Old School Review: Royal Rumble 2004
For my next year edition of the Old School Review, I shall be going back to an event where the attention was being focused on the he twentieth anniversary of WrestleMania but an attempt at breaking out new superstars on the roster was evidently bring made. My recollection of the event is a bit hazy, but I do remember being slightly disappointed by it but enough of that. Here I go with my next OSR of Royal Rumble 2004, a RAW and SmackDown! presentation. Enjoy…
The show begins depicting the various feuds for the evening, which also includes to my surprise Eddie and Chavo before turning its attention to the Royal Rumble match, its importance and how it signifies the Road to WrestleMania beginning, not a bad opening promo to be honest, wasn’t expecting something like that. We then go to our announcers for the evening, Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler and Jonathan Coachman for RAW along with Michael Cole and Tazz for SmackDown!, it’s nice to see the brand competition again which helped reinvigorate the WWE product at the time when their roster was massive. Anyhow, we are now off to our first match of the evening.
World Tag Team Championship: Tables Match – Ric Flair & Batista (c) vs. The Dudley Boyz
Bubba Ray and D’Von make their way out first to an average reaction, before a clip is shown of them performing a 3D on The Coach on RAW, yet no mention of Armageddon thus far before Flair and Batista make their way out, and Batista cuts a promo on the Dudley’s which leads to the match starting outside the ring. Now this match, is quite unusual because yes it is tornado tag but not elimination, only one member of each team need to go through the table. I can’t help but feel Flair is very out of place in this match, and sadly looks very much like an old man. The match itself is very back and forth between each team, but a very slow and mediocre pace, it seems a very awkward and bumpy style which doesn’t suit it plus the fans are really not into this match in the slightest. The Coach soon causes a distraction for The Dudley’s, which allows Batista to mount a comeback and perform a powerful spine buster on D’Von through the table to pick up the win and retain the championship. Pretty dire opening contest to be honest, one of the worse tables matches I have seen.
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to a very young Josh Matthews, who is joined by the gangster John Cena who cuts a rap on his forthcoming appearance in the Royal Rumble match before he is soon interrupted by Rob Van Dam. This causes some very non-PG rapping from Cena, before they talk about the potential appearance of Mick Foley later in the evening after being invited to the show by RAW Co-GM Stone Cold Steve Austin before we head off to our next match.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Rey Mysterio (c) vs. Jamie Noble (w/Nidia)
Rey Mysterio makes his way out first to a pretty average reaction, before Noble makes his way out with his “blind” girlfriend Nidia (I cannot remember this in the slightest) before the match begins at a very quick and fast paced match which sees Noble eventually gaining the momentum on Mysterio. Despite a brief comeback attempt by Mysterio, Noble is ale to maintain control until he is accidentally tripped by his “blind” girlfriend Nidia, which allows Mysterio to regain momentum and pick up the win, to retain the championship in a match that was arguably short and sweet, but could have being so much better if it was longer.
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
Eddie Guerrero vs. Chavo Guerrero (w/Chavo Classic)
We are shown a promo for this match, which shows them as Los Guerrero’s and how well they did on the SmackDown! roster throughout 2002/03 until their demise when they lost the WWE Tag Team Championship, which eventually culminates in Chavo attacking Eddie but Kurt Angle is involved in the almost agony aunt role in this, which seems quite amusing. Anyhow, Chavo makes his way out first with Chavo Classic to an absolute nothing reaction followed by Eddie making his way out, to again a very much nothing reaction which takes me by surprise for Eddie.; The match begins in very much a traditional wrestling match style, with both men displaying superb athleticism before it becomes a one-sided fist fight from Chavo. Eddie eventually mounts a comeback, and displays various signature moves on Chavo before nailing him with a frog splash to pick up the win. After the match, Eddie quickly takes down his brother Chavo Classic before repeatedly punching Chavo, causing him to be split open. This match was good, but another which needed longer to tell a better and more fulfilling story.
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars