Well, they managed to keep the Rumble intriguing until the end of the second match. The battle royale itself was pointless unless you are a fan of hearing YOUR world champion whimper like a baby for however long that lasted.
I'll tell ya, I remember watching a few of Rick Steiner's U.S. Title defenses in early 2001. And he is one stiff mo-fo. I think Lash LeRoux is still trying to shake the cobwebs out of his head from the ass-kicking Steiner once gave him on Nitro.