OSR: WWE Royal Rumble 1992 Review
The WWF Championship is up for grabs in the 1992 Royal Rumble and is the feature for our Old School Review. This was the start of a transitional period in the WWE from seeing the bigger, more muscular men as champion to the smaller, more athletic men. An event I haven’t seen in a while, I look forward to bringing you the next OSR of Royal Rumble 1992 Review…
An opening promo is shown with various superstars who will be competing in the Royal Rumble match for the vacant WWE Championship, narrated by Vince McMahon before we go to the arena with our announcers Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan, who hype the Rumble match for the WWE Championship plus various matches which will be happening on the under card this evening before we head to the ring for our first match of the evening.
The Orient Express (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. The New Foundation
The Orient Express make their way to the ring first with Fuji before The New Foundation make their way to the ring. Owen and Kato starting off the match, with a series of traditional wrestling holds whilst Heenan goes on about Flair becoming the new champion. Owen displays great athleticism against Kato, bouncing around all over the ring before Neidhart is soon tagged in and continues the domination against Kato, shortly before Tanaka is tagged in only to be dominated as well. The tags between Owen and Jim are fast and frequent throughout the match ensuring their dominance but they show they do actually work quite well with one another. The dominance from The Orient Express comes following a blind sighted attack from Tanaka and a cane attack from Mr. Fuji on Owen. The Orient Express seem quite a unique tag team in how they are portrayed, Tanaka reminds me a lot of a young Jimmy Snuka whilst Kato looks almost like The Executioner from WrestleMania 1. After they gain control, the tags between them are frequent and they are able to keep Owen down and under control. Eventually, The New Foundation are able to mount a comeback and Owen picks up the win following a Rocket Launcher onto Tanaka. Really enjoyable opening match, which shown great tag team wrestling from all men.
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
Backstage Lord Alfred Hayes is talking about Bret Hart losing the IC title to The Mountie recently with a very high fever before he was interrupted by Piper. Sean Mooney then interviews The Mountie and Jimmy Hart, who talks about his forthcoming title defence against Roddy Piper. We break away to Gene Okerlund with Roddy Piper who cuts a cracking promo on The Mountie.
WWE Intercontinental Championship: The Mountie (c) (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Roddy Piper
The Mountie makes his way to the ring first with Jimmy Hart to a nice heel reaction, before Piper then makes his way out to an absolutely thunderous reaction…god, how Piper is missed. Piper quickly takes the action to The Mountie, and rather than a traditional wrestling match is very much more of a brawl between the two men before The Mountie is able to make a comeback. When Hart goes for a bit of ringside interference, this backfires on The Mountie when he goes crashing into Hart, allowing Piper to lock in the Sleeper Hold to pick up the win and capture the title. Piper then attacks The Mountie with the cattle prod after the match to the delight of the fans. This title win was much deserved for Piper, but in all honesty he deserved a far better standard of match to capture it in so it is actually memorable.
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars
Hulk Hogan is interviewed by Alfred Hayes, who talks about his forthcoming appearance in the Rumble match. The Bushwackers are talking to Gene Okerlund about their match with The Beverley Brothers.
The Beverley Brothers (w/ The Genius) vs. The Bushwhackers (w/ Jamison)
The Beverley Brothers make their way to the ring first to a timid reaction, before The Genius recites a poem to the crowd which generates a lot of heat. The Bushwhackers then make their way to the ring to a nice reaction. The match seems to take a lifetime to start off, but one slight problem I have got is that I can never remember which Bushwhacker is which and whilst I know of The Beverley Brothers, I cannot tell which one is Blake and which one is Beau so I am waiting for Gorilla or Heenan to inadvertently provide me with the insight. The Bushwhackers are very dominant, taking out both of the Beverley’s with clotheslines. Soon enough, the Beverley’s double team one of the Bushwhackers but they look pretty impressive in the ring, they have a great look and ability which reminds me of an Edge and Christian in their early days. The Beverley’s are exceptionally dominant over a Bushwhacker (full head of hair, no bald spot). Anyhow, after a particularly average match, The Beverley Brothers are able to pick up the win, but are attacked by The Bushwhackers after the match, which sees Jamison attack The Genius in a particularly awkward spot. Had ir not being against the limited Bushwhackers, this would and could have being a much better contest for the Beverley Brothers.
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to Gene Okerlund with The Legion of Doom, who profess to never be closet champions before turning their attention to their opponents, The Natural Disasters.
WWE Tag Team Championship: The Legion of Doom (c) vs. The Natural Disasters (w/ Jimmy Hart)
The colossus Natural Disasters make their way out first to a good reaction for the heel, before what a rush hits the arena, and LOD make their way to the ring to an absolute thunderous reaction. The Disasters are able to demonstrate their power against LOD, until a dropkick is missed by Earthquake to allowd Hawk to gain some momentary momentum. This match, isn’t a straight out wrestling match but more a demonstration of power moves against one another, and whilst the Disasters aren’t doing to badly, for me they just don’t appeal whereas I was a massive fan of LOD, they had a look and ability very much ahead of their time. After domination by the Disasters, LOD are able to use their powerto mount a comeback until they are attacked on the outside by both of The Disasters, when Typhoon re-enters the ring at the last minute to gain the count out victory, meaning the Natural Disasters win the match by LOD remain champions. After the bell, LOD briefly attack The Disasters with chairs, before they retreat to the locker room.
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars