The Royal Rumble match represents a fantastic opportunity for the 30 men (and occasional women) who get the chance to enter. The time in which you enter the match is left to the luck of the draw, and the prize at stake is a true dream come true for all professional wrestlers: a place in the main event of WrestleMania.
Sure, every year there are generally only two or three superstars thought to be in with a chance of winning, but that isn't to say that all those waiting for the crowd to count down from ten don't close their eyes and imagine themselves pointing at that big ol' WrestleMania sign when all is said and done.
However, on a number of occasions in Royal Rumble match history this chance at immortality has been cruelly snatched away. Whether this was down to a jilted cult member in a sheep mask hurling them into a barrier or the over-excitable violence of a Puerto Rican street gang, the visualising of a dream has sometimes turned into the darkness of unconsciousness.
Here are 9 times wrestlers failed to make it into the Royal Rumble match, despite being an official entrant.
Born in the middle of Wales in the middle of the 1980's, John can't quite remember when he started watching wrestling but he has a terrible feeling that Dino Bravo was involved. Now living in Prague, John spends most of his time trying to work out how Tomohiro Ishii still stands upright. His favourite wrestler of all time is Dean Malenko, but really it is Repo Man. He is the author of 'An Illustrated History of Slavic Misery', the best book about the Slavic people that you haven't yet read. You can get that and others from www.poshlostbooks.com.