Why The 1992 Royal Rumble Still Holds Up As the Best
The year 1992 was a pivotal year for the World Wrestling Federation for a few reasons. The planning for new WWF programming in the future was starting to develop so younger talents were starting to receive new pushes in storylines. Due to these up coming changes, the landscape of the WWF was starting to shift and this would mean new faces and new leaders.
As always, the year starts off with one of the more popular shows, the Royal Rumble live from the Knickerbocker Arena in Albany, New York. Unbeknownst to the fans in attendance and the fans watching at home live on pay-per-view, this Rumble would be deemed (by fans) as the greatest Rumble in history.
What made this pay-per-view so incredible was the variations of storytelling that comprised of the perfect storm, which resulted in a classic show. The 92 Rumble match would have a special stipulation that it never had before. Due to a controversial WWF title change a couple of months prior, the WWF title would be vacated and the winner of the 92 Rumble would be hailed the new champion.
The ante had been risen like never before. The show opened up with an excellent tag team match between The New Foundation and The Orient Express. Not for any title, but fans were treated to a solid tag team match. In addition Rowdy Roddy Piper captures his first WWF singles title, by defeating The Mountie for the Intercontinental Championship.
The Royal Rumble match read like a 30 man wrestling all star classic. When you look at the participants, you read names such as Shawn Michaels, The British Bulldog, The Million Dollar Man, Tito Santana, The Undertaker, Randy Savage, Sgt. Slaughter, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Sid Justice and many more. One of the unlined elements that brought a sensational factor to this match, was the commentary between Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon.
Heenan, who was an advocate for Ric Flair, was completely beside himself the entire match since Flair was the #3 entry into the match. And to make matters worse, Monsoon kept reminding Heenan that no one, in the history of the rumble who was a top 10 entry was there in the end to win, this did nothing but infuriate Heenan. However, against all odds, not only did Flair set a new Rumble Record (lasting 59 min and 26 sec), but he literally survived 29 other men to not only win the 92 Rumble, but to become the new World Wrestling Federation Champion.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer For Rant Sports