ended. This mindset [[SanitySlippage gradually drove him insane]] - and, oddly enough, culminated in his HeelFaceTurn.



* In a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ring of Fire]] Match, having a wrestler set on fire no longer will result in a win unlike itsí predecessor [[note]]Inferno Match, set in a ring surrounded by fire[[/note]], but it can only be won by pinfall or submission. The fire is to prevent outside interference, but thereís no rule barring anyone from simply putting down a fire-resistant blanket to create a path to allow it. Wrestling/LukeHarper and Wrestling/ErickRowan resorted to this to help Wrestling/BrayWyatt deal with Wrestling/{{Kane}} at SummerSlam 2013.
* When it comes to an ''open'' championship match (which is "open" to anyone standing in the ring when the opening bell chimes), you can run across the ring upon the bell being ringed and stay underneath until the right moment; the match would still be valid. A [[Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} certain leprechaun]] was able to get the cruiserweight by doing that at ''The Great American Bash'' in 2007!

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* In a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ring of Fire]] Match, having a wrestler set on fire no longer will result in a win unlike itsí its predecessor [[note]]Inferno [[note]]the Inferno Match, set in a ring surrounded by fire[[/note]], but it can only be won by pinfall or submission. The fire is to prevent outside interference, but thereís no rule barring anyone from simply putting down a fire-resistant blanket to create a path to allow it. Wrestling/LukeHarper and Wrestling/ErickRowan resorted to this to help Wrestling/BrayWyatt deal with Wrestling/{{Kane}} at SummerSlam 2013.
''Wrestling/SummerSlam 2013''.
* When it comes to an ''open'' "open" championship match (which is "open" to anyone standing in the ring when the opening bell chimes), you can run across the ring upon the bell being ringed and stay underneath until the right moment; the match would still be valid. A [[Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} certain leprechaun]] was able to get the cruiserweight by doing that at ''The Great American Bash'' in 2007!



* Really, anything with Wrestling/KofiKingston will definitely have him use LoopholeAbuse somehow. At the Wrestlemania XXX Andre the Giant Battle Royal, he was hurled over the ring post, with his feet landing on the bottom ring step, to avoid elimination.
* In Extreme Rules 2012, there was a Table Match between Wrestling/TheBigShow and Wrestling/CodyRhodes in which the winning stipulation was to have someone thrown through a table to win. However, They didn't specify ''how'' the table cold be broken, which is why Cody won when he kicked Big Show as he attempted to get back into the ring, stepping on and ''breaking'' the table. Show's OhCrap look when he broke it and the ring announcers' total disbelief over it is priceless.

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* Really, anything with Wrestling/KofiKingston will definitely have him use LoopholeAbuse somehow. At the Wrestlemania XXX ''Wrestling/WrestleMania XXX'' Andre the Giant Battle Royal, he was hurled over the ring post, with his feet landing on the bottom ring step, to avoid elimination.
* In Extreme At ''Extreme Rules 2012, 2012'', there was a Table Match between Wrestling/TheBigShow and Wrestling/CodyRhodes in which the winning stipulation was to have someone thrown through a table to win. However, They didn't specify ''how'' the table cold be broken, which is why Cody won when he kicked Big Show as he attempted to get back into the ring, stepping on and ''breaking'' the table. Show's OhCrap look when he broke it and the ring announcers' total disbelief over it is priceless.



* At Wrestlemania 31, Wrestling/SethRollins cashed in his Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank briefcase on the champion, Wrestling/BrockLesnar. What's unusual about that? Lesnar was in the middle of a championship match with Wrestling/RomanReigns at the time. Apparently there wasn't any rule saying that he couldn't cash in ''during'' a championship match, thus making it into a triple threat- which he then proceeded to win.

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* At Wrestlemania 31, ''[=WrestleMania=] 31'', Wrestling/SethRollins cashed in his Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank briefcase on the champion, Wrestling/BrockLesnar. What's unusual about that? Lesnar was in the middle of a championship match with Wrestling/RomanReigns at the time. Apparently there wasn't any rule saying that he couldn't cash in ''during'' a championship match, thus making it into a triple threat- which he then proceeded to win.
28th Feb '16 9:38:24 PM RevDave
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*** Wrestling/KofiKingston has made a RunningGag out of avoiding elimination this way: He landed on his hands and ''handstand-walked'' back to the ring in 2012 (winning a Slammy for it). Then, in 2013, he was thrown from the ring to the announcer's table, stole JBL's chair and ''bunny-hopped'' back. In 2014, he landed on the barricade and did a running jump from to the ring mat. In 2015 and 2016 he received unexpected help first from the Rosebuds, who caught him instead of Wrestling/AdamRose, and the following year from his teammates in Wrestling/TheNewDay, who paraded him around on their shoulders outside the ring.

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*** Wrestling/KofiKingston has made a RunningGag out of avoiding elimination this way: He landed on his hands and ''handstand-walked'' back to the ring in 2012 (winning a Slammy for it). Then, in 2013, he was thrown from the ring to the announcer's table, stole JBL's chair and ''bunny-hopped'' back. In 2014, he landed on the barricade and did a running jump from to the ring mat.apron. In 2015 and 2016 he received unexpected help first from the Rosebuds, who caught him instead of Wrestling/AdamRose, and the following year from his teammates in Wrestling/TheNewDay, who paraded him around on their shoulders outside the ring.
28th Feb '16 9:37:39 PM RevDave
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*** Hand walkingÖ Wrestling/KofiKingston resorted to this in 2012, winning a Slammy for it. Then, bunny hopped on JBL's announcer chair in 2013, and then did a running jump from the barricade to the ring mat in 2014. 2015 had him receive some unexpected help from the Rosebuds, who caught him instead of Wrestling/AdamRose.
** Four: Top Rope only, through the ropes doesn't count. Many wrestlers had this happened and they were safe because of it.

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*** Hand walkingÖ Wrestling/KofiKingston resorted to has made a RunningGag out of avoiding elimination this way: He landed on his hands and ''handstand-walked'' back to the ring in 2012, winning 2012 (winning a Slammy for it. it). Then, bunny hopped on in 2013, he was thrown from the ring to the announcer's table, stole JBL's announcer chair in 2013, and then ''bunny-hopped'' back. In 2014, he landed on the barricade and did a running jump from the barricade to the ring mat in 2014. mat. In 2015 had him receive some and 2016 he received unexpected help first from the Rosebuds, who caught him instead of Wrestling/AdamRose.
Wrestling/AdamRose, and the following year from his teammates in Wrestling/TheNewDay, who paraded him around on their shoulders outside the ring.
** Four: Top Elimination by going over the top Rope only, through the ropes or under them doesn't count. Many wrestlers had this happened and they were safe because of it.



*** Six: There are no rules on bringing in a weapon.
*** Mick Foley and Terry Funk did just that in 1998, although a chainsaw brought by the latter should've been banned [[note]] a referee did remove the chainsaw, much to the relief of Wrestling/JerryLawler[[/note]] while the former brought in trash cans and steel chairs, which are okay. Later on, Austin used his [[Main/ImprobableWeaponUser jacket.]]

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*** ** Six: There are no rules on bringing in a weapon.
*** Mick Foley and Terry Funk did just that in 1998, although a chainsaw brought by the latter Funk should've been banned [[note]] a referee did remove the chainsaw, much to the relief of Wrestling/JerryLawler[[/note]] while the former brought in trash cans and steel chairs, which are okay. Later on, Austin used his [[Main/ImprobableWeaponUser jacket.]]
9th Feb '16 3:40:53 PM Gimere
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* The Wrestling/RoyalRumble match has a ''lot'' of Loophole Abuse:
** The match is technically inter-gender because it's open to ''all'' divisions, including [[Characters/WWEDivas Divas]] and there have been three so far[[note]]Wrestling/{{Chyna}} in 1999 and 2000, Wrestling/BethPhoenix in 2010, and [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Kharma]] in 2012[[/note]]. Since the winner is given a chance to challenge the current champion (in this case WWE World Heavyweight Champion), but there ''isn't a rule it has to be a guy''. Therefore, if a diva enters and wins the Royal Rumble, she could in theory challenge the current champion, even if it's an inter-gender since the WWE Divas Championship, WWE Intercontinental Championship, nor WWE United States Championship is mention... it used to be the WWE Championship or World Heavyweight before it was unified.
** Others have pointed out that nothing in the rules explicitly states that the winner must challenge for a ''WWE'' world championship (which is assumed to be a given); all it says is that the winner gets a championship match at ''[=WrestleMania=]''. Thus, the winner could theoretically jump promotions by challenging for the Wrestling/{{TNA}} Heavyweight Championship, necessitating [[CanonWelding a cross-promotional main event]] at ''[=WrestleMania=]'' (although this has, of course, never actually happened).
** In recent years, ''the commentators themselves'' have been eligible to be named as Royal Rumble participants, which can lead to surreal scenarios such as that of the 2012 match, when Wrestling/JerryLawler, Wrestling/BookerT and Wrestling/MichaelCole were all entered and at one point were out of their seats at the same time (actually, Lawler and Booker had already been eliminated, but the Rumble is a No-DQ match so ain't no rule an outside party can't get involved), so for a very brief period of time ''nobody'' was calling the match!
** The Rumble is also open to any human being on the planet Earth. So in 2001, actor Drew Carey was able to be entered despite not even being a WWE employee!
** One of the main rules of the Royal Rumble Match, for an entrant to be eliminated both feet have to touch the ground after being toss over the top rope. However, many wrestlers got around some loopholes:
*** One: Have to been seen by the referee in order for an elimination to count. Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin took advantage of this at the 1997 Rumble while the referees had to deal with Wrestling/TerryFunk and [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] when Wrestling/BretHart eliminated him, but Austin got back into the ring because of the distraction and the ring announcers didn't have a say... the referees do.
**** Those won't aren't entrants can do this to just as long the referees don't see them. At the 1999, The Undertaker simply had the room darken in order to have [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield The]] [[Wrestling/RonSimmons Acolytes]] and [[Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness Mideon]] to go get Mabel [[spoiler: in order to turn him into Viscera]].
*** Two: ''Both'' feet have to be on the ground in order to count. At the 1995 Royal Rumble, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels had one foot after being tossed over the top ropes by [[Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith The British Bulldog]] but not the other one, which was still in the ring.
*** Three: The feet have to be on the mat to count as elimination, but there are no rules against any method to avoid elimination.
**** Landing on a fallen wrestler, as [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]] did by jumping on Wrestling/TheMiz and Wrestling/JohnMorrison in 2009.
**** Landing and walking on the railing to the steel steps, like Wrestling/JohnMorrison did in 2011.
**** Hand walkingÖ Wrestling/KofiKingston resorted to this in 2012, winning a Slammy for it. Then, bunny hopped on JBL's announcer chair in 2013, and then did a running jump from the barricade to the ring mat in 2014. 2015 had him receive some unexpected help from the Rosebuds, who caught him instead of Wrestling/AdamRose.
*** Four: Top Rope only, through the ropes doesn't count. Many wrestlers had this happened and they were safe because of it.
**** Most famous example of this was in the 1999 Royal Rumble when both Steven Austin and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon went through the ropes and returned later on, though the latter had help in hopes of keeping the former from return in order to have him eliminated since that can be happened if the wrestler isn't able to return. [[spoiler: It didnít work, as Austin was able to return by driving an ambulance while Wrestling/TheUndertaker was taking Mabel]].
**** However, holding on the top rope and getting back in is considered safe. Wrestling/SantinoMarella thought he got Wrestling/KofiKingston, Wrestling/ChrisJericho, Wrestling/DolphZiggler, and Wrestling/CodyRhodes by throwing them over the rope, as the rule states, only to discover all the men held on and who can guess who's next.
**** Hiding underneath the ring, provided you were tossed through the ropes, can help you avoid elimination just as long you'll be able to return. Wrestling/JerryLawler tried in 1996, only to be caught and later eliminated by [[Wrestling/ShawnMichaels another]] who was thrown the through ropes and knew where to find Lawler.
**** Look closely during the 1997 Rumble and you can catch Austin diving under the ropes after Ahmed Johnson eliminates Farooq.
*** Five: The only way to get a disqualification is going before your number. When your number is up after the ten-count, how you enter isnít listed and you can enter the match in other ways.
**** Steve Austin did this at the 1998 Royal Rumble by going through the French Commentators when he was called.

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* The Wrestling/RoyalRumble match has a ''lot'' of Loophole Abuse:
** The
''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'' match is technically inter-gender because it's open to ''all'' divisions, including [[Characters/WWEDivas Divas]] and there have been three so far[[note]]Wrestling/{{Chyna}} in 1999 and 2000, Wrestling/BethPhoenix in 2010, and [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Kharma]] in 2012[[/note]]. Since the winner is given a chance to challenge the current champion (in this case WWE World Heavyweight Champion), but there ''isn't a rule it has to be a guy''. Therefore, if a diva enters and wins the Royal Rumble, she could in theory challenge the current champion, even if it's an inter-gender since the WWE Divas Championship, WWE Intercontinental Championship, nor WWE United States Championship is mention... it used to be the WWE Championship or World Heavyweight before it was unified.
** * Others have pointed out that nothing in the rules explicitly states that the winner must challenge for a ''WWE'' world championship (which is assumed to be a given); all it says is that the winner gets a championship match at ''[=WrestleMania=]''. Thus, the winner could theoretically jump promotions by challenging for the Wrestling/{{TNA}} Heavyweight Championship, necessitating [[CanonWelding a cross-promotional main event]] at ''[=WrestleMania=]'' (although this has, of course, never actually happened).
** * In recent years, ''the commentators themselves'' have been eligible to be named as Royal Rumble participants, which can lead to surreal scenarios such as that of the 2012 match, when Wrestling/JerryLawler, Wrestling/BookerT and Wrestling/MichaelCole were all entered and at one point were out of their seats at the same time (actually, Lawler and Booker had already been eliminated, but the Rumble is a No-DQ match so ain't no rule an outside party can't get involved), so for a very brief period of time ''nobody'' was calling the match!
** * The Rumble is also open to any human being on the planet Earth. So in 2001, actor Drew Carey was able to be entered despite not even being a WWE employee!
** * One of the main rules of the Royal Rumble Match, for an entrant to be eliminated both feet have to touch the ground after being toss over the top rope. However, many wrestlers got around some loopholes:
*** ** One: Have to been seen by the referee in order for an elimination to count. Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin took advantage of this at the 1997 Rumble while the referees had to deal with Wrestling/TerryFunk and [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] when Wrestling/BretHart eliminated him, but Austin got back into the ring because of the distraction and the ring announcers didn't have a say... the referees do.
**** *** Those won't aren't entrants can do this to just as long the referees don't see them. At the 1999, The Undertaker simply had the room darken in order to have [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield The]] [[Wrestling/RonSimmons Acolytes]] and [[Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness Mideon]] to go get Mabel [[spoiler: in order to turn him into Viscera]].
*** ** Two: ''Both'' feet have to be on the ground in order to count. At the 1995 Royal Rumble, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels had one foot after being tossed over the top ropes by [[Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith The British Bulldog]] but not the other one, which was still in the ring.
*** ** Three: The feet have to be on the mat to count as elimination, but there are no rules against any method to avoid elimination.
**** *** Landing on a fallen wrestler, as [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]] did by jumping on Wrestling/TheMiz and Wrestling/JohnMorrison in 2009.
**** *** Landing and walking on the railing to the steel steps, like Wrestling/JohnMorrison did in 2011.
**** *** Hand walkingÖ Wrestling/KofiKingston resorted to this in 2012, winning a Slammy for it. Then, bunny hopped on JBL's announcer chair in 2013, and then did a running jump from the barricade to the ring mat in 2014. 2015 had him receive some unexpected help from the Rosebuds, who caught him instead of Wrestling/AdamRose.
*** ** Four: Top Rope only, through the ropes doesn't count. Many wrestlers had this happened and they were safe because of it.
**** *** Most famous example of this was in the 1999 Royal Rumble when both Steven Austin and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon went through the ropes and returned later on, though the latter had help in hopes of keeping the former from return in order to have him eliminated since that can be happened if the wrestler isn't able to return. [[spoiler: It didnít work, as Austin was able to return by driving an ambulance while Wrestling/TheUndertaker was taking Mabel]].
**** *** However, holding on the top rope and getting back in is considered safe. Wrestling/SantinoMarella thought he got Wrestling/KofiKingston, Wrestling/ChrisJericho, Wrestling/DolphZiggler, and Wrestling/CodyRhodes by throwing them over the rope, as the rule states, only to discover all the men held on and who can guess who's next.
**** *** Hiding underneath the ring, provided you were tossed through the ropes, can help you avoid elimination just as long you'll be able to return. Wrestling/JerryLawler tried in 1996, only to be caught and later eliminated by [[Wrestling/ShawnMichaels another]] who was thrown the through ropes and knew where to find Lawler.
**** *** Look closely during the 1997 Rumble and you can catch Austin diving under the ropes after Ahmed Johnson eliminates Farooq.
*** ** Five: The only way to get a disqualification is going before your number. When your number is up after the ten-count, how you enter isnít listed and you can enter the match in other ways.
**** *** Steve Austin did this at the 1998 Royal Rumble by going through the French Commentators when he was called.



**** Mick Foley and Terry Funk did just that in 1998, although a chainsaw brought by the latter should've been banned [[note]] a referee did remove the chainsaw, much to the relief of Wrestling/JerryLawler[[/note]] while the former brought in trash cans and steel chairs, which are okay. Later on, Austin used his [[Main/ImprobableWeaponUser jacket.]]
*** Seven: One gimmick at a time, but there are no rules on multiple ones by the same person.
**** Foley took advantage of this in 1998 with his: Cactus Jack, Mankind, and Dude Love.
*** Eight: There wasnít a rule about [[AnimalAthleteLoophole snakes]] in the Royal Rumble.
**** Wrestling/JakeTheSnakeRoberts brought one in 1989 in order to deal with Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes who's afraid of snakes]]. He did it again in 1996 and 1997, though Steve Austin wasnít going to let that happened. The snakes were later removed and [[ObviousRulePatch hopefully this is changed]] to only allow humans, though dressing up as an animal like a bull is still okay... we're looking at you El Torito.
*** Nine: Speaking of which, size doesn't matter... much like Divas, those with dwarfism are ALSO ALLOWED... hence where Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} joined in 2011 and El Torito in 2014.
*** One loophole that was considered, but never actually played involved Zach Gowen, a one-legged wrestler that, the script said, could not be eliminated because he doesn't have "both feet".
*** Ten is a spoof one: If for some reason you cannot enter the match or are prevented from entering it and the match ends before you can climb in the ring, then, technically, you're "still in the Royal Rumble Match." Of course, this loophole doesn't count because the match has to end ''sometime'', and anyone who does not enter the match - for whatever reason - is considered a "no-show" and is forfeited. But in 2015 that didn't prevent Wrestling/CurtisAxel, who was attacked from behind by non-entrant Wrestling/ErickRowan and knocked unconscious just as he was about to enter, to rant about "never having been eliminated" for ''more than three months'' after the event ended. This mindset [[SanitySlippage gradually drove him insane]] - and, oddly enough, culminated in his HeelFaceTurn.
*** Eleven: In the days (2007 and earlier) when a Superstar was officially entered in a match by the choosing of a slip of paper with a number on it from a backstage bingo tumbler, a non-entrant could technically steal an entrant's number or simply intimidate him into handing it over, as Wrestling/KurtAngle did to Nunzio in 2005. And because the paper didn't actually have anyone's name on it, it counted for everyone.
*** Twelve: If an entrant is the contractual employee of another entrant, the boss can simply order his employee to stay out of the match while the boss enters in the employee's place, and the employee must agree to this or risk being fired. Invoked by Wrestling/TheMiz in 2015 when he ordered Wrestling/DamienSandow, his official "stunt double" at the time, to let him enter the match in Sandow's place - and this after Miz had ''already'' been eliminated! It came to nothing, though.

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**** *** Mick Foley and Terry Funk did just that in 1998, although a chainsaw brought by the latter should've been banned [[note]] a referee did remove the chainsaw, much to the relief of Wrestling/JerryLawler[[/note]] while the former brought in trash cans and steel chairs, which are okay. Later on, Austin used his [[Main/ImprobableWeaponUser jacket.]]
*** ** Seven: One gimmick at a time, but there are no rules on multiple ones by the same person.
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person. Foley took advantage of this in 1998 with his: Cactus Jack, Mankind, and Dude Love.
*** ** Eight: There wasnít a rule about [[AnimalAthleteLoophole snakes]] in the Royal Rumble.
**** *** Wrestling/JakeTheSnakeRoberts brought one in 1989 in order to deal with Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes who's afraid of snakes]]. He did it again in 1996 and 1997, though Steve Austin wasnít going to let that happened. The snakes were later removed and [[ObviousRulePatch hopefully this is changed]] to only allow humans, though dressing up as an animal like a bull is still okay... we're looking at you El Torito.
*** ** Nine: Speaking of which, size doesn't matter... much like Divas, those with dwarfism are ALSO ALLOWED... hence where also allowed, such as Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} joined in 2011 and El Torito in 2014.
*** ** One loophole that was considered, but never actually played involved Zach Gowen, a one-legged wrestler that, the script said, could not be eliminated because he doesn't have "both feet".
*** ** Ten is a spoof one: If for some reason you cannot enter the match or are prevented from entering it and the match ends before you can climb in the ring, then, technically, you're "still in the Royal Rumble Match." Of course, this loophole doesn't count because the match has to end ''sometime'', and anyone who does not enter the match - for whatever reason - is considered a "no-show" and is forfeited. But in 2015 that didn't prevent Wrestling/CurtisAxel, who was attacked from behind by non-entrant Wrestling/ErickRowan and knocked unconscious just as he was about to enter, to rant about "never having been eliminated" for ''more than three months'' after the event ended. This mindset [[SanitySlippage gradually drove him insane]] - and, oddly enough, culminated in his HeelFaceTurn.
*** ** Eleven: In the days (2007 and earlier) when a Superstar was officially entered in a match by the choosing of a slip of paper with a number on it from a backstage bingo tumbler, a non-entrant could technically steal an entrant's number or simply intimidate him into handing it over, as Wrestling/KurtAngle did to Nunzio in 2005. And because the paper didn't actually have anyone's name on it, it counted for everyone.
*** ** Twelve: If an entrant is the contractual employee of another entrant, the boss can simply order his employee to stay out of the match while the boss enters in the employee's place, and the employee must agree to this or risk being fired. Invoked by Wrestling/TheMiz in 2015 when he ordered Wrestling/DamienSandow, his official "stunt double" at the time, to let him enter the match in Sandow's place - and this after Miz had ''already'' been eliminated! It came to nothing, though.
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* This is the main reason why Wrestling/ReyMysterio was allowed to keep his mask in the WWE in spite of the fact that he was unmasked in WCW. He was unmasked as Rey Mysterio ''Jr.'', and by dropping the "Jr." In his ring name, he was representing his uncle's image on TV. At least, that's the ''official'' ruling -- the reality is because Wrestling/EricBischoff's handling of his unmasking was extremely disrespectful, especially when his reasoning for doing so was that masked wrestlers weren't "marketable" (which, as the thousands of Rey Mysterio masks amongst legions of WWE fans can tell you, is the ''farthest'' from the truth). This angered the commission enough to allow Rey to re-mask without any repercussions.

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* This is the main reason why Wrestling/ReyMysterio was allowed to keep his mask in the WWE in spite of the fact that he was unmasked in WCW. He was unmasked as Rey Mysterio ''Jr.'', and by dropping the "Jr." In his ring name, he was representing his uncle's image on TV. At least, that's the ''official'' ruling -- the reality is because Wrestling/EricBischoff's handling of his unmasking was extremely disrespectful, especially when his reasoning for doing so was that masked wrestlers weren't "marketable" (which, as the thousands of Rey Mysterio masks amongst legions of WWE fans can tell you, is the ''farthest'' from the truth). This angered the commission enough to allow Rey to re-mask without any repercussions.repercussions.
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