WWE Royal Rumble: The Complete Anthology - Volume Two
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(Nov 27, 2007)
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Vol. 2 From 1993-97, the Royal Rumble became a key event for Superstars, as well as the first step on the road to WrestleMania. Vol. 2 champions include Yokozuna, Bret Hart/Lex Lugar, Shawn Michaels (also a back-to-back winner) and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
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1993 - The Royal Rumble went out west this year coming from Sacramento, CA at the Arco Arena featuring the debut of such superstars including Lex Luger, Rick & Scott Steiner, Bam Bam Bigelow, Razor Ramon, Yokozuna, Bob Backlund, Samu & Fatu of Headshrinkers, Tatanka, Giant Gonzales, and international legends Genichiro Tenryu & Carlos Colon. It was at this Rumble where the stipulation of "winner gets the WWE Championship title shot at WrestleMania" was put into play that is still continued to this day that featured such highlights as the first two men which would be considered a dream match for long time WWE & NWA/WCW fans, a new record set, past & current rivalries revisited, who decided to make their first impression on Undertaker, "every man for himself" coming into play between former tag team championship partners, and how one man forgetting the rules of match cost him the victory. Other matches include WWE Champion Bret Hart vs. Razor Ramon, the long awaited match between Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty match with Sensational Sherri making her return for the first time since she was knocked out with the glass mirror, Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Big Boss Man, Steiner Brothers vs. Beverly Brothers, and the debut of Bobby Heenan revealing "The Narcissist" Lex Luger.
1994 - This Rumble took place in Providence, RI at the Providence Civic Center featuring the Rumble debuts of Jim Cornette, Billy & Bart Gunn of Smokin' Gunns, Kevin "Diesel" Nash, Jeff Jarrett, Doink The Clown, Mabel & Mo of Men On A Mission, Bob "Sparky Plugg" Holly, Brian "Adam Bomb" Clark, and Great Kabuki. This Rumble featured such highlights as one man's dominance & having the most eliminations in the match to the point where the crowd got behind him, five to seven men working together on more than once occasion to eliminate one, one wrestler unable to compete, rivals either working together or against each other, and what happened to the final two that's never happened before & the crowds reaction. WWE Champion Yokozuna defended the championship against Undertaker in not only a Casket Match but what would also be Taker's only title match against Yoko in a match that was literally Taker fighting the odds as Yokozuna showed that he had a lot of friends in high places. Bret & Owen Hart had their issues after the previous Survivor Series PPV only to bury the hatchet & challenge WWE Tag Team Champions Quebeckers in a match that saw Bret suffer an injury that would change more than just the course of the match. Other matches include Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon vs. I.R.S. that saw the appearance of another man having issues in regards to the Intercontinental Championship, and Tatanka vs. Bam Bam Bigelow.
1995 - Tampa, Florida's USF Sun Dome hosted the 1995 edition of the event featuring the Rumble debuts of The Roadie a.k.a. "Road Dogg" Jesse James & wrestling legend Dick Murdock. The special guest hostess for this event was "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson as she was set to escort the winner of the Royal Rumble match to the ring at the upcoming WrestleMania as the Rumble was actually the shortest Rumble in history as every participant came out after 1 minute instead of the traditional 2 minutes featuring such highlights as history being made in regards to not only what number the winner drew but how he took advantage of the rules to win the match, another superstar who went a very long distance in the match, and a wrestler looking for revenge for what happened earlier in the night. WWE Champion Diesel defended the championship against Bret Hart in his first televised match back since Survivor Series that saw Bret use a more aggressive style that anyone has seen from him that saw both of them continue to go despite so many instances of the match getting out of control that gets overshadowed by their Survivor Series match later in the year. Other matches include Jeff Jarrett vs. Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon, Bam Bam Bigelow teaming with Tatanka in the Tag Team Title tournament finals against 1-2-3 Kid & Bob Holly along with the confrontation with Lawerence Taylor afterwards, and Undertaker vs. I.R.S. in what began the year long story in regards to Undertaker's urn.
1996 - The event returns to California at Fresno's Selland Arena featuring the Rumble debuts of Ahmed Johnson, Skip & Sunny of The Bodydonnas, Dustin Rhodes' "Goldust" character along with his wife Terri a.k.a. "Marlena", wrestling legend Dory Funk Jr., Hakushi, Vader, Hunter Hearst-Helmsley and Steve Austin. The Rumble this year featured various highlights including the impressive debut performance of the future Triple H, the battle of the super heavyweights...on more than one occasion, Jerry Lawler's performance...or lack there of, Jake Roberts' return, one wrestler looking for revenge for what happened earlier in the night, best friends & partners going at it, Vader getting out of control, and a Rockers' reunion. WWF Champion Bret Hart defended his championship against Undertaker, still wearing a mask protecting his face from the eye injury months earlier, in a match where both Taker & Bearer made it clear that they would do whatever it took to win the WWE Championship even if it was unpopular & against the rules with the biggest story being what happened before the match that would have an effect later on. Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon walked into the Rumble for the third year in a row defending his championship against Goldust with the debuting Marlena with Goldust making Razor very uncomfortable during the match with his mannerisms with this match being very controversial due to the backstage politics of how one man refused to work with the other. Other matches include Tag Team Champions Smokin' Gunn vs. Body Donnas & Ahmed Johnson vs. Jeff Jarrett.
1997 - The Alamodome in San Antonio, TX set a Royal Rumble attendance record of over 60,000 people this year which featured the debuts of Ron "Faarooq" Simmons, D'Lo Brown, mexican legend Mil Mascaras, Marc Mero, Terry Funk, Flash Funk a.k.a. 2 Cold Scorpio, Mick "Mankind" Foley, and Dwayne Johnson/The Rock under his "Rocky Miavia" character. The main event was the hometown hero Shawn Michaels challenging WWE Champion Sysco Sid in a Survivor Series rematch with this also being the last time that his manager Jose Lothario would be in his corner with Shawn having a new (or his old) attitude but also fighting the fact that he was wrestling with a high temperature due to the flu in a match that showed signs of "deju" from their previous encounter. The Royal Rumble battle royal itself featured such highlights as many of the matches earlier in the card picking up right where they left off, the dominance of Steve Austin & his constant encounters with Bret Hart, the issues between Tag Team Champions British Bulldog & Owen Hart, one person almost setting a record, the hardcore Foley/Funk feud continuing once again, and the controversial ending. Other matches include Intercontinental Champion Hunter Hearst-Helmsley vs. Goldust, Ahmed Johnson vs. Faarooq, Vader vs. Undertaker with an unexpected appearance, and a special attraction of a six man tag match featuring stars of the A.A.A. promotion in Mexico.
---Easily my least favorite ROYAL RUMBLE on this volume. I give credit to the WWF Title Match (Hitman/Razor), as the two guys complemented each other very well. But the rest of the card was tough to sit through. I didn't even care for the Michaels/Jannetty grudge match. It wasn't because they weren't trying; the two guys just didn't entertain me on this particular night. The 30-Man Royal Rumble is one of the worst ever, but it's not awful. Yes, Yokozuna winning via pinfall kickout is incredibly stupid. But considering the WWF didn't have Hogan to work with, I think they did the best they could. And I admit I liked the Giant Gonzalez concept, when I was a kid. There's also an overly-long debut of "The Narcissist" Lex Luger, a dull opener, and a dreadful Bossman/Bigelow contest.
---Consistently solid from start to finish. The opener between Tatanka and Bam Bam Bigelow is a real crowd-energizer. The Tag Titles Match kicks off the classic feud between Bret and Owen Hart. To this day, the contest is very good, and the feud remains a masterpiece. Razor Ramon's IC Title defense against IRS is surprisingly crisp. Lots of counters, fast-paced action, and a very good finish. Everyone knows about the Yokozuna/Taker Casket Match. I admit it's not a great "match", but I really got into the storyline where Fuji and Cornette paid off a dozen guys to help Yokozuna win. The cheesy supernatural aftermath still works for me. Last but not least, the 30-Man Royal Rumble is a good one. I love the "two-winner" finish, but also love how Diesel (a heel) won the crowd over by dominating for lengthy period of time. Big props to the Providence for showing respect for good in-ring work, regardless of character. 1994 was a good year for the WWF, and it all started here.
---A mostly solid card, and easily 1995's best PPV. Boy, 1995 was a crappy year for the WWF! We all know that HBK entered #1, and won the Rumble. I like it, you've probably read it, and it's a pleasant 45 minutes to this day. Other than the boring Taker/IRS match, the rest of ROYAL RUMBLE 1995 is pretty good. Jeff Jarrett and Razor Ramon delivered an exceptional technical opener for the IC Title, complete with a "double-ending" like Ramon's 1994 IC Title Match. The vacant Tag Team Titles are up for grabs between the teams of Tatanka & Bam Bam Bigelow, and Bob Holly & 1-2-3 Kid. Four different styles make for one of the best Tag Team Matches in ROYAL RUMBLE history. Forget that post-match scuffle which birthed the worst WRESTLEMANIA main event ever; but don't forget to watch 15 minutes of excellent competition. As for the WWF Title Match Hitman/Diesel), I'm kinda stuck. It's a slower-paced technical match, complete with several run-ins, and several finishes. But somehow, I didn't love the 40 minutes as much as I wanted to. It's not bad, but not great (in my opinion). Regardless, the 1995 RUMBLE is a good one.
---To me, this is much like 1995's ROYAL RUMBLE. Excellent IC Title Match, Shawn Michaels overcoming the odds in the 30-Man Rumble, and a WWF Title Match (Taker/Hitman) that doesn't quite get my attention despite all of what's going on in it. There's a lot happening in the 1996 PPV. Ahmed Johnson wiping the floor with Jeff Jarrett, only to have a guitar bashed over his head. The Rumble Match gets completely out of control, when the debuting Vader just snaps after being eliminated. Another note on the Rumble is that we finally get entrance music for the participants, and we finally see finishers during the unique Battle Royal. My favorite aspect of the PPV, though, is Razor/Goldust. This is a psychological piece of work that would make Jake Roberts proud. Seriously, Ramon and Goldust played the crowd perfectly with the bizarre "Gold One" persona. As the for the main event, I have watched Bret Hart and The Undertaker compete in multiple matches, and just can't get into them. I might be biased, but this 1996 main event wasn't a highlight to me. However, Diesel's role in the WWF Title Match was most interesting. In the end, I think the 1996 ROYAL RUMBLE PPV is worth watching.
---The PPV is mostly forgettable, but the 30-Man Royal Rumble is one of the most famous. But first, I'll address the card. For all of the long-term rivalries involved, these PPV showdowns are surprisingly underwhelming. Triple H and Goldust just go on and on and on and on, with all sorts of cheating involved. The commentators can't even understand why the referee is letting the two superstars continue. It's a most bizarre opener. Ahmed Johnson's war against The Nation of Domination finally culminated in a match against leader Faarooq. Too bad the two guys just don't mix well. There's a neat aftermath where Johnson snaps on the NOD, but overall it's a waste. The Taker/Vader grudge match is not too shabby; it probably made both guys look better in the end, even though I don't think the contest is much to brag about. And how did a 6-Man luchador Tag Match fail to excite a 'San Antonio, Texas' crowd?! Sorry if that's a stereotype, but I assumed Texans had an appreciation for Mexican lucha libre. Guess they were too antsy to see HBK win the WWF Title back from Sycho Sid. Speaking of those two guys, I'm sorry to say that their main event is nothing compared to their Madison Square Garden predecessor. It's way too one-sided for too much time. In fact, Michaels pulls off a surprise win similar to John Cena or Hulk Hogan; it's quite ridiculous. As for the 30-Man Royal Rumble, it's quite good. Several feuds come into play, it's nicely-paced, and the Rumble is filled with many WWF legends early in their career. I don't think the 1997 ROYAL RUMBLE is a must-see, but I admit it's probably one the 90s more famous ones.
---Should you see WWE ROYAL RUMBLE ANTHOLOGY: VOLUME 2? Sure, give it a peek. Should you spend the 35-dollar asking price? Not so fast, people. As much as I like most of this set, this isn't 15 hours of wrestling I'd revisit again. PPV compilations like these tend to blend together, and not feel different from each other. It's nice a trip down memory lane, but not worth the money. Try to rent if possible; buy only if you're a hardcore WWE fan.