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The 17th Edition of the Royal Rumble
By Scotty M.
Royal Rumble 2004 had one of the best Royal Rumble Matches ever. The Last Man Standing Match was just brutal. Some pretty good matches. There wasn't really a bad match, theres was some bad bookings but all the matches are decent at least.
1. Tables Match for the World Tag Team Championship
Batista & Ric Flair vs. The Dudley Boyz
This was the second tables match to take place at the Rumble but it wasn't as good as the first one that took place in 2000. It had some good brawling on the outside in the beginning. Flair & Batista looked a little lost but it had a good table spot at the end. I really loved Flair's after match interview; it was very entertaining to me. 3.5/5
2. Cruiserweight Championship
Rey Mysterio vs. Jamie Noble w/ Nidia
Now I have a question, what ever happened to the cruiserweight title? Did Vince eliminated it or what? The cruiserweights always put on a good showing but this match wasn't that good of a showing. I think it was more about putting over Nidias blindness gimmick more than anything. I would have rather seen Mysterio & Tijari fighting for the title. Decent match. 3/5
3. Eddie Guererro vs. Chavo Guererro w/ Chavo Guererro Sr.
This was a good battle from these. Good Guererro offense from both men. Chavo Sr. interferred but he got his after the match. The Guererro's put on another good showing. 4/5
4. WWE Championship
Brock Lesnar vs. Hardcore Holly
I have no problem with Holly being in this title match but the title just wasn't for Holly during this time period. Holly went for Lesnar in the early going. This was just an all out brawl. Most of the match Holly went for Lesnar's neck but then Holly got hit with the F5 out of no where. Good showing from Holly. 3.5/5
5. Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels
This match was just brutal. They wore each other just the slap out. Hunter and Shawn both bled a lot but to me the match just didn't felt like it lived up the hype so a speak. The match itself went a little too slow and seemed like it dragged on, but don't get me wrong, both Hunter & Shawn left everything they had in the ring at the end but it just felt differently from their previous encounters. But is was just a brutal match to say the least. 4.5/5
6. Royal Rumble Match
This was a very good Rumble Match. It had some good elimination spots, some good wrestling, some good comebacks, just some good everything.
The match started with Benoit and Orton being the first two and they put on a good showing all the way up to when Orton got eliminated. Kane also had a good showing when he entered the ring, he would even chokeslam Spike on the steel ramp way after a preview of the returning Undertaker would get him eliminated. The Cat had a good comedy act going on. The crowd got pumped when Angle entered the match but they really went wild when Mick Floey made his return to the ring and went after Orton which would lead to their match at Wrestlemania & Backlash. It had a good final four showing. Benoit had a great match showing throughout the whole match and he really deserved this one. Great Rumble. 5/5
This Rumble wasn't the best but it had one of the best Rumbles ever so at least rent it for the Rumble Match.
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By A. Pierre
Dudley Boyz VS Ric Flair and Batista: This match was rather short. Dudley's looked good but Coach distracts Dudley Boys and Batista chokeslams D-Von thru a table for the win.
Jamie Noble VS Rey Mysterio: Anther very short match with Mysterio winning.
Eddie Guerrero VS Chavo Guerrero: I enjoy Eddie but this match really did nothing for me.
Brock Lesnar VS Hardcore Holly: Most of this match consisted of Lesnar trapping Holly in a body scissor. Holly did look good when he wasn't looked in the move and he actually hit his finisher move. Holly went for a full nelson and kept that on for two minutes even going to the outside with it. Then Lesnar hits an f-5 out of nowhere and its over. When it wasn't a submission move, the match looked good but they only wrestled for three minutes or less.
Shawn Michaels VS Triple H in A Last Man Standing Match: A great match even though there was no winner. A must watch match.
Eric Bischoff and Paul Haymen start to fight in the ring until Steve Austin hits the scene on a four wheeler and stuns both men.
Royal Rumble: A very good Rumble with some great moments. Benoit wins in the end to go to WrestleMania.
Overall, this was a good Rumble. While the first three matches were kept short, it was by no means bad. Holly-Lesnar went quick but had to submission holds applied for way to long. HBK-Triple H was awesome and the Rumble was good overall. A must see PPV.
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Royal Rumble 2004
By Brittany Yarbrough
Pretty good pay-per view from WWE. Had some great matches. Dudley Boyz vs. Evolution (Ric Flair & Batista) was short but a good opener (4/5). Rey Mysterio vs. Jamie Noble was weird with Nidia but an ok match (3/5). Eddie Guerrero vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. w/ Chavo Guerrero Sr. was a really great family rivalry (5/5). Brock Lesnar vs. Hardcore Holly was an ok match, but not the best mid-card (3/5). Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels I have to say was better then the Rumble this year, great match and physicallity from both men, and a surprise ending, LOVED IT! (5/5)! And lastly Rumble a great match yet again like always. (5/5).