WWE Royal Rumble 2005: Top 5 Moments from a Great Show

Justin Watry@@JustinWatrySenior WriterJanuary 11, 2012

WWE Royal Rumble 2005: Top 5 Moments from a Great Show

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    WWE presents the Royal Rumble event in less than three weeks. In that time, many fans will speculate on winners, losers and major moments to take place in St. Louis.

    However, before you go forward, you must take a look back. That brings me the Royal Rumble from 2005. Personally, I loved this show and thought it was a nice three hour effort. Here are my top moments!

    Remember, it is just MY opinion.

5. Undertaker vs. Heidenreich

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    This was a Casket Match and there was not much to see here.

    WWE did its best to get Heidenreich over with the fans. Paul Heyman even stood ringside for his first few months. Sadly, it did not work.

    Undertaker vs. Heidenreich had a few matches in the past, but this was the one most remember. It all but ended Heidenreich as a legitimate threat and it put Undertaker in a nice spot leading into Wrestle Mania.

    To be honest, I always did like Heidenreich's theme song. As long Michael Cole was not around the guy was pretty entertaining.

4. Edge vs. Shawn Michaels

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    Wow! This was the opening match of the evening, folks. That is how stacked this card was.

    To be honest, I could have done without them competing in the Rumble hours later. They already had a nice match here and each man did an excellent job.

    Yes, Shawn Michaels started his feud with Kurt Angle later on, but risking one's health for a story line is just not worth it. Edge in the Rumble later on? No need!

    Back to this match. It was a great start to the show. Edge cheated to win (like a heel should do), and his "push" to the top was underway.

3. JBL vs. Angle vs. Big Show

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    This match was for the WWE Championship, and it was awesome! Not only was the match fun, but the video package (above) was nicely done.

    It made the heels look bad while the face looked good. Imagine that, huh? Such a basic concept in WWE!

    As for the triple threat battle, the outcome was never in doubt. JBL was going to Wrestle Mania as champion. Kurt Angle and Big Show just filled time until then. Besides that, all three played their roles perfectly during this feud and I loved it!

2. Triple H vs. Randy Orton

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    Look at these matches! Another huge confrontation.

    Triple H was defending his World Heavyweight Championship against Randy Orton. I actually thought WWE played this correctly. Batista was next in line, not Orton.

    Thus, it made plenty of sense for Triple H to defeat Mr. RKO here and move on. Years later, it all worked out just fine. I could have done without the "concussion story," but everything else was well done!

1. Royal Rumble Hype

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    I can't comment on the actual Royal Rumble match, but I enjoyed everything surrounding it. WWE really needs to bring back the backstage segments where wrestlers "draw" numbers for the Rumble. It is just so entertaining to watch.

    In 2005, they played it out perfectly. Eddie Guerrero "stole" Ric Flair's number. Of course, we saw why later on in the night. Batista teased more tension with Evolution.

    Christian and John Cena had a quick battle rap. That led to their on again, off again feud for the next six months. Again, it was just done so well by WWE with Torrie Wilson and Christy Hemme there with Teddy Long and Eric Bischoff.

    Lastly, WWE almost "made" two stars in one night. Yes, Batista and Cena got their moment a few months later, but this was the official "stamp" on these two going forward in the company. After this night it was clear that their time was now!

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