WWE Royal Rumble 2014: Greatest Superstars to Never Win the Battle Royal

Sharon GlencrossContributor IJanuary 6, 2014

Mick Foley at Survivor Series 1998.
Mick Foley at Survivor Series 1998.from WWE.com

Seemingly every major name in wrestling has won the annual Royal Rumble Battle Royal at least once.

Heck, non-wrestler Vince McMahon even won the 1999 Royal Rumble. Presumably, everyone in the company was too fearful of telling the boss just what an absurd idea it was.

Steve Austin, meanwhile, has been a three-time winner of the event.

Andre the Giant never won a Royal Rumble.
Andre the Giant never won a Royal Rumble.from WWE.com

However, there are some notable—and even shocking—exceptions that may surprise you.

Believe it or not, legendary star Andre the Giant never garnered a Rumble victory. This is a shame, since it appears to be the one big accomplishment that eluded him throughout his wrestling career.

Names like The Ultimate Warrior and Roddy Piper never managed to pick up a win in the Battle Royal in their WWF careers either.

While the company clearly thought highly of both men—there was even an attempt in the early ‘90s to promote The Ultimate Warrior as the new big babyface star in Hulk Hogan’s absence—it seems that the timing and circumstances were never quite right to give them the victory.

Randy Savage looking very cool.
Randy Savage looking very cool.from WWE.com

The biggest surprise from this time period, though, might be Randy Savage. Yes, the “Macho Man” never actually won the Royal Rumble during his WWF run. Amazing, isn’t it?

Moving to more recent times, Kane has never actually won the Rumble despite being involved in the main event scene on and off since 1997.

He did come awfully close in the 2001—managing to eliminate a whopping 11 wrestlers in one of the most dominant performances in the company’s history—before being dumped out by eventual winner Steve Austin.

Stranger things have happened, of course, but it’s difficult to see the 46-year-old finally getting a Rumble victory at this point in this career. It's not like he needs it to remain over anyway.

Similarly to Kane, Mick Foley may have been one of the biggest names of the lucrative Attitude Era, but he never won the Royal Rumble either.

It doesn’t seem like the company was ever resistant to pushing him, but as with Warrior and Piper, the timing may never have been quite right. For all his popularity, he was also still playing second fiddle to Austin and The Rock throughout this time.

Mick Foley often played second fiddle to Steve Austin.
Mick Foley often played second fiddle to Steve Austin.from WWE.com

If Kurt Angle had stuck around—the Olympic gold medalist famously parted ways with the company in 2006—it seemed inevitable that he would have picked up a Rumble victory at some point.

Former WWE champion CM Punk hasn’t ever won the 30-man bout either, which is surprising considering how much of a fixture he’s been in the main event scene over the last few years.

However, hisrelativelyyoung age and the fact that he's still with the company mean he could change this. Who knows? Maybe 2014 will be the year he finally achieves victory and goes on to headline WrestleMania.