Saturday, January 21, 2006

WWF Royal Rumble 1990

1) The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers vs. The Bushwhackers – 5
2) Brutus Beefcake vs. The Genius – 3
3) Submission Match: Greg “The Hammer” Valentine vs. Rugged Ronnie Garvin - 6
4) The Big Boss Man vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan - 4
5) Royal Rumble Match - 6

This was actually a decent show with some very solid wrestling. The Rougeaus and The Bushwhackers compete in a surprisingly good tag match, and that’s a stretch for the idiots from New Zealand. Somehow, they were incredibly over with the fans even though combined they had fewer moves than Hogan. Beefcake and Genius was pure garbage. It did nothing but to set up Beefcake vs. Perfect at WrestleMania. The submission match was very stiff and featured some very skilled mat wrestling. When you get two skilled technicians together such as Valentine and Garvin, you’re bound to get a very solid bout. The same can’t be said, however, for the Jim Duggan vs. Boss Man match. While the character of the Bossman evolved with the times, as is evident in his second WWF tenure, Duggan’s character never did. Duggan has had portrayed the same idiotic character with bad interviews and even worse wrestling for the last 25 years. Hey Duggan, for all of us, just give it up already.

Now that I’m done burying Jim Duggan, we can move on … or not. This event also featured an edition of The Brother Love Show with guest Dusty Rhodes. There wasn’t much to it as it was there merely as a tool to advance the Rhodes/Savage storyline and set up the big mixed tag team match for WrestleMania VI. Now, since that’s out of the way, let’s press on and look at the Rumble match itself. Since this was before the time that the winner got a title shot, it had a lot of high profile names such as Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Ted DiBiase, and Andre the Giant. DiBiase had a marvelous outing in which he lasted a good 40 minutes before being eliminated. Overall, the match itself was very well booked and had a good pace to it. Overall, aside from the Brother Love segment and the Brutus Beefcake match, the entire show was very well done.

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