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5 best "Iron Men" in Royal Rumble history

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Rey Mysterio was the iron man of the 2006 Royal Rumble
Rey Mysterio was the iron man of the 2006 Royal Rumble

In a Royal Rumble match, the one gets all the spotlight is the guy who wins the match. As the credits of the event unfold, the victor would point his or her finger at the Wrestlemania sign - indicating his or her journey to Wrestlemania. However, one set of athletes is completely overlooked by the fans.

The iron man of a rumble match is the superstar who is the longest standing superstar in a Royal Rumble match. Finn Balor was the Iron man of the 2018 Men's Royal Rumble. Most of the Royal Rumble matches have one or more iron men.

Mostly, babyfaces are elected for this role to establish an "against all the odds" image. Over the past few years, we have seen a lot of superstars portraying this role to perfection. In this article, we will be taking a look at five of the best iron men in Royal Rumble history.

#5. Ric Flair - 1992 Royal Rumble

Ric Flair won his first ever Royal Rumble.
Ric Flair won his first ever Royal Rumble.

Critics consider the 1992 Royal Rumble to be one of the best of all times. With great storytelling, this edition of the Rumble quickly won the hearts of many WWE fans. Royal Rumble 1992 was the first ever Rumble that had the WWE Championship at stake.

The primary guy around which the whole Rumble match evolved was the Nature Boy Ric Flair. Flair had been a massive name in the rival companies for years, and within one year of his signing with the company, WWE awarded him the Royal Rumble match and in turn the WWE championship.

Ric Flair entered the match at number 3, and with his cunning tactics, survived the entire Rumble. Flair lasted in the ring for just more than an hour - 1 hour and 2 seconds, performing five eliminations. Even though Flair did not headline the Wrestlemania of the same year, his epic performance in the 1992 Royal Rumble was enough to warrant a ticket to this list.

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