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The 16th annual Royal Rumble match, with the winner to recieve a WWE or World Title shot at WrestleMania XIX, WWE Title: Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit, World Title: Triple H vs. Scott Steiner, World Tag Team Titles: Lance Storm & William Regal vs. The Dudley Boyz, Royal Rumble Qualifying Match: Brock Lesnar vs. The Big Show, Torrie Wilson vs. Dawn Marie Written by Anonymous

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The Road To Wrestlemania has begun & it's filled with treachery and deceit. PASS AT YOUR OWN RISK!

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Danny Basham was supposed to participate in the Royal Rumble match but was taken off due to assaulting Rocky Johnson at an Ohio Valley Wrestling TV Taping. See more »

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When Brock Lesnar eliminated Undertaker in the Royal Rumble match, The Royal Rumble theme song played (Trust Company-Falling Apart) instead of the Brock Lesnar Theme Song. Then ten seconds later, his real entrance theme was played. See more »

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Followed by WWE TLC Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2015) See more »

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An Average PPV with a Match of the Year Candidate
10 April 2003 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

Brock Lesner vs. Big Show: Good opener. Short but sweet match. 7/10

The Dudley Boyz vs. Lance Storm & William Regal: Another short but decent match. For those with table fetish, you don't get one. 7/10

Dawn Marie vs. Torrie Wilson: I really didn't think WWE could sink this low. This is, if not the worst, one of the worst angles they ever have came up with. A match like this ruins the whole card. 3/10

Scott Steiner vs. Triple H: This match would bore today's wrestling/sports entertainment fans. Not many fancy or high flying menuvers presented in this match. Being a true wrestling fan, I didn't think it was a bad match. This match resembles Harley Race vs. Dory Funk matches in the '70s with violence. 6/10

Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit: Until I saw this match between these two fine athletes, Steamboat vs. Savage at Wrestlemania III was my favorite match. This match totally stole the show at Royal Rumble! A match of the year candidate, or decade! 10/10

30 Man Royal Rumble: Face paced, as each wrestler shows up every 90 seconds as opposed their two minute gap in the previous Royal Rumbles. Decent rumble overall. Big powerhouses dominate at the end. My least favorite part was WWE Eminem John Cena taking away 90 seconds of rumble match as he does his awful performance. I sincerely hope this fool won't be one of the future main eventers in WWE. 8/10


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