The Royal Rumble is the second biggest event on the wrestling calender. I was impressed with the good matches and entertainment we saw on the pay per view.JBL VS Chris Jericho was a bad match,the wrestlers did not perform well together at all.The match was very slow,the ending saw JBL getting chocked out by Chris Jericho.
The Two big WWE titles were on line at the pay per view to.The Smackdown main event was Edge vs Rey Mysterio this was a really good match,Rey Mysterio really took it to Edge and nearly won the match,The finish saw interfence from Edge's friends to help him win the match,it was a good match overall very good performance from both wrestlers.
This was the most hyped match of the night Randy Orton vs Jeff Hardy for the WWE title,there was a lot of crowd support for Jeff Hardy,the match was a good one.Jeff Hardy was doing really in the match and seemed like he was going to get the win but Randy Orton beat him to it and won the match.
The Royal Rumble match was the one everyone wanted to see it was a thrilling match,there was Triple H,The Undertaker,Shawn Michaels,Mick Foley,Roddy Pipper,Umaga and Mark Henry just a few to name in the match but no one knew who was number 30.
It turned out to be Cena!John Cena came as a surprise entrant and won the match it self.It was a wonderful return in the match.It was a moment when he and Triple H faced up together.The finish saw John Cena F U his finisher move applied on Triple H all the way outside to win the match and the rumble.
Overal this was no doubt the best Royal Rumble PPV I have seen in a long time the reason for that was it was not predictable! A great match up and the finish was fantastic! Certainly a DVD worth buying in my opinion and one to keep! You don't get much good Royal Rumbles from the WWE these days and 2008 was probably the best one I have seen in a long time still to this day!
The Royal Rumble 2008 did something which is extremely difficult these days in the world of internet wrestling fans - it produced a surprise. The roof lifted when John Cena came out as number 30. It truly was a strong moment, although the boos soon started reigning in again when it turned out he still couldn't throw a decent looking punch.
However the match did produce a great Road to Wrestlemania scene when it all came down to Cena, Triple H and Batista as the final three. The match itself was pretty good, with some good action and a nostalgic trading of blows between legends Rowdy Roddy Piper and Superfly Jimmy Snuka.
Elsewhere, Chris Jericho and JBL had an awful match and Rey Mysterio and Edge produced a cracker.
This Rumble as one of the better offerings and i'd definitely give it a whirl. Even if its just to see the response Cena got.
I'm a huge Wrestling fan, have been since I was a kid, and probably will always be, most people will say their favorite PPV event is Wrestlemania, The "Grandaddy of them all" and I for one agree, it doesn't get much more prestigious in Wrestling than to headline Wrestlemania, however for me the Annual Royal Rumble comes a close second in terms of prestige, and in fact I would say the Royal Rumble is the more action packed, exciting PPV ( Mainly due to the Main event itself )
There have been 22 Annual Royal Rumbles and the 2008 was the 21st, the PPV itself features Championship matches and feature matches just like any other PPV, however the Main event is what sets it aside, the 30 Man over the top rope Royal Rumble, over the years its format changed slightly, it has varied over the years between wrestlers entering the ring every 90 seconds and the original format of every two minutes, also since 1993 the Royal Rumble match became even more important as the winner would go onto that years Wrestlemania to compete for the Championship.
The 2008 Event was held on January 27th 2008 in the esteemed Madison Square Garden in New York City
Here is a rundown of the events matches and my ratings ( WARNING, SPOILERS )
Ric Flair vs MVP ( Career Threatening Match ) :
This was one of the matches leading up to Ric Flairs retirement match at Wrestlemania 24 and the stipulation was that if he lost each match running up to Wrestlemania it would be his last ever and he would be forced to retire. MVP Stepped up and challenged him for a match at the Rumble, The match itself was a solid contest with MVP being a good worker and Flair of course being the legend he is, but being past his prime you could see signs of MVP carrying flair during the match which is a real shame, the crowd was into it and it was a solid contest, but nothing spectacular. 6/10
JBL vs Chris Jericho.
I'm a huge fan of Chris Jericho, I always thought he was a strong worker in the ring with great charisma, but as we've seen lately he really has stepped up on his mic work and more, he does work better as a heel but this was during his face run after he returned to the WWE. Chris can have 5 star matches against the right opponent, and unfortunately this isn't the right opponent, ive never like Bradshaw's ring work and his style certainly contrasts with Jericho's an average contest with a predictable finish. 5/10
World Heavyweight Championship:
Edge ( Champion ) vs Rey Mysterio.
I Used to like Mysterio, he really was the human highlight reel, however as he has gotten older and his injuries have been more common ( plus the fact that he's a lot bulkier than he was 5 years ago ) he's less impressive in the ring, however this had all the hallmarks of a good match because these two styles work well together and they're both solid workers, and it didn't disappoint with some good spots in the match and a good solid ending. 8/10
Jeff Hardy vs Randy Orton ( Champion )
Another solid contest between two workers, and much like Mysterio, Jeff hardy used to be a human highlight reel, but he's also suffered from injuries and age and isn't the wrestler he used to be, but saying that with the right opponent he can turn it on, and this was another solid contest with two great wrestlers, im a fan of Orton, I think he's developed into one of the best heels of all time and will only get better, plus his ring work is above average, he has the potential to be one of the all time greats.
30 Man over the top rope Royal Rumble.
I don't think ive ever watched a Royal Rumble match that hasn't been exciting in some way, shape or form. and this was no exception , there were some great moments in the match but the one moment that will stand out I think was when the 30th entrant entered the ring, John Cena who had been out of action and not been seen for over 6 months with a torn pectoral muscle wasn't scheduled to return until closer to Wrestlemania, however in the age of the Internet and hard to keep secrets, this one was a gem, No-one suspected ( Including the majority of the wrestlers / announcers ) he would return as entrant number 30 but he did to a HUGE pop from the crowd, which is ironic as Cena normally ellicits a mixed response from crowds nowadays, and true to form when the initial surprise wore off there were the usual boo's coming from the crowd, but nevertheless it was a great moment and a nice surprise, however unsurprisingly he did win the match which was a shame as once you saw he returned, you knew he would win. But great rumble match as always 9/10
Overall the event was one of the stronger PPV's of recent years and keeps the tradition of great rumbles alive
Royal Rumble is a legendary annual PPV held in January by World Wrestling Entertainment. The PPV contains the 'Royal Rumble' match which is a 30 man battle royal where 30 guys compete, eliminate opponents by throwing them over the top rope, and the winner gets a WWE title opportunity at Wrestlemania which is 3 months after. This year, the show comes from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Let's review the card:
-- Ric Flair vs. Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) --
This is a career threatening match for Ric Flair where if he loses, he must retire. There was a good build-up to this match, both guys had great promos and the 'old school vs. new school' scenario was apparent. The match was good, a little sloppy at times but enjoyable and told a good story. 6/10
-- John Bradshaw Layfield vs. Chris Jericho --
This is a brawl. Leading into this match, JBL had attacked Chris Jericho in a WWE Championship match the previous month costing him the WWE Championship. The following weeks the feud intensified and led to this match. There is quite a bit of blood in this match with some intense hardcore fighting. Good stuff. 7/10
-- Rey Mysterio vs. Edge --
This is for the World Heavyweight Championship. Edge has Curt Hawkins, Zack Ryder at ringside for support. There is fast paced wrestling in this as always with Rey Mysterio involved, impressive wrestling with a hot crowd also. 7/10
-- Randy Orton vs. Jeff Hardy --
This is for the WWE Championship. There is an awesome, intense build-up for this match including Randy Orton injuring Jeff Hardy's brother Matt Hardy, and Jeff jumping off scaffolding onto Randy Orton 2 weeks prior to this match. This match is the result of weeks of build-up and it delivers. Jeff Hardy does his regular high-risk, high-flying moves and Randy Orton brings his physical style. This is very entertaining and unpredicatable stuff by both guys. 8/10
-- Royal Rumble Match --
This is an epic battle-royal where 30 particpants battle for a chance for a WWE Championship match 3 months later at Wrestlemania. Entrants pick numbers and 2 start in the ring, another participant joins in 90 second intervals until all 30 have entered. The winner is the last man in the ring after all others have been eliminated by being thrown over the top rope.
This is a great match, the concept is entertaining as you never know who is going to appear at any time and it's fun to see so many wrestlers in the ring at the same time. The endings to these matches are always unique and this is no different, bringing one of the biggest surprises of 2008 (i won't spoil it :D) it will have you on the edge of your seat. 8.5/10
Overall this is a very good show, entertaining from top to bottom and not a dull minute in-between. I recommend that you buy this DVD, it is one of the highlights of the WWE year and you will not be disappointed.
Introduction : It's January the 27th. I'm up getting ready to watch my most favourite wrestling Pay Per Veiw of the year.
Royal Rumble is the annual PPV which hosts a number of matches but most importantly the Battle Royal. The battle Royal works when 30 of the great wwe superstar's enter the ring at different stages to fend for they're survival in the match where each superstar can be eliminated by bieng tossed over the top ring rope. The winner will see themselves on the grandest stage of them all Wrestlemania only to hope that they can become a champion with they're well deserved shot from the Royal Rumble Battle victory. A few other entertaining matches are hosted in this DVD package including the likes of JBL vs Chris Jericho , the Legend Killer ( the wwe champion ) defends his title against the high flying ( Intercontinental Champion) Jeff Hardy. Also including the career-threatening match for Ric Flair against the cocky MVP. This DVD features the sights of other popular faces such as the much loved Rey Mysterio , The Rated R Superstar Edge, and Royal Rumble contestants featuring the greats of Triple HHH and The Undertaker.
Advantages : This DVD is very handy for the people who don't get a chance to watch the Rumble fully on sky box office. You can watch this Pay Per Veiw over and over again. Unlike when you record on sky. So this DVD is great for showing your friends and family just how good the wwe is to watch, and the 2008 Royal Rumble will go down in history so hold on to your copy of the DVD as a token of one amazing annual event. There is also a massive surprise hidden amoungst the Royal Rumble Battle which you can find out when you buy this DVD and watch the shocking moment to our fans whenever you please.
Disadvantages : Well there certainly aren't many disadvantages to this great buy, but if there are then it may be the losses that some superstars face for the major titles. The fan favourites gain momentum then all of a sudden thier momentum drops , but will the Royal Rumble 2008 feature any of these big losses to our favourite superstars and come as a real letdown to our fans? You decide ... Maybe for all the men out there it may be a disapointment that the divas weren't featured in any of the matches of the Royal Rumble night. Nevertheless , Wrestlmania's the big a annual event packed full of talented superstars including the Divas of the wwe.
Summary : I really enjoyed to watch this event many times without becoming bored. With some of my favourite superstars bieng featured in this historic event , and the big surprise to end the night really made my purchase of the Royal Rumble worth it's price. This DVD is a great gift to any of the wwe fans out there or maybe just to show your friends your favourite TV show.
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It's hard to write an unbias review of this as there is a wonderful shock surprise in the Rumble match so if you haven't seen it then I won't be the spoiler. The undercard was pretty good. The only real disappointment was the JBL v Y2J match, which for me just didn't click. A Decent storyline leading in but it just didn't work for me. The Nature Boy took on MVP in a match that would determine Ric Flairs career. It was pretty entertaining as the rookie no doubt learned a few tricks from the old dog. The two world title matches were a good but a little short. That can happen though knowing that the Rumble will take up over an hour of the show. The Edge v Myserio bout may also have been cut short due to Rey having an injured knee at the time. The Orton v Hardy match was fun, I was a little disappointed with the ending of the match but it was enjoyable. The Rumble match was great, i'm a sucker for these matches though so i'm bias. Great surprises and a great ending. Well worth a look.
* THE ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA
How cliche, but Royal Rumble truly is the event that marks the road to World Wrestling Entertainment's premiere pay-per-view show, WrestleMania.
2008 marks the 21st royal rumble match where the winner will go on to face either the WWE or World champion at WrestleMania XXIV, that's 24 to you and me. But of course it's not all about the royal rumble match itself, there is also an undercard. Without further ado..
* WHAT'S IN AN UNDERCARD?
Now I'm guessing that most of the people who ordered this on Sky Box Office for its £15 price tag were probably not purchasing it on the opening matches. Infact, as a wrestling fan that drops in and out of the show the only reason I decided this year to order it was because I know how exciting the actual royal rumble match can be. I remember I last ordered the event back in 2006, where I ended up disappointed so 2007 worked as a good year off to enjoy this years show. Opening the event was Ric Flair vs. MVP in a non-title 'career threatening' match, I pretty much hate all Ric Flair matches because I think he's too old for the show, but you can't doubt there's some charisma that earns him a lot of fans. The result was never really questionable as Flair made the United States champion submit, and I am expecting Flair to win all of these career threatening matches up until WrestleMania, where he will bow out on the 'biggest stage of them all'. WOOOOOO!!!
Chris Jericho vs. John Bradshaw Layfield was the next match, and if you haven't watched wrestling in a few years you maybe surprised to see Bradshaw (formally a poor tag team wrestler) has been a main eventer, quit wrestling for commentary, and is now back wrestling again. And JBL isn't the only part-timer, as Jericho quit WWE a few years back to pursue a career in music only to return late last year with some pretty huge 'SAVE_US' build up to his return. So, whilst this match is undercard these are two of the companies biggest draws at the moment. The match had been built-up with JBL strangling Y2J with cables, and making a fool of him infront of his family. This meant the match soon boiled over with Jericho getting himself disqualified by hitting JBL with a chair and getting his revenge, although the feud is sure to be far from over.
In the first title match of the evening, I say evening as if I wasn't sitting up at 2am our time, Edge was defending the World Championship against Rey Mysterio. Once again, if you haven't watched wrestling in a while you might be surprised to see how Edge is now a main eventer. I know there are fans out there that have watched WWF/WWE programming for such a long time, and 2008 actually marks my tenth year even though I have never watched consistantly. For me it is strange to see wrestlers that were once 'jobbers' now in the main event picture, although I suppose this is a cycle that some have seen before. The wrestlers just don't seem as good as they were when I was a wee boy. This match was better than expected, and the feud is based off Edge having Vicki Guerrero in his corner, whilst Rey believes Edge is just using her for her position as general manager of SmackDown! A predictable finish with Edge retaining the championship.
The most build-up undercard match had to be Randy Orton defending the WWE championship against Jeff Hardy. Orton is a third generation superstar, who is pretty much the future of the WWE, and was pretty much expected to be the next Rock (remember him, the big movie star now?) Jeff Hardy on the other hand is only just growing to be a part of the main event picture, and I still see him as someone that was better as a tag team wrestling flying off high objects. Hardy has received tremendous support in this feud against Orton though, and questions were beginning to be raised about perhaps Hardy being far enough in his career to actually hold the biggest belt in the company (not in size, but in reputation). Of course, it ended with Orton retaining the title fair and square.
For someone that doesn't normally enjoy matches that are just straight one on ones with no stipulations, these four matches kept me incredibly interested, especially considering I hadn't been following any of the buildup and just got fast tracked the story in the video packages before hand. There was also a good balance of keeping people happy by having the faces (good guys) and heels (bad guys) get the upperhand a pretty even ammount. There were also some backstage segments, although few added any comical value to the event as they have previously, and thankfully this Royal Rumble they didn't have any backstage picking of the numbers that ruined the actual match for you. Finally, before the rumble they had a diva segment with Ashley trying to pursuade Mario to pose for Playboy magazine.
* LETS GET READY TO RUUUUUUUUMMBLLE
This was the first time Madison Square Garden had hosted a royal rumble match since 2000, and that is another reason behind my reason to purchase the event. WWE shows always seem that much more special when they are live from MSG, and that little entranceway they always have adds even more character to the event. Not to mention there were some weird fans in attendance, and if you ever got bored of a match you could keep yourself entertained by checking out what strange faces the guy in the yellow t-shirt was wearing. Now, normally I don't reveal the results of matches in WWE reviews, however I'm thinking seeing as this is all old news now there can't be much harm. If you do not want to know who wins the royal rumble match though, make sure you don't read much further in this review. Michael Buffer, a famed ring announcer, was the one that introduced the main event of the evening. For those of you who do not know what is so special about a royal rumble match, I have bullet pointed the information below just how Buffer announced it.. well, not exactly, I didn't try and write the expression in his voice.
30 wrestlers enter the match at 90 second intervals
To be eliminated you must be thrown over the top rope with both feet touching the floor
Last wrestler in the ring wins the match
Complicated? No. Looking at wrestling community websites The Undertaker was a favourite to win the match, but that all flew out the window when he entered the rumble at #1, a distinct disadvantage. Of course people have won the rumble before from coming in first, but it's supposed to be the hardest place. Shawn Michaels 'HBK' was entrant #2, and of course that is no different to being entrant #1 really considering you both enter at the same time. If you win from being the first entrant you seem to get a lot more kudos though than you do if you enter second. Now I'm sure some older wrestling fans are reading thinking.. "HBK, Undertaker, they're still in it?!" Yes they are, and they've still got life in them yet. Stats you might find interesting about the rumble;
Chyna is the only woman to enter the rumble ('99)
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin is the only wrestler to win 3 times ('97, 98, 01)
Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels & Steve Austin are the only wrestlers to win back-to-back
Rey Mysterio has spent the longest in the rumble when he won in '06 (62mins 12secs)
Seeing as WWE is made up of three separate 'brands' now (RAW, SmackDown! and ECW) participants were from all the different brands, however there were very few interesting confrontations. The only one I can think of note was Mick Foley and Triple H, seeing those two slug it out for a matter of seconds was exciting based off the fact in 2000 they had one of the best matches I have ever seen in MSG - a street fight for the championship. In the video package before the match they mentioned how entrant #27 has won the rumble a record four times, and how it could happen again on Jan 27th. The 27th entrant, Finlay, actually ended up getting disqualified for using a weapon to save Hornswoggle (an Irish leprechaun character, the bastard son of Vince McMahon). I thought this was pretty strange as previously I have never seen anyone get disqualified in a rumble, and thought it would make much more sense if he was disqualified for entering the match before the time clock said he should have. Of course one of the most exciting factors of the rumble match is the ten second countdown wondering who the next entrant will be, and thankfully this year the Sky Box Office logo didn't cover what number the entrants were.
I felt the rumble was really entertaining as usual, and one of the better I have seen, however I did not appreciate how filled up the ring was and how few and far between eliminations seemed to come. I'm all for the ring filling up with a lot of wrestlers, but it seemed a lot of the wrestlers kept on were on the basis of the commentators being able to say, "This is the biggest rumble yet." Yes, it is true, there were a lot of fat people in the rumble trying to pass themselves off as athletes - one of the biggest problems in the WWE at the moment, no wonder there's an obesity problem in America if people watch this and think wrestlers like Umaga, Snitsky and Big Daddy V are athletes. For nostalgia value, Jimmy Snuka and Roddy Piper also appeared in the rumble but were eliminated by Kane. On the subject of Kane, this rumble marked his tenth consecutive appearance and he also holds the record for most eliminations in a single rumble match - eleven in 2001.
The entrant order was pretty well worked out though, when HHH entered at #29 it looked like he was going to clean up, but then John Cena shocked everyone by returning from injury as #30. Literally no one had any idea this was going to happen, and the wrestling community on the internet were expecting the biggest shock entry to be The Big Show, but that didn't happen and this did instead. John Cena is the biggest draw in WWE at the moment, but you do either love him or hate him. There is a huge rivalry between Cena/HHH, spanning from Cena defeating HHH at WM22. Cena ended up eliminating HHH and winning his first ever rumble, and for the second year in a row the last entrant had won the rumble. This huge surprise made the event for me, even if Cena does now hold the record for the shortest time in the match and winning - 8mins 28secs. I really enjoyed the rumble, and whilst I did have a few problems with some of the entrants, things like the commentators doing well (all six of them, woah) meant I can actually say WWE has me interested again. Shock. Horror.