The Royal Rumble is well-known for producing huge moments, shocks, and surprises every year and the 2023 edition of the annual spectacular was no exception.
The men’s bout featured surprise appearances from Booker T, Logan Paul, and, to one of the biggest reactions of the night, Edge, who returned to the ring for the first time since losing an ‘I Quit’ match to Judgment Day Leader Finn Balor at Extreme Rules back in October.
All three men entered late in the match, so missed one of the biggest shocks of the night as Brock Lesnar set a new record for himself in the 30-man bout.
Brock Lesnar sets unfortunate personal record
The Conqueror entered the Rumble at Number 12 and quickly took the former Banger Bros, Drew McIntyre and Sheamus, to Suplex City. He then eliminated Santos Escobar, Angelo Dawkins, and Chad Gable in quick succession.
All of this happened within 90 seconds, and just as Lesnar came face-to-face with the Number 1 entrant, Gunther, the buzzer sounded and the next star appeared. It was none other than Lesnar’s current nemesis, The All Mighty Bobby Lashley.
Lashley made a beeline for The Beast Incarnate, Spearing him as soon as he hit the ring. He followed up with Spears on McIntyre and Sheamus as well as taking down Johnny Gargano and Gunther.
Lensnar got back up and attempted an F5 on Lashley, but the former WWE Champion escaped and clotheslined Lesnar out of the ring, eliminating him from the match.
Shocked and enraged, Lesnar went on a rampage at ringside, dismantling the announce desk and choking one of the referees before finally leaving through the crowd.
BROCK LESNAR IS DESTROYING EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE!@fightbobby eliminates The Beast in the Men's #RoyalRumble Match and @BrockLesnar is taking out his frustrations at ringside! pic.twitter.com/vW8PtO9I0F
— WWE (@WWE) January 29, 2023
To make matters worse, the elimination marked an unfortunate record for the star as he was taken out in just over three minutes, by far the shortest time he has ever lasted in the bout. For his part, Bobby Lashley lasted just over seven minutes before being taken out by Seth Rollins.
The match continued on without either man and was eventually won by Cody Rhodes, who last eliminated Gunther to complete his triumphant comeback from a torn pec to secure his place in the main event of WrestleMania 39.