Friday, January 27, 2012

Royal Rumble: A Giant Exit

Andre leaves the Rumble
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger

Another one of my favorite Royal Rumble moments comes from the 1989 event.  It involves Andre the Giant.  And since today is the 19 year anniversary of his death, I thought I'd share it with you.  By this point in his career Andre was a broken man.  He was nearing the end of his career and had just entered into a feud with Jake "the Snake" Roberts.

Andre plods around the ring for a while avoiding being eliminated from the match.  He tossed a few guys out, including "Rugged" Ronnie Garvin and Roberts.  Jake eventually returns to the ring after several minutes and slides Damian into the ring.  The story line at the time had Andre deathly afraid of snakes, so once he got a look at the reptile, he jumped over the top rope, eliminating himself from the competition.

It happens in this clip, it just takes a little while to get to it, but it's worth the wait.  Enjoy some old school rumble.

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