Official 2016 Royal Rumble Thread (Now w/30+ Pieces of Hype!)
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ALL ABOARD THE ROYAL RUMBLE HYPE TRAIN!

Author's note: Play this while reading this thread


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So far, the following Superstars have been declared official participants in the match:

- WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, No. 1 entrant
- Brock Lesnar
- Sheamus
- Chris Jericho
- Stardust
- Bray Wyatt
- Erick Rowan
- Luke Harper
- Braun Strowman
- Dolph Ziggler
- Ryback
- Big Show
- Curtis Axel



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Nostalgic images:
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Everyone remembers Wrestlemania The Arcade Game...but few people recall the Royal Rumble Arcade Game by Sega that was released years later:


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Anyone remember this?
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Now you can play it in your browser!
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The entire WWF Royal Rumble (SNES) sprite set for Bret Hart (because he is Wiggz's favorite wrestler):
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What goes into planning a Royal Rumble:
Quote:The Royal Rumble is just days away and everyone has an opinion on how the WWE title situation could or should play out. Fantasy booking is the modern day wrestling fan’s favorite past time but that is not the subject of this week’s blog. Predictions and speculation about the outcome of the Rumble are everywhere but what is generally never discussed is the preparation by all involved that put on a match with this many working parts. So instead of going the traditional route and giving my crystal ball picks for the Rumble, I have decided to give readers a little peek behind the curtain.

There is so much preparation that goes into a match such as the Royal Rumble. Getting everyone from the superstars, referees, producers, camera men, guys in the truck etc. on the same page takes a group effort. I have had the pleasure and honor of officiating many Rumble matches in my 20+ year career as a WWE referee including the first ever Royal Rumble match, so I thought I would focus on what the Royal Rumble day is like for a WWE referee.

Arrival time at the venue for referees depends on which time zone the event is taking place. Regardless of location, referees are at the arena approximately 7-8hrs ahead of the start time. Once the production meeting ends, the guys in stripes find out their assigned matches for the evening. Referees selected to participate in the Rumble now have to attend a meeting with all the talent and producers to go over the match. Everything is discussed from order of elimination, who eliminates who and of course who is slated to win the Royal Rumble. The referees are given a list with all this information on it to go over throughout the day. This list must not be passed around to prevent any potential “leaks” such as surprise entrants and of course the winner.

I remember during the 2008 Royal Rumble that there was to be a huge surprise entrant at #30. So that afternoon, 29 superstars, 4 referees and the producers assigned for that match met in a conference room to go over the match. Once the discussion got down to the final 4, the 26 superstars that were scheduled to be eliminated up to that point were excused from the meeting. This left the producers, the refs and 3 of the final 4 in the Rumble. The fourth was a huge surprise which ended up being John Cena. Cena was out with a torn pectoral and was slated to miss the Rumble and most likely WrestleMania that year. Thanks to Cena’s Wolverine like healing powers, he had recovered in miraculous fashion enabling him to return much sooner than anticipated. Those of us who remained in the room were sworn to secrecy as to the identity of entrant #30. Not that it was necessary to have been told to keep it under our hats as we all knew what was at stake. The secret was kept and the MSG faithful erupted when Cena appeared. This was possible because everyone was on board with keeping the surprise to themselves.

Back to the roll of the referee in the Rumble match. The number of referees assigned to the Royal Rumble match has varied over the years. From as little as two to as many as four or five referees have been at ringside for this annual match. I believe that four is the standard number of refs currently so I will work with that figure for the purposes of this article. That number makes the most sense; four sides of the ring, one ref per side. If you recall back to the 1997 Royal Rumble, Mike Chioda and I were the only two assigned refs for the Rumble. While we were breaking up a fracas outside of the ring between Mick Foley and Terry Funk, we missed the elimination of Stone Clod Steve Austin by Bret Hart which allowed Austin to sneak back into the ring and go on to win the match. It worked for that Rumble for storyline purposes and you can make the argument that that is why there are now four refs at ringside. The referees will get together and decide amongst themselves which side of the ring they will be positioned.

Now on to the Royal Rumble match itself. The most important responsibility for the referee during the match is pass along time cues and when needed inform the talent who and when an elimination should take place. The easiest way for the talent to remember when they are scheduled to be eliminated is to know who is eliminated before them. The referees can help as they have the luxury of having an IFB or earpiece with the producer in his ear letting him know who is next to go. The trickiest part for the refs is to communicate this info to the talent without making it obvious they are relaying messages. Sometimes it is next to impossible but a good ref will make it work without making it to obvious.

Even though the referees are not in the ring, they still have to be able to help direct traffic. This is especially true when things do not go quite as planned. The best example of this was the 2005 Royal Rumble. That match will be remembered for a few reasons. Let me elaborate for those that are unaware of what happened. The final two superstars in the 2005 Rumble were Batista who represented RAW and John Cena representing Smackdown. After several near eliminations, both men were to tumble over the top with Batista hanging on to the top rope while Cena hits the floor thus being eliminated making Batista the winner of the Royal Rumble.

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Those who remember the match know that this is not exactly what happened. As both Batista and Cena went over the top rope, they kind of got tangled up and both men hit the floor at virtually the same time. The RAW refs almost immediately signaled that Batista had won because Cena hit the floor first. Within seconds, we were informed on our earpieces that a Smackdown ref raises Cena’s hand declaring him the winner which I did. This lead to a disagreement between the RAW and Smackdown referees. As the refs continued arguing about who won the match, we could hear in our IFBs that those at the Gorilla position were calling for the refs not at ringside to find Eric Bischoff and Teddy Long, the respective GMs of RAW and Smackdown. They were to continue the argument over who actually won then restart the match to get an eventual winner.

The GMs were nowhere to be found which led to an impromptu appearance by the chairman, Vincent Kennedy McMahon. Vince came out hotter than a firecracker, threw down his blazer and proceeded to charge to the ring. Then the unthinkable happened. VKM gained speed and went to dive under the bottom rope. As he attempted to stand up, his legs gave out and he hit the deck. We were all stunned as Vince just sat there with an angry look on face. He ordered the match to continue, slid under the bottom rope and slowly made his way to the back. The amazing thing about it is, as we later learned Vince had torn both his quads and still managed to make his way backstage. The man is a beast. The match continued, Batista won as was scheduled and most everyone watching live did not realize that there was a miscue of any kind. Sometimes, spontaneity comes across better than planned spots. With the assistance of the Gorilla position, this whole scenario could not have gone better if it was orchestrated (minus the quad tears).

Another responsibility a referee has when officiating a Royal Rumble match is to be aware of everything going on around them. You have to keep one eye on the action because you do not want to be in the way of someone flying over the top rope to the floor. Always be cognizant of your surroundings so you don’t get landed on. Jack Doan was the unfortunate recipient of a mild concussion after being taken out during one Rumble match when Phineas Godwinn was eliminated and took Jack with him. Not placing blame on anyone as this was just an unfortunate set of circumstances. This is just a reminder to all referees to be on their toes and mindful of what is going on around them. This is why I try to sit in and listen to as much of the match as possible. Most of the referees do.

With all those other responsibilities, to me the most important function of the referee not only in a Royal Rumble but in any match is the safety of the talent. With so many bodies in one match the risk of injury increases and referees should be able to recognize if a superstar is legitimately hurt. If an injury does occur, the referee must inform the ringside physician immediately. The doctor will then make the call whether or not the injured talent can continue with the match. The referee is the first line of contact between the superstars and the doctors.

I hope I was able to give you a little insight into the roll of a referee during Royal Rumble day. This year’s edition of the Royal Rumble should have some twists and turns that will invariably gives us insight into the plans for WrestleMania 32. I will be looking forward to that but I will also be keeping an eye on the referees as I always do. I can’t help myself. In the words of my old friend Mark Henry, “that’s what I do”.


And finally, the greatest Royal Rumble of ALL TIME!

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Bryan was supposedly cleared by a team of doctors at UCLA.
He enters at #30 and wins the belt.
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Nope.
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Anything that sounds like a good idea won't happen. This is WWE here.
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He'll come in at #30...then get dumped out immediately by Sheamus or Rusev to piss off the crowd for a 3rd year in a row.
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I haven't read about him being cleared yet. Heard he was on his way to Philly and rumored to be seeing the doctor there, but then that was squashed by saying he just has an appearance there, but no doctors appointment.

If DBry does get cleared and enter, they either better have him win, or make him part of the final four and get brutally eliminated by Brock. Anybody else will get horribly shit on, and even Brock will probably get boo'd for it, but they won't turn on him like everyone else I bet.
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I dont want to see Bryan anywhere near the rumble. He's already proven he cant run with the ball because he would rather rub leaves on injuries rather than taking medical advice.

Fuck him. He's an idiot.
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(01-21-2016, 04:28 PM)Wiggz Wrote: I dont want to see Bryan anywhere near the rumble. He's already proven he cant run with the ball because he would rather rub leaves on injuries rather than taking medical advice.

Fuck him. He's an idiot.


What you're referring to is the treatment he did for his neck injury. Which, to be fair, seems to have worked. He's out right now due to something completely different (concussion), not his neck. His neck is fine.
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He's a sickly little girl. Watch Wrestling Road Diaries. He was so sickly he could barely get a job with WWE. I highly doubt after having to relinquish two different titles that he gets another chance to run with the ball again.
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I want Daniel Bryan back, I want him as champion. However, I would never hold it against the company if they never let him step foot in the ring again.
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(01-21-2016, 04:57 PM)Chris Wrote: I want Daniel Bryan back, I want him as champion. However, I would never hold it against the company if they never let him step foot in the ring again.


Pretty much how I feel. I totally get their position on it.
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I think strictly for money making purposes you give him one more shot
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If he comes back I only see him going after the IC belt again. Not the world title.
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That's what they did last time he came back and that didn't go well. Maybe they'll bring back the Cruiserweight belt so DB can have that until the next injury.
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He'll be booked on the pre-show for the next 3 PPVs.
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Kurt Angle returning at Rumble? I hope.
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Although not ideal, I feel like Daniel Bryan could do what NJPW did (and to a lesser extent, what John Cena did) and elevate a lower championship to mean just as much and arguably more than the WHC. If that is the role he is given, I would be happy.
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Yeah I'd be fine with that. Honestly, his time at the top is done and I don't blame them. I wouldn't say he's injury prone, but 2 serious injuries in the last 2 years aren't good for his long term career. Even if they do let him come back, one more concussion after this and he's absolutely done for good. So you don't wanna put your world title on a guy who's 1 concussion away from retirement.
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Wow A+ on this thread at the top, that's some work! I'm hella hyped I gives no fucks, my favorite ppv of the year by far. Gonna prolly watch some old Rumbles and some Lucha Underground reruns on the Sunday marathon to keep up the hype that day. I'm rolling with Brock to win the Rumble, possibly Wyatt if things work the way he wants them too.
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(01-21-2016, 08:24 PM)Peezy Wrote: Yeah I'd be fine with that. Honestly, his time at the top is done and I don't blame them. I wouldn't say he's injury prone, but 2 serious injuries in the last 2 years aren't good for his long term career. Even if they do let him come back, one more concussion after this and he's absolutely done for good. So you don't wanna put your world title on a guy who's 1 concussion away from retirement.


They did for Austin, Edge, Angle, Benoit;etc.
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How does putting the ic title on Bryan benefit Roman though?
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(01-21-2016, 09:09 PM)Obsidian Wrote: They did for Austin, Edge, Angle, Benoit;etc.


This is the worst example EVER. Benoit murderlated his family because of how damaged his brains were, Austin and Edge are perma-retired because of injuries after being allowed to continue to wrestle and Angle was let go because of how fucked in the head he was from drugs because of injuries.

So they should continue the trend with Bryan? Not in this day in age when concussions and shit are a sexy topic. The whole those who dont learn history are doomed to repeat it thing.
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I want Brock vs Angle so bad at Mania. The moment where Brock has cleared the ring and waiting for next entrant with a prideful smug look on his face and Angles music hit! Would be huge pop
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Odds are he re-injurs himself with the first month of his return, by insisting on doing tons of headbutts in all his matches to prove he's healthy.
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Wiggz nailed it. They're a lot more serious about people's long-term health these days, specifically because they don't want their performers ending up like Austin, Edge, Angle and Benoit.
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(01-21-2016, 09:22 PM)Wiggz Wrote:
(01-21-2016, 09:09 PM)Obsidian Wrote: They did for Austin, Edge, Angle, Benoit;etc.

This is the worst example EVER. Benoit murderlated his family because of how damaged his brains were, Austin and Edge are perma-retired because of injuries after being allowed to continue to wrestle and Angle was let go because of how fucked in the head he was from drugs because of injuries.

So they should continue the trend with Bryan? Not in this day in age when concussions and shit are a sexy topic. The whole those who dont learn history are doomed to repeat it thing.


3 of those guys continued wrestling for a decent period of time after their neck surgeries. 1 is still actively wrestling, 1 retired early (though Edge was late 30s and probably was looking at maybe 1 more year as a full-timer), 1 had nothing left to do in his career and wasn't looking to be the veteran jobbing to young guys and we all know what happened with Benoit.

Orton and Cena have both had severe injuries and suffered concussions yet they actively work around them. Brock carried the HW title as a part timer and so can DB; especially right now with the other injuries they have.
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The cheap heat guys just fantasy booked a perfect rumble ending. Daniel Bryan enters the rumble. Him, hhh and reigns are final 3. Db eliminates reigns, shakes hunter's hand then eliminates himself and later it comes out he helped the authority in turn for them medically clearing him cause he wanted to wrestle so badly. You could exchange hhh for Vince if you want.
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I've read a bunch of different stuff but I've seen HHH winning and defending against Reigns at Mania more times than not. I for one am hoping for pretty much anything but that. Also these assholes better put KO & Ambrose in the Rumble, who cares about any other title if you can win the big one this way.

I'm picking Reigns but would absolutely LOVE a curveball like Bray, Ambrose or KO even though it'll never happen. I'll be pulling for Brock because he's the only one that could pull it off if HHH gets involved.

TLDR - I want a surprise winner or Brock.
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KO and Ambrose better be in the Rumble doesn't matter if they fought already both would be game as fuck. I'm banking on a few left field suprises, probably a NXT star or two, maybe a legend, AJ Styles would be nice but I see that happening at a Raw for some reason. Hopefully Kofi gets another spot maybe with New Day already eliminated and cheering him on the outside. Shits gotta be better than last year fuck. Would be nice to see Bryan, but that's a pipe dream at best, dude may never come back possibly.
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