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Decent Event. Worth the Viewing.
on 12 June 2012
This is the first Royal Rumble DVD I have purchased and, moreover, the first Royal Rumble event I have ever watched in full. Watching PPVs here in Ireland is very hard to pretty near impossible, I'm afraid. Anyway, my honest view on this one is that it was a decent event, but worth a viewing anyhow.
The DVD starts off with a nice intro, which sets the scene for the event. 'Royal Rumble 2008' also features a great theme song: 'Stand Up for Rock N' Roll' by Airbourne. Just a quick note about them, they are a clear rip-off of AC/DC, considering that they both are Aussies. However, their album that contains this theme song is not bad at all!
The event begins with Ric Flair against MVP. All things considered, you have a pretty basic opener here. It is pretty obvious who is going to win this before the match begins (Flair's 'farewell' speech interruption anyone??). Anyhow, there is a nice ending to this match, basic opener.
Next, Chris Jericho faces JBL in a pretty personal battle here! Jericho dominates JBL from the early-going and, in turn, JBL gets some on Jericho, 'hurting' him in selected places. One thing that really struck me here was the presence of blood in this bout, a really rare happening, in accordance with the modern standard of WWE Programming.
Edge faces Rey Mysterio next. There is a great promo before the match, which brought back plenty of memories of that time for me. The match is a mixed (boring) bag. Edge uses his size to attack Mysterio; Rey adopts his 'high-flying' style to attack Edge then. Despite his size, Rey fights valiantly and bravely here. Witness a ridiculous ending to a boring match, overall.
In the final 'filler' match, Jeff Hardy fights Randy Orton. A great start by Jeff Hardy here, he adopts his signature (Hardy Boyz) style of old! Orton, meanwhile, executes some great counters in the early-going. Witness some great high-risk moves from Hardy in this bout. However, all of this is overshadowed by a sudden ending to such a basic match...
Finally, Let's Get Ready To Rumble!!!!!!!! The 2008 Royal Rumble match begins with a bang as Entries 1 and 2 just happen to be Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, which is a nice predicament. Also, I really liked how all Commentators (from Raw, Smackdown! and, at the time, 'ECW') contributed to the match and had their say... really nice gesture. Another lovely gesture and 'moneys-worth' here was the inclusion of some WWE Legends in the Rumble match. I won't say who they are, watch and see for yourself! I wonder though, does that happen every year?? Maybe it was the location (Madison Square Garden), so WWE felt that they should include some Legends to give the fans 'moneys-worth', I don't know. If this kind of thing happens every year, I'd love to know!
Entry Number 30 is a real treat and, for some, a big surprise, considering his popularity and injury time out at the time. Number 30 enters the Rumble and 'cleans house' by eliminating 3 people and ensuring an immediate impact. It all comes down to this: the last 3 left in the match - a great moment, as you (arguably) have the 3 biggest Superstars in the Company at the time left in the ring!! When we are left with the last 2, prepare for another great moment, a moment that has to be seen to be believed!!
The winner of the 2008 Royal Rumble Match is really no surprise (from the moment he enters)! A great moment, oce again.
Overall, the '2008 Royal Rumble' event is pretty decent but, dare I say it, boring. However, it is still worth a viewing and does pass a few hours away, so I would recommend buying it. In my view, the big selling-point is the Royal Rumble match itself, which, in this case, was a really fun and exciting match to witness. For myself in the future, I will be making more WWE DVD purchases and I will be sure to buy some more Royal Rumble events; I just hope the 'filler' matches have a better offering than this...