Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Royal Rumble Top 30 - January 11

20. Royal Rumble Match - 1998

Cracking the top 20 with our second full Rumble match inductee, the 1998 Royal Rumble, headlined by Steve Austin's win that would propel him to the WWE Championship and more importantly, the biggest period the industry has ever seen.

The Royal Rumble itself is never about putting on a "five-star" match, the logistics of the match prevent that, the entertainment factor comes from the anticipation of the next entrant and having fun. This match excels at that because there was the story of everyone trying to take out Austin and of course, Mick Foley entering with all three of his personas.

As usual, Austin kicked ass and The Rock played a great villain, which would set up the following year's story quite well. I don't know if that was intentional, but those two had such tremendous chemistry, you have to believe it was in the back of someone's mind.

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