There is a ton of glory in winning the Royal Rumble match.
The winner has his arm raised in victory and stands inside the squared circle as a huge pyrotechnic display explodes and confetti rains from the ceiling. He will forever be able to claim that he outlasted 29 other Superstars and, if he is able, might even cap off his outstanding start to the new year with championship gold at WrestleMania.
Less glorious but more respected, however, are the Superstars who have become known as "marathon men." They are the Superstars who enter early in the bout and last long periods of time, sometimes winning the bout and other times falling just short of their goal to headline WrestleMania.
Many times, they are underappreciated for being the workhorses of the Rumble. In some cases, they are the glue that holds the entire match together.
In celebration of those men, and with the 2014 Royal Rumble rapidly approaching, here is a look back at the greatest marathon men in Rumble match history.