Induction: The 1999 Royal Rumble – Even Stone Cold used this match as a bathroom break

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WWF, 1999

Vince McMahon won 1999′s Royal Rumble.

No, this isn’t the shortest induction ever; I’m just getting that obvious bit of information out of the way right now, lest you think that’s the only reason why this match is Wrestlecrap. No, there are certain circumstances under which a non-wrestler can win a big match, and the red-hot McMahon-Austin feud was, theoretically, one of them, having the heat and the history to perhaps justify an otherwise ridiculous turn of events. Now, if you wanted to see Vince do something truly nonsensical and self-aggrandizing, you’d have to wait until September, when he would disregard two years of storylines to turn babyface one night, immediately win the title, and avenge a mean thing a heel said about him.

So no, the problem with this Rumble was not the non-wrestler chairman’s victory. The main problem was that the non-wrestler chairman’s victory wasn’t even among the top ten worst things about this Rumble.

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#10 – Fan art of Stone Cold with white lipstick.

For one thing, despite ostensibly being a 30-man match, the 1999 Rumble was marketed as essentially a one-on-one contest. The pre-match video package focused entirely on Steve Austin’s feud with Vince McMahon, failing to mention any of the 28 other participants. Not that the Federation would have had an easy time pumping up the crowd by highlighting the rest of the Rumble roster, the most abysmal collection of curtain-jerkers this side of 1995.

Don’t believe me? Nearly a quarter of the participants wouldn’t make it into that summer’s WWF Attitude, a game that included Head as a playable character. Most of the Rumble match could be re-created by a seven-year-old whose mom only bought him the cheap action figures left on the Toys ‘R’ Us shelf (and having grown up with three Giant Gonzalez dolls, I know what I’m talking about). Frankly, besides Austin and McMahon, the only two men in the Rumble with even the remotest chance of winning were Kane (whose one-day WWF title reign made him the only other former world champ in the match) and Triple H (who at that point was maybe the 5th-most over member of D-X).

So how could the WWF expect to hold an audience’s interest for 60 minutes when 90% of its competitors were merely cannon fodder? I’ll answer that question with another question: Who was the WWF’s head writer in 1999?

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Fasten your seat belts, ’cause it’s gonna be a crappy ride.

rr03 With Russo holding the book, you just knew there would be wacky antics going on both in the ring and out of it — but mostly out of it. After all, this was the man who would go on to create the Reverse Battle Royal and would probably have invented the Upside-Down Battle Royal if he had figured out how to cram cameras and lighting rigs under the ring. Still, to prepare 1999′s fans for the mayhem, Howard Finkel made sure to clarify (to the one or two people who’d never seen a Royal Rumble) that one could not be eliminated by going through the ropes, even though it made his introduction last an eternity. Gee, you think someone might take advantage of that rule in this match?
Austin and Vince McMahon started off the match — which was a good thing if they were the only two guys with a shot at winning it. After all, who’d want to trudge through a half hour or more of meaningless brawling between mooks until an actual contender showed up? Jerry Lawler begged the third entrant to come to the ring and keep Stone Cold from pounding the chairman, but as it turned out, he wouldn’t be the only one in the arena cursing the 90-second wait between entrants.
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rr88rr05 Why? Let me put it this way:

Have you ever seen the ring cleared completely in a Royal Rumble?

No, not as in “Diesel just cleaned house and is the only one left standing!” As in, “everybody bailed and literally nobody is in the ring.”

Well, that happened TWICE in this match.

Each time, there would be a 2-3 minute gap in the action as the fans waited for the next two competitors to enter. In fact, the first time the match came to a screeching halt was a mere two minutes into the match: after Austin eliminated Golga, he and McMahon left the ring through the ropes (Whodathunkit?) and brawled into the audience…

…leaving the ring entirely empty. Better bring on those mooks!
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Ninety seconds later, Road Warrior Droz entered the ring and immediately had to play the waiting game for another 90 seconds until Edge showed up to basically start the match over again.
And while this was going on, Steve Austin got ambushed by the Corporation in the ladies’ room, seemingly taking him out of the Rumble match. Talk about swerves! Pat Patterson is the last guy you’d expect to want to sneak into the women’s bathroom. rr07
rr08 Edge and Droz now had to play the role of lame ducks, killing time before Austin inevitably returned to the match. To show how seriously fans should take the Austin-less Rumble, Russo next sent out Gillberg, who was quickly disposed of.
Next came Steve Blackman, whom Jerry Lawler picked as his favorite to win it all. This is the same Blackman who (like most of the Rumble participants) would never advance past the Hardcore division but, by default, had about as good a chance as anyone of winning the Rumble with Austin “out of the picture.” rr09
rr10 Speaking of Austin, we were repeatedly shown camera shots of Austin lying on the bathroom floor, then being placed on a stretcher and carted off into an ambulance, which made for more compelling television than the action going on in the ring. With all these distracting cut-aways, this match was fast becoming the Family Guy of Royal Rumbles.
Some of these shots lasted nearly a minute, with occasional cuts back to the ring when a new entrant came down. At one point, an extremely long shot of Austin was broken up for a few seconds when the countdown clock reached zero… rr11
rr12 …but the production crew returned to the ambulance scene the second they realized it was just Tiger Ali Singh coming down. At least it wasn’t Drew Carey.
The Blue Meanie’s entrance had fans on the edge of their seats (and wondering, should I go to the can now, or wait until Kurrgan comes out?), but just when you thought you’d seen everything from this glorified Shotgun Saturday Night main event, a pre- “Beaver Cleavage” Headbanger Mosh would attempt to enter… rr13
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Speaking of cleavage…

…only to be jumped and have his spot stolen by Mabel. (Mosh would later earn a spot in the 2001 Rumble as part of Tiger Ali Singh’s “Lo Down,” only to again get bumped off the card… by Drew Carey)
Mabel cleared the ring within seconds, leaving only new entrant Road Dogg in the ring before the lights went out. Undertaker’s music played, and Mabel was apparently eliminated by the Acolytes. I say “apparently” because the lights were still out when it happened. In other words, Mabel’s elimination in 1999 was even more unceremonious than the one in 1996, when, in his last WWF appearance for years, he was both eliminated by Yokozuna and called Yokozuna. rr15
rr16 After an excessively long beatdown that saw Faarooq fall on his butt…
…The Undertaker (who was excluded from the match for fear of making it slightly compelling) and the rest of his Ministry abducted Mabel, who the next night showed up as Viscera, the prostitute-loving cult member. The running theme of this Rumble? Anything could happen, as long as it didn’t happen in the ring.
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rr18 All the while, Road Dogg waited around in the ring for Gangrel, one of King’s other favorites to win. You’ve got to wonder whether Lawler was just pulling random names out of his hat (or, uh, crown), because the former Black Phantom got tossed out in seconds. Moments later, with KURRGAN of all people in the ring, the announcers remembered that a title shot was at stake. And not a European title shot, either!
Next to enter was Al Snow, who had a bone to pick with Goldust. See, Snow’s mannequin head (the one who beat out McMahon, Gillberg, Severn, Meanie, Viscera, Singh, and Golga to get into the Attitude game) had been stolen by Goldust two weeks before. What good fortune it was, then, that Goldust himself would end up being the very next entrant! And what bad fortune it was, then, that Snow got eliminated in under a minute, never even crossing paths with the man he was supposed to be feuding with. Keep in mind as you read this that people actually sat in a board room and planned for this to happen. rr19
rr20 Ninety seconds after the Godfather entered, the lights went out yet again, announcing the arrival of Kane at #16. Halfway through the Rumble, we finally had a semi-legitimate contender to win it all! Kane immediately cleared the ring, only to be jumped by hordes of orderlies. Kane then eliminated himself to chase after the orderlies, and since Heenan and Monsoon were not on commentary to explain this away, it meant he was out of the match for good.
And the fans cheered the empty ring, which continued its dominant Rumble performance! rr99
rr21 For those keeping score, that’s twice that the ring had been left completely empty in the first thirty minutes, causing the match to essentially start again from scratch. The action was so stop-and-go, you could have sworn that Vince Russo was stealing ideas from the AWF and its revolutionary rounds system.
Vince McMahon casually strolled into the ring during this down time, then immediately left through the ropes to take over commentary and gloat that Steve Austin was not coming back. Nosirree, never ever ever. And definitely not to drag McMahon back into the ring later on. rr22
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“Wheeeee!”

Meanwhile, Ken Shamrock waited another ninety seconds for an injured (and partially barefoot) Billy Gunn to skip down to the ring. As if catching some contagious disease from McMahon, Michael Cole shouted, “What a maneuver!” after a belly-to-back suplex by Gunn. Too bad Vince couldn’t muster up the same enthusiasm on commentary.
Test’s entrance was interrupted by more backstage shenanigans, this time parking lot footage of Mabel getting stuffed into a hearse. This interruption, in turn, was interrupted by Stone Cold driving an ambulance back to the arena. Not only was this the Family Guy of Royal Rumbles, it was the Inception of over-booking.
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rr26 If you ignore the fact that Austin’s absence and “elimination” were the only things the announcers had been talking about for the past forty minutes (instead of, say, who would actually win the match), Stone Cold’s return came as a complete shock to everyone.
At least now that Stone Cold was back, the announcers could stop talking about how he was in a hospital bed (or, I kid you not, a “medical center bed“). No, instead they could talk about who was going to collect on McMahon’s $100,000 bounty by eliminating Austin. Not who was going to win the damn match and go to Wrestlemania, but who was going to get paid a bonus by Vince (which, to be fair, is basically what going to Wrestlemania means). rr27
rr28 And speaking of that bounty, the wrestlers themselves seemed remarkably uninterested in eliminating Austin considering the reward at stake. Bossman, for example, would rather have choked out Triple H than collect a cool 100 grand by dumping Austin over the ropes, while Test committed himself to the important task of stomping X-Pac. Val Venis was so eager to eliminate the Rattlesnake that the then-porn star booted him under the ropes, sparing him from elimination so he could go sucker-punch future porn star X-Pac instead.
Mark Henry started out beating up Austin, but soon moved on to matters more important than eliminating the top contender and collecting a huge cash prize: namely, beating up X-Pac. People really seemed to hate that guy, and he hadn’t even started shilling Hansen’s energy drink yet. rr29
rr30 As much as the announcers tried to play up the bounty on Austin (while the prize for winning the Rumble itself, along with the very idea of winning the Rumble, was presented as merely an afterthought), no one in the ring seemed to even be aware of such a cash reward. Triple H seemed more concerned with eliminating Val Venis. No, scratch that. Triple H seemed more concerned with almost eliminating Val Venis, loudly asking the adult film star, “If I throw you, can you hang on?
You would think that after all the shenanigans and interference that had already taken place in this match, some outsider would have tried running in and eliminating Stone Cold for the bounty, but I guess Russo didn’t want to make a mockery of the 30-man, over-the-top Rumble. More so, that is.
(Like this)

Exhibit A.

rr32 The final entrant of the night was Chyna, who earned her #30 spot by winning Raw’s miniature Corporate Rumble, last eliminating (and nearly decapitating) Mr. McMahon.
Chyna soon eliminated Mark Henry, since having tricked him into groping a transvestite wasn’t revenge enough for his unwanted advances. To be fair, Sexual Chocolate appeared to be wearing a thong underneath his trunks, so maybe he still held out hope for a night in Chyna.
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That’s two references to “1 Night in China” in a single article. Could there be another big, nasty surprise hidden down below, just waiting to rear its head?

rr34 To the surprise of no one, Austin ended up as the last man left in the ring, robbing us of that Bossman vs. Rock match we had all been clamoring for. That left only Austin and Vince McMahon, whom Stone Cold dragged back into the ring and beat down. For the first time in an hour, the main story of the bout actually unfolded inside the ring, almost as if it were a wrestling match.
Just when it seemed that Austin had the match wrapped up, The Rock came to ringside to argue with Stone Cold. Yes, the same Stone Cold who had already been sneak-attacked once in the match. Yes, the same Stone Cold who had used this exact distraction tactic to get Vince eliminated from the Corporate Rumble. And Steve still never suspected that this might have been a trick, too. Instead, he took the idiot ball and ran with it, edging closer and closer to the ropes until Vince scooped him up from behind and dumped him to the floor. rr35
rr36 And thus, Vince McMahon went to Wrestlemania and wrestled The Rock in the main event.

 

I kid, of course, as everyone knows that Austin ended up going to the big event after beating Vince for that right in a cage match.

Except that’s not what happened, either. Instead, Vince announced the next night that he had forfeited his Mania title shot and would instead handpick the man to main-event Wreslemania XV. Just then, WWF Commissioner/plot device Shawn Michaels came to the rescue. Citing a Royal Rumble rule that no one had ever heard of (except, presumably, the Federation owner Vince McMahon), he granted the forfeited Mania title shot to the runner-up: Stone Cold. In the span of just a few minutes, the dueling authority figures had completely nullified the previous night’s outcome, meaning that Austin might as well have won the Rumble after all. Double swerve!

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Fortunately, Stone Cold was gracious enough to put his title shot on the line against Vince in a cage match. Vince McMahon famously shocked the world that night with his newest hire, Paul Wight…

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…who threw Austin so hard into the cage that it broke open, winning the match for Austin and once again nullifying a big shocking swerve in just a few minutes.

Gee, with build-up like that, it’s a wonder how Wrestlemania 17 ever wound up such a critical success. Wait, my math might be off. Let’s see… Wrestlemania I was in 1985, so 1999′s big event would be….

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Wrestlemania XV, one of the worst Manias of all time, and the only one to share a tagline with Joanie and X-Pac’s porno.

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A wrestling fan ever since the days of Wrestlemania IX, Art graduated from college in the same building where Art Donovan called King of the Ring 1994. He currently runs the "How Much Does This Guy Weigh?" blog, where he reviews New Generation-Era Monday Night Raws and Hasbro WWF figures.
53 Responses to "Induction: The 1999 Royal Rumble – Even Stone Cold used this match as a bathroom break"
  1. Scrooge McSuck says:

    By far, the worst Rumble, EVER. Thank you.

  2. Peter says:

    Nice induction, well deserved I think. Even my friends who were just riding the WWF bandwagon back then thought this match was complete garbage. I tried watching it recently, couldn’t get through it.

  3. Matt Soileau says:

    I always had the cheapo Dollar Store action figures…

  4. Are says:

    Huh. For some reason (although I can’t quite fathom why, after reading this induction) I actually enjoyed the 1999 Rumble match when I first saw it. I do remember being annoyed at the empty ring syndrome, though.

  5. Caveman says:

    Remember when CM Punk played the waiting game at Royal Rumbles with a live microphone in his hand? Now that was entertaining.

  6. Brad says:

    Looking at the Michaels/Austin screenshot, I don’t know what is more unsettling…..Austin affably smiling or Michaels looking like he’s pooping his pants

  7. hulk6785 says:

    You know things are bad when Vince McMahon winning the Royal Rumble is actually one of the best things about the match.

  8. Jeremy says:

    Quite the Catch-22. One of their most successful years produced one of the worst Rumbles in history, and a sub-par WrestleMania. 2 years later, they had arguably the best WrestleMania ever, then the product started declining.

  9. s1mon86 says:

    I remember this event being shown on free to air TV where I live and they had to cut pretty much the whole match to fit it on TV with adverts… obviously the editors made the right call on that one

  10. AK says:

    Perhaps it is just me but with Austin wearing that ball cap he looks like a he could form a tag team with Larry “the Cable” Guy. I’d call them the Redneck Rattlesnakes.

    Kind of pleasantly surprised they never had him guest host Raw.

    Although according to the following website he won the WWF (bless you) World Championship SEVEN times. Geez makes John Cena’s 180 World Titles reigns seem insignificant doesn’t it?

    http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Larry_the_Cable_Guy

  11. Sir Thomas says:

    As much as I enjoyed The Attitude Era, even I had to admit that rumble was a trainwreck.

  12. NightmareNear says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6x4466yN3k
    The Rumble 2 years after this one has always been my favorite, since of how wacky and stupid it was and it foreshadowed Austin’s heel turn when he used the chair on Kane. Then it just all went to hell after Wrestlemania 17 when the crappy “Invasion” angle started a few months later that no one wants to remember.

    • Jugs says:

      Austin turning heel was part of the problem, since he went from being a badass to being a whiny bitch who cried on peoples’ shoulders. How on earth does that happen? If he’d basically been the same awesome Austin but aligned with McMahon it would have worked, but instead they neutered him. Then they butchered the Invasion so badly that they had to turn Austin face to have him turn heel again immediately and join the alliance even though he had bad blood with WCW and wasn’t in ECW long enough to really justify him wanting to go back over there, plus it made even less sense of him joining forces with McMahon to begin with. You can say what you want about Sting/Goldberg/Hogan/Flair not going over there but I don’t think that was the problem, they could have booked it just as badly with them present and they could potentially have booked it well with DDP/Booker T/RVD at the fore (and perhaps if they’d pulled the trigger on Jericho’s defection earlier) if anyone in the company had a clue.

  13. SCFNL says:

    To be honest, I think this is the sort of induction that could just be seen as “smarky” rather than proper wrestlecrap. I remember enjoying this rumble myself at the time and all the casual wrestling fans I knew at the time loved it too. Yes, there were elements of sillyness to this rumble, but casual fans enjoyed it and it effectively furthered the hottest angle in wrestling in a decade (people were then dying to see the cage match between Vince and Austin at the next PPV). It’s not like Vince was throwing people out left, right and centre / being made to look strong. But this sort of PPV, whether you like it or not, had people watching wrestling again, it made wrestling relevant again (you could go into the merits of whether the attitude era has subsequently ruined the business etc but that is another debate).

    As I’ve said before, this is contentious wrestlecrap – my own personal view is this site should stick to reviewing the sort of traditional type wrestlecrap it originally set out to mock, rather than go into debatable criticism of booking etc.

    • Hashington says:

      Empty ring = crap. This Rumble was horribly timed. They could have easily choreographed it so that there would be something going on inside the ring at all times, but they obviously didnt put much effort into it.

      Pointless double swerve is also crap.

      Just because you enjoyed it, doesnt make it any less bad. I personally enjoyed the Yeah-tay coming out and humping Hogan but I certainly wont deny that it was one of the dumbest moments in wrestling history.

    • Anonymous says:

      This was David ArbyQuits Winning The Title levels of bad.

    • theslimjames says:

      Not to mention it’s a pay per view match featuring Gillberg, the Oddities, Tiger Ali Singh and the Road Warriors/Droz angle. It’s at least Crap by osmosis.

  14. Jimbolian says:

    Damn, it’s crazy that I was watching this the other night on YouTube and this got inducted. I whole-hardheartedly agree Royal Rumble ’99 deserves a WC induction.

    I do agree with you guys how crazy it is that WWF/WWE was insanely popular in 1999 when it pooped out a rather crappy Royal Rumble match.

  15. Down With OPC says:

    Tiger Ali Singh! Woo!

    This PPV actually occurred like a week after I started watching wrestling, and, coincidentally, the Royal Rumble (1992 and sort of 1998) got me intro wrestling. I didn’t watch this one until it came on video, but I did ask my “wrestling insider” at school who won the Rumble. I assumed it was the Rock, but finding out it was McMahon, I pretty much made the noise that Scooby Doo makes when he hears something quizzical.

  16. Down With OPC says:

    “Wrestlemania I was in 1985, so 1999′s big event would be….”

    The 15th Anniversary of WrestleMania?

  17. Jason says:

    I wonder if this match is why people buy the rumor that Russo actually wanted to get rid of the ring

  18. Marvelous says:

    Triple H was over guys. Deal with it. Was he top dog? Certainly not, no matter how hard he tries to pretend he was. But he was easily the most over member of dx, especially with michaels out of action. Bret hart drew worse than trips did while one top

    • Anonymous says:

      HHH had the advantage of wrestling being literally SEVERAL times more popular.

      And he was “over” in the sense that he was an upper mid-carder. The idea that he was this huge star is revisionist history.

      • Jugs says:

        Still, it’s a bit tiring seeing the constant shots taken at him. I get that he’s not the most sympathetic or likeable character, he’s overachieved as a result of marrying into the company and he’s held people back. But it’s not any less revisionist to say that he was “the fifth most over member of DX” than it is to say he was a big star. Plus, it’s not funny. It’s definitely one of the weaker elements of Art’s otherwise consistently strong inductions that he feels the need to keep making personal attacks on people he doesn’t like even though they’re often in no way relevant to what he’s actually writing about.

  19. RingOtaku says:

    I have to agree that I don’t think this fits the bill of classic WrestleCrap: No wrestler’s career suffered unnecessarily (unlike say The Juicer), it didn’t hurt business as WWE obviously wasn’t bought out by WCW a couple years later. More importantly I think you’re overlooking one of the great points of a Rumble where almost everyone is “never been World Champ” status. The Hope that we might get a new main-eventer out of the match. Remember the point of the Rumble is anyone can win?

    I try not to pick on you guys but this came off more IWC self-loathing fan snarky than WrestleCrap fun. Thank god we had X-Pac to laugh at.

  20. Sperm says:

    Austin was deplorable. Someone in town probably NEEDED that ambulance for an actual emergency but there he is using it to return to the arena instead of, say, taxing a taxi.

    And we were supposed to cheer for him?

  21. Anonymous says:

    The Royal Rumble is my favorite PPV, even moreso than WrestleMania. It’s the one thing each year that I can count on to actually be entertaining even in the worst eras of wrestling.

    The 1999 Rumble?

    Worst of all time.

    In fact, nothing else even comes close. I have been wondering for YEARS when this would show up on wrestlecrap and now here it is. I’d say “nice induction”, but any reminder of this travesty is virtually a traumatic experience.

  22. Andy says:

    In all fairness besides Foley and to a lesser extent Trips, there was no top babyface to put with the Rock for Mania. The world knew it would be Austin, they just needed to keep them apart as long as possible.

    Perhaps more importantly, the Fingerpoke of Doom occurred what three weeks prior. If WCW surrendered why should the Vinces have continued to work.

  23. Liam says:

    Okay, in terms of quality, this is no doubt the worst Rumble ever. However, every time I watch it, I can’t help but experience enjoyment at just how laughably bad it is. It’s definitely a Rumble that I’d class as a guilty pleasure.

    The one I find the worst that I don’t like is the 1997 Rumble. Absolutely no spots, the crowd were dead and the finish led to one of the most convoluted messes in the Fed’s history. Hope that gets an induction though I’d see how some would view it as simply mediocre.

  24. John says:

    What no love for the 94 Rumble and the awesome tie that and the floating Taker kept me from watching WWF or WCW for about 6 months.

    • Anonymous says:

      That was practically 80s Starrcade levels of quality in comparison to 99 Rumble. Aside from the bulk of the early 90s WCW PPVs there have been relatively few PPVs that have been as awful as this pile of wrestlecrap was.

  25. Mike says:

    Well done again Art. Just an absolute embarrassment of a Rumble.

  26. ScroogeMcSuck says:

    I’m sorry, but I don’t see defending this against being inducted. It took an easy gimmick to make good, and told it to fuck itself for the sake of another storyline. Yes, the roster was pretty weak, but that’s mostly do to WWE running main events with Austin, Foley, Taker, and Kane for the majority of ’98. Rock had just finally made it, and was already Champ, so he’s a non-factor. A Rumble poorly booked, filled with Heat scrubs, and little suspense and butt-humping of the rules. It’s crap.

    1997 might be the only Rumble Match deserving induction. It was the most pointless, heatless Rumble ever. Other Rumbles were weak (93) had a bad finish (94), a depleted roster (95-96), or things hindering it, but they were watchable. 1997 and 1999 weren’t.

    • Thomas Moffatt says:

      2008 was a complete disappointment – it had me cheering for Triple H to win and go on to main event wrestlemania PLUS it saw a horrendous botch by JBL and the debut of Mike Adamle (shudders)

  27. TortureRackofDoom says:

    Just watched this Rumble the other day and remarked how horrid it was. That said, I still like it better than the 2012 Rumble. This one had a lot of undercarders and Mr. McMahon, but it did not have announcers, managers, part-timers, and Hunico taking up a third of the entry spots.

    • Anonymous says:

      I would argue that 99 Rumble did NOT have the worst roster of them all, but it definitely did have the worst in-ring (or in this case OUT-OF-ring) action in Rumble history.

    • Jugs says:

      At least the focus in 2012 was on the rumble itself, and the prize of main-eventing Wrestlemania. True, the match it led to (Sheamus winning the world title in ten seconds in the first match on the card against Bryan, a year after they had an IC/US champion vs champion match pulled at the last minute when many people saw it as a possible sleeper hit) was a total insult, but it did in fact lead to a world title match and felt like it was helping the person who won it.

  28. Mister Forth says:

    Great job Art. This really was an overbooked mess.

  29. Matt Soileau says:

    The thing is, WWF really did have a lot of filler on it’s roster at this point. The Oddities, Gillberg, etc. This match just highlighted it. Also, I wouldn’t have booked Gillberg’s elimination any differently…

  30. Eva Beach Boy says:

    Any Rumble Match where one of the active participants can start doing commentary during the match and not immediately be drug into the ring for elimination is crap, NO Doubt about It!

  31. Eva Beach Boy says:

    WOW! Big Show looks really thin in that video.

  32. John Darc says:

    Speaking of the “medical center bed”, they’ve apparently got this weird rule that they can never say “hospital”. Lately, it’s all “so and so has been taken to a medical facility”. Even when Ryback fought John Cena in an Ambulance match, the hospital the ambulance would go to was only ever referred to as a “medical facility”.

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      Yeah, they’ve done that for years and years and I have no idea why. It’s really goofy.

    • Jugs says:

      I’m surprised they use the term ‘ambulance’ instead of ‘public vehicle for the procurement and transportation of medical facility patients.’

      Still not as stupid as the ‘First Match’ because WCW couldn’t say the word ‘blood’.

  33. WrestleMan says:

    ….I actually really liked this Rumble.

  34. Tinyradar298 says:

    This Rumble looks great now after seeing the abomination known as Royal Rumble 2014.

  35. E-Squared says:

    Man, you said it best about this rumble. I had totally forgotten about the $100,000 bounty on eliminating Austin and it seemed like it was more important than getting a Wrestlemania title shot.

  36. Guest says:

    I was wondering why this Rumble match wasn’t inducted yet, or the 1995 Royal Rumble.

    Now it is and deservedly so.

  37. HHHThe REALWrestlingGod says:

    I love Art;’s inductions, but it is tiresome his multiple point blank “jealousy” attacks on Triple H. Face it man if Triple H wasnt headlining between late 1999-2006 as the most over heel ever, WWE wouldve died off ages ago. Fact at WrestleMania 22 as the Heels it was Triple H who got cheered, not Cena. I get it for some reason you have an axe to grind with Triple H blah blah blah. Why don’t you get over it by now, he has’nt really been the over the top heel holding guys back since like 2006.

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