Long time TGR fan Henry Bernstein tweeted The Great Rabbino wanting to know about Jews in the Rumble. Last night Sheamus won the 25th Rumble, making the Jewish wrestlers 0 for 25 trying to win the rumble. But…that doesn’t not mean we have come close. Below are some of the Jewish Royal Rumble highlights. All wrestlers are believed to be Jewish according to OnlineWorldofWrestling.com (Note: Marc Mero and DDP have been removed from the list).
1989 - The first Jew to compete in the the Rumble was Randy Macho Man Savage enter at #15 in the second ever Rumble. He was later to be tossed over the top by Hulk Hogan. Along the way he Savage eliminated Tito Santana, Greg The Hammer Valentine, and Shawn Michaels.
1990 - Savage entered as #5.
1991 - Savaged was supposed to appear in his third Rumble but he never made it to the ring. I guess that means he never went over the top. But never fear Brian Knobbs, one half of the nasty boys, showed up at number 28 and was eliminated by best real life buddy Hulk Hogan. Thus far Hogan has dominated the Jews in the rumble.
1992 - The other half of the Nasty Boys, Jerry Sags enters at #4 and Savage at #21. Savage lasted over 22 minutes while Sags was only in the ring for a mere 1 minute ans 6 seconds.
1993 - Knobbs and Sags both appeared, as did Savage. Sags lasted almost 22 minutes, nearly tying Savages’ Jewish record. Savage, who enter #30 was the runner up losing to Yokozuna.
1995 - Diesel (Kevin Nash) made his first appearance lasting 17 minutes and eliminating 6 competitors before being thrown over the top by 5 men (Bigelow, Mabel, Plugg, Michaels & Crush). Savage also appeared entering and leaving as #11.
1996 - Barry Horowitz enter at #25 and lasted 10 minutes. Isaac Yankem (Kane) entered at #27. Diesel was the runner up being eliminated by Shawn Michaels. All three Jewish competitors were in the ring at the same time.
1997 - Diesel entered at #23.
1998 - Steve Blackman enter at #10 in his first Rumble appearance but was the 4th man eliminated.
1999 - Blackman enter #7 and again was the 4th person to exit. Kane enter as #18 and eliminated himself 53 seconds later.
2000 - At Madison Square Garden, Blackman lasted until number 6 after entering at #7. Prince Albert entered at #22 and was eliminated by fellow Jew, Kane who entered at #28. Kane eliminated 3 competitors before being thrown over the top by X-Pac.
2001 - Another Jewish runner-up Kane was tossed over by Stone Cold Steve Austin but not before eliminated a record 10 wrestlers (7 in a row). Albert entered at #17, Blackman at #10, and Raven in his first Rumble at #7 were all apart of Kane’s destruction.
2002 - Albert entered at #14. Kane entered at #28 and was thrown over by Kurt Angle in his first Rumble appearance. Angle become the 4th Jewish Rumble runner-up losing to Triple H.
2003 - Kane and A-Train both competed. Kane eliminated A-Train. This is also the third different name Albert competed under (Prince Albert, Albert, and A-Train).
2004 - Kane, Angle, and A-Train entered and lost. Angle fairing the best. #30 was Goldberg in his first Rumble appearance and he was eliminated by Angle.
2005 - Kane and Angle both competed.
2006 - Kane enter as #9 and was thrown over the top by Triple H after only 3 minutes and 33 seconds.
2007 - Kane appeared in his record setting 9th consecutive appearance and 11th overall breaking his and Rikishi’s record.
2008 - Kane finished 4th.
2009 - Kane was thrown over by all 3 members of Legacy (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr.).
2010 - Kane was eliminated by Triple H early on.
2011 - The return of Diesel and Kane entered at #30, finishing 26 and 34 respectively in the 40 man Royal Rumble.
2012 - No Jews competed. First time since the inaugural Royal Rumble.
Hopefully, we get over the runner up syndrome. Maybe Kane can squeak one out one of these days.
Some notable Jews who were active WWE wrestlers and never competed in the Royal Rumble were Dean Malenko, Scotty Goldman, Billy Kidman, The Genius, and Matt Striker.
So if we put all the Jewish wrestlers in the ring (Savage, Knobbs, Sags, Diesel, Horowitz, Kane, Blackman, Albert, Raven, Angle, and Goldberg, plus Malenko, Goldman, Kidman, The Genius, and Striker) who wins? I think its safe to say it comes down to Savage, Diesel, and Kane with Kane finally getting his shot at Wrestlemania.
And Let Us Say…Amen.
- Jeremy Fine