When asked to name the best Royal Rumble performers in WWE history, most would probably rattle off the likes of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels and Hulk Hogan. That would certainly make sense since they are the only multi-time winners in Rumble history, but those who were never fortunate enough to triumph are often forgotten.
There have only been 25 Royal Rumbles in WWE history and 22 different men have won. It goes without saying that the club for Rumble winners is an exclusive one, so there are naturally many all-time greats who have been left out. The Royal Rumble isn't all about who wins, though. Several non-winners have given us some memorable moments and they deserve to be recognized as well.
Deciding who wins a Royal Rumble is all about the landscape of the WWE at the time, so some extremely talented wrestlers have slipped through the cracks. Most of them haven't needed a Rumble win to remain relevant, however. All of them have made some sort of impact in the Royal Rumble, though, and could have easily come out on top under different circumstances.
Here are the 10 best Rumble performers who were never quite able to get over the hump and win the WWE's 30-man battle for supremacy.
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