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Ric Flair's One Man Show!

Author: Miyagis_Sweaty_wifebeater (sirjosephu@aol.com) from Sacramento, CA
4 June 2004

Royal Rumble (1992) will forever be known as Ric Flair's one man show. A 42 year old Ric Flair put on a one hour plus performance in the W.W.F.'s main event of the Royal Rumble, the battle royale itself. The winner of the match won the W.W.F. undisputed World Heavyweight Championship title. He proved to everyone that he was the man and at his age he cold still perform at a high level. Many older stars (and newer ones) participated in the match. A couple of his old N.W.A. stablemates "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine. It was like a who's who of wrestling. It was one hell of a main event. The promos before and after the match were priceless as well.

Highly recommended.

The main event of the Royal Rumble (1992) is availible uncut on the Ultimate Ric Flair DVD set.

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Don't want to see Bushwackers on PPV again. That hurts

5/10
Author: amanwhorocks from Czech Republic
14 July 2013

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1. Orient Express Vs. New Foundation - First PPv appearance of Owen, and he's in great shape. 6/10

2. Intercontinental Championship: Annoying non-wrestler Piper Vs. Champ-The Mountie - Punch/kick match. Classic from Piper. Nice new champ. Blah. 4.5/10

Bushwackers on PPV? -10/10

3. Idiots from Bush Vs. The Beverly Brothers - Ratings above.

4. Royal Rumble: Jake Roberts, The Barbarian, Rick Martel, The Berzerker, Piper, Jim Duggan, Jerry Sags, Repo Man, Sgt. Slaughter, Ric FLair, Hercules, Col. Mustafa, Macho Man, Skinner, British Bulldog, Million Dollar Man, Haku, Shawn Michaels, The Warlord, El Matador, Sid Justice, Irwin R. Schyster, Nikolai Volkoff, Texas Tornado, Virgil, The Undertaker, Big Boss Man, Greg Valentine, Jimmy Snuka, Hulk Hogan. - I like the most part with Piper/Jake Roberts and Flair in Triple Threat. Flair has got new record and belt within. 6/10

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Forget Mystero. Flair's performance is the pinnacle of greatness.

9/10
Author: callanvass
7 September 2010

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Royal Rumble 1992 is memorable for a lot of things. But Flair's performance here is absolutely legendary, just like the man himself. Aside from a horrific tag bout, everything on here was great. This one also benefits from a hot-crowd. And might I add, it was somewhat unprecedented at the time, to see Hogan being booed from a certain action he did. The fans had grown tired of Hogan's goody two-shoes antics, and wanted somebody new. He didn't have the same drawing power as he once did. Heenan's heart-attack like commentary is also classic.

Your hots are. Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon.

The Orient Express. Vs. The New Foundation|Owen and Neidhart| WWE desperately wanted to recreate the success that Bret and Neidhart gave the WWE, sadly they never found anybody. One of my personal favorite tag team matches in WWE history. It's rarely talked about as one of the greatest, but I think it is. Jim and Owen worked tremendously together, and the crowd was red-hot. Foundation wins.

4/5

The Mountie and Piper have their respected interviews.

Intercontinental Championship.

The Mountie|C| Vs Roddy Piper. Match wise it isn't very significant, but the ramifications certainly are. Piper had never won a title in the WWE in his career, despite all of his accolades and success, he never did. Notable for his 1st ever title. Piper wins with The Sleeper. Piper celebrates while the place goes bananas.

3/5

The Beverly Brothers. Vs The Bushwhackers. Big pop for Whackers. This match was completely putrid, and almost somewhat impossible to get through. Too much unfunny comedy, and Heenan seemed bored senseless, with all the jokes he made about Jamison. Match mercifully ends when The Beverly Brothers win with a double Axe handle.

0/5

WWF Tag Team Championship.

Legion Of Doom|C| Vs Natrual Disasters. Big pop for LOD. On paper this doesn't seem like a very good idea, but it's actually not too bad for the time it got. LOD was in there prime here, and managed to take a good match out of the Natrual Disasters. Disasters win by count out.

2/5|Point taken away for clumsy ending|

Royal Rumble Match.

1. Davey Boy Smith. 2. Ted Dibiase|Shockingly doesn't even last before the number 3 entry is out. 3. Ric Flair|Heenan's OH NO, OH, NO. Schtick is classical| 4. Jerry Sags 5. Haku 6. Shawn Michaels|Impressive performance, which somewhat foreshadows his 1995 performance| 7. Tito Santana 8. Barbarian 9. Texas Tornado 10. Repo Man 11. Greg Valentine 12. Nikolai Volkoff 13. Big Bossman 14. Hercules|Thankfully they reminisce about his past with Heenan, even though he's a villain| 15. Roddy Piper 16. Jake Roberts 17. Jim Duggan 18. I.R.S 19. Jimmy Snuka 20. The Undertaker 21. Randy Savage|Huge pop, eliminates himself but apparently gets to go back in| 22. The Berserker 23. Virgil 24. Col. Mustafa 25. Rick Martel 26. Hulk Hogan|Humongous pop| 27. Skinner 28. Sgt. Slaughter| 29. Sid Justice| He really does get a Hoganesque pop| 30. The Warloard. The final-four are. Savage, Hogan, Justice and Flair. In one of the most unusual moments, the fans actually favored someone else instead of Hogan. Flair eliminates Sid to win the title.

I'm not quite sure if this is the best rumble ever, but if it isn't, it's pretty darn close. Perfect amount of drama, excitement, and crowd reaction. It also didn't suffer like a lot of Rumbles do from having too many people in at one time. But what really stands out are two things. 1 was obviously Flair's legendary and amazing performance. Nobody has come close to this performance in my opinion, aside from Beniot and Mysterio, and it made it all that more exciting. 2 Was the fans booing Hogan for cheating to eliminate Sid. Hogan was rightfully viewed as the villain here, and looked like a sore loser. Fans had grown tired of it, and Vince got so paranoid, he edited it out of all future coliseum releases.

5/5

Bottom line. One of the best rumbles in the history of WWE's existence. So many classic things here to enjoy, it's one of my personal favorite pay per views!. Hugely recommended for any die-hard WWE fan.

9/10

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An entertaining night including arguably the best rumble match ever

10/10
Author: bh_tafe3 from Australia
19 February 2009

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This was the nature Boy's finest night in the WWE, surviving in the Royal Rumble match over an hour before winning the match and also the Undisputed WWE Championship. His words before and after the win, and the commentary of his friend and manager Bobby Heenan during the match made the night.

Well the story going into this rumble was that there had been evil shenanigans in a recent series of WWE Championship matches involving Hulk Hogan and the Undertaker. The Undertaker had half the WWE roster run out and interfere in the match where he defeated Hogan for the title at Survivor Series and Hogan himself had blatantly cheated to regain the title at the This Tuesday in Texas PPV a week or so later. So Jack Tunney had stripped Hogan of the title and put it up for grabs in the 30 man royal rumble match.

This memorable night began with some tag team action with the New Foundation: Owen hart and Jim Neidhart, a spin off of the original Hart Foundation with Bret Hart replaced by his younger brother, defeated the Rockers: Shawn Micheals and Marty Janetty. Unbelievable how many of these show openers the Rockers were in and they never officially won the tag titles! Good match. Owen really was very gifted.

Next up we get a recap of Bret Hart losing his Intercontinental Championship to the evil Canadian The Mountie. Bret had wrestled the Mountie despite being injured and was beaten after the Mountie cheated. The Mountie seemed proud of himself as he spoke to Sean Mooney backstage, but he had little to be proud of less than ten minutes later as Rody Piper absolutely destroyed him to win the title. Incredibly this was Piper's only singles title in the WWE. Not much of a match, but who cares? Next up the Beverly Brothers defeated the Bushwackers in a pretty long and slow match. The novelty for the Whackers had worn off by this stage and fans didn't really respond too well. This was followed by the Legion of Doom: Hawk and Animal losing to the Natural Disasters: Earthquake and Typhoon, by count out. But seeings as it was only a count out the LOD kept their tag team titles.

And finally we come to the big match of the night, the Royal Rumble. This was one of the more star studded Rumble matches ever with The British Bulldog, Ted DiBiase, Flair, Shawn Michaels, Tito Santana, Roddy Piper, Jake Roberts, Jimmy Snuka, Undertaker, Randy Savage, Col Mustafa (The Iron Shiek) Hulk Hogan, Sgt Slaughter and Sid Justice all participating. The Warlord set the record (since broken) for the shortest elimination in history, Sid Justiec had the most eliminations with six, but Ric Flair not only became the first man to stay in a rumble match for an hour, he won the thing! The match ended with Sid eliminating Hogan as Hogan was trying throw out DiBiase. Hogan then grabbed Sid's hand allowing Flair to throw him out.

Jack Tunney then presented the WWE Championship to Flair backstage. Flair said "With a tear in my eye, this is the greatest moment of my life." THe truth of that statement is debatable, but it was certainly a great day for wrestling fans. They had seen an entertaining PPV with a tremendous Main Event and a new champion crowned.

The questions now were what was going to happen between Hogan and Sid after this ugly incident and who was Flair going to face at Wrestlemania?

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Hip to be Flair . . .

7/10
Author: BobbyUK from United Kingdom
6 August 2007

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Here are the matches...

The New Foundation v Orient Express: Interesting that it took Orient Express exactly one year to get another P-P-V appearance and this time against the newly formed New Foundation (Owen Hart and Jim Niedhart). The match was pretty good and showed some impressive moves by Owen, even balancing on the top ring-rope to get out of an arm-bar. Mr Fuji yet again used his stick to good effect allowing Owen to charge shoulder first into it. Despite the high quality of the wrestling, there was little doubt as to who the winners were as Owen pinned Tanaka after the Rocket Launcher. Despite the success, The New Foundation would split shortly afterwards. 6/10

'Rowdy' Roddy Piper v The Mountie: The match developed after Piper came to Bret Hart's aid after his recent loss against The Mountie (a high fever contributed to this). The intercontinental title match in itself wasn't that much to call really with Piper making most of the offence. Piper made The Mountie submit to the sleeper-hold before using his own cattle prod against him. It's a shame Piper couldn't have had a more worthy opponent to face for the belt but it was nice to see him finally wear some gold. 4/10

Bushwhackers v Beverly Brothers: This match lasted far longer than it should with a huge portion of it involving Bushwhackers playing to the crowd before the typical Bushwhacker beatdown. Beverly Brothers won the match when Blake pinned Butch after a double axe-handle. A side plot involves a misfit who accompanied The Bushwhackers called Jamison who got attacked by The Genius. After Bushwhackers lost the match, they finally got hold of The Genius allowing Jamison a free-hit at him in retaliation. What felt like forever, Jamison finally kicked The Genius in the shin allowing Bushwhackers a moral victory of sorts. 2/10

Legion of Doom v Natural Disasters: An awful plodding, lumbering match with an attempt at a controversial ending for the sake of it. The Legion of Doom try their best but there is limited wrestling scope when facing two big guys such as Typhoon and Earthquake. The match ends when The Natural Disasters beat Legion of Doom by count-out. For some reason, despite Jimmy Hart's long period of time in the WWF, the plot has to make us believe he still hadn't worked out that no titles in the WWF change hands via a count-out or disqualification and made a big deal about it backstage saying he is going to call his lawyers and attorneys to reverse the decision. Yawn... 2/10

Royal Rumble 1992: The plot here is, for the first time, the WWF title is on the line after the controversial matches involving Hulk Hogan and Undertaker making the title vacant and the focus is on mainly one man - Ric Flair. Flair starts off at No 3 and continues to the end taking quite a beating in the process. Some excellent performances this year involve British Bulldog who picked No 1, Shawn Michaels, 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, Irwin R Schyster and 'Hacksaw' Jim Duggan (it was difficult to track down Duggan because he looked quite similar to Piper in matching blue trunks). The main upset of the night was Ted Dibiase getting eliminated in less than 2 minutes, he never did have much luck after taking on 'Sensational Sherri' and only regained his fortunes when they parted company. For me, the main highlight of the night was Roddy Piper facing a lone Ric Flair in the ring half-way through and attacking him like a madman until Jake Roberts came out. I would have preferred to tease a Piper victory by having him be the last person Ric Flair eliminate at the end. Sid Justice showed his dominance though received a late number and 'Machoman' made an error jumping over the top rope after Jake Roberts forgetting he was in a Rumble. I personally think that was a botch as Undertaker made sure Savage was tossed back into the ring to save face. Ric finally eliminated Justice with outside help from Hogan to win setting us up for one of the best wrestling promos the WWF ever had featuring an overjoyed Bobby Heenan, Mr Perfect and a delirious Ric Flair. 7/10

This Royal Rumble would see the last of regulars of the WWF including Greg Valentine (though he makes a guest appearance 2 years later), Haku, Barbarian, the late Texas Tornado, Nikolai Volkoff (thank God), the late Hercules, Col Mustapha (Iron Sheik), Jimmy Snuka and The Warlord. I can only guess the WWF were doing some spring-cleaning though it left gaping holes in their lower mid-card roster.

One massive development was the crumbling of Hulkamania. Just like when Hogan eliminated Bossman for chucking him over the top in 1989, he pulled the same tantrum on Sid Justice here yet it didn't occur to him as unfair treatment when he eliminated his 'friends' Savage and Warrior at 1989 and 1990 respectively. The difference between '89 and '92 is that Hogan was booed for eliminating Justice (even though Justice was doing his best to establish himself as heel) and I am not sure Hogan was ready for that response and sparked his retirement bout at the next Wrestlemania. Talking about eliminations, is it pure coincidence that Hogan eliminated Warlord three times in a rumble in four years?

One thing that is talked about a lot when mentioning Royal Rumble 1992 is the quality of the commentating. Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon expertly tell the story of Ric Flair in such a humorous way that, in some respects, was better than the wrestling itself. A great Rumble marred by unimpressive introductory matches.

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One of the better Rumbles

7/10
Author: Yourfriendan from United States
21 October 2006

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This was one of the better Royal Rumbles that the WWF put on. The internet was not yet a household item at this time, so it wasn't as easy to know who was going to win the match. In so many other Rumbles everyone knew or had a pretty good idea who the winner was going to be. In 1993, it was pretty evident Yokozuna was going to win. In 96, HBK making his dramatic return and main event push was pretty obvious, same with Triple H in 2002. In 98, the WWF's roster was pretty thin and anybody with half a brain knew that Stone Cold Steve Austin was going to win. But in this particular Rumble the winner was not obvious from the start. And this wasn't like other Rumbles where one third of the participants were either glorified jobbers or people brought in from outside the WWF just to fill a slot. Here you had Hogan, Sid Justice, Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Undertaker, Macho Man, Sgt. Slaughter. All of whom were viable candidates to win the Rumble. Future talent like Shawn Michaels and Davey Boy Smith also had major roles in the Rumble. I was very disappointed that Ted Dibiase got eliminated in the opening minutes of the match as he was one of my favorites growing up. This rumble also marked the final PPV appearance for longtime 80's WWF mainstays like Nikolai Volkoff, Greg Valentine, Haku, Jimmy Snuka, and the Iron Shiek (goes by Col. Mustafa at this event). All in all, just some great action as the WWF was in a transition period from the Rock N' Wrestling era of the 80's to the Bret Hart/HBK generation of the 90's. Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan are still my all time favorite commentator duo. Heenan's cheer leading for Flair was classic. I love it when Flair comes out at #3 and Heenan goes on and on about it not being "Fair to Flair." Truly Flair stole this rumble by winning it from the #3 position. At that time, it seemed like an impossible task. Before then, the rumble winners were all guys who had late draws. But this was one of Ric Flair's greatest wrestling performances ever.

The under card was decent. Roddy Piper winning the IC title is a must see. The crowd absolutely ate it up. And the tag title match between LOD and the Nautrual Disasters was also pretty good, but nothing special. Now the other tag matches were really not all that good. Teams like the New Foundation, the Orient Express, and the Beverly Brothers never got over with the fans. And while the Buschwackers were loved by a lot of fans, they were never taken seriously as legitimate tag team contenders. And were really used as comic relief for their WWF career.

All in all, a pretty good PPV for the WWF. Not the best, but certainly worth a look. If you are a Ric Flair or Roddy Piper fan this event is a must have. Fans of Hulk Hogan should skip this PPV as what went down at this event was the beginning of the end of the Hulkamania era in the WWF.

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Very good. Excellent even.

7/10
Author: (wwfhistoryguy@hotmail.com) from Dallas
22 April 2004

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*SPOILERS*

In all respects, this one was very good but not quite as good as the year before.

The opening tag team match between the New Foundation and Orient Express was exciting, but doesn't quite measure up to the Rockers and Orient Express. This was the only time the New Foundation faced the Express; the Express and the Rockers had the thing down to an art by the time of their Royal Rumble match.

As far as comparing the title changes from '91 and '92, I think everyone was more satisfied with Rowdy Roddy Piper dominating the Mountie than with the Slaughter-Warrior match. Piper was truly inspiring here, standing up for Bret Hart and becoming the first wrestler to perform in both the undercard and main event of a Royal Rumble. The end of the match is great, as he throws away his wild man persona and smiles broadly about his first WWF title win. In my opinion, he was the true star of this Rumble.

The two other tag team matches were diverting.

Now, the Rumble had only a few great performances, and for this reason, I don't put it in as high regards as the one from the year before, which had about fifteen. Still, it was one of the great ones. The set-up was perfect, letting the second-tier wrestlers (Davey Boy Smith, Shawn Michaels, Tito Santana, Big Bossman, Kerry von Erich) have their moments; then giving the stage over to the top level (Piper, Savage, Undertaker, Sid Justice, Hulk Hogan, Skinner). This was Ric Flair's WWF highlight, and it's good that they made it unique to his great WCW moments. In WCW, he had great singles matches; here, he had a great match with 28 other men.

Perhaps I'm too old school. This was, after all, part of a much different era from the year before. So it's definitely worth it to buy the video if you can find it.

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Why Flair is a legend

Author: OzzyCash from Nashville, TN
30 October 2002

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(spoilers) Unlike the previous and following years this was a pretty good Royal Rumble. We started off with a good tag match as the New Foundation took on the Orient Express. Roddy Piper won his first and only title the IC belt from the Mountie in a short match. the Beverly Brothers took on the Bushwhackers in an awful match. the Legion of Doom had a good match with the Natural Disasters but unfortunately ended in a count out. And the Nature Boy Ric Flair won the 30-man Royal Rumble! He was the 3rd person in and won it all surviving close to 1 hour! He last elimiminated the immortal Hulk Hogan with some help from Sid Justice. A pretty good Royal Rumble and decent matches before it, this event shows why Flair is a legend he also won the world title which is the only year the winner won the world title automatically. 8/10.

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Woooooooooooo! Tha Naycha Boy!

10/10
Author: andy4u2call from L'Anse, Michigan
8 August 2002

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*possible spoilers*

This is, without a doubt, the greatest Royal Rumble match there ever was, or ever will be, for several reasons...First, you have Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan doing the commentating, which is extremely silly at times (Heenan almost has a heart attack during the rumble match, hoping that Ric Flair is not eliminated), and of course, Flair's hour-long performance leading to his incredible victory (thanks to Mr. Hogan). Just incredible to watch, over and over again. And while the undercard features non-spectacular, but exciting matches, the rumble match steals the whole show. It is a definite must-see.

The stipulations of the rumble match were simple...whomever ended up winning the 30-man free-for-all would automatically become undisputed WWF Champion, and Ric Flair drew #3...and he had some TOUGH competition ahead. There were many familiar faces in the match, Hogan, Santana, Valentine, Snuka, Michaels, Piper, Duggan, Roberts, etc. But while the veteran Royal Rumblers continued their glory in the ring, there were also a couple of impressive debuts in the 30-man contest...such as Irwin R. Schyster, a solo Shawn Michaels, and oh yes, Ric Flair. Talk about a debut...

Flair draws #3, Heenan goes nuts, and we're only about 2:30 into the whole match. The commentary from then on up is hilarious, ya gotta hear it. And while Flair comes to the ring, Ted Dibiase is leaving the arena after being eliminated, and he ended up the only competitor that Flair was never in the ring with. A little later, a solo Shawn Michaels enters at #6, and he would impress and entertain. He was one of the true stars the first half of the match, faking eliminations and doing his own version of the "flair flop." Flair must do at least a handful of his own during the fight, it's really silly. Irwin R. Schyster was also impressive in his rumble debut. He entered around the halfway point of the match and ended up hanging in there and taking punches from everyone until the end, despite never eliminating anyone. Pretty impressive.

Even more impressive though, was the man who eliminated IRS (by his tie), near the end of the rumble: Roddy Piper. Piper had already wrestled a match earlier on the show, against the Intercontinental Champion, the Mountie. It really wasn't that much of a match, but the crowd was deafening, they just loved it, especially when Piper pinned the Mountie for the 1-2-3 and the IC belt. The crowd just went crazy. Piper, in the rumble match, was in contention to win for a good 35 minutes, it was truly a great performance, but it was all for naught, as he was thrown out by Sid Justice near the end.

And speaking of the end...Wooooooo! It was down to Savage, Hogan, Justice, and Flair, pretty good final four. Pretty DAMN good. Savage was thrown out quickly, and Justice managed to toss out Hogan, but Hulk never left the ringside, and he grabbed on to Sid's arm, and Ric comes up from behind and (with Hogan's help), eliminates Sid to conclude the greatest royal rumble match in the history and future of wrestling. I'd give it a 10/10. Bravo! With Flair's victory, he was dubbed "the 60-minute man," for his 60+ minute (actually 59:15) performance. It really is something to watch, I love it.

So, wrasslin' fans who have never seen this pay-per-view before, I strongly suggest you do so IMMEDIATELY. I guarantee you'll love it to death. Thank you WWF for such a great show! Wooooooo!

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The Nature Boy Rules!

Author: Big Movie Fan from England
17 May 2002

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The 1992 Royal Rumble was the best Royal Rumble ever. It is equaled only by the 1989 Royal Rumble. The action was hot.

(SPOILERS AHEAD)For the first time since the Rumble made it's debut we had a brilliant undercard. The charismatic Rowdy Roddy Piper won his first ever WWF belt by beating the hateful Mountie for the Intercontinental Title. The Legion of Doom battled the gigantic Natural Disasters in a good tag team match. The Bushwhackers had their usual comedy match with The Beverly Brothers and the New Foundation had a non-stop match with the Orient Express.

Let's not forget the Rumble itself. The winner of this Rumble would automatically become WWF champion. The stars really went at it. Ric Flair competed for an hour taking blows from nearly every star. At the end it boiled down to Hulk Hogan, Sid Justice and Ric Flair. Justice eliminated Hogan but Hogan wouldn't accept the loss and grabbed Justice allowing Flair to eliminate Justice. Flair was the new champion-and despite being one of the bad guys I think the fans actually enjoyed seeing the Nature Boy as champion.

I'll never forget this event.

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