Which Royal Rumble do y'all think was the best ever?
CRZ tabbed the '92 Rumble, with Flair's 60-minute-man performance. And it's definitely one of the top two. But I'd also like to nominate the '97 Rumble, with Austin's tour de force and a nice performance by Big Daddy Dentist.
I do think '92 is better, though.
Ambition is just an excuse for people who are too stupid to be lazy.
1992 is bar none the best Rumble ever, though the last two have been quite good.
1999 is bar none the worst Rumble ever. Come on, Vince McMahon winning? He and Austin getting #1 and #2, and "lasting the whole way" (coughcoughleavingthering), thus tarnishing the memories of Michaels/Bulldog in 1995?
I was born in a manger, like that other guy. You know, he wore a hat?
I liked how last year's had different sections. It started with wrestling with the Hardyz, moved into the Hardcore section, then moved back to wrestling with the midcard and then brought out the big guys. Meanwhile, Kane was pretty much the constant the entire time. I thought it was well put together and the winner (austin) stayed as the challenger for the title at WM. That's the only thing I haven't liked about some past rumbles, winning it should mean something. Just like King of the ring should as well.
They gotta bring these back!!!: "talk to the hand because the man don't understand." - "The Crippler" Chris Benoit "...and that is the LAST WORD." - "The Big Nasty" Paul Wight and of course: "Don't hate the playa...HATE THE GAME~!" - WCW World Champion Booker T
You can never top an hour of the Nature Boy in the ring, esp. with Bobby Heenan's last great mike performance on the announce table. I give some points to the 94 edition for at least trying something a little different with the tie at the end. Plus that rumble did give us the excellent Owen/Bret match at WM. Also honorable mention to 90, for the very cool moment where the Warrior and Hogan finally met in the ring for a few moments. At the time it was like the clash of the titans.
Of course I'd have to go with '92, but since that will be mentioned ad naseum, I will go with whatever year Ax and Smash were numbers 1 & 2 (I think it was '89). Maybe the rest of it wasn't the best, but that beginning made the whole match for me.
I really liked last years. It had the right mix of comedy and other entertaining bits to keep it fresh for the whole hour. I am biased though. For me, the rumble has been usually the best WWF ppv every year. I don't know, maybe its the fresh anticaption of a new year, but you gotta love the rumble.
Why's everybody gotta hate on '98? There were spots in that Rumble that were JUST AWESOME. Cactus and Funk starting things off with the chairs and the chainsaw had me marking out like mad. That, and when Austin's music hit and EVERYBODY just STOPPED fighting and turned toward the entrance to wait for Austin... man, I STILL laugh when I watch that!
"You people have been led to believe that mediocrity is excellence. Uh-uh.
98 and 99 were great story line rumbles. WIth 98 being that Austin would whip everybody's ass so they all wanted a piece of him, and 99 the whole vince/austin saga.
2000 was rather well done, with this time The Rock telling he would whoop ass and calling everyone a jabroni. It was also very well put together as we got the whole Rikishi bit, where he first danced with his buddies, got rid of Viscera (the crowd giving a loud OOOOH when Rikishi stood there, and Vis came out ..and then the Bossman being clever enough not to just walk in. Backlund coming in, Rikishi going out after six men teaming up..and then the Rock vs Show thing towards the end..
2001 had the same style written all over it. Give the crowd some mark out moments, some spots and then build towards the end..I loved it when Austin and Rock were opposite eachother and just staring at the other one. I believe Austin was bleeding and the look in the eyes of both men was just amazing.
I am hoping for a good rumble again this year, with some nice spots and moments and a great storyline.
As for the best? The 92 rumble had a whole different vibe ofcourse, it was about something completely different. I would say 2000 myself, as I was there and it was very good no matter what.
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Screw "one night only" -- we want Viscera! I don't know whether it was just because he was happy to be back on TV again or what, but he seemed to be as mobile and active as he's ever been in his career.