Royal Rumble 2012: The 10 Gutsiest Winners in WWE History

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Royal Rumble 2012: The 10 Gutsiest Winners in WWE History

With a world title shot and the chance to main event WrestleMania on the line, the stakes couldn't be higher each year in one of the most unique matches in wrestling history. 

The Royal Rumble match. 

30 wrestlers enter, toe the precarious tightrope for upwards of an hour, and only one walks away as the sole survivor. 

It's a daunting task.

That's why winning the Rumble takes a remarkable combination of determination, endurance and luck, as the winner must do everything possible to make sure his two feet never touch the floor.

The floor is where losers reside. 

The ring, however, is where the referee raises the hand of the winner. And to stay in the ring while 29 others exit, it takes a brand of cunning ferocity not too many in wrestling history have had. 

The winner must be on the offensive, looking to toss competitors at any moment—while also watching his back to make sure he's not the one being tossed. 

In all, 21 men have bested the Rumble challenge in 24 years. Two, Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels, have done it twice, and one, Stone Cold Steve Austin, has won it three times, while 1994 was the only year to feature two winners (The WWE declared Bret Hart and Lex Luger co-winners in '94 when both men had their feet hit the ground simultaneously). 

All of these conquests required perseverance, but several took a little more grit than others. 

Here are the top 10 gutsiest Royal Rumble winning performances in WWE history: 

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