The Royal Rumble is fast approaching and it is easily my favourite pay per view of the year, despite being extremely disappointing in the past few years. The big match itself has made careers and you are almost guaranteed greatness once winning the Rumble, however some superstars have had big careers without winning this prestigious match.
The ‘Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase has performed well in Rumble matches, being in the final two in 1989 as well as lasting 45 minutes in 1990. It may not be a surprise to see that the midcarder has not actually won one of the matches, however to perform so well in them just to come up short gives DiBiase a disappointing record in the Rumble.
Big men always receive high praise before Rumble matches and are always considered as favourites. With that in mind, and considering the massive push that Diesel recieved in 1995/6 it is a surprise that he never went on the win a Rumble match. Much like DiBiase, he has performed well, eliminating 7 men in the 1994 match. Since then he has appeared inconsistently and never hit those levels of winning again.
The Big Show has been in the final two of the Rumble match twice, in 2000 and 2004, coming up short both times. He has also the third highest total eliminations in history, and often performs well. Despite his massive size and strength, Big Show has never really been a fan favourite, therefore and I’ve never been surprised to see him lose.
One of the most popular superstars in WWE history would surely have a Royal Rumble win under his belt? Nope. In fact, Mick Foley has been very underwhelming in Rumble matches, never really challenging for the win. However, at Rumble pay per views in general, he has had some incredible matches, such as his ones with Triple H in 2000, and The Rock in 1999.
In 2001, Kane entered the Rumble, eliminated then record 11 superstars and lasted over 50 minutes. Since then he has appeared in every Rumble match but one, and has the most eliminations in history at 43. Kane is arguably the greatest Rumble performer to never win the match. Unfortunately, his career is winding down and I cannot see him winning one any time soon.
Much like Mick Foley, Warrior was one of the most popular superstars in history, and often, popularity brings about rewards, such as Rumble wins (Steve Austin, for example). Unfortunately for the late, great Warrior, he never received a bigger win than that for the title against Hogan, and a Rumble win was never to be for the Hall of Famer.
Like previously mentioned, size and strength is seen as key in these matches. With that in mind, surely Andre the Giant, the biggest attraction in sports entertainment history, the man who may have put sports entertainment on the worldwide map would have dominating a match which arguably belonged to a man like him? In fact, he eliminated himself in one, due to fear of snakes.
I actually had to research this one. I was certain that Savage had won a Rumble. Thus, I was wrong, and the Hall of Famer has not. Despite his long, accomplished career, Savage’s defining Rumble moment was going for a pinfall throughout the match, and being tossed over. Unlucky.
Quite possibly the greatest technical wrestler of all time. Angle had the greatest breakthrough years with the WWE, winning all there was to win. Except the Rumble match. He came close, but often his Rumble failures would go on to create incredible Mania feuds and matches, such as his classic with HBK at Mania 21.
In my opinion the greatest superstar to never win a Rumble.He has performed brilliantly in Rumbles, lasting over 30 minutes in both 2012 and 2003. It is a travesty that Jericho did not win the Rumble when he returned in 2012, instead putting over the less popular Sheamus. A sure fire future Hall of Famer, it’s great to see him return to enter the 2016 Rumble, although I can’t see him winning, only once again putting over younger talent.
If you have any other wrestlers who you are shocked never won a Royal Rumble match, let me know in the comments!
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