The Royal Rumble match typically includes only 30 participants. This means that certain members of WWE’s roster may be left out of the match card each year.
However, most superstars manage to make at least one Royal Rumble appearance throughout their careers. This list looks at some of the biggest names currently employed by WWE to never appear in a Rumble match.
While there are a few superstars that have been recently promoted to the main roster, this list mainly includes wrestlers that have been employed by WWE for more than two years.
Having said that, let's jump right into the list:
#5. Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford have never participated in the Royal Rumble match
The Street Profits were drafted from NXT to the main roster in WWE’s October 2019 Draft.
The team has been very successful since then. They've won the tag team championships on numerous occasions and have feuded with some of WWE’s biggest tag teams.
They are the second team in WWE history to win the Tag Team Triple Crown, having won the NXT, Raw, and SmackDown Tag Team championships.
On the December 27, 2021, episode of Raw, The Street Profits defeated The Mysterios (Rey and Dominik Mysterio) to win the RK-Bro-nament. They subsequently failed to capture the Raw Tag Team Championships from RK-Bro at the Day 1 Pay-Per-View.
In the time since their main roster debut, neither Angelo Dawkins or Montez Ford have participated in the Rumble match.
This will change with the 2022 edition though, as the team announced their entry into the Rumble match on the January 3, 2022 episode of Raw. Fans will therefore get the chance to see if The Street Profits are able to transfer their tag team success into the Rumble match.
#4. Cedric Alexander is yet to compete in the Royal Rumble match
Cedric Alexander is another superstar who has never been involved in a Royal Rumble match.
He was signed by WWE following his elimination from the 2016 Cruiserweight Classic. He would appear on RAW for the first time on the September 19 episode, as part of the Cruiserweight division that would soon become 205 Live.
He would also win the Cruiserweight Championship and reign for 181 days. One of his title defenses occurred in 2018’s Greatest Royal Rumble, where he retained his championship against Kalisto.
He was drafted to Raw during 2019’s Superstar Shake-up and has been a part of the main roster since then.
It is not currently known if he will be a part of the 2022 edition of the Rumble match. But, at only 32, it is likely that fans will get the chance to see him compete in a Rumble match in the future.
#3. Omos has never participated in the Royal Rumble
Omos was signed by WWE on January 1, 2019. He began training at WWE’s Performance Center and later made his television debut on the June 15, 2020 episode of RAW. The Giant was one of Akira Tozawa’s Ninjas. He was also on future episodes of Raw Underground.
Omos is yet to compete as a participant in the Rumble match, although he did appear at ringside in the 2021 Rumble match, preventing AJ Styles from elimination on various occasions. He is also credited with eliminations on Rey Mysterio and Big E in the 2021 Rumble match.
His recent split with AJ Styles renders him a singles competitor. He may decide to enter the 2022 Rumble match in an attempt to secure a world championship opportunity for himself at WrestleMania.
#2. Tommaso Ciampa Has Never Been in a Rumble Match
Tommaso Ciampa is yet to appear in a Royal Rumble match. He made his NXT debut on the December 2, 2015 episode in a match against Samoa Joe. He has been a part of NXT since, becoming one of the show’s most prominent figures.
He has seen fellow NXT roster mates such as Adam Cole, Keith Lee, Andrade Cien Almas and Johnny Gargano participate in the Rumble match but is yet to compete in the match himself.
The Blackheart had this to say about the Rumble when speaking to Sports Illustrated:
"I know people in WWE dream about wrestling at WrestleMania, but for me, it was always the Royal Rumble. The idea of seeing who would return, the surprise of who would debut, even watching what Edge did last year, that’s always been the Rumble has always meant a lot to me. There are so many people I’d love to have an opportunity to share the ring with. So if that opportunity knocks, I’m answering."
Given that The Blackheart recently worked a few dark matches as part of the main roster, we could yet see him as an entrant in the 2022 Men's Royal Rumble match.
#1. Shane McMahon Has Never Competed in the Royal Rumble Match
Shane McMahon has been a part of WWE since he was 15 years old. Although he did resign in 2009, he returned to the company in 2016 and occasionally works backstage roles or competes in matches.
His recent matches include his WrestleMania bout with The Undertaker, his SmackDown Tag-Team championship win with The Miz and his feud with Roman Reigns.
He did appear as an official in the 1988 Royal Rumble match. Shane also eliminated Shawn Michaels from the 2006 Rumble despite not being a participant in the match.
Shane O’Mac is no stranger to surprise returns, and so a 2022 or future Rumble return is always possible.