It’s the most wonderful time of the year to be a wrestling fan — the Royal Rumble! It’s the season where WWE kicks everything into overdrive and fans get to see how the company will lay out their WrestleMania plans.
Every year fans gather in arenas or in front of their TVs to see who will participate, and most importantly, who will win the annual (most of the time) 30-person battle royale. It creates moments that can make careers like Bret Hart’s only win, Steve Austin’s multiple victories, Rey Mysterio’s underdog ironman run, and Shawn Michaels going on to achieve his boyhood dream. Then, there are winners we’d rather forget like Batista’s poorly received return, Roman Reigns’ crowning as “the guy”, and Randy Orton’s random 2017 success.
When looking at those names, it’s interesting to see who got the nod, and who was passed over, and it’s the latter that we want to highlight here today.
Here are 10 WWE Legends Who Never Won A Royal Rumble.
Scott Hall has called himself the highest paid “jobber” in wrestling history and while we wouldn’t necessarily go that far, it’s safe to say that he probably should have been given a bigger run on top in the WWE when he was Razor Ramon. While he was a centerpiece of WWE’s “New Generation” as both a face and heel, he was outranked by the likes of Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, The Undertaker, Yokozuna, and even his future tag partner in WCW, Diesel (Kevin Nash), which could explain his inclusion on this list. With all that in mind, by the time his second stint with the company rolled around, he wasn’t exactly the name he once was, so we guess it makes sense that he never won.
You’ll probably say this a lot throughout the article, but his lack of a victory in this particular match type probably didn’t hurt him too much. Plus, he went off to do much bigger things in WCW for a short while anyway.
How has the Big Show never won a Royal Rumble? He’s so big! The commentary team spends all night telling us that! Yet somehow, he’s never finished the match. He’s managed to win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal though, so we know he can do it. There’s probably just something about everyone staggering out to the ring that throws him off.
With his career winding down, it seems more and more unlikely that he’ll ever get a victory here, but stranger things have happened, and it’s not like fans aren’t used to swerves at this event.
Macho Man Randy Savage
Arguably the most talented performer on this list, Macho Man was easily the second biggest name in the WWE throughout the 80s. So what happened?
Well, it’s not as much of a sin as you’d think. Savage worked for the WWE between 1985 and 1994 and the last year of his stint there was spent as a commentator. The Royal Rumble was introduced in 1988 with Hacksaw Jim Duggan getting the first win. Hulk Hogan won a pair in 1990 and 1991, while Ric Flair and Yokozuna also won in 1992 and 1993 respectively. That leaves either the inaugural Rumble or the second ever event for Macho Man to win.
Still, it’s a shame he never got that notch in his belt, but his legacy is unquestioned even without that accolade.
Did you know that Kane once held the record for most superstars eliminated in a single Royal Rumble match? Well if you watched WWE between 2001 and 2014(when Roman Reigns broke the record only to have it broken by Braun Strowman in Saudi Arabia in 2018) you probably heard that a few times a year. You’d think someone with the longevity and destructive capability like Kane would have won it once. Yet, here we are.
Much like Big Show, Kane still makes the odd appearance, but it’s unlikely we’ll ever see him win a Royal Rumble.
When you talk about superstars who deserved way more than they got, the “Million Dollar Man” has to be near the top. As one of the most despised heels of all time, DiBiase never got gold in WWE. Sure, he had his Million Dollar Championship, but as far as meaningful runs go, he didn’t touch an official title.
Something else he’s never done is win a Royal Rumble. It’s a shame too because you know he would have been unbearable in the best kind of way.
Eddie Guerrero is arguably one of the best wrestlers of his era, if not all time. Latino Heat captivated WWE audiences across the globe with his charisma, likable personality, and most importantly, his ability in the ring.
His work was finally recognized by Vince McMahon when he beat Brock Lesnar for the WWE championship at No Way Out, and it was again recognized when he defeated Kurt Angle in SmackDown’s main event of WrestleMania XX. But, he didn’t get that match from winning the Rumble. In fact, neither participant did. Guerrero actually walked into the "Granddaddy Of Them All" as champion.
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What makes this more upsetting is that there’s a chance Eddie could have gotten that achievement at some point in his career. It looked like, at the very least, he was set for another push that would have included a match with Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship, but his tragic passing in 2005 meant we'd never get that feud. It would have been something else to see what WWE had planned for him.
One of the most beloved wrestlers of all time, Mick Foley defied the odds and managed to win the WWE Championship from the Rock on one fateful Monday Night (recording). This made Mankind a made man for the rest of time, but it didn’t mean he’d get a Royal Rumble victory (despite appearing three times as different personas in 1998).
While this one is a little disappointing, Vince McMahon did Foley a solid and booked him in the main event of WrestleMania 2000, so that’s something!
Diesel (Kevin Nash)
Say what you want about Diesel, but he was one of the most important names in wrestling during the 1990s. Yet, he never won a Royal Rumble. This one is less egregious as some other entries though when you factor in a few things. The first is his prime was spent in another company and the other is that he left for said company shortly after he got caught up in the main event scene.
Still, it’s weird seeing a name that big without a Royal Rumble win.
Kurt Angle won a gold medal with a broken freakin’ neck! We can’t say the same about a Royal Rumble, however.
This one is especially weird for a variety of reasons. He was almost instantly a main eventer as soon as he debuted, and he’s easily the most accomplished athlete to come to the WWE. We’re not sure exactly why he was looked over, especially since Vince McMahon went over in 1999, but sometimes it’s just how the ‘rasslin business goes.
He could go down in history as the best wrestler to never win a Royal Rumble.
Y2J has been employed by the WWE on and off for a long time, and it might be the sporadic nature of his career with Vince McMahon’s muscle house that has kept him from solidifying his name as a Royal Rumble winner.
With his focus now on AEW, it looks like this won’t change anytime soon, but let’s be honest, it’s not like this hurt his reputation at all. Still, Chris Jericho managed to hold the record as the longest cumulative participant with five hours, one minute, and 30 seconds (including his time in the Greatest Royal Rumble match in Saudi Arabia). On top of that, he holds the sixth and 15th spot for longest runs in a single Royal Rumble match.