I’ll tell you Royal Rumble Season is the one time when everyone who I know who used to follow wrestling gets in touch with me to see what I’m doing for the show. It’s just a fun show as it’s unpredictable and a great time to start watching if you haven’t in a long while. Let’s continue with our look back at Royal Rumbles Past
1992- This was the first event I remember actually writing down all of my favorites to win it. Looking back, this was probably the best Royal Rumble and as a fan today I can really appreciate it. The amount of talent involved in the match from Undertaker to Ric Flair to Hulk Hogan to Roddy Piper, this rumble match is beyond stacked and it makes sense as this was the only rumble (until this year) that was for the WWE title. I was actually really shocked when Flair won the title as back in the day heels rarely won to finish a WWF pay per view. When Flair came out, we were so sure he’d be quickly tossed as he was the third entrant and back then Rumble marathon performances wouldn’t go all the way. Being a straight up WWF fan (I was raised on WWF, we ordered one WCW show in 1991 and my family hated it), we all hated Flair and so him winning was just so out of left field as we didn’t take him seriously as a main eventer. As a final aside, To this day, Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon’s commentary in this match is the best I’ve heard.
1994- This was the year in which both Lex and Bret won the match and I remember as a kid being so happy because they were my two favorite wrestlers. I also remember my father being pretty upset that they didn’t restart the match as he paid for a pay per view to see one winner. Looking back though, the two winners really set wrestlemania 10 up nicely. This was also the Rumble that you could call a 900 hotline and find out who was going to be next. I remember we called and it was Diesel saying he was ready to make his mark. That cost us $1.49 and was the last call we made.
This was also the second straight Rumble in which I have a personal “scaredy cat” story and it occurred right before the Royal Rumble match itself, during the Casket match between the Undertaker and Yokozuna for the World title. The idea of a casket match always made me a little uncomfortable as a kid but I was now seven and feeling a little better. I was finally understanding that the person put in the casket would be back just a few weeks later. but then Rumble 1994 and I was scarred for months! See in this match undertaker was put in the casket and then suddenly a casket cam lit up and display live footage of the undertaker in the casket, looking eerily similar to any person you’ve seen at any wake. I mean jeez look at him in that picture above and tell me you’re not a little spooked even today, 22 years later! But it got worse, Undertaker then turned completely holographic on the titan tron and began to raise to the heavens and literally fly around the arena. That’s it I was done! At seven years old, it was the scariest thing I had ever seen! As an interesting footnote, it wasn’t actually the Undertaker flying around, but one Marty Jannetty!