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WWE conducted their annual Wrestlemania weekend event this past week in Los Angeles.  The wrestling itself takes up two days but there are events in and around the area that take up the entire week.  It was during one such event that a WWE Hall of Famer fell ill and later died.  “Bushwhacker Butch” was part of the “Bushwhackers” tag team of the late 1980s and early 90s in the wrestling organization.

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Along with his partner, “Bushwhacker Luke,” Miller spent the first part of their wrestling career as a legit, violent tag team “The Sheepherders.”  The two wrestled all over the world for organizations in Canada, Japan, and the pacific northwest region of The United States.  I remember them as a boy in Houston wrestling in the famed Mid-South Territory as “The New Zealand Sheepherders.”  I remember them being just crazy dudes who seemed to live to bleed.  Along their wrestling journey the two feuded with some of the biggest names in wrestling.  Roddy Piper, Rick Martel, and even Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson did battle with them.


In 1988 Luke and Butch came to the WWE (then WWF) as “The Bushwhackers.”  Whereas they were known to that point as a serious, bloodthirsty, tag team as “The Sheepherders,” the two became almost a comic relief version of themselves.  They walked funny to the ring, swinging their arms wildly with each step.  And in the ring, one of their gimmicks was to lick the heads of opponents.  As far a “Wrestlemania” goes, their highlight in that event was a win over “The Rougeaus” tag team at Wrestlmania V.  “The Bushwhackers” were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015.

It was not specified what occurred only that Butch experienced a medical incident during a Wrestlemania 39 event and was hospitalized.  The WWE Hall of Famer later died.  Robert “Bushwhacker Butch” Miller was 78.

Royal Rumble: 5 Surprising Statistics You May Not Know

The 2023 Royal Rumble is tomorrow (January 28), and it marks the official kickoff of WrestleMania season aka: “The Road to WrestleMania.”

There’s ample speculation abound for the men’s and women’s Rumble matches, from who’s going to win to surprise appearances. However, the Royal Rumble card has other attractions. For example, Kevin Owens will take on Roman Reigns in a match for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. Bianca Beliar will defend the Raw Women’s Championship against Alexa Bliss. We’ll also find out what exactly a “Mountain Dew Pitch Black Match” is when Bray Wyatt and LA Knight face off.

With this in mind, we’re looking at the history of the match/event. Thanks to research from, here are some surprising statistics about the Royal Rumble you may not know.

  • The Most Viewed Royal Rumble Match on YouTube

    WWE’s YouTube channel is full of videos about current events in the promotion as well as archival matches. Several Royal Rumble matches are available to watch in their entirety. So, which Royal Rumble match has the most views? It’s the men’s match from 2017, which has over 128 million views and was won by Randy Orton.

  • The Wrestler with the Most Appearances in the Royal Rumble

    The Royal Rumble match has existed since 1988, meaning many past and present WWE superstars have made multiple appearances. But which wrestler has been in the Royal Rumble the most? That’s gotta be Kane…and Isaac Yankem…and Fake Diesel! Glenn Jacobs, the current Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee, was best known as Kane in WWE, but before he became the Big Red Machine, he was the creepy dentist Isaac Yankem DDS and the infamous Fake Diesel. Between all three personas, Jacobs has appeared in 20 Royal Rumble matches.

  • The Wrestler with the Most Royal Rumble Victories

    Eight wrestlers have won the Royal Rumble twice: Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, Batista, John Cena, Randy Orton and Edge. However, there is only one wrestler that has won the Rumble three times making him the wrestler with the most victories. If you knew that wrestler was “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, give us a “Hell Yeah!”

    Austin won the Royal Rumble in 1997, 1998 and 2001. The entire 1997 Rumble match is below in its entirety.

  • Which Wrestler Has the Longest Cumulative Time Spent in the Royal Rumble?

    Sure, winning the Royal Rumble is impressive, but so is managing to stay in the match for long periods of time. In the three+ decades of its existence, Chris Jericho has logged a cumulative time of 4 hours, 59 minutes and 33 seconds in the Royal Rumble match. With Jericho now with AEW, he’s certainly not going to be adding more time to that total any time soon. (If he did, that would truly be one of the most shocking appearances in Rumble history.)

    Just behind Jericho is Randy Orton with a cumulative time of 4 hours, 34 minutes and 33 seconds in the Royal Rumble match. Orton has been out with a back injury since May 2022, but there are no signs of him returning. Then again, anything can happen during WrestleMania season.

  • Which Wrestler Has the Most Career Eliminations in the Royal Rumble?

    Considering he’s been in the most Royal Rumble matches, Glenn Jacobs (Kane/Isaac Yankem DDS/Fake Diesel) has the most over-the-top-rope eliminations in the match with 46. In the 2001 Royal Rumble alone, Kane eliminated 11 entrants. It was a record that stood for 13 years until Roman Reigns broke it in 2014 with 12 eliminations. Braun Strowman went on to eliminate 13 entrants in the special “Greatest Royal Rumble” event in Saudi Arabia in 2018, which featured 50 instead of 30 entrants. Brock Lesnar is the current recognized single-match elimination record holder. He eliminated 13 entrants in the 2020 Royal Rumble.

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