OSR: WWE Royal Rumble 1992 Review

We go backstage to Sean Mooney, who are soon joined by an irate Natural Disasters and Jimmy Hart, who fail to recongise the match rules and they should be the WWE Tag Team Champions before we return to the arena with our commentators Gorilla and Heenan who talk about what has just happened and reemphasize the rules before going backstage to the new IC champion Roddy Piper with Gene, who talks about becoming the IC champion but also the World Champion as he is going into the Royal Rumble match before we head to Sean Mooney again with Shawn Michaels, and they talk about the recent breakdown of Michaels and Jannetty on the Barber Shop. Michaels displays great arrogance in his early singles career here, but how he will go onto become new WWE Champion before we head to Alfred Hayes who is joined by Ric Flair. He cuts a nice promo about being the number three entrant, but also being the real world champion and how he will walk out WWE Champion before we then cut to Gene Okerlund who briefly talks about WrestleMania, before cutting to various WWE superstars talking about their participation in the forthcoming Rumble match. We then head back to the arena.

30-Man Royal Rumble Match

Howard Finkel quickly goes over the rules for the match, but how the winner will become the new WWE Champion before WWE President Jack Tunney makes a short announcement about how the winner will become the new champion and how may the best man win before we return to The Fink for the first entrant, The British Bulldog who comes out to an absolutely incredible reaction before the second entrant, Ted DiBiase makes his way to the ring with Sensational Sherri and quickly enters the ring and gets down to it with Bulldog, with a new entrant every two minutes. After some very intensive action, DiBiase is quickly eliminated by Bulldog before the third entrant Ric Flair makes his way to the ring with Mr. Perfect, to the utter dismay of Heenan. Flair quickly locks up with Bulldog, who uses his power to take down Flair before the fourth entrant, Jerry Sags makes his way to the ring and quickly sets about double teaming Bulldog with Flair, before he too is quickly eliminated by Bulldog. The fifth entrant is Haku, who quickly sets about Flair who retreats to the outside whilst Haku then turns his attention to Bulldog, allowing him to soon be attacked by Flair, to then be eliminated quickly by Bulldog. The sixth entrant into the match is a very young and cocky Shawn Michaels who quickly gets into it with Flair and Bulldog before the seventh entrant, Tito Santana makes his way to the ring and goes at it with Flair.

The next entrant is The Barbarian, and the eliminations have now started slowing down but the action in the ring is very interchangeable with lots of different combinations being made from the competitors. The ninth entrant, The Texas Tornado makes his way to the ring, and quickly sets about Flair, and is soon followed by the tenth entrant, The Repo Man who quickly gets lost in amongst the sea before the eleventh entrant Greg Valentine makes his way to the ring and also takes it to Flair quickly. There is a lot going on in the ring at the moment, it is difficult to follow who is going at it with who, just before the twelfth entrant, Nikolai Volkoff makes his way to the ring, but is quickly eliminated by The Repo Man. The thirteenth entrant, The Big Boss Man makes his way to the ring whilst Valentine is eliminated by Repo Man, who himself is then eliminated by Boss Man.

The next elimination is Bulldog, who is eliminated by Flair following a very impressive performance, who then also eliminates The Texas Tornado whilst in the mean time Shawn Michaels and Tito Santana eliminate one another to bring it down to four, whilst Hercules (number fourteen) and The Barbarian are quickly eliminated bringing it down to Flair and Boss Man, who after a few moments of back and forth action, a mistake by Boss Man sees him eliminated. The next entrant at number fifteen is Roddy Piper who quickly sets about Flair dominating him with various moves before the sixteenth entrant, Jake Roberts makes his way to the ring and takes him time to get involved, allowed Roddy to continue his domination of Flair. He quickly starts to go at it with both men, before the seventeenth entrant, 1988 Rumble winner Jim Duggan makes his way to ring and like everyone else, sets about Flair in quick fashion. They are soon joined by the eighteenth entrant, Irwin R Schyster who quickly sets about various superstars before the number nineteen entrant, Jimmy Snuka makes his way to the ring and before l0ng they are joined by the number twenty entrant, The Undertaker who is accompanied by Paul Bearer and in line with his character takes his time to get to the ring.

Upon entering the ring, Taker quickly sets about eliminating Snuka before dominating various superstars as the action continues before the number twenty-one entrant, Randy Savage sprints to the ring looking for Roberts but is soon attacked by Taker until he is then attacked by Jake and these two get into a brawl, before Savage eliminates Roberts, shortly afterwards eliminating himself when he goes for Roberts, but according to the 1992 rules, this is not allowed so Savage is still part of the match. At number twenty-two, The Berzerker makes his way to the ring (who reminds me considerably of Bruiser Brody) and sets about Duggan. Before long, they are joined by the number twenty-third entrant, Virgil and twenty-fourth entrant, Colonel Mustafa (The Iron Sheik) accompanied by General Adnan. No eliminations have occurred since Jake Roberts, so the ring is again beginning to fill up and this makes it difficult to see what is going on.

Entering at number twenty-five, Rick Martel enters the ring and quickly starts to go at it with Flair whilst Mustafa is eliminated by Savage. Entering as the twenty-sixth entrant, Hulk Hogan makes his way to the ring to a thunderous reaction and quickly sets about Flair and Taker, before momentarily eliminating Taker and The Berzerker within seconds of one another whilst Virgin and Duggan eliminate one another bringing the numbers back down again momentarily, before they are joined by the twenty-seventh entrant, Skinner and twenty-eight entrant, Sgt Slaughter whilst Skinner is eliminated by Rick Martel. At this point, the number twenty-nine entrant, Sid Justice makes his way to the ring and sets about attacking various superstars, before we are joined by the final entrant to the match, number thirty, The Warlord accompanied by Harvey Wippleman whilst Hogan and Flair brawl on the outside of the ring, before Sid eliminates Slaughter, and IRS is eliminated by Piper.

This is soon followed by the elimination of The Warlord by Hogan and Sid, soon followed by both Piper and Martel when they are eliminated by Sid. This brings it down to the final four, Flair, Hogan, Sid and Savage, the later of which is quickly eliminated by Flair and Sid. Whilst Hogan is brawling with Flair, Sid takes advantage of this and eliminates Hogan causing a stare down between the two men, allowing Flair enough time to recover and ultimately eliminate Sid to become the 1992 Royal Rumble winner and new WWE Champion, at which point he is chased out of the ring by Hogan, which leads to an intense stare down with Sid and Hogan requiring them to be separated by various WWE officials, before they soon leave the ring.

We head backstage to Gene Okerlund, where he is with Jack Tunney who presents Flair with the WWE Championship belt to the adulation of Perfect and Heenan, before Flair goes on about being number one and ruling the world, before Heenan promotes the achievement of Flair in the match, before Perfect joins in. Flair then talks about it being a great moment, and how everyone needs to pay homage to the man.

Arguably, for me, one of the finest Rumble’s in the early years which was shadowed with excellent performances from various superstars but for me, notably the performances of Bulldog, Flair and Piper. The right man truly won this match, and it is a favourite of mine from the early days.

Match Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

The under card on this event could have being perceived as exceptionally mismatched, but they actually came across in the majority really well with lots of credibility to them and were enjoyable. The Rumble match itself was littered with fine performances by a lot of the superstars, it truly is a great Rumble, whether they were in it for two or thirty minutes, every man made the consensus to deliver and they truly did. The performance of Flair was really good and gave him the platform to show the WWE audience what he is capable of but the WWE also remembered their continuity in this match by throwing various feuds into the mix to make it more interesting. I would most certainly recommend watching this event (you can do so here on the WWE Network), arguably for me the first great Royal Rumble match and one that had numerous memorable moments.

Show Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

What do you think of the Royal Rumble 1992 in the latest Old School Review, whose performance stood out for you in the Royal Rumble match, was Ric Flair the right man to win the WWE Championship or should he have continued to professing to be the Real World Champion, should Roddy Piper have captured the Intercontinental Championship…we’d love to know what you think!


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