Induction: The 2012 Royal Rumble – Fools rush in where Cena fears to tread

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WWE, 2012

It’s hard to imagine a Royal Rumble with less at stake in it than 2012’s battle royal.

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Of course, until 1993, the winner of the Royal Rumble wasn’t guaranteed to main-event Wrestlemania. However, 2012’s Royal Rumble was the first in history where the winner was guaranteed not to main-event Wrestlemania. The headlining match of Wrestlemania 28 having already been set as John Cena vs. The Rock a year earlier, the best a Rumble winner could wish for was a semi-main event spot at the biggest event of the year.

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So how could the WWE generate interest in the least meaningful Royal Rumble in decades? With a tantalizing stipulation.

See, this would supposedly be the first Royal Rumble in history where every superstar was eligible to enter. And since, traditionally, champions and wrestlers on the evening’s undercard don’t enter the Rumble match, this new rule would presumably mean that the world champions were eligible to enter (which hadn’t happened since 1991, the last time there was no prize for winning). Would this be the year that the two world titles would finally be unified, with one champion winning the Rumble and challenging for the other title at Wrestlemania?

With Chris Jericho’s much-anticipated return to WWE, it looked like a Jericho win and a Best in the World vs. Best in the World match with CM Punk was a foregone conclusion, but the “every superstar is eligible” rule opened the door for some intriguing possibilities.

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 Anyone holding out hope for a CM Punk-Daniel Bryan Wrestlemania main event, though, was surely disappointed when the “anyone can enter” stipulation proved merely to be a setup for a sixty-minute joke — perhaps the stupidest joke of Vince McMahon’s not to involve poop.

The first person to exploit the “every WWE superstar is eligible” rule was a hefty Mick Foley. You might have noticed that Foley is not a WWE superstar, and strictly speaking has never been one, having retired in 2000, when the company was called the WWF.
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12rumble07  The very next entrant was teased to be the injured Alberto Del Río but was in fact his manager and personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, who had never wrestled a match in WWE and was never presented as any sort of athlete, let alone a “superstar.” This harkened back to King of the Ring 1995, which saw Brian James, who had for months been presented as nothing but a roadie (as subtly hinted at by his ring name, “The Roadie”) not only enter the tournament but make it to the semifinals. At least Road Dogg wouldn’t be in this year’s Rumble, right?
Next out was Santino, who delivered a wedgie to Ricardo before eliminating him. 12rumble08
12rumble09 Fourteen years ealier, Mick Foley and Terry Funk had dueled, armed with a chair and a chainsaw, respectively.
This year, Foley and Santino dueled, armed with a sock and a sock, respectively. Did I mention that if Foley never wrestled again for the rest of his life, this will have been his last match ever? 12rumble10
12rumble11  Just a few entrants later came Jerry Lawler, who interrupted his announcing duties to take care of business for about 30 seconds before being eliminated by Cody Rhodes. Sure, as an announcer, Jerry wasn’t officially a WWE Superstar™, but it was still a nice little gag. It was even nicer in 1997, when he did the exact same thing.
A brief respite from joke entries followed, but even these entrants were clearly not Wrestlemania-bound. For instance, there was Ezekiel Jackson, whose entry was celebrated with this “Purple Aki” sign, referring to the notorious black English bodybuilder with a muscle-touching fetish. 12rumble98
12rumble13  Jinder Mahal’s presence in the Rumble was marred by chants of “USA” at a point in the Rumble where the only babyfaces were Ghana’s Kofi Kingston and Guyana’s Ezekiel Jackson, who were soon joined by India’s Great Khali.
Business finally picked up when the #16 entrant was none other than the recently returned Demon Kane, who hoped to parlay the momentum gained by donning the mask again into a title match. 12rumble14
12rumble15  Kidding! Kane broke his string of 13 Royal Rumbles so he could wrestle John Cena to a double-countout on the undercard. This apparently kept him out of the Rumble match itself, despite the stipulation that explicitly stated that it was open to any superstar.
Instead of Kane (or John Cena, who already had bigger and better plans for Wrestlemania 28 than a lowly world title match), the #16 spot went to Hunico, the former Sin Cara Negro, was driven to the ring on a low-rider bicycle by the alleged Mexican Camacho, son of Haku.  12rumble16
12rumble17  The seventeenth entrant was Booker T, the second member of the ringside announce team to enter the Rumble that night. Again, Booker T was an announcer, not a WWE Superstar™, so he still shouldn’t have been eligible, even under the new rule. The cameras cut to Booker just as he had torn off his warm-ups, making it look for all the world like he had been announcing all night without pants.
At this point, everyone watching realized with dread that the third man on the commentary team, Michael Cole, would inevitably enter as well to complete the “joke.” It is also at this point that I turned to my brother and said, “This isn’t a very good Rumble.” 12rumble25
12rumble19 And it couldn’t have been, considering that of the first seventeen entrants, The Miz was the most likely to win it all.
Kofi Kingston delivered the first of the Rumble’s numerous highlights (two counts as “numerous,” right?), this handstand to avoid elimination. The backstage interviewers really dropped the ball on this one, as no one asked Kofi if this Rumble looked any less silly upside down. 12rumble20 
12rumble21 Hey, it does!
Next out was Dolph Ziggler, who, Cole explained, was allowed into the Royal Rumble match because he lost in his title match to CM Punk. Since supposedly any superstar could enter, shouldn’t that mean he could have competed even if he had won the title? Or would his spot have gone to CM Punk? 12rumble22 
12rumble23  Sadly, Dolph would provide only a brief reprieve from the steady stream of joke entrants, as a very loose-skinned Hacksaw Jim Duggan made a surprise appearance for less than a minute, apparently trying out his new gimmick, “The Untalented Mr. Ripply.”
By now, the fans had been so numbed to goofy “surprises” that WWE might as well have filled the rest of the Rumble with Conquistadors. 12rumble24
12rumble18 The inevitable Michael Cole entry took place next, with the play-by-play man donning his unsightly orange singlet. The bright side to all this was that, while Cole could offend the viewers’ eyes, as long as he was off commentary he couldn’t offend their ears… except his theme music was by Nickelback.
Cole, who could never be considered a “superstar” by any stretch of the imagination, danced around the ring for the remainder of the 90 seconds until Kharma’s music hit. At last, a cool surprise (even if Kharma was a Diva™ and not a Superstar™)! The former Awesome Kong, who had been off television since May, returned to clothesline Michael Cole, who then climbed over the top rope for some reason and pleaded with the 270-pound woman before his fellow announcers (and Rumble entrants) Booker and King pulled him off the apron, eliminating him but saving his hide. 12rumble9912rumble26
12rumble27 Cole then complained about his colleagues’ actions, claiming that the only reason he backed off from Kharma was because he “didn’t want to touch a woman.” I’m sure a lot of people have suspected that since he debuted with the company. (Heidenreich especially)
Kharma delivered the Implant Buster to Dolph Ziggler, who was not the ideal recipient of this move, but since the only entrant who appeared to have implants to bust was the already-eliminated Ezekiel Jackson, Ziggy would have to do.  12rumble28
12rumble29 She then tossed Hunico over the top rope like he was nothing before being dumped out herself with great effort by Dolph Ziggler. Booker T was astounded by this, complimenting the heel without irony for doing “the impossible” – eliminating a woman.
Unfortunately for everyone, Kharma never did return full time to WWE, making this her only match with the company. Hindsight being 20/20, they probably shouldn’t have had her eliminate a male superstar on the main roster.
 

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I hear Hunico was so embarrassed, he can’t even show his face anymore.

12rumble31 But if they wanted to make her look strong, what were they supposed to do? Have her toss a non-wrestler out? It’s not like Vince could have very well done something stupid like put Michael Cole into the match.
Sheamus entered at #22 and quickly eliminated Kofi Kingston, drawing boos. Sheamus was a babyface here, and this would be just the first of oddly heelish actions he’d be scripted to perform, such as gloating over his quick win against Daniel Bryan or kicking a referee’s head off. 12rumble32 
12rumble33 At least Sheamus was a former world champion, though. So finally, in the last third of the Rumble match, it looked almost as if it were time to get serious, but you and I both knew that wouldn’t the case.
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12rumble35 Okay, so Road Dogg did make it into this year’s Rumble after all. But at least he’d never get a another run with the tag team titles, right?
A few dance moves moves later and Road Dogg earned (well, “received,” anyway) a “You still got it” chant. 12rumble36 
12rumble37  Jey Uso was out next, accompanied by his twin brother Jimmy, who was dressed for the big match in a sweater vest. See, for some odd reason, there was only enough room in the field of 30 for one of the Usos in this year’s Rumble. I wonder how that could have happened?
Jack Swagger came in at #25 and, in a damning indictment of this year’s Rumble roster, became one of the favorites to win the whole thing. Swagger held the US title at the time, having beaten fan favorite Zack Ryder, who would not appear in the Rumble due to selling the broken back he suffered when Creative kicked his legs out from under him. 12rumble38 
12rumble39 Wade Barrett entered at #26 wearing a jacket like Goro on prom night.
With only four more entrants remaining and no clear winner in sight, it looked like it was Hail Mary time for WWE to bring in some mega-surprise to shake up the Rumble, especially at the #27 spot, the position historically most likely to win the match. So naturally, they threw Jennifer Hudson’s husband in there. 12rumble40 
12rumble41 Randy Orton arrived at #28 to bring much-needed star power and eliminate The Uso, followed by Wade Barrett.
At last, the odds-on favorite Chris Jericho entered, eliminating Clarence Mason 2.0. 12rumble42
12rumble43  Rounding out the underwhelming field of competitors was the Big Show, who had lost his World title match earlier in the night. Not in the Rumble match was the World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry, who also lost to Daniel Bryan in the Triple Threat cage match. In fairness, to include the recent World champion would have meant bumping Road Dogg or Jim Duggan out of the match.
And that was it for the Rumble entrants. All in all, there were 3 retirees, 3 commentators, 1 ring announcer, 1 woman in the match, and 0 permanent returnees. That’s over 25% of all spots taken up by basically throwaways, averaging under 3 minutes in the ring each. Wouldn’t all these people have been better suited for the 2011 Royal Rumble, where there were 40 entrants?
Worse yet, even as a punchline, the constant barrage of novelty entrants fails. After all, the rules stated that “every WWE Superstar™” was eligible to enter the Rumble. It didn’t say, “every person ever affiliated with WWE.” WWE thought it was doing the equivalent of the joke, “What time is it when an elephant sits on your fence? Time to get a new fence!” Instead, it made the equivalent of this joke: “What time is it when a bird sits on your fence? Time to get a new fence! Oh, and instead of bird, I meant to say ‘any animal, including an elephant.'”
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12rumble45a People hold up 1995’s Royal Rumble field of 30 as the gold (or pyrite) standard of bad rosters, but can you imagine if they had thrown in Dick Murdoch, Shinja, Gorilla Monsoon, Vince McMahon, George Steele, Todd Pettengill, Bull Nakano, and the Honky Tonk Man in there?
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12rumble45c Okay, so they did put Murdoch in there, and Bull Nakano would have made that Rumble ten times better, but you get the point.
Show made an immediate impact by eliminating Jack Swagger, then doing his best George McFly impression by knocking out Biff with one punch and sending him spinning to the ground.
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“Going to Wrestlemania is my density.”

 

12rumble4712rumble47b  Show then promptly eliminated the other remaining heels, and with only babyfaces remaining, Jericho had the most support from the fans, including that guy who’d say “Wow” when Brock Lesnar ended the Streak. And considering that neither Show nor Sheamus had any momentum to speak of, and that Orton was being kept out of the title picture due to his two Wellness strikes, it seemed that Y2J had the Rumble locked up.
Randy and Show went out in quick succession, meaning the fans could sit back and watch Jericho eject Sheamus and face CM Punk in the obvious Best in the World vs. Best in the World at What I Do match at Mania 28. 12rumble48 
12rumble49 (Also of note is that, of the nine WWE employees in this picture, five of them were Rumble entrants this year. Not involved were Mike Chioda, Carlos Cabrera, Marcelo Rodriguez, and that cable-runner. His spot was taken at the last minute by Hunico, I hear)
It all seemed so academic. Sure, there were a few times that it looked like Jericho could be tossed over, but Sheamus would then show symptoms of Rumbleitis, forgetting that to eliminate someone, you had to push them out of the ring, not pull them back in. 12rumble50 
12rumble51 Instead of Jericho triumphing, though, fans got mildly swerved when Sheamus kicked the spit (not a typo) out of Y2J to win the Rumble. It was enough to make the viewers politely scratch their heads and say, “Oh, huh. How about that.”
If the “Just Say Yes” guy had been in the front row that night, this would have been his reaction. 12rumble52
12rumble53 Perhaps Sheamus’s victory would have meant more had he triumphed over the WWE’s 29 best superstars, rather than the oddest collection of misfits since the APA Barroom Invitational.
Scarcely anything that happened in this Rumble ended up having any consequence in storyline — not even who won. 12rumble54
12rumble55  Once Jericho started feuding with Punk in the following weeks, his Rumble loss came to mean zilch, as it became obvious that he would carry on that tradition of Rumble runners-up…
…like John Cena (2005, 2010)… 12rumble56
12rumble57 …Randy Orton (2006)…
…Triple H (2006, 2008, 2009)… 12rumble58
12rumble59 …and Shawn Michaels (2007) by wrestling in a world title match at Wrestlemania anyway, usually higher up on the card than the actual Rumble winner.
On the other hand, Sheamus’s win, it turned out, was just an excuse to make a World title match without having to write an angle for it. 12rumble60
   

And as for that “main event” match that Sheamus supposedly earned? It opened the show and lasted all of 18 seconds to make room for the matches on the card deemed more important (i.e. all of them).

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51 Responses to "Induction: The 2012 Royal Rumble – Fools rush in where Cena fears to tread"
  1. Jerichoholic Ninja says:

    In an amazing coincidence, I just suggested this at the WrestleCrap forum, about a half hour before this was posted. I’ll just repost what I said there:

    With the Rumble days away I might be a bit late for this, but might I suggest the 2012 Royal Rumble match? I rewatched it recently and it’s right up there with the ’99 match for terribleness. So many low card guys (Primo, Epico AND Hunico), a really bad order (Miz… Then his mortal enemy Alex Riley… Then his other mortal enemy R-Truth. You almost expected John Morrison next) and a big chunk of the entrants were random non-regular wrestlers included mostly so they could do comedy spots (Foley, Cole, Lawler, Booker, Santino, Kharma, Ricardo, Duggan). Then there’s the fact that Kharma appeared in the match, which isn’t bad unto itself, but it’s the fact that they then did absolutely nothing with her. The only saving grace (and the reason why it probably won’t be inducted) is that the last 10 minutes were great and we got a genuinely surprising winner (who then won an 18 second match… But that’s a different induction).

  2. A dude says:

    Boo. 2012 Royal Rumble was great for the final 15 minutes alone.

  3. M. Walsh says:

    Whoa, wait a minute. Adam Rose’s bunny was in the APA bar fight?

    No wonder JBL throws a s**t-fit every time the bunny appears.

  4. Sir Thomas says:

    I don’t really have a problem with gag entries, but the term overkill does tend to come to mind when I rewatch the 2012 rumble.

  5. Hulk6785 says:

    Now induct the 1995 Royal Rumble.

    • Fanz says:

      That would be hard to justify, as even though the Rumble was silly, it coexisted with the awesome Michaels/Bulldog plot.

      • Roland says:

        I will never understand how any HBK mark can brag about that ’95 Rumble Match win. The stupidity of WWE to shorten the match to 30 minutes taints it; really? How is it impressive in any way for Shawn Michaels to go from #1 to victory in a Rumble Match that lasted HALF THE TIME of a normal length Rumble? Then again this was at a time when Shawn would cry & cajole Vince for whatever he wanted, so I would not be shocked if this was Michaels pulling strings. Seriously the way WWE spent years shoving Michaels down out throats & trying to pass him off as “the greatest” anything was just nauseating, capped by this dollar-store Rumble win.

        • Thomas Moffatt says:

          2008 is a good candidate for induction – it was pretty good until entrant #30…

          • Thomas Moffatt says:

            Anyway 1995 would be a good candidate for the pure amount of Wrestlecrap gimmicks in there – same as 1996…

        • Andy says:

          The 1995 Rumble match was wreslecrap. But would anyone have tolerated that batch of terrible gimmicks, cannon fodder and pure garbage going on longer than 30 minutes. The fact that Michaels’ (and I love the guys work, but still) performance was/is held up against he who shall not be named’s performance in 2004 or Flair in 1992 is a joke.

  6. Alexandru says:

    And I thought 2014 was bad, yeah having the entire announce team, as well, as jobbers is just terrible. But having Sheamus win it was garbage (how is he still employed?) and showed the roster was even thinner than it is now. Never saw 95 Rumble but considering how awful WWE was at the time it probably is a pile of shit

    • Kingofoldschool says:

      Sheamus is still employed because he is a great worker.

    • Fanz says:

      Really? Your issue is with Sheamus winning? That’s the least of the match’s problems, at least Sheamus can work a semi-decent match when he’s not injured. Or are you still basing your dislike of him on that one spot at Hell in a Cell when he inexplicably hit a knee-backbreaker on steel steps when it wouldn’t have made any difference? Seems petty.

      • Alexandru says:

        No I just find him incredibly boring, yes he can put on a good match but he’s just bland. The 2012 RR sucked regardless of who had won, but Sheamus winning didn’t help matters

      • Guest says:

        Jeez people will never let that spot with Sheamus and Orton go.

  7. AdamX says:

    The Bunny was the Easter Bunny, sadly Sean O’Haire, Kanyon, Londrick and a few others were wasted in that match.

    Also Chavo Guerrero was ECW Champion when he entered the 2008 Rumble which technically makes him the last -world- champion to enter the big dance.

    • Art0Donnell says:

      Inside the bunny costume was the man now known as Damien Sandow.

    • ZeroSignal says:

      Judging by a Raw in 2009, WWE didn’t recognize the ECW belt as a World Championship. There was a series of matches to determine a new #1 contender for the WWE title, with all competitors being billed as never been world champions. In these matches included Chavo, Henry, and Swagger, all who were only ECW Champions at the time.

  8. AK says:

    Well looking at the promotional poster alone may have been a foreshadowing of the dreck that was to be 2012 Royal Rumble. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Santino. I guess they were trying to build off him being in the final 2 of the 2011 Royal Rumble.

    This is more relative to all Royal Rumbles but a gripe I have is how “Superstars” can be eliminated by guys who were either already eliminated, not even in the Rumble match itself or on their own accord. I know it wasn’t always like this such as when Macho Man eliminated himself in the 92 Rumble. Yet when Mil Mascaras eliminated himself in 97, it stuck even though I believe he went through the ropes before scaling the top turn buckle.

    Perhaps the most erroneous of these accounts was the 1996 Royal Rumble. I remember watching it on PPV when back in the day if you didn’t pay they just jumbled the picture but you could still hear what was going on. It sounded like Michaels was eliminated some 30 times. If you actually watch it after he eliminates Yoko and Vader, when Vader comes back into the ring, he easily launches HBK over the top rope. He also tosses HHH and Bob Holly over the top rope as well. They all should have been eliminated and we could have been spared a Shawn Michaels repeat Royal Rumble win. In fact the only guy during that melee that Vader didn’t eliminate was Owen Hart who went through the ropes. I think an Owen Hart rumble win would have been much more awesome. He could have possibly won a 3rd Slammy for it and he would have had as good a match with Diesel at Wrestlemania XI but I digress.

    In 2002, I thought Maven was never officially eliminated but Undertaker does drag his carcass back into the ring with the sole purpose of throwing him over the top rope therefore eliminating him but the announcers played it up as if Maven was still technically in the Rumble.

    Good ol’ WWF broken logic. It’s what’s good for business.

  9. Joey says:

    Huh…and I thought this was one of the better Rumbles. The showdown between Sheamus and Jericho was good, and I enjoyed the comedy and the cameos.

    Could you guys do the 2013 Rumble soon? I was really disappointed with that one.

  10. Mike says:

    I just watched the 95 rumble. That was much much worse than this one. The first of the blu brothers came out and I thought holy wrestlers, it’s the Berserker. Then we got like half an hour of freaking Mantaur. This year’s rumble needs to bring back Rick Martel and Greg Valentine.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Oh man I usually love the Rumble no matter what, but this one purely by coincidence was among the few I missed and had still never gotten around to watching. Now I’m glad I didn’t waste my time.

  12. Down With OPC says:

    Kane not being in the Rumble was the most disappointing thing about this whole night. He could have kept that streak going, but NOOOOOOOO.

  13. Jonathan says:

    Note that Miz was actually the Iron Man that year.

  14. Mark says:

    Purple Aki reference and explanation. 10/10 entry into wrestlecrap.

  15. Fanz says:

    The Rumble match hasn’t really meant much for a while now, the only exception being 2013 since Cena did at least get his rematch with Rock in the main event spot (though this, of course, negated the “once in a lifetime” marketing from the previous year). Aside from that, we had Boo-tista win on his return then be completely rejected by the fans leading to Bryan winning the title, Del Rio losing to Edge (though this at least has unscripted significance since it turned out to be Edge’s last match), Orton losing to Trips, Edge himself losing to Jericho in one of Jericho’s only Wrestlemania victories, Cena losing the triple-threat…and none of these examples, bar Bryan/Tista/Trips, closed the show. The last time a new, fresh star both won the Rumble, closed Wrestlemania AND won the belt in said match was, ironically enough, Batista in 2005. However, this was after a streak of five consecutive years where the same thing happened, albeit with veterans getting the nod (Austin, Triple H, Lesnar and Benoit were the others), leading to people saying the formula needed to change. It did, and now it means even less most years.

    Incidentally, who’s favourite for this year’s Rumble? WWE clearly seems to want to put Roman Reigns over but he doesn’t seem anywhere near ready yet. The next best bet, presuming they want to have a new winner this year after two consecutive multi-time winners, would probably be Ziggler even though his booking since Survivor Series has been questionable.

  16. Carl Zayas says:

    This was a pile of crap. But I’d like to take the time to address a serious problem in Royal Rumbles. Stop using your finishing moves WWE! Yeah, they are cool moves, but seriously, what the hell! Examples being, Mr. Perfect giving Hogan the Perfect Plex in the 90 rumble, as in hey, this makes sense. Randy Savage elbow dropping Yokozuna in 93, oh yeah, I’ll knock out a 550 lb man and then gingerly pick him up and toss him out. It’s happened in the last few rumbles too, but I really don’t want to reminisce about it, my head already hurts. For the love of God, I love the rumble, but every year, WWE does something to tell it’s fans that they still think we’re stupid. Oh yeah, can’t wait for Kofi to do something amazing while he’s busy not winning the rumble. I need oxygen……….

  17. John C says:

    I still have a strong hatred for the 1994 Royal Rumble and the, “It’s a tie!!!!” finish. That sucked so badly it was damn near brain killing. Oh and you had flying Undertaker earlier on in the show. I stopped watching WWF after this for the next 8 months or so.

    • Guest says:

      Getting mad at a wrestling promotion for breaking your suspension of disbelief is kind of petty.

      • John C says:

        It was the image of him on a string that looked silly. Suspension of disbelief comes with the territory but proper execution of how one does it is the difference. Like in watching a movie you buy the hero beating up all the bad guys but when you see the cameraman in the background it takes you away from the moment.

  18. IC says:

    Maybe I missed it, but can you guys please induct last year’s Rumble?

  19. MJA says:

    Honestly I enjoyed this rumble more than any other since 2009. Mostly because of The Miz, Cody Rhodes and Kofi Kingston who all performed brilliantly on the night. Also because of the excellent showdown between Sheamus and Jericho (Sheamus can’t help it if Creative dropped the ball on him.) It was great to see Kharma return as well. (Which I thought was going to lead to something big at Wrestlemania, again fuck you WWE Creative). Also every other rumble since 2009 has sucked bad.

  20. John Q Occupier says:

    Actually laughed out loud at the Goro joke. 🙂

  21. Justin says:

    God I hated this match. The ending minutes between Jericho and Sheamus were very well worked, and I won our annual Rumble pool by drawing #22, but Jeezus this match was unwatchable for the first 45 minutes.

    Plus that Sheamus-Bryan .gif just made me want to punch several people until my knuckles shatter.

  22. Mweyer says:

    Come on, the Socko/Cobra bit was utterly priceless.

    And, seriously, Jericho/Sheamus was one of the best “final two” sequences in Rumble history, did cap it off great.

  23. Brad H says:

    I was actually there that night and it wasn’t that bad. Yes, the announcers being in it was really stupid and I was pissed that Sheamus won instead of Jericho, but the match was really entertaining and when my buddy and I realized it was Ricardo dressed as Alberto in a crappy car, I don’t think I’ve ever laughed that hard before or since

  24. Jerichoholic Ninja says:

    Yeah, the Ricardo bit was great and there were some high points, but the problem is that it was complete overkill with the “comedy”. Every year there is one or two comedy entrants (ie. Torito last year) and one or two non-wrestler/legend entrants (ie. Nash last year) and that is fine. But it was comedy spot after comedy spot after comedy spot. On top of it, there was a really bad flow to the match (the order of wrestlers is important, and you need a strong guy in there at all times, and they chose Miz). When you keep killing the momentum of the match with joke entrants (or, in the case of ’99, eliminating everyone) and long periods without top names then it makes the match less compelling, which makes it a lot less fun to watch. I’d take the 2014 match over this one any day. Yes, they screwed up the booking, but the Rumble itself was okay, and the fans turning on the match made it a lot more fun to watch.

    Just a note about Mark Henry not being in the Rumble (which was brought up in the induction), I think that was the year when he had a leg injury, so they probably didn’t want him to overdo it.

  25. Doc 902714 says:

    Plan on rewatching this Rumble. Can’t stand to watch this whole match again. Might just watch it at the mark where Sheamus enters at #22, the only redeeming part of the whole Rumble

  26. Vealchop says:

    I guess Sack Of Flour no showed.

  27. sandman says:

    you guys may hate this but shemus was actually my pick to win the rumble that year and was suprised i picked the right entrant.

  28. Christopher Olsen says:

    That Zach Ryder line almost made me spit out my morning coffee.

  29. Sperm says:

    The single Uso was the only thing I really took issue with in this match. I was fine with the silly entries.

  30. Justin says:

    I look forward to seeing the induction of the 2015 Rumble very soon.

  31. Christopher Haydu says:

    You know, we’re up to twenty seven Royal Rumbles, now. Every ew years they rely heavily on comedy entrants to pad bad story lines. I think that this one could’ve been good – perhaps even saved – is Awesome Kong had won it. Think about it. That would’ve been truly shocking, but it would’ve led to great story lines. Or it could’ve, anyway. The whole point of Royal Rumbles, just like wrestling in general, I suppose, is that the outcome should be surprising (as long as it isn’t something stupid). I think that the next time WWE has a woman wrestler who can handle herself in the ring with men, they should have her wi the Rumble and wrestle for the heavyweight title. It would change the business if it became a “sport” where women could compete with men.

  32. Anonymous says:

    That cable-runner looks really angry.

  33. Arcane Azmadi says:

    As someone who doesn’t really care much about Royal Rumbles, I thought this was hilarious fun. Seriously, I cracked up laughing over and over again- the Cobra vs Mr Socko bit especially was FANTASTICALLY stupid. Here we are, one of the biggest pay-per-view events of the year, and it features two men THREATENING EACH OTHER WITH SOCK PUPPETS! The three commentators were good too, although in the first two cases because I just like seeing Lawler and Booker get into the ring again even for a bit (Booker did a lot better than he did the previous year where he didn’t even last to the next wrestler after the Nexus ganged up on him) and seeing Cole make an absolute tit of himself was screamingly funny, especially when the other two just dragged him off the apron to make him stop embarrassing them all by association. Yeah, if you like a “serious” event then it’s probably Wrestlecrap worthy, but as someone who really doesn’t care much it was top-flight entertainment, especially when you know it’s not usually like this.

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