One thing I saw touched on in the huge Rumble thread, but I thought deserved more discussion, is the unique elimination of Big Show by Benoit. He pretty much choked him out and over the top rope as Big Show was trying to toss Benoit. Definitely a nice creative ending.
While it wouldn't have allowed for the ending we saw, I picked up on another creative elimination that could have been used last night. When Angle had Big Show in the ankle lock, I thought for sure that Big Show was going to eliminate himself since he couldn't tap out. Big shock when he pulled Angle out instead. But I think that's something we may see in the future as a way to help get someone over as a submission expert. If the microphone can pick up an Angle or Benoit-type yelling something like "Get over the top rope or I'll break it. NOW, dammit" that could be a great way of incorporating a new style into the Rumble.
Anyway ... any other feasible (and I mean FEASIBLE) eliminations that we haven't seen in past Rumbles? Like I said, I liked the way the got rid of Big Show, as opposed to the generic "duck outta the way and shoulder him over." I'd be curious to try and figure out if there are new and unique things the WWE can use in the future.
The only thing I could immediately think of would be somehow breaking the top rope so it's more on the same level as the bottom rope, and then maybe some guy can trip over it or get shoved out or something. It's a pretty stupid idea.
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Lift a guy up in backdrop suplex position, stop when he's parallel to the ground, move towards the rope, toss him forward and out. I know, the Berserker used that as his finisher, but I don't recall anyone doing it in a Rumble (then again, I don't think I ever saw Berserker in a Rumble, since I didn't have cable back then). It was a stupid finisher, but it'd be a nice way for a big guy to eliminate one of the smaller guys. It certainly beats seeing the usual grab-them-by-the-scruff-of-the-neck-and-send-him-over or the way Morgan tossed Hurricane (who seemed to hurt his leg even worse than Cena because he couldn't control his landing going that fast) last night.
I recall Jericho's elim. of Christian as being something a little more vicious than what I normally see in a Rumble elimination.
Caped Boy: Excuse me, ladies. You may remember me as the guy who came to dinner a few weeks ago with underwear on my head. My name is Keith Stat from Milbourne, New Jersey. State bird, the mosquito. And as you may have heard I am recently a crowned class B dungeon-master. So if any of you would like to play D&D today, please speak now or forever hold your peace. [He chuckles, and there is an awkward silence at the table.] Caped Boy: Anyone? Alexa! [Alexa gives him a withering glare.] Caped Boy: Maybe you would like to join in? We do need a druid, and you have definitely cast a level 5 charm spell on me. Alexa: In your dreams, douche-bag! Caped Boy: Douche-bags are hygienic products, I take that as a compliment. Thank you. [Keith walks off] Alexa: Ewww!
When the Godfather was in WWE, I always figured that one year the Rumble, he'd come out with a ho for every man in the ring and say offer them up if the competitors eliminated themselves.
Wait…if it’s MLK Jr. Day AND Pat Patterson’s Birthday…who gets the token win here?-- Matt "Excalibur05" Hocking on a match between Mark Henry and Rico
MH: What’s a clever way to say that I have a penis? CJ: Uh…Mark, nobody’s going to buy that shirt. MH: How about if I say that I’ve got…a…uh…? CJ: Coming up with T-Shirt ideas is hard Mark, why not leave it to the WWE marketing department. MH: I know! I’ve got it! CJ: Got what? MH: Stank! That’s Mah Stank! I’m gonna make a fortune!! CJ: “That’s Mah Stank”? MH: On the front it’ll say “Can You Smell It?” and on the back it’ll say “That’s Mah Stank”. Everybody’ll buy it because they’ll think it’s a Rock shirt. CJ: You know…you might be on to something there, sad to say. MH: I can’t wait to show mah stank to Trish.
You know, I have a feeling that Spanky didn’t quit, he was fired. Why? So they could repackage Mark Henry as “Stanky.” Think about THAT! --Matt "Excalibur05" Hocking, 1/19/04 Raw Satire
I'm torn on how to take this, too. I can't tell if he's just really trying to emote and sell that promo, or if there's just total in-credulousness (if such a word exists) there while trying to sell it. Such as Heyman thinking: