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 Posted: Sun Feb 10th, 2008 07:18 pm
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I'm going through the Royal Rumble Anthology and it's interesting to see that in the first one in 1988, they stay face vs. heel all the way through except for Race.  He takes some shots at Boris Zhukov and the announcers even act surprised by that.  They keep saying "every man for himself" but constantly refer to alliances that don't really exist other than the fact that they're faces or heels and have no other connection to each other.  It actually makes everyone else look pretty silly except for Race, who seemed to be the only one trying to win.  I wonder what that conversation was like with Vince backstage.



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 Posted: Sun Feb 10th, 2008 09:02 pm
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Never noticed this.

Probably no backstage conversation though. I think "Battle Royals" all had a little "good guy" vs "good guy" / "bad guy" vs "bad guy" to them.

Now if Race was one of the final three and he pulled over a good guy to come up with a scheme to oust the bad guy well than that's a different story.

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 Posted: Sun Feb 10th, 2008 09:06 pm
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But he's the ONLY one.  It stood out like a sore thumb and Vince commented on it like "Hmmmm, what's he doing?" on commentary.  That Rumble actually sucked because of the strict face/heel battles.  1989 was so much better when they totally did away with that and had faces and heels battling each other throughout. 



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 Posted: Sun Feb 10th, 2008 11:19 pm
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I was disappointed in the 1988 Rumble because of the strict face vs. heel encounters.

Quite a change when next year had Ax vs. Smash.

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 Posted: Sun Feb 10th, 2008 11:42 pm
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When (I think) Ax came out first and the announcers were all "WHO COULD #2 BE?" and then Demoliton's music started playing again, that was a legit holy shit moment for me as a 11 year old fan.  IMO that was one of the things that established the Rumble as the solid #2 event of the year since it was so important to win, tag team partners would slug it out.



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 Posted: Sun Feb 10th, 2008 11:54 pm
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Not only that but then Andre cam in #3 followed by Hennig and Hennig immediately tried to help Demolition eliminate Andre.  1989 was actually a great Rumble, very well-booked with the Hogan-Savage thing in the middle and then the bizarre final 4 of Studd, DiBiase, Martel, and Akeem.  I thought for sure DiBiase would win because the other 3 were just weird choices to have around at the end.  Throw in the fact that Bushwhacker Butch and the Red Rooster lasted FOREVER and you have a very unpredictable Rumble.



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sek69 wrote: When (I think) Ax came out first and the announcers were all "WHO COULD #2 BE?" and then Demoliton's music started playing again, that was a legit holy shit moment for me as a 11 year old fan.  IMO that was one of the things that established the Rumble as the solid #2 event of the year since it was so important to win, tag team partners would slug it out.

Yeah, it's amazing how a relatively short moment can really grab you. The example you note above was a "take notice" point for me as well.



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