The Momentum Ceases For The 1995 Royal Rumble
Once again, if comparisons must be made, then we will make them. If the 1994 Royal Rumble was Vin Diesel’s Black Dodge Charger from “Fast & Furious”, then I guess you can say the 1995 Royal Rumble was John Candy’s station wagon in “Uncle Buck”.
If you can appreciate the pop culture reference, then I’m sure you can see vividly the direction of where this piece is going. This quiet possibly may have been the worst Royal Rumble in its history. The pay per view in total was 2 hours and 45 min, and out of that time only 6 min of it was invigorating must see TV.
The show opens with an Intercontinental Title match between Jeff Jarrett and Razor Ramon, with Jarrett capturing the IC title. This may’ve been the best match on the card, as seeing Jarrett win the title was very unexpected. The WWF Title match was between Diesel and Bret Hart, which ended in a draw. You would think that this being a PPV match and two of the best in the business, the fans would witness a more definitive decision and not some throwaway decision for the WWF Championship. “Draws” should never occur on pay per view as a decision.
The Royal Rumble match itself fell very flat. What really took a lot of wind out of the sail was the announcement made by Howard Kinkel that instead of every 2 min another man enters, it would be every 60 seconds? Making the Rumble match 3o min? Talk about sobering news, but the unwanted sobering.
Shawn Michaels and British Bulldog start out as #1 and #2 and end up the last two in the ring, outlasting 28 other men. Not just 28 other men, but 28 jobbers. The likes of “Well Dunn”, “Mantaur” and “Duke Droese”. Yes, these men are suitable for a WWF Title match at Wrestlemania. Shawn would go on to win, due to him being thrown over the top but only one foot hitting the ground and coming back into the match to eliminate Bulldog. That moment was the only note worthy moment of the pay per view.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer For Rant Sports