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'm guessing the No Blood rule had to be in force, because Michaels + ringpost usually equals bladejob. Nice match between the two, and very rare to see Trip in a No DQ match not have Mr. Sledgehammer. Still, no Iron Sheik vs. Sgt.