Curtain Jerker, 1/22/13

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Just 5 more days from one of my favorite PPVs (a show I love so much and appreciate the history of, I even wrote this piece that runs today), so all Curtain Jerkers going forward will be based around said show.

Real cut and dry: what is your favorite memory of the Royal Rumble match?

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17 Responses to "Curtain Jerker, 1/22/13"
  1. Down With OPC says:

    ’92 Rumble, easily. It got me into wrestling…twice!

    The second thing that always comes to mind for some reason is Snitsky’s elimination of Paul London in ’05. Plus the whole West Side Story Rumble commercial, which should be inducted (if only for a gif of Luther Reigns pulling up his pants).

    • hobu0 says:

      Luther Reigns….please don’t mention that name! It just irritates me to no end that the WWE recycled that stupid name for a guy who’s supposed to be a total bad-ass involved in one of the top storylines going right now. Roman Reigns. C’mon man!

  2. Superstarl says:

    Gotta be Punk giving his sermon as the Straight Edge Savior for a while during the rumble. I was cracking up.

  3. Just Josh says:

    The 2004 Rumble in its entirety. The story going into the match and being a fan was just something that had me on the edge of my seat. You wanted Benoit to win, but there were so many things that kept you guessing like Goldberg being #30.

    Also can’t forget the 1992 Rumble, minus the commentary team at the last entrant saying “No surprises here, it’s the Warlord” before he even shows up.

  4. Art0Donnell says:

    I’ve mentioned this before, but one of my new favorite Rumble moments is Bob Backlund’s 1994 performance. Diesel has just cleared the ring, and Bob rushes down to the ring as the new entrant. He stays on all fours the whole time like a hyperactive dog as only Bob Backlund can, circling Diesel and targeting his legs, before nearly Diesel 3/4 of the way over the top rope by himself.

  5. patricko says:

    What year did Hogan get eliminated, and have a little hissy, pulling Sid out and eliminating him, while standing on the floor?

    what year did Lawler get elminated, and in one fluid movement, go over the top rope, hit the floor, and bounce into his announce chair?

    Thing for me, as a wrestling fan, more so than a fan of specific wrestlers – The rumble is boring to watch. I know it’s one of the big four PPV’s, and has a long history and blah blah blah.

    But if you’re a fan of watching quality wrestling matches… this is not one.

  6. Thomas Moffatt says:

    1998 when Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie opened proceedings – the whole chairshot situation was awesome…

  7. Autrach Sejanoz says:

    The 2000 Royal Rumble. The entire show was brilliant. From Tazz making his WWE debut, to the swimsuit competition (ok, so it was good before Mae Young appeared), to the hellacious brawl that was Cactus Jack vs. Triple H for the WWE title. And of course, the Rumble itself. (Poor Taka Michinoku…)

  8. Juice211 says:

    Old school….when Nikolai Volkoff tried to enter at the wrong time….he came out too early

  9. LostInWeb says:

    2001 – Kane kills the entire Hardcore-Division and of course The Honky Tonk Man. I just love that scene. HTM sings his song and Kane looks like he is trying to figure out what the hell that guy is doing there. Then he grabs the guitar and smashes it over his head.
    Kane was great back then.

    2002 – Undertaker beats the hell out of Maven, after getting eliminated and eats some Popcorn after he finished him off.

    Some of the athletic stuff was good, like John Morrisons Guard Rail Walk a few years ago. Or Kofi Kingstons Handstand. Or Rey Mysterio walking outside of the ring over elim9inated bodies lying on the floor.

    • hobu0 says:

      Yea those were cool spots! Too bad they occured during some lame rumbles in my opinion. Even though its my favorite match of the year still and I always get excited for it, I think the last “classic” royal rumble was 2006. Everything after that has been too cookie cutter.

  10. Jozzy Von Rokkenstein says:

    I think the way Hart and Luger were booked in the 1994 Rumble was good…in 1998 when Foley entered as all 3 of his alter egos, and the 1989 Rumble when Ax and Smash beat each other down as entries 1 & 2…

    As for “crap”? Drew Carey…nuff’ said!!!

  11. Tony Wilson says:

    1997 – Foley appearing three times throughout the Rumble, as each of his three different characters.
    The “Final Four” being Austin, Vader, Undertaker, and The Hitman.

    1998 – Austin winning (legitimately, this time)

    1999 – The epic story of Austin vs. McMahon

    2000 – The epic clash of Cactus Jack and HHH

  12. Alan says:

    I like the ’89 RR quite a bit, minus the total waste of time that was the Warrior-Rude “Posedown”, which was a total waste of time, & the Women’s Title match. I liked the opening 2 out of 3 fall match with The Hart Foundation & Duggan against The Rogeaus & Bravo, & for some reason I like the match between King Haku & Harley Race for the battle over the Crown, which would end up being Race’s last ever WWF match & appearance until 2004. Also check out Gorilla & Jesse’s commentary throughout said match, & they were basically burying Race. Another funny comment during that bout was when Gorilla says that “A hush has fallen over the crowd over what is to come”, which was an easy way to say the crowd was anticipating the Rumble when Haku & Race were putting the crowd to sleep. Also, the Haku-Race match was edited off the VHS/Coliseum version, but was restored for the DVD. Studd’s win made little sense, although historically it was a good move since this would be his top accomplishment in the WWF. Also, who can forget DiBiase buying #30 from the hilarious Slick & his charge, The Big Boss Man, and also the beginning of the end of The Mega Powers? Also dug Demolition starting off the ’89 RR facing each other. Very cool moment for perhaps the greatest tag team in WWF history, as well as the longest-ever reigning Tag champs in WWF/WWE history. Also enjoyed Gorilla & Jesse recapping the PPV while the crowd filed out. Also, during the opening contest, they must’ve had the ventilation system cranked since that Royal Rumble banner was flying around to each side.

  13. Cucch says:

    Personal favorite: 2005 Royal Rumble, when Benoit, Guerrero and, to a much lesser extent, Hardcore Holly stiffed the shit out of Daniel Puder. Great stuff.

  14. Nick Nutter says:

    John Morrison’s guardrail walk was frickin’ AMAZING, and the spot where Santino almost won got my buddy and I to mark out like a muh f***ka!

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