Sunday, January 22, 2012

Royal Rumble Top 30 - January 21 & 22

Another double update today since I wasn't around much yesterday. And hey, we're in the top 10!

10. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit - 2001
You could argue that this is the greatest ladder match in WWE history. There's the steel chair "batter-up" counter to the dive outside, the Walls of Jericho on the top of the ladder and the amazing chemistry these two had. But again, much like my entry on the 2004 Rumble match, it's hard to go back and watch. At the time though? Yeah, easily one of the best ladder matches WWE has done and a rare gimmick match at the Rumble PPV.

9. Ax vs. Smash - 1989
Oh yeah, now this is happy times. It might seem silly to put a 2-minute brawl in the top ten of a Rumble countdown, but when I was a kid, this was the coolest thing I'd ever seen. Ax & Smash were tag partners, tag team champions, presumably best friends, but they each drew #1 and #2, what would happen? They'd beat the hell out of each other, that's what happened! They didn't tease it, there was no "will they or won't they," they immediately starting punching the other in the face.



It was fun when they did it again in 98 with Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie, but by that point and especially today, we're used to the "every man for himself" thing. But in 1989? I had never seen anything quite like this and it definitely earns it a spot in the top 10. Also doesn't hurt that Demolition will always be my favorite tag team of all-time.

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