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Royal Rumble (1997)

The tenth annual Royal Rumble battle royale, with the winner to recieve a WWF Title shot at Wrestlemania XIII, WWF Title: Sycho Sid vs. Shawn Michaels, WWF Intercontinental Title: Hunter ... See full summary »

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Kevin Dunn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shawn Michaels ... Shawn Michaels
Sid Eudy ... Sycho Sid
Steve Austin ... 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin
Bret Hart ... Bret 'The Hitman' Hart
Paul Levesque ... Hunter Hearst Helmsley
Dustin Rhodes ... Goldust (as Dustin Runnels)
Tony Norris Tony Norris ... Ahmed Johnson
Ron Simmons ... Faarooq
Leon White ... Vader
Brian Adams ... Crush
Mark Calaway ... The Undertaker
Dennis Knight ... Phineas I. Godwinn
Mike Polchlopek Mike Polchlopek ... Bart Gunn
Jake Roberts ... Jake 'The Snake' Roberts
Davey Boy Smith ... The British Bulldog
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The tenth annual Royal Rumble battle royale, with the winner to recieve a WWF Title shot at Wrestlemania XIII, WWF Title: Sycho Sid vs. Shawn Michaels, WWF Intercontinental Title: Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Goldust, Vader vs. The Undertaker, Ahmed Johnson vs. Faarooq, Mascarita Sagranda Jr. & La Parkita vs. Mini Mankind & Mini Vader, Venum & Perro Aguiyo Jr. vs. Maniaco & Mosquo de Verded, Octagon, Blue Demon Jr. & Tinieblas Jr. vs. Histeria, Heavy Metal & Avismo Negro Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

San Antonio, Texas, USA

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Trivia

First WWF PPV appearance for D'Lo Brown. See more »

Goofs

Commentator Jim Ross stated that Jake Roberts was appearing in his 6th Rumble match, more than any other WWF superstar. In fact, Rick Martel had already competed in 7 Rumble matches by this point (1989-1995). See more »

Quotes

Jerry Lawler: [Rocky Maivia is trying to eliminate Bret Hart] Look at Bret Hart! Rocky's going to eliminate him! Whoo Hoo! A rookie!
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A Glimmer Of Hope
12 March 2017 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

As an "on-and-off" fan of professional wrestling for the past two decades, I have seen the business at its best (Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold, The Rock) and at its worst...the mid-1990s when this event was produced. At least, however, this tape showed a glimmer of hope for the end of the decade and the beginning of the next.

As far as the preliminary matches are concerned, they are basically a joke. The Nation of Domination was one of the dumbest concepts ever implemented in the WWE, Sid Justice/Sid Vicious/Psycho Sid (just pick a name already!) is a terribly one-dimensional heel, and Shawn Michaels (though a fan favorite) had already seen his storyline peak after an epic match with Bret Hart at the previous Wrestlemania.

For the Rumble itself, it is by and large just as boring as the previous edition, one of the worst in company history. All but about 6-7 slots are filled with jobbers, fat guys, or just plain boring schmucks (whether through personality or failed "kayfabe"). When the WWE allows a pot-bellied Jake "The Snake" Roberts to still "compete", you know they are desperate for talent, seeing as how the WCW was on top of its game at the time.

Yet, there also was a glimmer of hope shining through the dredge. Characters such as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Rocky "The Rock" Miavia, Mankind, and Hunter Hearst Helmsley (shortly thereafter re-branded "Triple H") were just coming into their ring personas, a stable of talent that would ultimately vault the WWE past the WCW once more. Plus, though just beginning his heel turn, Bret Hart was still a top-tier talent in the business, as was The Undertaker.

Thus, although this tape is quite boring and not at all exciting in its own right, it does offer some promising steps forward for a corporation that had reached rock bottom.


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