Kofi kingston handstand

If you saw it, you’re unlikely to ever forget it.

During the 2012 Royal Rumble, Kofi Kingston defied gravity, logic and all expectations by evading elimination in the most spectacular manner.

All seemed lost for Kofi as he dangled precariously on the ring apron, having been just dropkicked by The Miz. But when The Miz tried to seal the deal by shoving Kofi’s legs off the apron, wrestling fans were treated to arguably the greatest “close call” in Rumble history. Upside down, Kofi hand-walked his way over to the ring steps, thereby preventing his feet from ever touching the arena floor.

“Are you kidding me?” hollered Michael Cole. “That has gotta be the greatest thing I’ve ever seen!”

Granted, wrestling commentators are very prone to hyperbole (“History is being made here tonight,” they say every single night), but in this case Cole’s shock and awe seemed genuine.

A refresher, since it never gets old:

Much like the annual surprise entries and ring-clearing rampages, creative “close calls” have become a beloved tradition of the Royal Rumble.

Shawn Michaels can be said to have originated the near-miss, having “skinned the cat” back into the ring on more than one occasion.

John Morrison elevated the close call to an art form with his parkour-powered “Spider Man” leap to the ringside barricade and back during the 2011 Rumble:

It’s practically a sure-thing that someone will try to up the ante in this year’s Royal Rumble match. It’s hard to know how, exactly, anybody could outshine Kofi or Morrison, but here is some creative guesswork.

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