Let’s say the good people from Extreme Makeover were to meet with 1997 WWF and work with them for a few days, or however long it takes for them to make their transformation. If this meeting of these two forces were to come together and collide, then the end result would be the 1998 WWF Royal Rumble. The year started out coming off the heels of the just recently done “Montreal Screw Job” from Survivor Series 97. In addition, this Rumble is skating off the heels of the infamous Vince McMahon public service announcement when he spoke about the various “shades of gray” in the World Wrestling Federation. And how can we forget the “Since the days of Training, Saying Your Prayers and Taking Your Vitamins is passe”. This was the dawning of a brand new era for the WWF, an era that will not only change the company, but will change the wrestling world for the rest of days. An era of Attitude.
At the top of the show, we see that Iron Mike Tyson is in live attendance to watch the show. If that wasn’t an indicator of the overall direction of the World Wrestling Federation, then I don’t know what is. The under card matches was an excellent display of the current roster. Excellent, due to the diverse variety of what encompassed the roster. The matches were a great prelude to what would be a highly entertaining Royal Rumble with many top names. But it would be one big name that would trump the rest of the list, as Stone Cold Steve Austin would join the company of both Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels in being one of the only men to win back to back Rumble matches.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer with Rant Sports