OSR: WWE Royal Rumble 2006 Review
Back at the beginning of 2006, the WWE and its fans were still mourning the loss of Eddie Guerrero who had died two months earlier. But this marked the period when it was beginning to filter more into the WWE storylines. Batista was gone following an injury, with Kurt Angle taking his place. Edge had only just cashed in his MITB opportunity, to enter his inaugural reign. The beginning of 2006 was certaininly an interesting time. Lets see if the OSR will reflect this with the WWE Royal Rumble 2006 Review…
The opening promo looks at a man (Mark Henry) desperate for power but an opposition (Kurt Angle) destined to succeed. It then looks at those who will be in the Royal Rumble match, with a brief history package shown. It also looks at Edge determined not to be a transitional champion in a promo based very much around a Roman Coliseum. We then go inside the American Airlines Arena with our commentators Michael Cole and Tazz for SmackDown plus Joey Styles and The King for RAW. We then go to the ring for the first match of the evening.
1. [SmackDown] WWE Cruiserweight Championship – Six Way Match: Kid Kash (c) vs. Funaki vs. Jamie Noble vs. Nunzio vs. Paul London vs. Gregory Helms
Each of the participants make their way to the ring, with Helms revealed as the surprise entrant. The match starts as a series of brawls, coming down to everyone taking down Helms. Ultimately, in a fast paced, but slightly dull match Helms is able to pick up the win.
Winner: Gregory Helms, to capture the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
2. [RAW] Mickie James vs. Ashley with Special Guest Referee Trish Stratus
Aside from a brief segment with Mickie and Trish backstage, there is no history promo shown for the match. The match gets underway, but is more of a cat fight. The exchanges between the pair are horrifically bad. Mickie soon enough wins this abysmal match.
Winner: Mickie James
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
3. [SmackDown] John “Bradshaw” Layfield (w/ Jillian Hall) vs. The Boogeyman
The history package between the pair is alluded too, include Boogeyman tearing the growth of Hall’s face. Both men then make their way to the ring. Initially, JBL is very much in control of the match. Nonetheless, The Boogeyman picks up the win in a horrific match.
Winner: The Boogeyman
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
4. [RAW and SmackDown] The 2006 30-Man Royal Rumble Match
The commentators for the Rumble is Michael Cole and The King. The history package is shown, which looks at various superstars at different levels of the card. The first two competitors in the match is Triple H from RAW and Rey Mysterio from SmackDown.
The first few eliminations occur very quickly, with either Triple H or Mysterio making short work of them. It soon slows down when The Big Show enters at number 6. Soon enough, regular eliminations have resumed.
After a few more entrants and eliminations, the ring is once again filling up. Prior to the number 20 entrant, there are 11 superstars in the ring when Rob Van Dam makes a return to a cracking reaction. But aside from this, nothing really of significant note.
At number 25, Shawn Michaels makes his way to the ring. He quickly makes an elimination in the form of Trevor Murdoch. Soon enough, the number 30 entrant makes his way to the ring in the form of Randy Orton.
The elimination at this point begin to take place more frequently. RVD soon eliminates Goldust, in a spot which was pretty messed up by Goldust. HBK then sets about eliminating the duo of Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro, as well as Shelton Benjamin in impressive fashion.
At this point, it prompts the appearance of Mr McMahon, distracting HBK. This allows Shane McMahon to sneak in and eliminate HBK from behind. After taunting, the McMahon’s are chased out of the arena by HBK.
We are soon down to the final four: Rey Mysterio, Triple H, Rob Van Dam and Randy Orton. RVD is the next eliminated by Mysterio, followed by Triple H by Mysterio. The final elimination is Orton, making Rey Mysterio the winner in an average Rumble match.
Winner: Rey Mysterio, last eliminating Randy Orton
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
4. [RAW] WWE Championship: Edge (c) (w/ Lita) vs. John Cena
The history package shown looks at Edge cashing in his MITB opportunity, followed by his celebration antics. Cena makes his entrance first on a completely ridiculous contraption which makes no sense. He is soon followed by Edge for the match to begin.
Edge is in control with him taking a slow and methodical approach. But, whilst this is slightly unusual he does display some great charisma with it. He continues to do this for a while, using a series of submission moves to maintain his control.
Cena is able to fire back with a DDT, sending Edge crashing into Lita on the apron. Cena then nails an FU and locks in the STFU for the win in an acceptable match which could have benefited from a little bit more excitement.
Winner: John Cena, to capture the WWE Championship
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
5. [SmackDown] World Heavyweight Championship: Kurt Angle (c) vs. Mark Henry
Other than a brief video clip, there is no history package shown for the match. Both men make their way to the ring, and it gets underway with Henry using a series of moves to dominate Angle.
Angle does regain the momentum with a series of near finishes, but a series of chair shots and a roll up with the ropes as assistance give him the win in an abysmal match. Afterwards, Taker comes out making the ring collapse before issuing a challenge for the title.
Winner: Kurt Angle, to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
Taking the Royal Rumble out of consideration briefly, the general card on this show was pretty much in the pits. The opening match was ultimately just a hurrah of various cruiserweights, and near enough impossible to follow what happened. This match, given the capability of some of the superstars could have being massively better. The next match with Mickie and Ashley, was undoubtedly abysmal. Ashley should not have being put in that position when she wasn’t ready. And if Trish as referee couldn’t mask how crap it was. The same could be said for JBL and The Boogeyman. That was a match which should never have made it to PPV. The Boogeyman was unbelievably bad. It shouldn’t have happened.
The championship match between Edge and John Cena, whilst it shown great charisma from Edge. Unfortunately, this was a very average match which could have delivered so much more. There was no progression in the match to reach a finale. It was like match-over. It was very much an anti-climax and having Cena regain the title may not have being the wisest move. The closing match on the event between Angle and Henry was horrific. Angle can have a decent match with most, but obviously not Henry. This match, firstly should not have happened for the title and certainly shouldn’t have closed the show.
The Rumble match itself, should have finished the event to start with. The only reason it didn’t was because of the ring collapsing when Taker came out. But having the Rumble mid-card made it very underwhelming but also drained the crowd so there was no energy at the end of it all. But the match itself was very lackluster, because there was no standout moments which would make it standout in your memory. Ultimately, you can watch it as part of you 9.99 Subscription Fee to the WWE Network. But it isn’t recommended.