This right here? This is what made WCW in the mid-90s so much fun to watch. Sure there was the entire nWo thing going on at the top, but on the undercard we were getting matches like this. The same could not be said of the WWE at the time, though while WCW saw these two men as perpetual undercard dudes, the WWE would turn them into World Champions.
In 1997 the WCW had done gangbusters. Nitro was one of the highest rated shows on TV or maybe just on cable. They were so successful and making so much money that they decided to add a another show to their TV schedule in addition to Nitro and Saturday Night and Worldwide and Main Event and whatever else they already had. That show would air on Thursday nights and be known as Thunder. This is that show.
This is the premiere episode so we get a pretty stacked card with something like three different title matches signed plus the Larry Zbyszko vs. Eric Bischoff match from Starrcade ’97 in its entirety, which I sure the fans in the arena are going to love. So let’s take it away!
It’s time for the Invasion. I somehow missed out on this when it happened and haven’t seen it since, but I know its reputation. Everyone does. Does the Invasion deserve the amount of shit that’s been heaped upon it? Let’s find out!
Franklin Delano Roosevelt kicks things off for us, talking about war as clips of WCW and ECW dudes invading WWF are shown. This is really a weird way to kick off a PPV. Fireworks happen. JR welcomes to the Gund Arena as we get down to the ring for action.
“THEY WORK HARD FOR THE CHICKENS! WE EAT CHICKENS!”
I love gimmick matches and in my rather humble opinion there is no finer gimmick than the Royal Rumble. Thirty men enter. One man walks out with a shot a championship gold. There are usually some comedic spots, some decent in-ring action, and a surprise entrant or two that make it a must watch PPV, more so even than the Granddaddy of them all, WrestleMania. So how was the 2017 Rumble? Let’s find out.
Royal Rumble 2009 (WWE Royal Rumble January 25, 2009)
Of the “Big Four” PPVs my favorite has always been the Royal Rumble. Sure WrestleMania has bigger marquee matches but there’s something awesome about seeing a bunch of dudes clubbering one another and tossing each other out of the ring.
The 2009 Rumble’s pretty good as far as Rumbles go. It’s got a pretty good flow to it helped by a few decent overriding storylines. The surprise entrants are pretty decent: RVD and Hacksaw Jim Duggan. This is also the Royal Rumble with Santino’s one second of Royal Rumble glory, so yay for that.
The complete list of entrants by entry order is below if you can’t be assed to look such things up.
Two of the all time greats competing for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship.