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Offline THE TUGSTER

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CXF RumbleRank: #2
« on: February 02, 2020, 08:59:42 AM »
2. Royal Rumble 2001 (84 points, 2 first-place votes)



Jeff Hardy and Bull Buchanan start it off.  Bull overpowers Jeff until Matt runs in as #3.  The Hardys quickly take over on Bull and eliminate him following Poetry in Motion, then decide to have a scientific matchup.  Matt takes the advantage to start, but Jeff takes him down with a jawbreaker.  Faarooq is #4, as the Hardys declare a truce long enough to focus on him.  Faarooq, however takes them down with a double clothesline. Eventually the odds are too much, however, and he's eliminated following a Twist of Fate and Swanton Bomb.  Matt then tries to toss Jeff, and that gets them pissed enough to take their shirts off before resuming their battle.  #5 is Drew Carey.  Yes, that Drew Carey.  Vince had put him in the match earlier in the show in a backstage segment.  Drew decides to stand back and watch the Hardys, but eventually climbs into the ring, as the Hardys both fall off the top to the outside, leaving Drew in the ring by himself.  #6 is Kane, who Drew had also encountered backstage.  Drew suddenly realizes what's about to happen, and starts yelling for Matt and Jeff to come back.  He tries to bribe Kane, but Kane isn't having it.  Raven is the next entrant, saving Drew from a chokeslam with a kendo stick shot, and Drew decides that's enough and eliminates himself.




Kane dominates Raven, so he rolls outside from some weapons, until he's attacked by Al Snow, the apparent next entrant, who Raven had put out of action weeks prior on TV.  Raven takes a bowling ball downstairs in the corner from Snow, who then gets booted down by Kane.  Raven interjects, and he and Snow take turns bashing Kane with trash cans.  Perry Saturn is next, and he joins the assault on Kane, working on his leg.  Kane starts fighting back, but eventually the three men overpower him and send him to the mat. 



Steve Blackman is up next, and his gym bag is conveniently sitting in one of the corners, as he pulls his sticks out of them and starts battering everyone.  Next up is Grand Master Sexay, who hammers everyone with a trashcan lid and tries to dump Snow, but Saturn intervenes.  Kane has finally had enough of the hardcore action, and he grabs a trashcan and lays everyone out, eliminating GMS in the process.  Blackman gone, Snow gone, Raven gone, Saturn gone, just in time for...the Honky Tonk Man?  He makes his way into the ring and asks Kane for a moment to sing his song.  Kane obliges, then grabs his guitar from him and lays him out with it, then tosses him to the floor.



#13 is the Rock, and I think he's gonna stick around a little longer.  He takes advantage quickly and tries to eliminate him, but gets stopped in his tracks with a clothesline.  Kane hammers Rock as the Goodfather (still during the Right to Censor period) is #14, and is out about that many seconds later courtesy of the Rock.  Tazz is next, and doesn't even last that long, as Kane simply lifts him into the corner and knocks him to the floor.  Kane continues to dominate the Rock, but still can't eliminate him as Rock fights his way out of the corner.  Rock finally scores with a Samoan drop, as Bradshaw is the next entrant, hammering Kane, as the Rock joins in and hits Kane with a clothesline, then eats the Clothesline from Hell from Bradshaw.  Rock comes back with a spinebuster, then Kane clotheslines him to stand tall once again.  Albert is next, rushing down and going right for Kane, but Bradshaw joins in and he and Kane hit him with a double clothesline, before Kane then hits Bradshaw with one.  Hardcore Holly is next, and Kane drops him to the mat before he can break anyone's nose.  Albert then takes Kane down with a scissor kick, as Rock explodes out of the corner and clotheslines Bradshaw, then tries to dump Kane, but he hangs on.  Next up is K-Kwik, known now of course as R-Truth.  He had just debuted a couple months prior and formed a tag team with Road Dogg, who had been released right around the time of this show (closely enough that he's still featured in the Titantron).  He hammers on Albert in the corner, and then Rock tries to eliminate him, but he fights his way out.  Val Venis, the third RTC member, is in next, going right for Kane, which backfires in the form of a spinebuster.  Rock hits K-Kwik with a powerslam, but still can't eliminate him.

William Regal, another recently returning superstar, is #21, He takes down K-Kwik with a suplex, then hammers Bradshaw down in the corner.  Val has Rock going, but Bradshaw makes the save.  Test is up next, and quickly tosses Regal to the floor, then goes after Albert, as their T & A tag team had recently split.  He then flattens Val with a big boot.  The Big Show is the next, unannounced, entrant.  He had been sent to OVW several months prior in an attempt to get him to lose weight (which is also the reason he wasn't in the WWF No Mercy video game), but he looks bigger than ever here.  He quickly eliminates Test and K-Kwik, then hands out chokeslams to everyone...except the Rock, who lowblows him and clotheslines him to the floor.  Show starts tearing up the announce table, as Crash Holly makes his way out.  He then drags Rock to the outside and chokeslams him through the table.



We go back to the ring, as everyone is ganging up on Kane, until the Undertaker makes his entrance.  He slides in and clears everyone off of Kane, then gives him the go-home sign.  Crash and Albert hit the floor via Kane, while Taker disposes of Bradshaw, Hardcore, and Val, leaving Taker and Kane standing alone.  They tease a confrontation, then turn their attention to Scotty 2 Hotty, who is naturally scared shitless.



The Brothers of course decimate and eliminate poor Scotty, then await the next entrant...and it's Stone Cold.  Shit's about to get real, until HHH runs down and assaults and bloodies Austin.  As this is happening, Rock finally comes to and slugs away at Kane, but gets doubled up on.  Billy Gunn is #28, as HHH is just now being pulled off of Austin.  Kane and Taker are still in control, as WCW Hardcore champion Haku is #29.  He had just won the title at the WCW PPV Sin just a week prior, and then Vince snatched him back up as he was apparently without a contract.  He holds his own against Taker and Kane, no-selling everything and lighting them up with chops, as Rikishi comes in at #30, which he had won in a match on TV recently.  He stops to attack Austin, but Austin turns the tables, hammering him on the floor then tossing him into the ring.  Austin then clotheslines Haku to the floor.  He then tries to dump Kane, as Taker chokeslams Rikishi, then tries to eliminate Rock, but he hangs on.  Taker then tries to headbutt Rikishi, but hurts himself instead on Rikishi's hard Samoan head.  Rikishi delivers one of his own, then sends Taker to the floor with a thrust kick!  That's quite a surprising elimination.  He then focuses on Rock, and sets up the Banzai drop, but Rock recovers and delivers a low blow, then knocks him to the floor, leaving Rock with Kane, Austin and Gunn as the Final Four.  Gunn delivers the Fame-Asser to Austin, but Austin reverses an elimination attempt and tosses Gunn to the floor.  Rock DDT's Kane, leaving all three men laying, until Austin and Rock's eyes meet.



The camera cuts back and forth between both guys, and finally the crowd catches on and starts to buzz.  Austin strikes the first blow, and backs Rock into a corner, but Rock fights out and knocks Austin to the mat, setting up a Rock Bottom.  Austin blocks with elbows, then hits the Stunner.  Austin stomps Rock in a corner, but Kane comes back to.  Austin hits him with a Thesz press, then stomps him low, before going back to the Rock, who hits a Rock Bottom out of nowhere.  Rock catches Kane coming off the ropes, and tosses him to the floor between the ropes.  Austin tries to dump Rock, but Rock escapes, then tries to dump Austin.  Kane returns and tries to dump both guys, sending Rock to the floor, but Austin hangs on.  Austin ducks a clothesline and hammers Kane on the ropes, but Kane comes back with a chokeslam.  Kane rolls outside and brings a chair in, but Austin delivers a kick, causing him to drop it.  Right hands, but Kane scoops him up for a Tombstone, which Austin escapes and delivers a Stunner.  He then grabs the chair, and delivers three shots to the head, then clotheslines him to the floor to win the match.



Final thoughts:  I think everyone pretty much knew that 92 was going to win right from the start, but it wouldn't have disappointed me at all to see this one at #1.  The action was easy to follow, plenty of surprises, plenty of star power, and a terrific finish.  You could tell this took place during the WWF's hottest period, as even though there some quick eliminations, I didn't feel like anyone in the match truly felt like dead weight.  Totally agree with this placement.
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Re: CXF RumbleRank: #2
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2020, 09:06:15 AM »
Yeah. This was my #2. Just a very well paced, star packed match.

I find it funny that it's often in Top 2 with '92 as the poster is even a homage to the '92 Rumble poster.

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Re: CXF RumbleRank: #2
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2020, 09:16:52 AM »
This was my #2 as well.  Just a well-constructed Rumble with a perfect mix of comedy (and the best use of a celebrity) and action.  This is also easily Kane's best match because he is in the mix for all of it (and he was fucking JACKED at this point of his career) .  There's also the Austin/Rock staredown that they hilariously tried to repeat later with Cena and Orton to silence.

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Re: CXF RumbleRank: #2
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2020, 09:55:36 AM »
those chairshots looked fucking nasty


I can't believe a guy can be that big, and jump around like he does what a great athlete!

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Re: CXF RumbleRank: #2
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2020, 10:05:05 AM »
I didn't participate, but this is my favorite Rumble that I watched live. The Drew Carey spot has been maligned far too much for what it was (a popular television performer offering a breath of air), and the finish is among my favorite finishes ever.

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Re: CXF RumbleRank: #2
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2020, 11:29:54 AM »
#5 is Drew Carey.  Yes, that Drew Carey. 

The DISRESPECT put on this man's name.   That's WWE Hall of Famer Drew Carey to you!

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Re: CXF RumbleRank: #2
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2020, 11:48:00 AM »
Much like 2004, I prefer 1990 and 2010, but this is also a clear top five Rumble so no real complaints.  Most memorable performance of Kane's career.

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Re: CXF RumbleRank: #2
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2020, 11:50:59 AM »
Not only the best performance of  Kane's career but I think it might be one of if not the best Rumble performance by someone who didn't win the Rumble.

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Re: CXF RumbleRank: #2
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2020, 11:26:27 PM »
Just so expertly done from the inclusion of the Hardcore elements, Steve Blackman's weapons, Kane's run, Austin/Rock/Kane as the final 3. Such a great Rumble that it would probably be an easy #1 if 1992 wasn't so iconic on so many levels.