As the transformation of the new pro wrestling era continues to emerge, so does the new focus and new direction of the WWE. Yes, the World Wrestling Entertainment, no longer the World Wrestling Federation. Back in the spring of 2002, WWF made the announcement that they will longer be referred as the “WWF“, and they blasted their “Get The “F” Out” campaign for the world to hear. This was due to the federal courts’ ruling in favor of the World Wildlife Fund having sole rights of using the term “WWF”, since Vince McMahon and company did not comply with their agreement to stop using “WWF” back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. This Royal Rumble would be the first Rumble PPV to use the WWE overhead.
In addition, this would also be the first rumble that would be post-WWF Draft in March 2002. There has been an official brand split of the company: Wrestlers exclusive to Raw and wrestlers exclusive to Smackdown. Giving the new structure of the WWE, this Rumble would have a “Raw vs Smackdown” Royal Rumble like feel. With this came an unbelievably stacked under card, in addition to the Royal Rumble itself. This would be the first Rumble PPV where both the WWE Championship and the World heavyweight Championship were on the line in two separate matches. Kurt Angle retained the WWE Championship by defeating Chris Benoit, and Triple H defeated Scott Steiner to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.
The Royal Rumble was once again a star power-driven rumble with top names from beginning to end. Names like Shawn Michaels, RVD, Eddie Guerrero, The Undertaker and Batista. However, the story of this Rumble would be the test that Brock Lesnar would have to endure, since he was in the opening match against The Big Show. Brock would have to win in order to qualify for the rumble, and that he did, gaining a victory over show and also a victory in the 30-man melee.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports