WWF “Royal Rumble 2001”
January 21st, 2001
From the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana
Commentators: Jim Ross and Jerry “the King“ Lawler
Tonight: the 30-Man Over-the-top-rope Royal Rumble.
For the WWF Tag Team Championships
The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian (champions)
This was a decent match that was mostly D-Von getting beaten up trying for the “hot tag”.
Winners: the Dudley Boyz (new WWF Tag Team Champions)
Earlier tonight: Drew Carey arrived at the arena.
Earlier tonight: Vince McMahon decreed that in the interest of fairness Triple H will get his shot at the WWF World Championship and Stone Cold will be in the Royal Rumble.
Triple H is backstage with Stephanie McMahon...who fucking cares?
The A.P.A. show one another their Rumble numbers.
Ladder Match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship
Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit (champion)
Watching this match and the shots both of them took one has to wonder how Chris Jericho never suffered the same repercussions and conditions that so many of his contemporaries did? This was a really good match. Benoit was so good at selling.
Winner: Chris Jericho (new WWF Intercontinental Champion)
Drew Carey is backstage with Trish Stratus...who cares? This did lead to Drew Carey in the Royal Rumble.
Chyna is getting ready for her match with Ivory.
Chris Jericho is glad to be WWF Intercontinental Champion one more time.
For the WWF Women’s Championship
Ivory (champion) w/Steven Richards vs. Chyna
This was a squash that's worth watching for the terrible miscue on the ending. TERRIBLE. They were selling Chyna’s neck injury leading up to the match, and when she did her cartwheel elbow in the corner move Stevie Richards was supposed to hit her in the neck. He missed his cue, she sold it anyway and lost the match. Then they sold it hard afterwards.
Chyna is taken out on a stretcher.
Stephanie McMahon backstage...fast forward.
Drew Carey walking or something...fast forward.
Vince McMahon and Lo-Down in the lockeroom...fast forward. (I think this was when Vince informed them that he’d given their Royal Rumble spot to Drew Carey)
For the WWF Heavyweight Championship
Triple H w/Stephanie McMahon vs. Kurt Angle w/Trish Stratus
Like I care about Triple H and the fucking McMahons? ...fast forward.
Winner: Kurt Angle
The Royal Rumble
Featuring: Al Snow, Albert, Billy Gunn, Bradshaw, Bull Buchanan, Crash Holly, Drew Carey, Farooq, Grandmaster Sexay, Haku, Hardcore Holly, Jeff Hardy, K-Kwik, Kane, Matt Hardy, Perry Saturn, Raven, Rikishi, Scotty 2 Hotty, Steve Blackman, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Tazz, Test, the Big Show, the Goodfather, the Honky Tonk Man, the Rock, the Undertaker, Val Venis and William Regal
This wasn’t the best Rumble. Yeah, Kane was a total star and the last ten or fifteen minutes were great. What’s often overlooked in this one is how hard the Rock worked the match too. The guy was in there almost forty-five minutes with only one break. But the first half (with the hardcore jabronis) was kinda blah, seeing what a loser Tazz had become in just a year with the WWF was sad and Drew Carey was shit. But there have been worse guest spots. Dude just looked like he was hoping that none of his friends were watching.
Winner: Stone Cold Steve Austin
It was bittersweet watching this because in my eyes it was the beginning of the end of the Attitude era, but it was still a good watch and better than anything the WWE has puked out in years. The Rumble was fun. The Ladder Match was really good. And the opener was fine. I’m sure the Triple H match was the usual boring ass marathon (it still clocked in at and unbearable twenty-five minutes without entrances or promo). I’m not sure I would have sat through it any other day but my son wanted to get to the Rumble so who was I to argue? The only “bad” thing (outside of a few Rumble spots) was the totally botched ending of Chyna’s match. My son was really confused what happened and it’s hard to explain what a “botch” is to a seven-year-old so I just had to tell him that she “hurt her neck running”. I think that's even how they explained it afterwards but it was clear what they were going for.