Old School Review: Royal Rumble 1991
Now, next here in the Old School Review I shall be going to a very turbulent time in the WWE, real life events were becoming blurred with fiction and things were a little bit fraught. I’ve seen this event before, but I have literally no recollection of it bar a couple of moments. So, here I go with a very wary edition of the OSR for Royal Rumble 1991…
The show opens with the American National Anthem, played rather than sang as is the normal now, to a great reaction before we go to the opening package showing various entrants in the Rumble, narrated by Vince McMahon before we are shown the various matches on the undercard to very cheesy music before we go to the arena with our announcers Gorilla Monsoon and Roddy Piper, who make a nice combination before talking about some of the matches this evening, just before we go to the ring for the first match.
The Rockers vs. The Orient Express (w/ Mr. Fuji)
The Orient Express makes their way out first, soon followed by The Rockers to a great reaction, with Shawn Michaels quickly taking it to the express before he is soon joined by Marty Jannetty who takes them down with an aerial move. It eventually starts off with Jannetty and Kato. The match is very faced paced, very back and forth with lots of different combinations and counters before Tanaka is soon tagged in and continues this with Jannetty briefly, before Michaels is tagged in and carries on the style until Tanaka is able to gain some momentum. Apparently the winner will get abtag title match, why not reveal this at the beginning. The Orient Express are able to maintain the momentum over Michaels until a Rockers double team combination allows them to gain the momentum. The Express regain control over Michaels and keep him down with a series of endurance moves. Shawn is able to mount a comeback, with some nears tags to Jannetty, who eventually gets tagged in and dominates The Express. Eventually, Jannetty pins Tanaka following a sunset flip in a very impressive opening match, which I think truly showcased what a tag team match can really do.
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to Sean Mooney with Randy Savage talking about being the number one contender for the WWE Championship and how he is the greatest champion ever, before we see Gene Okerlund and Sensational Sherri making their way out to the arena. Sherri proceeds to make a challenge to The Ultimate Warrior, for him to grant Savage a championship match like Sgt. Slaughter and begins to question Warrior’s integrity before calling him out. Warrior’s music soon hits, and he hits the arena and still fails to answer Sherri’s challenge, so she attempts to seduce him. This bit of the segment has become slightly weird and uncomfortable to watch for Sherri’s perspective, because no disrespect to her, it makes her look a little bit desperate. He eventually reveals he won’t accept the challenge, before Warrior leaves the arena. Savage in the locker room is going crazy and soon rushes to the ring to get him, but Warrior has left by the time we get there before we soon head to the ring for the forthcoming match.