Published on January 25th, 2015 | by Bryan0
It’s Now Time… For The Ultimate Royal Rumble!! Part 2
Well Mr Davies. Posted your Ultimate Royal Rumble have you?? Well sir, I see your choices and I give you mine!!
My PPV will consist of my favourite Royal Rumble match itself, plus 4 undercard matches. Of course this will just be my opinion, if you have your own dream Rumble PPV, let us know in the comments below! But here we go with my choice!
The Hardy Boyz vs The Dudley Boyz (Tag Team Table Match) – Royal Rumble 2000
What’s a better way of firing up your crowd in attendance than with a demolition derby of guys being put through tables?
Although I’ve been watching wrestling since 1990, I’d never really seen any stuff from ECW so this tables match was the first I’d seen anything like it and certainly left an impression on me (and the bodies of the 4 guys taking part as well!). The sight of Jeff Hardy running the guardrail to pounce on Bubba Ray only for Bubba to throw the table right at Jeff’s face as he was in mid-air or D-Von’s quick movement to get out of the way of a Matt Hardy’s attempted legdrop from the turnbuckle through a table and then dodge Jeff Hardy’s suicide dive through the ropes leading to the both the brothers going through the tables themselves (but remember, you must be put through the table by your opponent, you can’t put yourself through one as they kept telling us through this match!).
And then there was the finale. Bubba and Jeff working through the crowd and up the stairs to a little balcony about 15 feet up. Bubba gets the upper hand and D-Von is down below with Matt placed on some tables ready for Bubba to come splashing down on top of him. But Jeff makes his comeback, he hits Bubba with the low-blow as Matt is fighting back against D-Von below. Jeff cracks Bubba with a chair and…. TIMBER!!! Bubba falls from the balcony and crashes through the tables!! But Bubba had already been put through a table earlier in the match by the Hardys so the match doesn’t end, D-Von has to go through one for them to win the match. Matt grabs one of the tables that wasn’t broken from Bubba’s fall, he put’s D-Von on top of it and, as we’ve come to expect from him now, Jeff performs a crazy leap by swantoning from the balcony down through D-Von and the table to win the match!
A crazy match and possibly my favourite one involving tables until the TLC match at WrestleMania 17.
Rowdy Roddy Piper vs The Mountie (WWE Intercontinental Championship Match) – Royal Rumble 1992
This wasn’t a spectacular match, in fact it was rather short (about 5 1/2 minutes) and largely uneventful. But I’ve included it more from a sentimental standpoint. Being Scottish I always had a soft spot for the Hot Rod and when I discovered that he was taking the place of the ill Bret Hart to take on The Mountie, I was very intrigued to see how he got on. If I’m honest, I didn’t expect him to win.
So you can imagine my surprise to see Piper synch in the sleeper hold and win his first (and only) WWE singles title (he would go on to win the World Tag Team Titles with Ric Flair in November 2006). His reign was a short one, losing the belt to his real-life cousin Bret Hart at WrestleMania 8 but I was happy to see the “Rowdy One” get a run with the belt at least!
Chris Jericho vs Chris Benoit (Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship) – Royal Rumble 2001
This was a great ladder match and was (I think) one of the last times they fought each other (Benoit would later turn face and they would team together). They’d faced each other in the 3 PPV’s the year before with Benoit coming out on top each time. Jericho was desperate to prove that he could beat the Rabid Wolverine and take the title.
The psychology of the match was great. For a lot of ladder matches nowadays, it seems to be “whoever gets up the ladder quickest wins” but in this match both men played it a different way. They wanted to make sure that their opponent was totally incapacitated before climbing the ladder.
Obviously with hindsight some of the spots in this match make you wince a bit (Benoit’s dive to the outside only to be met with a steel chair to the head or his missed diving headbutt attempt from the top of the ladder) but if you can separate yourself from that and enjoy it as a competitive battle between two big rivals, it’s a great watch. The sight of the modified Walls of Jericho on the top of the ladder was incredible to see then and still is now. One wrong adjustment of weight and the two of them were in for a very rough landing. A rough landing is what ended the match as Jericho would tip the ladder sending Benoit in to and then over the ropes giving him time to set the ladder up again, climb it and finally get his win and the Intercontinental title.
Triple H vs Cactus Jack (Street Fight for the WWE Championship) – Royal Rumble 2000
Although Triple H was in his 3rd title reign (in 6 months!), he was still needed someone to help make him look like a legit badass champion. Step forward the man who would do for Triple H what he did for The Rock the year previous, Mick Foley. With the transformation in to Cactus Jack a few weeks previously (which Triple H sold the hell out of btw. Let’s face it, it was just a guy removing a mask and opening a shirt but Triple H sold it like it was Bruce Banner transforming in to The Hulk!), the stage was set for a war in Madison Square Garden and that’s exactly what we got.
It wasn’t as savage as the title match one year before where Foley received 11 unprotected chair shots to the head from The Rock but it was brutal nonetheless. Barbed wire baseball bats, pile drivers on to trash cans, suplexes on to wooden pallets (which gave Triple H a nasty looking gash on the back of one of his calves (and if the stories are to be believed, a couple of inches deep too!) all played their part but a Pedigree on to thumbtacks finally won the match for Triple H.
Main Event: The 2001 Royal Rumble Match
The 2001 Royal Rumble was, for me, the best Rumble. “Why?” you ask? Well for me it just had everything. We had a strong field including the likes of Stone Cold, Undertaker, Kane, The Rock, The Big Show. We had a bit of the celebrity element with the inclusion of Drew Carey (even if it was just a cheap plug for his improv show which was happening a week later) and we even had a great little hardcore segment thanks to Al Snow and Raven. And yes, I laughed like an idiot when Snow got the bowling ball out and hit the “7/10 split” on Raven. What can I say? I’m childish!
The return of The Big Show was a surprise to many as he hadn’t been seen for many months after being ‘injured’. In reality he had been sent back to OVW to work on his fitness. And he did appear to be in a good condition when he returned and was cheered by the masses. But as we have came to expect from Show, he flipped and flopped between face and heel when he attacked The Rock and put him through a table after Rock had eliminated him.
The Brother of Destruction caught many people off guard as well as they worked together to eliminate many of the participants. Despite the fact that they had been feuding for the better part of the previous summer, they put their differences aside and cleaned house sending guys flying left, right and centre! This was also the Rumble that Kane set his eliminations record of 11 which would stand for another 13 years before being beaten by Roman Reigns last year.
One of the best images from the match was when The Rock and Stone Cold finally locked eyes on each other. Stone Cold had been beaten up as he entered the Rumble by Triple H in revenge for getting involved in the WWE Championship match earlier in the night and was left a bloody mess. By the team he got in to the ring, the blood was flowing (think the way he looked at WrestleMania 13…. but worse) and he was covered. As he and Rock seen other, the look on Austin’s face combined with the crimson mask made you think “Oh yeah…. shit is about to go down here!!”. And it did with the two men hammering each other with blow after blow. This would eventually lead to the end of the match.
They were so busying focusing on each other they failed to spot Kane (who had been knocked out through the ropes earlier) sneak up on them and attempt to eliminate both of them. He managed to get rid of The Rock but Austin survived and after some back and forth between each other Austin grabbed a chair that Kane had brought in to the ring earlier and after 3 VERY painful looking blows to the head (and I don’t care if Kane had a tough leather mask on protecting his face, that HAD to hurt!), Austin clotheslined him over the top rope to win the match and head on to WrestleMania and face The Rock for the WWE Championship.
Now if you’ve read this far, you’ll have noticed that all my picks (except the Piper match) have came from Rumbles only a year apart. Why? Well I think that at that point in time WWE were at their hottest and producing their best stuff and only a couple months after the 2001 Rumble was WrestleMania 17, seen by many as the best PPV WWE has produced. It was also the perfect send off to the Attitude Era too as WCW and ECW had closed their doors (and snapped up by WWE) during this same period.
So there you go, these are my choices. What do you think? Agree with mine or prefer Gareth’s? Or do you have your own idea of the Ultimate Royal Rumble? Let us know in the comments!
All matches and this Sunday’s Royal Rumble can be viewed on the WWE Network, available in the UK for £9.99 per month. Visit www.wwe.com for more details.
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