Featuring a good undercard and a very entertaining Rumble match, this is probably the best Rumble PPV ever overall. The Rumble match is in my opinion the second best of all time after 92 as it had a great roster, good surprise entrants, and a good story told throughout it with Kane's dominating performance.
A great edition of the Rumble with a solid opener, a good HHH/Angle match, a classic ladder match for the IC Title and a fantastic Rumble match. The only blemish is the Women's Title match but the rest of the show is so good it doesn't really matter. The ladder match really stands out with some insane spots and the Rumble is not only a great standalone match but it also gives a nice teaser for Wrestlemania. It's a very well put together show and gets 2001 off to a fine start.
Post by lifelongwwefan on Oct 20, 2013 14:00:52 GMT -5
We hit 2001 with the Royal Rumble in the Bayou of New Orleans. A good opener with The Dudleyz finally getting back on top of the Tag Team mountain against Edge & Christian. Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho have an awesome Ladder Match for the IC Title and the best spot of this Match is Jericho hitting Benoit in the face with a Chair as Beniot attempted a sucide dive. Ivory & Chyna have a short Womens Title Match and watching Live at the time I had thought Chyna had really injured herself but was playing up the spike piledriver the month before. Kurt Angle & Triple H meet again this time for the WWF Title in a very good Match and another succesful Title defense by Angle. The Rumble Match itself is probably the best one since 1992 up to this point with a star studded field and a couple surprises. Kane's performance remains one of the Best ones in the History of the Match.
We kick off 2001 with the Royal Rumble. Opener was good as the Dudleyz are once again tag champs. IC Ladder match is epic as Benoit and Jericho put on the best match of their feud and Jericho is once again IC Champ. Women's Title match was meh as Ivory retains and Chyna may be out of action again. WWF Title match was really good as Angle proves he can hang with HHH and retains with a little assistance from Steve Austin. Rumble time as this ends up being one of the better Rumbles in history. We had a funny segment with Drew Carey trying to pay off Kane, a surprise return in the Honkytonk Man as well as the return of Haku. Austin makes history by winning his 3rd Rumble match, but an honorable mention goes to Kane for his epic run in this match. Overall, this was a fantastic show that ranks up amongst the best Rumbles ever and begins the build to in my opinion, the greatest WM of all time.
Post by Bill Richy on Oct 20, 2013 21:30:04 GMT -5
If this isn't my all-time favorite Royal Rumble match, then it's certainly in the Top 3. Just a fantastic effort by everyone involved. What I really liked about this match was that it was almost compartmentalized. Most of the jobbers were cleared out early on, then came the Hardcore segment, some much needed comic relief and finally the big gun main eventers. And throughout the whole thing, a career defining performance by Kane.
I didn't mind the Women's Championship match because, by this point in her career, Chyna was seriously wearing out her welcome as far as I was concerned. I took an almost perverse pleasure in every setback her character suffered. It also didn't hurt that Ivory was a longtime favorite of mine.
As for the Benoit/Jericho match, all I have to say about this phenomenal ladder match is that it's the kind of match that makes me glad I own the DVD of this actual event, as I get the feeling this one won't be popping up on many compilation sets anytime soon.
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Post by 666thegame666 on Oct 21, 2013 6:24:01 GMT -5
2001 gets off to a great start as we begin what might be the best run of PPVs of all time. Tag title match is a solid opener with Dudleys going over and getting the belts. Benoit and Jericho have one of the greatest ladder matches of all time which might be better than Shawn/Razor yeah thats right I said it. Chyna and Ivory is awful and from here onward Chyna is really fucking awful I don't give a fuck how over they thought she was at the time she is really fucking awful. Angle and Hunter have a match that is a lot better than their Unforgiven match but it feels weird they are having a title match 4 months after the big love triangle ended and this seems to be more on Steph/Trish rather than Hunter and Kurt so way to go certain daughter on writing team. Rumble is top 3 of all Rumble matches. The Drew Carey thing still fucks me off 12 years later a stupid cameo for a guy who is not funny just fuck off. Kane is booked so well and probably the best hes been booked since sometime in 1998. Austin claims his 3rd Rumble victory in in 4 Rumble matches. Overall great PPV
1. Dudleyz defeat E&C **¾ 2. Chris Jericho defeat Chris Benoit ****¾ 3. Ivory defeat Chyna ½* 4. Kurt Angle defeat HHH ***¾ 5. Steve Austin wins 30 Man Royal Rumble ***¼
Post by icemandave on Oct 21, 2013 19:35:13 GMT -5
I have always loved this Rumble. I saw it live at my uncle's house and it is one of my favourites. The undercard is really good. The Dudleyz and Edge and Christian was really fun, while Ivory and Chyna was not offensive. I struggled with the neck injury, but it furthered the story.
Benoit and Jericho was awesome, and really continued to elevate both guys. Triple H and Angle was entertaining, but lacked the heat we saw a few months earlier.
The rumble itself was really good. From the early stages with the Hardyz to the big names spread through the match, I was constantly entertained. Kane looked awesome and I felt would have deserved the win. Rock put on a great performance and Austin was at his intense best. Even the Drew Carey stuff was entertaining.
Post by dregenrockwell on Oct 22, 2013 7:44:20 GMT -5
The best all-round Rumble PPV in a long time. The tag title match was entertaining, and the ladder match was another classic in the Benoit-Jericho series. The woman's title match, on the other hand, had a very insulting ending. Chyna was in no way believable, and for JR/King to go into 'Owen Hart' mode was nauseating. While it was confusing to have a heel v heel title match, HHH and Angle put on a good show, although Austin's interference meant that Angle got another win that didn't really put him over as a bona-fide champion.
The Rumble has been predictable for the last 3 years, but this was the best match since 1992. Kane put in a great performance, even with comedy side-attractions like Drew Carrey and Honky Tonk Man. Austin's win put us firmly on the road to arguably the greatest night in WWF history...