Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Royal Rumble Top 30 - January 25

6. Royal Rumble Match - 2001
OMG, I love the 2001 Royal Rumble SO MUCH! It's the final Rumble of the last boom period and it happened right in this beautiful period in WWE history where the Attitude Era was still going strong, but Russo was gone and there was this terrific interest on wrestling. The Attitude Era gets a lot of undeserved hype as the last time wrestling was good, but people would shit all over most of it if it were ran today. However, the period from the 2000 Rumble to WrestleMania 17 was really, really good. A few hiccups here and there, sure, but WWE was on fire in that period and the 2001 Rumble was a true highlight.

Just look at it, we've got Kane kicking everyone's ass, a random Honky Tonk Man cameo, and Drew f'n Carey! As bizarre as that was, it was an excellent use of a celebrity and one of those things that really had no point, but turned out being a lot of fun.

Oh and of course, it was Steve Austin's third and final Rumble win. I cannot overstate how awesome was at this point and after returning from neck surgery in late 2000, Stone Cold was arguably the best he had ever been. This Rumble win, the amazing (and oddly forgotten) 3 Stages of Hell match with HHH at No Way Out and, of course, WrestleMania 17 might be my favorite Rumble-to-Mania stretch for any wrestler, ever. Bottom line (see what I did there?), Austin is God.

And one other thing, they brought back the cool animated poster for this year's Rumble. Not as cool as the cartoony ones from the early 90s, but I don't know why they stopped doing those.

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