OSR: WWE Royal Rumble 2008 Review
As the countdown to the Royal Rumble continues, the events of WrestleMania XXIV were on the horizon and a new challenger was needed. But who would it be and who will reign supreme? The OSR shall find out here in the WWE Royal Rumble 2008 Review. What surprises and legends can we expect?
The opening promo is depicted around various superstars invading the New York subway, before we are shown various winners from throughout the years as well as memorable performances. The focus is then shifted to the current day, with a montage showing the various superstars who will compete in tonight’s match. They are then shown brawling on the subway before we head to the arena. Michael Cole then welcomes us to the event, before we head up to the ring with Justin Roberts for the first match of the evening.
1. Career Threatening Match: Ric Flair vs. MVP
Both men make their way to the ring, with Flair cutting a promo about competing MSG. The match is a series of basic wrestling holds, before Flair takes down MVP with his normal routine. MVP is able to comeback, and is able to take down Flair who takes his normal series of bumps.
A close finish for MVP comes when Flair places his foot on the rope. The finish comes when Flair makes MVP tap out to the Figure Four in what would be Flair’s final match at Madison Square Garden. A very so so opening match, but it was quite a slow pace and not really enjoyable to watch.
Winner: Ric Flair
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
2. John “Bradshaw” Layfield vs. Chris Jericho
A pretty intense feud has being built up between these two, with JBL really giving a beating to Jericho. Both men make their way to the ring, with the match getting underway in a back and forth style. Jericho becomes dominant for a few moments, but is soon take down by JBL.
JBL continues his domination of Jericho for the next few minutes, ultimately leading to Jericho being busted open. As JBL continues to pummel Jericho, Jericho retaliates with a chair shot to the head. This prompts the DQ win for JBL, but the beating continues after in an average match.
Winner: John “Bradshaw” Layfield, via Disqualification
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
3. World Heavyweight Championship: Edge (c) (w/ Vickie Guerrero, Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder) vs. Rey Mysterio
The history package is shown, which looks at Rey becoming the number one contender through the Beat the Clock challenge, before the story takes the “Eddie Approach” with Vickie Guerrero involved. Both competitors make their way to the ring, ready for the match to begin.
Edge is very much in control of the match and dominates it throughout. When Mysterio has an attempt to take the win, Vickie interferes taking the blow. This allows Edge to nail the spear for the win in a surprisingly short but entertaining match.
Winner: Edge, to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
4. WWE Championship: Randy Orton (c) vs. Jeff Hardy
The history package shown, to its credit gives an in-depth look at both men, and their rise within their respective careers. It then looks at the feud established between the duo before they both make their way to the ring for the match to begin. The match gets underway, very much a brawl.
It soon slows down with Orton in control, and it continues this way for a few moments. Jeff regains the momentum, and goes for the Twist of Fate. This is impressively and quickly countered by Randy into an RKO for the win in an average, stupidly short and could have been better match.
Winner: Randy Orton, to retain the WWE Championship
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
5. The 2008 30-Man Royal Rumble Match
The promo for the Royal Rumble looks at the stats which have being accumulated over the years. This is actually a pretty cool promo looking at the Rumble very objectively. In a nice touch, the Rumble is announced by Michael Buffer – one of the greatest announcing voices ever.
The first two entrants in the match is The Undertaker at Number One and Shawn Michaels at Number Two. They start going at it rapidly with one another using a variety of moves including a quick elimination of Santino Marella. The match takes an interesting turn with Batista at number 8.
Hornswoggle makes his entrance at Number 9, but quickly makes his way into hiding under the ring. The entrants continue, with sporadic eliminations occurring meaning the ring is slowly beginning to fill up.
At Number 18, Jimmy Snuka makes his way to the ring and sets about taking down everyone at a snail pace. This is followed by Roddy Piper as Number 19, who goes at with Snuka. But they are quickly eliminated by the Number 20 entrant Kane. Sweet nod to the past, nice reaction there.
At Number 22, Mick Foley is in the match, He receives a cracking reaction, as he set about getting himself involved as the ring continues to fill up. The Undertaker is soon eliminated by HBK, who himself is eliminated by Mr Kennedy.
Hornswoggle reappears at this point, and is dragged in by Mark Henry and Big Daddy V. Finlay makes his way out and attacks both men before leaving with Hornswoggle.
A surprise entrant is made at Number 30, in the form of John Cena making an unannounced return. He quickly eliminates various different superstars before we are down to the final four; Kane, Batista, John Cena and Triple H.
The final two are Cena d Triple H who go back and forth for a few moments, before Cena eventually wins this surprisingly enjoyable match. There isn’t anything obvious to trace which made the match, it was very enjoyable.
The under card on this event. The opening match was somewhat significant with it being Ric Flair’s final match at MSG. But it wasn’t a wrestling classic. It was actually a very average match and had nothing to stand out for it. It would have being a much more significant encounter had the WWE United States Championship being on the line. The match between JBL and Chris Jericho was much better than anticipated. They could have possible achieved more had their being a stipulation added to it, but then this would have allowed for a true, definitive winner other than what we got. The championship matches, whilst not necessarily bad were a let down in some respects. Both matches, whilst not necessarily bad matches could have delivered more. The match between Jeff and Randy in this respect was bitterly disappointing.
The Rumble match itself was actually very entertaining, as it seemed to be booked very well to ensure that it has a consistent flow throughout. The combination of The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels helped make the match better. Not forgetting the niche moment with Snuka and Piper, that was a pretty cool and unique moment. But this is probably at this point the best Royal Rumble since 2001. Definitely worth the 9.99 Subscription Fee to the WWE Network. Totally worth the value.
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