I just recently re-watched Royal Rumble 1992.  Having a worker the caliber of Ted DiBiase as one of the first two entrants makes sense, yet he was tossed over in 1:18.  He barely lasted longer than Jerry Sags.  Was he in the doghouse or
working hurt or something?  What was the point of wasting him in such a throwaway manner?

He was working hurt for most of 92 and 93.  I always did think it was a waste for him not to be in there with Flair, though.