Johnny Nitro (IC) vs Jeff Hardy. Umaga vs Kane. Lita (WC) vs Trish Stratus. The Spirit Squad (TC) vs The Highlanders. DX vs The Big Show and The McMahons (HIAC). Randy Orton vs Carlito. ... See full summary »
30 men compete in the annual staggered battle royal, known as the Royal Rumble, for a WWF Title shot at WrestleMania X-Seven. Plus Kurt Angle vs. Triple H for the WWF Title, Chris Benoit vs... See full summary »
WWF Champion Triple H vs. The Rock vs. Mick Foley vs. The Big Show, Two Falls Match: WWF Intercontinental & European Champion Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit, Ladder Match: ... See full summary »
The 15th annual WWF Royal Rumble, with the winner to recieve a WWF Title shot at Wrestlemania X8, Undisputed WWF Title: Chris Jericho vs. The Rock, WWF Intercontinental Title: Edge vs. ... See full summary »
We begin with a Tag Team Championship match, the Hardy Boys vs. Cade and Mudroch. It's a passable but unexceptional opener (5/10).
Next we have an enjoyable Women's Title match, Melina vs. Mickie James. Not only are they both very hot, but they are also among the few women left in the WWE who can still execute solid submission moves (especially the underrated Melina) (6/10).
I skipped the next match (Benoit vs. MVP), for reasons that should be plainly obvious.
The 3-on-1 handicap match for the ECW title has Lashley going for power, Umaga going wild, Shane McMahon trying to go technical, and Vince McMahon getting a chance to discredit the ECW brand even more by becoming its champion (5/10).
The Last Man Standing match for the World Heavyweight Title (Undertaker vs. Batista) is not bad of its type (which is not my type), but the only really memorable spot comes at the very end, with both men falling from a certain height (6/10).
Thankfully, the PPV ends on a high note with a pretty exciting Fatal 4-Way match for the WWE title (Cena vs. Edge vs. Orton vs. HBK). It moves at a fairly consistent pace, and although the outcome is predictable, the way it happens is quite inventive. It's also easily the match that the crowd seems to care most about (7/10).
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