The Royal Rumble is the single match I wait for with more urgency every year than any other match; the Pay-Per-View is my second favorite on the WWE calendar. The early 90s was the era of professional wrestling that got me hooked and has yet to let me go.
I just finished watching Royal Rumble 1992. This won't be a full review, as I would do for a current PPV. This is just a chance to share my thoughts with some old-school WWF (!) fans who may appreciate this trip down memory lane.
Thanks for letting me share.
During Roddy Piper's Intercontinental Title Match with the Mountie, Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan kept saying that Piper would be the first person to ever get the chance to "win both the IC and WWF titles" in the same night (since Piper was also participating in the Royal Rumble Match, which determined the winner of the vacated WWF Championship).
Had they already forgotten WrestleMania 6? They could have made an argument based on semantics (since the Ultimate Warrior couldn't "win" the IC Title at WM6), but I did hear Gorilla Monsoon say a least once that Piper was the first person to have the chance "to be IC and WWF Champ at the same time"—which is inarguably wrong.
When Lord Alfred Hayes does a recap of the Mountie winning the IC Title at a house show, he only references the location as "Springfield," giving no hint as to the state—leave it to a Brit to not realize that Springfield is the most obviously ambiguous city in the USA regarding statehood.
Was there a backstage story involved as to why Hart lost the title at a house show?
I purchased the 20th Anniversary box set of the Royal Rumble, so my DVD was produced after the WWF-to-WWE conversion. I love that they have to mute the "F" in "WWF." How the hell did a billion-dollar corporation lose a legal case to a wildlife foundation? He spent so much time and money on branding WWF as such.
Anyone remember the Bushwhackers' valet/friend/manager Jameson? This was not a high point in the history of WWF/WWE Creative.
They lost a match to the Beverly Brothers. Inconsequential.
The opening match between the Orient Express (eternally doomed to opening PPVs, jobbing to the latest up-and-coming face tag team) and the New Foundation lasted 17 minutes.
That would NEVER happen today.
The WWF Tag Team Titles were up for grabs, as the Legion of Doom defended against the Natural Disasters. The champions lost by count out.
Three tag team matches in one PPV, and all six teams could be considered "tag team specialists." So very different from the current tag team division. Makes me a little sad.
I wish someone would have been filming a backstage WWF documentary starting when Flair first came to the WWF, focusing on Flair bringing a rival belt to WWF television then becoming the "Undisputed" World Champion (the documentary briefly including Chris Jericho discussing who was truly the first Undisputed Champion).
Then the decision not to go through with the most anticipated match of all time, Flair vs. Hogan, as the WrestleMania Main Event...and any fallout afterward.
If you are unaware, Ric Flair wins the Rumble and his first WWF Championship.
So many good jokes they wouldn't get away with today...
Piper claims Jimmy Hart is leaving lipstick on the IC Title when he kisses it. Heenan calls Tito Santana's flying elbow the "Flying Jalapeno." And, more along the lines of the Attitude era, Piper makes a joke about a "wet dream."
And that concludes our brief stroll down memory lane.
I'm already looking forward to Royal Rumble 2013.