WWE Royal Rumble Results: Ranking the Least Impressive Rumble Match Performances

Alex MussoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2013

WWE Royal Rumble Results: Ranking the Least Impressive Rumble Match Performances

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    This past Sunday, we saw 30 men enter the Royal Rumble.  We saw John Cena win, making him only the fourth wrestler ever to win multiple Royal Rumble matches.  

    But not everyone can win, and not everyone can have a good Rumble.  Some wrestlers don't last very long, others may linger around and do nothing.  

    In the following slides, you'll see the five worst performances from this year's Royal Rumble. 

No. 5 Dolph Ziggler

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    Dolph Ziggler was set up to have a great Royal Rumble.  He was entering at No. 1, and he looked poised to go the distance.  

    But his performance was very disappointing.  He only eliminated two wrestlers, Chris Jericho and The Godfather.  Nearly every shot of Dolph Ziggler on the pay-per-view showed him clinging to the ropes avoiding elimination.  

    Outside the Jericho elimination, he was largely a non-factor.  While he eliminated more wrestlers than half the participants, he seemed to be "along for the ride" and missed a golden opportunity to shine at one of the biggest pay-per-views of the year.

No. 4 Everyone in 3MB

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    While no one really predicted 3MB members Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre would do much of anything in the Royal Rumble match, the three of them combined for zero eliminations.  Well, one if you count the team effort to eliminate Brodus Clay, I suppose Slater got one.

    Heck, they weren't even able to last long enough for any of them to be in the Rumble at the same time as another.   In the time they were in the match, they basically did nothing of note.  

    Disappointing for a team that talks big, and is as entertaining (in my opinion, anyways) as 3MB.

No. 3 Santino Marella

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    Poor Santino.  He and the Cobra just can't catch a break these days.  And the Royal Rumble has not been kind to him and his Cobra sidekick.  

    He may have lasted much longer this time around than the 2009 Royal Rumble appearance that lasted all of one second, but he was still the first eliminated.  

    At least he got to pull out the Cobra this time... 

No. 2 Zack Ryder

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    Woo Woo Woo... You Know It!  And by "it," I mean he didn't do anything of note in the Royal Rumble. The reigning, defending Internet Champion came in as the No. 25 entrant, and proceeded get eliminated almost immediately by Randy Orton.

    For a guy that fans once clamored to see, he's lost nearly all his early 2012 momentum.  But, he could have made a statement that 2013 was a new year for him.  But he didn't.  

No. 1 The Godfather

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    All aboard the Ho Train!  It was good to see The Godfather make an appearance at the Royal Rumble. But when his music hit, I didn't think we'd be seeing one of the shortest Royal Rumble match appearances ever.  

    He only lasted three seconds, which ties him with Mo and Owen Hart for the third shortest appearance ever, ahead of only Santino Marella and The Warlord.

    Oh and his Ho Train is looking rather thin.  We know that The Godfather lives fast and hard, and that seems to have taken it's toll on the Hos.  I think they may have mostly died out.  You'd think that he'd replace them with new ones, though... 

What Do You Think?

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    So what do you think?  Was there someone I missed?  Should someone be off this list?  Go ahead and discuss in the comments.