Jammer's Wrestling Thoughts


Royal Rumble: A Royal Let Down

Posted by jammer311 on January 23, 2016 at 4:35 PM

It's been months since I last wrote a wrestling blog, and I have no excuse as to why I haven't.  The reason is simple why I haven't.  Wrestling sucks right now.  I am not happy with watching it anymore, and it's sad because I was a few months ago.

The WWE had Seth Rollins as the WWE Champion, and even US Champion for a while.  ROH had The Kingdom dominating that company, and TNA had.... a really good World Champion in EC3 but ruined all that at Bound For Glory, followed by a really bad tournament to crown a new champion - which ended up being the same champion that lost the belt to begin with to cause the tournament!  Brilliant booking there.

As I was saying though, I am not a fan anymore of the current wrestling I am seeing.  Sure, Austin Aries finally being signed to a WWE contract in NXT is great, and the thought of AJ Styles coming into the WWE is exciting, but I am sure they will be treated badly in the company.  Before we know it, AJ Styles will be feuding with Bo Dallas on the pre show before a WWE PPV event.  Why you ask?  It doesn't matter, because the WWE creative doesn't care, so neither should we.

To top all of this off is this weekend with the Royal Rumble.  You know, the Royal Rumble, the annual event where Daniel Bryan marks get to ruin the show by booing anyone and everyone that isn't Daniel Bryan when they come out at their set number or win the event itself.  Just look back at 2014 and 2015 to see what I am talking about.

But at one time I would love the Royal Rumble.  It was probably my favourite event of the year.  This year though, they ruined it.  I can easily predict two men to win the Rumble this year.  Roman Reigns, or Triple H.  The reason why is because its now for the WWE World Championship.  No longer a spot to get into the main event at Wrestlemania (which lets be honest here, it was never a spot for the main event, it was a chance at the WWE or World Title years ago).

So I am not too concerned about tomorrow now.  Sure, I will watch it on the WWE Network, because I have the WWE Network so it would make sense to watch it.  But having the WWE Network also helps me be able to go back and watch old Royal Rumble events that I loved and still enjoy to this day.  So that is what I am going to talk about.

Royal Rumble 89 was my first Royal Rumble event I ever seen - and also my first ever pay per view I had ever seen.  It was a Saturday afternoon at 4 pm if my memory is correct.  The matches were okay in it, but I was stoked to see the Royal Rumble!  The thought of 30 men coming to the ring every two minutes was so unique from the traditional battle royal.  I remember when Demolition Ax came out, I said to my father, "wouldn't it be crazy if Smash was number two?"  And what do you know, for Demolition Smash was entrant number two.

Seeing Randy Savage work with Arn Anderson to eliminate a Rocker (I want to say it was Marty Jannetty) was weird to see.  For Savage was a good guy, and Arn was a bad guy, why are they working together?  And seeing Hulk Hogan get eliminated was crazy!  Who would win this event now?  Oh, Big John Studd would.  That's alright, I suppose.  He is big.

The 1990 event was fun too, and the face off of The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan together was awesome at that time.  The 1991 event had the amazing Rockers vs. Orient Express match to open the show, and saw Hulk Hogan finally get his revenge on Earthquake.  But it was Randy Savage that made the news at that event.  He caused the Ultimate Warrior to lose his WWE Title to Sgt. Slaughter.  That turn coat!

The 1992 Royal Rumble.  Maybe the most star-studded Rumble match in the history of the WWE.  Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Sid Justice, Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Ted DiBiase, British Bulldog, Texas Tornado, Roddy Piper, Jake Roberts, Randy Savage... just wow!  And Ric Flair proved in that match that he was still the "60 minute man!"

The 1993 and 1994 Royal Rumble events lost some of its star power, but made up for it in wrestling.  Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty, Bret Hart vs. Razor Ramon, were two matches that made the 1993 event seem special.  And who could forget Owen Hart kicking Bret's leg right out from under his leg, as Owen would say, when he turned on his brother creating a feud that would last for three years.

The 1995 and 1996 events were two of my personal favourites.  For the reason being, Shawn Michaels was victorious at both of them!  I know people like to hate on the WWF: New Generation deal a lot, and say that 1995 was a horrible year for that company, but I loved it.  The Royal Rumble event gave us a lot of great matches too.  Razor Ramon vs. Jeff Jarrett for the Intercontinental Title, Undertaker vs. IRS, Tatanka & Bam Bam Bigelow vs. 123 Kid & Bob Holly for the Tag Titles, and Diesel vs. Bret Hart for the WWE Title.

The 1996 event didn't have that good of an undercard, but the Rumble match itself had a lot of main event guys in it.  Diesel, Yokozuna, Vader, Owen Hart, British Bulldog, soon to be main event guys like Steve Austin, Triple H, and of course, the winner Shawn Michaels.

The 1997, 1998, and 1999 events were alright too.  And I would even go to say that I really enjoyed the Royal Rumble up to 2008.  But after that, it all becomes a blur to me.  Probably because my love for wrestling grew less and less then.  The guys I grew up watching had retired, or semi-retired, or had even passed away.

I chose to watch the Rumble match of 2009, 2010 and 2011 the other night.  So many wrestlers were in the Rumble that I had forgotten even existed.  Guys like Tyler Reks, Mason Ryan, or Alex Riley.  Seeing Dolph Ziggler come in at the 2009 Rumble, shake Kane's hand and get eliminated within 30 seconds just seemed bizarre.  But some of those Rumble's do have awesome memories for me.

The 2010 one when Edge returned to win the Rumble, or in 2011 when "Big Daddy Cool" Diesel returned with the loudest pop of the night.  But the excitement has gone way down now.  For I have to get prepared to hear, "Daniel Bryan! clap clap clapclapclap" chants tomorrow, or the always famous, "CM Punk!  CM Punk!" when something isn't going the way that the marks would like it to go.

So tomorrow I will sit down with some friends, throw on the WWE Network at 8 pm, and watch the event.  Because even though I have a feeling it is going to be a shell of its former self, there is a small portion of me that remembers enjoying this event from years ago.

Now with that being said.... let's kick the new year off with a rumble... let's kick it off with a Royal Rumble!!

Have a fantastic Royal Rumble weekend!!


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