As WWE often reminds us, the no. 30 berth is, statistically speaking, the most sought-after spot in the Royal Rumble match, and so it makes sense that the reveal of that final entrant is often a pretty big deal.
At the very least, it’s good to see the no. 30 spot taken by someone who’s genuinely seen as a realistic contender to win the thing outright. Or failing that, they’d at least be expected to put in a decent shift once they’ve entered the match.
But often, that’s not exactly what we see, and in some instances, we see faces come out at no. 30 and fail to meet any of the above criteria.
We’ve seen guys come out with pretty much no hope of winning, guys emerge to terrible crowd reactions and to the surprise of absolutely no one, as well as others putting in the kind of performance that makes you question why you were even there in the first place.
From the anticlimactic to the predictable and to the downright underwhelming, this article looks back at ten of the worst no. 30 entrants in Royal Rumble history, as well as the reasons why they felt like a let-down.
10. Dolph Ziggler - 2015
There was nothing necessarily wrong with having Dolph Ziggler come out at no. 30 in the 2015 Royal Rumble. At the time, he was just two months removed from a big win at Survivor Series, where he eliminated four guys on his way to being crowned his team’s Sole Survivor, and it seemed he was picking up from where he left off come the Royal Rumble match.
A flurry of superkicks led to Ziggler taking out Bad News Barrett and Cesaro, but he was soon halted in his tracks by the right fist of the Big Show. Show and Kane then unceremoniously dumped Ziggler over the top to eliminate him in the most underwhelming of fashions.
All-in-all, and despite having momentum on his side, he’d lasted less than two-and-a-half minutes before a massively anticlimactic departure at the hands of a pair of aging old-timers. Plus, even though he came out to a good reaction, we already knew ahead of time that Ziggler would be entering at no. 30, so it’s not like his arrival was even a surprising one.