If you follow me on TV by the Numbers, you know my two greatest loves (other than my family, of course) are TV and pro wrestling. I believe everything can be explained by pro wrestling, and later this week (or next) I will talk about the concept of “gimmicks” as it applies to both TV shows and wrestlers.

Anyway, Sunday was The Royal Rumble, which is one of the big four pay-per-views put on by the WWE. Simply put, there are 30 entrants, and every 90 seconds a new wrestler enters the ring. You are eliminated by being thrown over the top rope, and the winner gets a championship match at WrestleMania. The Rumble generally lasts an hour and features many of the recent WWE Superstars and several surprise entrants. Sometimes they’re wrestling icons, and sometimes the WWE uses the Rumble to introduce some new recently signed talent from the “indies.”

I asked myself how I could do a TV Royal Rumble. Here’s what I came up with. I selected 30 shows — both current series and some of the greats from recent years. They are mostly network but there are some cable shows as well. I generated a random order for 30 shows. The first wrestler to enter the Rumble will represent to first show on the list and so on. Don’t complain about the shows I selected. You can always do your own version of this next year.

Here is the order and the wrestler that will represent the show (and if you picture them running to the ring accompanied by each show’s theme music, it makes it even more fun):

  • “Family Guy” represented by Rusev
  • “60 Minutes” represented by Finn Balor
  • “Jane the Virgin” represented by Rhyno
  • “The Sopranos” represented by Baron Corbin
  • “The Walking Dead” represented by Heath Slater
  • “Empire” represented by Elias
  • “9-1-1” represented by Andrade “Cien” Almas
  • “Modern Family” represented by Bray Wyatt
  • “The Voice” represented by Big E
  • “The Flash” represented by Sami Zayne
  • “The Bachelor” represented by Sheamus
  • “Arrow” represented by Xavier Woods
  • “The Goldbergs” represented by Apollo Crews
  • “The Big Bang Theory” represented by Shinsuke Nakamura
  • “Grey’s Anatomy” represented by Cesaro
  • “The Wire” represented by Kofi Kingston
  • “Homeland” represented by Jinder Mahal
  • “This Is Us” represented by Seth Rollins
  • “Mom” represented by Matt Hardy
  • “Survivor” represented by John Cena
  • “The Simpsons” represented by Hurricane Helms
  • “Breaking Bad” represented by Aiden English
  • “The Good Doctor” represented by Adam Cole
  • “Game of Thrones” represented by Randy Orton
  • “Young Sheldon” represented by Titus O’Neil
  • “NCIS: LA” represented by The Miz
  • “Scandal” represented by Rey Mysterio
  • “Mad Men” represented by Roman Reigns
  • “24” represented by Goldust
  • “American Idol” represented by Dolph Ziggler

When the wrestler was eliminated the show was eliminated.

Here is the order of elimination for the first annual TV-Royal Rumble Mashup:

  • “Jane the Virgin”
  • “The Sopranos”
  • “The Bachelor”
  • “The Walking Dead”
  • “The Flash”
  • “The Goldbergs”
  • “Arrow”
  • “The Voice”
  • “Grey’s Anatomy”
  • “Homeland”
  • “The Wire”
  • “Family Guy”
  • “Mom”
  • “Modern Family”
  • “Empire”
  • “The Simpsons”
  • “Breaking Bad”
  • “9-1-1”
  • “The Good Doctor”
  • “Young Sheldon”
  • “NCIS: LA”
  • “This Is Us”
  • “24”
  • “American Idol”
  • “Game of Thrones”
  • “Scandal”
  • “60 Minutes”
  • “Survivor”
  • “Mad Men”

And the winner is … “The Big Bang Theory”!!

Seems fitting.

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The Masked Scheduler is a former broadcast network executive. Hailing from parts unknown, he now comments on the TV business for TV by the Numbers.

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