I settled down with my healthy first snack which was a combination of kale, spinach and beet juice, basically drinking dirt., The wrestling gods decided my first hour of viewing would be Royal Rumble '92. It's like my personal version of the Mario Test from A Bronx Tale. I make girls I date watch this and judge their emotional investment in Ric Flair's quest for WWF gold. One of my ex's fell asleep during this epic showdown and a month later she was handed her walking papers.
I wanted to share my favorite/best booked Rumble of all time. We will never see another Rumble like this again. We all know the winner gets a title shot at WrestleMania, but in 1992, things were a bit different. The winner would be crowned champion; the WWF Title was vacant due to controversy from the 1991 Survivor Series between Undertaker, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair. For one, the roster for this rumble was Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Sid Justice, Randy Savage, Sgt. Slaughter, Roddy Piper, Rick Martel and Kerry Von Eric just to name a few. Heenan and Monsoon were amazing on this commentary, they did a fantastic job putting Flair over. Heenan kept repeating the phrase unfair to Flair—I still pop for that line.
Flair's performance was remarkable, as he entered the match at number three of 30 and wrestled for an hour. Slick Ric always referred to himself as the 60-minute man and him winning the Rumble at number three really says a lot. Flair was the first non-Vince guy to win the WWF championship. How can somebody say this isn't the greatest rumble of all time? The ending was always awkward but worked. The final four were Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Sid Justice and Randy Savage aka the fucking best of the best.. Savage gets eliminated first. Hogan gets Flair over the top rope but Sid sneaks up and ELIMINATES Hogan! And the crowd cheered. The fans finally got tired of his gimmick and tyrannical "win-everything" behavior.
Anyway Flair eliminates Sid Justice with outside assistance from Hogan, who for being the baby face looked like a sore loser. Bobby Heenan's head explodes with joy and runs to the back to celebrate with Flair. After the match a bunch of referees separate Hogan and Sid as they were trying to set up the very boring main event for WrestleMania VIII. I didn't like how Hogan spoiled Flairs moment, The Nature Boy never had the opportunity to celebrate in the ring. I had Flair as a guest on my radio show and asked him about this. Flair said he never really thought about it because he was so over-joyed being the WWF champion. In the back, WWF President Jack Tunney presents the WWF title to Ric Flair.
"Mean" Gene starts the interview and Flair is nothing but magic, calling WWF Championship the only title in the world. There/s a shit load of WOOOOO's and Bobby Heenan and Mr. Perfect are money. I never understood why Mean Gene yells out put the cigarette out and has a disgusted look on his face, maybe because he loved him some Hogan.