The WWE Royal Rumble has become such a successful tradition, its memories are dominated by the immortal. Timeless performances, long stays, future world champions at WrestleMania—they're all part of the once-foolproof star-making process that WWE boasted.
Even flashes of incompetence are looked upon fondly by wrestling fans as entertaining spots. Who can forget Bushwhacker Luke marching that famous Bushwhacker march down to the ring only to get tossed out yet continue to march? His full performance from the 1991 Royal Rumble is available on YouTube.
The video is one minute long.
The Warlord's record of two seconds in the Royal Rumble was something of legend. To this day, it is featured year after year in WWE's "numbers" promo, which makes mention of Santino Marella's record-breaking one-second exit in 2009.
Given the rose-colored glasses used to examine the Rumble's history, overstating the impact of these memories is bound to happen. Overrated efforts are created when the stats, match psychology or eventual WrestleMania payoff didn't quite sync up with the level of the memory.
The Royal Rumble has been around for almost three glorious decades. They can't all be winners.