Sunday, January 27, 2013

Let's get ready to rumble!

For those of you who are more recent readers, you likely don't know that in a former life I attempted to start a wrestling blog.  

I happen to enjoy professional wrestling pretty tremendously, and though I could never quite find the time/energy/consistent topical flow necessary to keep a whole blog going, I still get a kick out of some of the posts I did there.  

I bring this up because tonight is my absolute favorite wrestling pay-per-view of the year, the Royal Rumble, and I will be watching while catching up on some stats homework.  

The Royal Rumble is named after the marquee match of the show, a 30 (sometimes 40) man battle royal.  Participants enter the ring at various time intervals (normally every 60 - 120 seconds) and eliminate other contestants by throwing them over the top rope.  Last man standing wins.  

This setup lends itself to some of the best statistics in sports entertainment* as this webpage shows.  Entrant #27 is the most likely to win (4 times) followed by #24 (3 times) and #1 and #30 (2 winners each).  

Anyway, if you're surprised by the fact that I like wrestling, and would like to know the statistical probability of me being a wrestling fan, I did a post on that here. If you're feeling more political, here's my take on which wrestler I think various Republican media figures would be if they had to be wrestlers.

And just for giggles, here's the number one anti smoking PSA of all time:
Alright, less than 30 minutes til start time, I'll let you know who wins.   

*That's what you call a sport whose outcomes are all predetermined....not fake mind you, predetermined.


  1. Not coincidentally it comes on after the little Prince has gone to bed.

  2. John Cena won the royal rumble match. Thought you'd want to know.

  3. I guess it was predetermined . . .

  4. Andy Warhol was a fan of wrestling. Something to do with American iconography in distilled form.

  5. Consider me surprised. (That you like wrestling; I don't know enough about wrestling to be surprised at the outcome of the match.)