Winning the Royal Rumble puts you in an exclusive club of some of WWE’s best and brightest. There have, in fact, been less Royal Rumble winners than there have been WWE World Heavyweight Champions, which means that if you manage to secure victory in WWE’s longest and most difficult match to win, there are big plans in your immediate future. And as with any exclusive club, there are going to be very deserving people who are left out. Here’s our look at some of WWE biggest Superstars, many of them Hall of Famers (or sure-to-be inductees) who never managed to be the last one left standing at the end of the annual Royal Rumble match.
10. Mr. Perfect
There is a commonly held belief that Mr. Perfect was actually supposed to win the 1990 Royal Rumble, as he was becoming embroiled in a reasonably hot feud with Hulk Hogan at the time, and was expected to get a pretty big push out of it. However, political games came into play, and Hogan ended up winning the Rumble match (his first of two consecutive Rumble victories), while Perfect had to settle for being the last man eliminated. The lack of a Rumble win is pretty much a snapshot of Perfect’s career as a whole, always being one of the best wrestlers on the roster, but also always coming so close to a major victory without actually getting it. In a just wrestling world, Perfect is probably both a former WWE Champion and Rumble winner, but unfortunately that’s not the world we currently live in.