'WWE Vintage’ TV Report #294 – January 19th, 2013
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week's theme: Classic Royal Rumble wins. Footage from the following Royal Rumble matches were featured: 1996 (Shawn Michaels), 2002 (Triple H), 1994 (Bret Hart & Lex Luger), 1995 (Shawn Michaels), 1997 (Steve Austin) and 1992 (Ric Flair).
Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund & Renee Young.
The matches were all joined in the progress, with the last few minutes airing of each.
A short video aired recapping Shawn Michaels journey to the 1996 Royal Rumble match, with him suffering the beating outside the ring in Syracuse and surrendering the IC title to Dean Douglas in October 1995, followed by his scripted collapsed mid-match vs Owen Hart on Raw the following month. A clip of Michaels at the 1996 Royal Rumble press conference announcing his return aired.
1) Shawn Michaels won the 30 man Royal Rumble match. This match took place at the 'WWF Royal Rumble 1996' pay-per-view event, held in Fresno, California on January 21st, 1996. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Mr Perfect. Match was joined in progress as Michaels made his entrance. Michaels eliminated Vader and Yokozuna, then pulled Lawler out from under the ring where he had been hiding. Diesel made his entrance and tossed out Tatanka. The finish of the match saw Michaels eliminate Issac Yankem and Davey Boy Smith, whilst Diesel threw out Kama. Michaels then superkicked Diesel for the win.
A clip aired of Michaels beating Bret Hart for the WWF title at Wrestlemania 12.
A clip aired recapping Triple H's return from his quad injury, pedigreeing Kurt Angle on the January 7th, 2002 edition of WWF Raw.
2) Triple H won the 30 man Royal Rumble match. This match took place at the 'WWF Royal Rumble 2002' pay-per-view event, held in Atlanta, Georgia on January 20th, 2002. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler. Match was joined in progress with Triple H and Steve Austin squaring off. The Hurricane came out for a comedic spot where he tried to goozle both men, only for them to immediately throw him out. Final four for this match were Austin, HHH, Mr Perfect and Kurt Angle. Angle eliminated Austin, who came back into the ring and nailed the remaining three guys with chairshots to the head. Triple H then eliminated both Perfect and Angle to win the match.
3) Bret Hart & Lex Luger jointly won the 30 man Royal Rumble match. This match took place at the 'WWF Royal Rumble 1994' pay-per-view event, held in Providence, Rhode Island on January 22nd, 1994. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Ted DiBiase. Only the closing moments aired, with a final four of Bret Hart, Lex Luger, Shawn Michaels and Fatu. Luger tossed out Michaels and Bret tossed out Fatu. This left Luger and Bret, who then tumbled over the top rope at the same time, together. After much confusion and deliberation, as well as airing of replays from different angles, both guys were declared as the co-winner of the Royal Rumble. You could literally hear the 14000+ fans collectively sigh at the same time upon hearing the unpopular decision.
4) Shawn Michaels won the 30 man Royal Rumble match. This match took place at the 'WWF Royal Rumble 1995' pay-per-view event, held in Tampa, Florida on January 22nd, 1995. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler. In a WWE production snafu, they used the graphic from the last match, in mentioning who the final four were in the ring here, match joined in progress. There was actually a final three, with Michaels and Crush double teaming Bulldog, until Crush turned on Michaels. Bulldog eliminated Crush and thought he'd eliminated Michaels. Bulldog's music started playing as he posed on the turnbuckles, only for Michaels to return to the ring and throw out Bulldog for the win. The famous replay showed that only one of Michaels feet had touched the floor, with HBK's incredible agility saving him from elimination.
5) Stone Cold Steve Austin won the 30 man Royal Rumble match. This match took place at the 'WWF Royal Rumble 1997' pay-per-view event, held in San Antonio, Texas on January 19th, 1997. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler. Match was joined in progress with Steve Austin and Bret Hart battling in the ring. Lawler was a surprise entrant and left the announcers desk, only to enter the ring and be eliminated almost immediately by Hart in a funny spot. The match whittled down to 5 remaining men - Undertaker, Vader, Fake Diesel, Bret, and Austin. Bret tossed out Austin, but the referees were distracted and didn't see this. This allowed Austin to re-enter, throw out Undertaker and Vader who were battling near the ropes, then toss out Bret, after Bret had just eliminated Fake Diesel. Austin left the ring and celebrated as he walked to the back, as a furious Bret protested to the referees in the ring. In hindsight this was the start of Bret's heel turn.
A clip aired of Austin's famous match with Bret at Wrestlemania 13.
6) Ric Flair won the 30 man Royal Rumble match to win the vacant WWF title. This match took place at the 'WWF Royal Rumble 1992' pay-per-view event, held in Albany, New York on January 19th, 1992. Announcers for this match were Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan. Match was joined in progress as Hulk Hogan made his entrance. Hogan eliminated Undertaker and Berzerker. There was a final 4 of Hogan, Ric Flair, Sid Justice and Randy Savage. Sid threw out Savage. Hogan battled with Flair near the ropes, which led to Sid eliminating the Hulkster. Hogan was furious at this, and in a move completely at odds with his legendary babyface status, inexplicably tried to pull fellow babyface (at the time) Sid out of the ring, from the outside. Flair assisted, and Sid was eliminated. Flair won the match and the WWF title in the process.
Flair's post match interview backstage with Gene Okerlund ("Put that cigarette out!"), Bobby Heenan and Mr Perfect aired.
Closing thoughts: Really fun show and walk down memory lane of Rumbles past.
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1) Shawn Michaels won the 30 man Royal Rumble match ('WWF Royal Rumble 1996' pay-per-view event - Fresno, California: 21/01/96).
2) Triple H won the 30 man Royal Rumble match ('WWF Royal Rumble 2002' pay-per-view event - Atlanta, Georgia: 20/01/02).
3) Bret Hart & Lex Luger jointly won the 30 man Royal Rumble match ('WWF Royal Rumble 1994' pay-per-view event - Providence, Rhode Island: 22/01/94).
4) Shawn Michaels won the 30 man Royal Rumble match ('WWF Royal Rumble 1995' pay-per-view event - Tampa, Florida: 22/01/95).
5) Stone Cold Steve Austin won the 30 man Royal Rumble match ('WWF Royal Rumble 1997' pay-per-view event - San Antonio, Texas: 19/01/97).
6) Ric Flair won the 30 man Royal Rumble match to win the vacant WWF title ('WWF Royal Rumble 1992' pay-per-view event - Albany, New York: 19/01/92).
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