The Royal Rumble match is the one contest every year that the creative team gets largely right in terms of winners.
Whether it was Ric Flair in '92, Yokozuna in '93, Bret Hart in '94 or Steve Austin in '98, the winners have traditionally been Superstars the company has great plans for in the new year, and more times than not their gamble on the Rumble winners have paid off.
But there have been a few instances where the winner of the Rumble, for whatever reason, was the wrong choice.
Whether it was the Superstar themselves, the reasoning for the win, the timing of the win or the effect the win had on programming, it just did not pan out in the same excellent manner that some of the better winners in Rumble history did.
As the 2014 Royal Rumble approaches, here is a look back at the five worst winners in the huge Battle Royal's long and illustrious history.