Five superstars that have finished as the WWE Royal Rumble runner-up multiple times

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The Royal Rumble is one of the best events on the WWE calendar as it can be an indication for fans as for what to expect at the upcoming WrestleMania that year.

WWE fans will find out at the Royal Rumble who will be competing for the top titles in both the men's and women's divisions at The Showcase of Immortals.

While two superstars will be over the moon after winning their respective Rumbles, two superstars will be disappointed after going so far in the match only to finish runner-up.

Believe it or not, five superstars in WWE history have finished runner-up in the Royal Rumble match on multiple occasions.

It's a bitter pill to swallow finishing runner-up, especially if it's happened to you more than once. Here are the five superstars that have finished as the runner-up in the Royal Rumble match on more than one occasion.

Big Show - 2000 & 2004

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Big Show was the first superstar in WWE history to finish as the runner-up in a Royal Rumble on more than one occasion. He did it first in 2000 and again in 2004.

In 2000, Show fell short of winning the Rumble when The Rock caused both of them to go over the top rope. Despite Show's feet not hitting the floor before The Rock's did, he wasn't awarded the Rumble win.

Show came close to winning the Rumble again four years later in 2004, but Chris Benoit dragged him over the top rope and eliminated him before he could be the last man standing. Show is the only superstar on this list to never win the Rumble in their WWE career.

Shawn Michaels - 1994 & 2007

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Shawn Michaels was the second superstar to finish as the runner-up in multiple Royal Rumbles, but both Rumbles were the furthest distance apart from one another at 13 years. He did it in 1994 and 2007.

1994 was a unique Royal Rumble year, as although HBK was the runner-up, he was eliminated when three superstars were still in the match, as both Bret Hart and Lex Luger hit the floor at the same time. As a result, they were both announced as co-winners.

Michaels would win the Rumble the next two years in a row, but he finished runner-up again in 2007. The Undertaker threw him over the top rope that year to win the match, becoming the first superstar to win the Rumble from the number 30 spot.

Triple H - 2008 & 2009

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Triple H was the third superstar to finish as the runner-up in the Royal Rumble match on more than one occasion, and he was the first superstar to do it in back-to-back years in 2008 and 2009.

In 2008, The Game finished runner-up thanks to a returning John Cena, who made a surprise return after being out of action with a torn pectoral muscle. Cena threw him over the top rope to win the match.

One year later, Triple H finished runner-up again, this time to Randy Orton. Despite finishing as the runner-up in both years, he was still included in title matches at WrestleMania XXIV and WrestleMania XXV.

John Cena - 2005 & 2010

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John Cena was the fourth superstar to finish as the Royal Rumble runner-up multiple times, but in each year he did finish second, he still went on to win a world title at WrestleMania.

In 2005, Cena lost in the Rumble when he was eliminated last by Batista. However, at WrestleMania 21, he would win his first world title as he defeated JBL for the WWE Championship.

A similar story played out five years later in 2010, as Cena was last eliminated in the Rumble that year by Edge, but he would go on to defeat Batista for the WWE title at WrestleMania XXVI. One could argue Cena was the luckiest runner-up when you look at the bigger picture in that year.

Roman Reigns - 2014, 2017 & 2018

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Roman Reigns was the fifth superstar to finish as the Royal Rumble runner-up on multiple occasions, and he is the only superstar in WWE history to finish as the runner-up in three Rumbles.

The Big Dog finished runner-up for the first time in 2014 when Batista threw him over the top rope last to win the match. He never stood a chance of winning this year, however, as fans wanted Daniel Bryan in the main event of WrestleMania XXX.

Reigns would finish runner-up again in 2017 and 2018, but he still in the WrestleMania main event in both of those years.

Randy Orton last eliminated Reigns in 2017, but he still went on to beat The Undertaker in the main event of WrestleMania 33. In 2018, Shinsuke Nakamura last eliminated The Big Dog, but he went on to lose to Universal Champion Brock Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania 34.

While it might be disappointing to finish runner-up in the Royal Rumble match at the time, it doesn't always turn out to be doom and gloom for that superstar that year. In fact, it can sometimes be quite the opposite.

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